Hamada Japanese Maple Ridge
This place has earned my coveted "not bad" rating. I've eaten a lot of Japanese food, and when I say "not bad, " I mean that literally: the place is not bad. I have had my share of bad Japanese food, and bad Japanese food is naaaaasty. This place is not that.
Mind you it is also not "one of the Lower Mainland's best sushi restaurants." To say this is to say "I haven't eaten a lot of Japanese food, " because yes, it gets substantially better than this. The prize for the actually best sushi restaurants in the Lower Mainland would go to Aki Japanese Restaurant or Miku Restaurant, both of which are in Vancouver. Now that's some kick-ass Japanese food... Aki's barbecue black cod is out of this world, and their freshly-grilled unagi will make you wet your pants with delight and your tongue cry for mercy. Miku adds some nifty fusion elements to traditional Japanese food and you've got to sample their aburi sushi. Yum.
Right. Back to Hamada.
The fish is reasonably fresh and well-prepared although the sushi and sashimi portions can be a bit on the small side. They have a full menu of typical gaijin teriyaki dishes, donburi, soba and udon, with the usual selection of appetizers like agedashi tofu and gyoza. Their bento boxes are pretty good and will generally fill me up.
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