Location: Unit C -1046 Austin Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3J 2S9 (Across from Safeway)
Phone: (604) 492-0663
- Limited parking in the front
- Fairly priced lunch combos
I do not recall how I came across Kaya. I’ve been here a few times for lunch and takeout. But never did I realize that I didn’t do a review of this place. Kaya is a newer sushi establishment in the Coquitlam Austin area. Its prices are fair amongst other sushi places in the neighbourhood, like Sushi California. It’s got quite a big menu, lots of special rolls and different combos.
My girlfriend and I came for lunch one Sunday afternoon and the restaurant was completely empty. I’m not sure if it was just that Sunday, sometimes it’s packed in here. Kaya is pretty good at making their rolls. This “Lion King roll” is one of their many specialty rolls. The Lion King had tuna, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce with salmon, grilled mozzarella cheese, masago, and green onion on top. The roll was filling and saucy. I don’t even recall using soy sauce or wasabi because it already had enough flavours.
Their scallop roll came with 8 pieces here. This is my new place for chopped scallop roll around town. The best thing is that the scallops aren’t chopped into mini pieces, it’s actually a good-sized scallop. I also like how the rolls at Kaya are not consumed by a thick wall of rice and little ingredients, in fact, it’s much of the opposite. I hope it stays that way.
This is one of my favourite lunch boxes here. It’s the Sashimi lunch box. The reason it’s good here is because of the price. Most other bento boxes that has sashimi is above $10. It comes with green salad, assorted tempura, daily special, chicken/beef teriyaki, sashimi and miso soup. It’s quite a big portion. The daily special today was cold soba, perfect for a hot summer day. This changes every time I have went. I have learnt from my friend “QT” that the chicken or beef teriyaki could actually be swap for tofu (if you didn’t feel like meat that day or if you’re vegetarian). I like having this option and it’s no additional cost. If you want the tofu option, it comes with 4 big pieces of deep fried tofu on a bed of grilled vegetables and rice. The sashimi is preselected with 2 pieces of tuna and salmon each.
Overall, I liked Kaya. It’s a nice addition to the Austin area once the Beedie apartment is built, it’ll hopefully have more customers. Kaya takes both cash and credit card. The parking is quite an inconvenience. I wish they did something about the parking there, but nothing could be done. The food is fresh and is very fair-practiced when it comes to ingredients. This place doesn’t cheap out. The service was good. Ambiance is dark inside, but has lots of sun light. I hope this place stays.