There’s something slightly different when a group of folk gather for all-you-can-eat. For some at the table, it’s a challenge to see if you can put back twelve bucks worth of food. Most often you’ll pay for a dish, sight unseen and pay what the menu says. With AYCE, one is given the opportunity to try and gorge himself in the hope of getting ultimate value in his meal. It’s a no-win situation. Even if you succeed in stuffing yourself silly with said amount of mediocre food, you’ll inevitably wind up regretting it. The slow and steady approach is obviously the best. Right now, I’m about midway between the smart, slow method and the “Load the table, let’s eat!” tact.
After several visits to Kingsway Sushi, I’ve come to realize “more isn’t good”. It’s best to figure out and order the better menu items than to haphazardly order everything off the list. In this case, the majority of the menu is fairly decent.
Kingsway Sushi is one of a handful of Chinese-owned Japanese AYCE restaurants in the Burnaby-New West area. None of them are exceptional, but this spot offers up quite a few tasty options.
This is also one of the most efficient AYCE places around. The servers, armed with PDA’s, send your order to the kitchen. The pre-made appetizers arrive in the blink of an eye.
The Miso soup was a basic mix of hot, salty and average.
The Kimchi here is always delicious. Again, basic, but loaded with flavor.
The Ebi Sunomono is very fresh…a nice palate cleanse.
The Vegetable Tempura, although a bit chunky, were lightly battered, tender and not too greasy.
The Deep Fried Scallop (top) was actually quite good. Served piping hot with a nice crunch and tasty dressing. One thing I can’t figure out is why take a perfectly good scallop, batter it and then deep-fry it? Unless, of course the scallop is hovering near its best-before-date.
The Deep Fried “Lobster” Ball, on the other hand, was a tad rubbery and the sauce quite sweet. I guess passing off pollack as crab wasn’t good enough…
The Gyoza follow along in the passable category. Good texture (some over-fried) with a decent, yet under-flavored filling.
The Nigiri Sushi were generous and well-made. Most AYCE’s will go heavier on the rice and skimp on the seafood. As you can see, the quantity of fish is quite substantial.
For roll sushi we went with the Dynamite Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, House Roll and not shown, the California Roll, Chicken Teriyaki Roll and the Chopped Scallop Roll. Not a bad one in the bunch.
One of the best items were the Chicken Karaage. Good-sized, well-seasoned and perfectly battered wings. These were swooped upon and devoured in short order. One could almost hear the growling as meat was ripped from bone.
Kingsway Sushi is located on the northwest corner of Kingsway and Boundary Road. After half a dozen or so visits, it retains its spot at the top of the AYCE charts for value, consistency, cleanliness and a fair amount of quality.