Hyack Sushi is a welcome addition to the New Westminster neighbourhood utilizing both traditional and modern interpretation of Japanese cuisine. I was invited to attend a media tasting organized by Vancityduo during the early phase of opening. Hyack Sushi is conveniently located just two short blocks away from New Westminster Station along the Expo Line so it’s super convenient to get to which is a huge plus if you’re a commuter like myself.
Aside from its convenient location, they also have a sizeable parking lot customers! You’ll have to walk up a flight of stairs as they’re located on the second level of the building but it should be no problem locating the restaurant entrance. The decor of this place is all wood with dark laminate tables resembling the Sushi Garden/Sushi California vibe. The restaurant is huge featuring 80+ seat table and a private dining room that can accommodate up to 15 people. Reservations can be made through their website or via phone if you’re looking to host a party here 🙂
For the media invite, the private party room was reserved for our party of six and we received a variety of appetizers and entrées to sample from . The menu was entirely organized by the restaurant so we didn’t get the chance to give our input.
Nabeyaki Udon ($10.95) with chicken, prawn tempura, egg, vegetables, narutomaki, and a poached egg. The broth was lacked the umami dashi broth. By the time I got to try this, the noodles were soft not chewy 😦
Seafood Sunomono with ebi (shrimp), tako (octopus), akagai (surf clam) and thinly sliced cucumber. It had a nice balance between sweet and tangy but this was nothing really special in my opinion.
Saba “Grilled Mackerel” I was quite disappointed with this one as the saba was overcooked resulting in dry meat. There wasn’t enough salt to draw out the fishy taste as well. A squirt of lemon helped alleviate the fishiness a bit.
Sake Steamed Clams sake brings out the natural sweetness of the clams. They had a nice briny, sweet-sea flavour. I would give these ones another try if I’m craving something light!
Popcorn Shrimp : Tempura shrimp with a generous drizzle of sweet chili sauce. The batter was a little on the heavy side otherwise they tasted okay. It’s more of a Western style dish than anything.
Spicy Tuna Sashimi ($8.75)thick chunks of tuna, cucumber vigorously mixed in with chojang spicy sauce. Their take on spicy sashimi is reminiscent of Sushi Garden and Sushi California so you could expect the taste to be quite similar if you’re a fan of the other two!
Rainbow Roll: Assortment of fish and avocado wrapped around a tamago roll topped with tobiko. Although visually appealing, it was nothing special again- most special rolls are usually wrapped in a california roll but Hyack’s take is just lackluster tamago roll.
Love Boat ($35.95) Assorted sashimi, 2 tuna, 2 salmon, 2 chopped scallop, 2 ebi nigiri, California roll, salmon and tuna maki.
Salmon Sous Vide: This is part of their special menu so I was quite excited that it was part of our tasting. The salmon was extremely moist and buttery smooth, with a hint of flakiness. Presentation was also pretty on point and the sauce complemented the salmon well.
Aburi Salmon Oshi ($12.50) flame-seared pressed sushi with salmon topped with ikura. Last item we got to test out was the anticipated salmon oshi. The size is much bigger in comparison to Miku, Yui or Taka’s and they incorporate cream cheese in the filling. However, the rice to fish ratio was way off and it easily fell apart. We gave them constructive feedback so hopefully they’ve worked out their kinks on this one as I’m a huge fan of aburi sushi.
Price point wise, Hyack Sushi is a great place for a simple sit-down meal if you’re in the area. The service here is great and attentive as the staff really know how to take care of their patrons. Just stick with the staples here and you’ll be satisfied.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media event. All food and drinks were complimentary. Opinions are my own
55 8th St