Location: #102 511 Rochester Ave Coquitlam, BC V3K 0A2
Phone: (604) 939-2422
- Hidden beside an apartment
- Very little parking
- Very small restaurant
I was here in the summer and in fear of heat, I was resisting from coming to this place because it had its doors open. This could only mean one thing, no air con! Well, I finally convinced my girlfriend to come here one day. The menu was selective and there wasn’t particularly anything that stood out for us. So we just ordered a few things we usually ordered at other Japanese restaurants.
We ordered a nigiri combo, which consisted of 6 pieces of nigiri sushi and 6 pieces of tuna roll. The sushi was on par with other regular Japanese restaurants. Overall, the sashimi was fresh but wasn’t particular of high quality.
This caught our attention and it was indeed one of the better dishes of the night. Marinated tuna with sweet sake and soya served in a ice-cold cup. I liked the texture and presentation, simply a great summer dish.
One of the other reason, why I wanted to Hanamori was their Aburi Sushi. For those who don’t know toom uch about Aburi Sushi, it is a seared sushi with sauce on top or the side. On the left, we have a torch toro marinated with sweet sake. The sauce was too too much and made the rice all wet and soft. To the right, we have a wild salmon aburi. It’s chopped scallop wrapped with salmon. The presentation on the wild salmon alone was worth it! Overall, the aburi’s were a bit wet and over soaked by the sauce.
At this point, we were on the edge of being full but feel like we could still fill our stomachs with something warm. We decided to give the yaki udon a go with the choice of beef or chicken. We picked beef. There was an overwhelming amount of onions and very little beef. We were underwhelmed by the udon.
Overall, Hanamori is a tiny Japanese restaurant tucked in the corner of a strip mall on Lougheed and North Road. Food was on par but it was nothing surprising. Service was average. The ambiance was cozy but the fact that it did not have Air Con in the summer was a minus. Let’s just say there are better options for the price you are paying.