Noma Sushi – A top notch sushi joint in Langley

Good sushi and Langley are 2 words that are rarely seen in the same sentence. Sure, there’s decent sushi in Langley but nothing that truly holds up to the presentation and quality you see as you get closer to Vancouver. Noma Sushi, located in a brand spanking new retail strip mall development in Willoughby, aims to change my mind about Langley’s Sushi reputation.

Miso soup
Miso soup

My meal started with the obligatory miso soup, nothing really earth shattering here but it’s just miso soup which is pretty much the same everywhere. Actually that’s not true, I’ve had some AWFUL miso soup, this one was good.

Spicy Roll Combo
Spicy Roll Combo

The first thing to arrive was the Spicy Roll Combo, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll, and spicy salmon roll. The dynamite roll was a pretty standard example but it was rolled very well and didn’t fall apart like a lot of “Fraser Valley” sushi tends to. The spicy tuna and spicy salmon rolls were good with lots of fresh seafood flavour and a little heat from the hot sauce mixed right into the chopped fish. They weren’t the best spicy rolls I’ve had, those come from Mega Sushi in Steveston, and these could’ve done with a little more flare in the presentation and ingredient area. Overall though they were good.

Nigiri
Nigiri

Next up was 3 pieces of Nigiri, 2 red tuna (probably Maguro) and 1 toro. The toro was unbelievably fresh and the fatty texture was amazing. It was fairly pale in colour but wow, so good. The tuna was equally impressive. Super fresh and so tasty. I almost wish I had skipped the Spicy Roll Combo and ordered more Nigiri, almost.

Red Dragon Roll
Red Dragon Roll

I usually try a special roll when I visit a sushi place for the first time and Noma has a lot to choose from. The Red Dragon Roll is prawn, crab meat, avocado, cucumber, and BBQ eel with spicy tuna on top. Beautiful presentation, great flavours, well rolled. As far as special rolls go this one could hold its own in any sushi place in Vancouver.

Noma Sushi is located at 20678 Willoughby Town Centre Drive in Langley. Check them out on Facebook – NomaJapaneseRestaurant

Thanks to Sheldon for taking me out to see what’s good in Langley!

Scott

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Healthy Eats at Shizen Ya

Is sushi healthy? Well, it can be but you have to be concious of what you’re eating. Sashimi is the only sure fire thing that you can count on to be low in fat and salt. Salt and fat are very prevalent in North American style sushi, especially special rolls. Shizen Ya takes Japanese cuisine and gives it health concious makeover with brown rice, low salt content with no MSG, no additives, organic greens and lots of vegetarian options. At this point you’re probably asking yourselves “why the hell was Scott eating at this place?!” Like I said we’re trying to branch out a little at WFLBC. Car reviews, healthy food… It’s crazy days around the office.┬áTurns out that Shizen Ya is really good. The fact that it’s a healthier option is a bonus.

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I ordered the chicken udon lunch special that comes with a salad, a 3pc dynamite roll and a 3pc salmon roll. The salad was just like a traditional green salad you’d get at any other sushi joint except the organic greens are way more interesting that iceberg lettuce and the miso dressing is less oily and less salty than the norm.

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I was pretty sceptical about the rolls, brown rice sushi has always seemed a little off to me. I’m not sure if it’s the texture or the fact that the rice plays a bigger part in the flavour of the roll but I’ve never been a fan. These rolls manage to maintain the texture of a regular non brown rice roll and the rice didn’t affect the flavour as much as I’m used to. The dynamite roll was actually small enough to eat in one bite without looking like an idiot and the salmon rolls were super fresh and tasty. These are the best brown rice rolls I’ve had, period.

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The chicken udon is the least oily, least salty soup I’ve ever had at a restaurant. You may think that’s a bad thing but it actually means you can taste things other than the broth. The chicken breast is also unseasoned and very lean. the udon noodles are fat and perfectly cooked and there’s some gomae on top for and extra hit of healthy. It all sounds really bland but they bring a small shaker of seasoning for you to add to your soup that has some heat and let’s you control your own sodium intake. It all works and for under $10 this is a very filling lunch.

Shizen Ya is a great healthy alternative to traditional sushi. They have two locations, one on West Broadway at Spruce and another at Hornby and Nelson.

Twittier – @shizenya_van

Facebook – Shizen-Ya

Web – shizenya.ca

Scott.