Makoto Japanese Restaurant

We were planning to check out STEM Japanese Eatery one evening for dinner but the wait time was way too long. We decided to try Makoto Japanese Restaurant next door which is a small and run by a Japanese couple.

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Hours.

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Takeout menu posted on the window.

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The inside is small with 6 tables (20 seats) and three stools at the side of the sushi bar. The husband runs the front and does the sushi/sashimi while the wife cooks in the back.

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Water and tea is self serve by the counter. Best way to order is go up to the front (where the machine is) and put your order in. Second time we came, he got us to write down our order and came back to tell us “I can’t read Korean”. Couldn’t tell if he was joking or being serious. Too funny but I can see why people may not enjoy the service here.

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Menu is split into appetizers, sashimi, nigiri, sushi donburi, soup & salad, maki sushi, special rolls, combos, a la carte (tempura/teriyaki/donburi), agemono and noodles.

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Click here to see the full menu (1, 2 and 3). Nice to see the prices haven’t changed. The lunch specials (12:00pm to 3:00pm) looked very reasonable.

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There’s several specials up on the daily chalkboards. Make sure to take a look at both.

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There’s also an imported beer, hot sake and draft sake.

Trip #1
We dropped in on a Wednesday evening (around 7:30pm).

Toro sashimi ($10.50 for 6)
DSC06582Fresh and had a great buttery texture. Shiso leaf underneath was a nice touch.

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Very reasonable for the quality. B says it’s the best value for toro in Vancouver.

Tamago, saba, hamachi and salmon nigiri
DSC06587All were $2.00/piece except for the hamachi ($3.00). Tamago was solid; a tad sweeter than normal but soft, creamy texture.

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Saba was fantastic! Wanted to order 10 more. Salmon and hamachi were fresh.

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Good fish to rice ratio.

Negitoro roll ($3.50) and chopped scallop roll ($4.50)
DSC06593Liked the negitoro more than the chopped scallop.

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Chicken katsu special ($12.95)
DSC06597This was one of their specials for the day. It came with rice and lettuce; pretty authentic! Sauce was slightly salty for my taste buds.

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Katsu was lightly fried but meat was tender and moist inside.

Trip #2
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 7:00pm) and snagged a table for four.

Agedashi tofu ($4.50)
DSC01992Deep fried tofu. Lightly fried, touch of crispiness and not overly sauced.

Yakitori ($6.00 for 2)
DSC02000Chicken skewers. Good quality and liked how they didn’t overdo it with the sauce.

Nigiri
DSC02002This time around we got four saba ($2.00), tamago ($2.00), tai ($2.00) and uni ($3.50).

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Definitely order a few when you go. Always well done and some of the cheapest nigiri we’ve seen around.

Negitoro roll ($3.50)
DSC02005My favourite of the maki rolls we ordered.

Spicy salmon roll ($4.50) and chopped scallop roll ($4.50)
DSC02006Standard stuff. Spicy salmon sauce had a slight kick to it.

Mentaiko udon ($10.00)
DSC01994One of the kitchen specials. Udon had an elastic, chewy bite.

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The sliced squid pieces and mentaiko (spicy cod roe) were fresh.

Tonkatsu ($13.00)
DSC01997Breaded pork cutlet. Came with a side of salad, potato and dipping sauce. Not sure what happened but the tonkatsu was terrible; dry and bland. Even the dipping sauce couldn’t save it.

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The salad tasted a bit funky. Only decent thing on this dish was the potato salad.

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If we’re in the area, we’ll be back to try their saba roll.

Makoto Japanese Restaurant
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makoto-Japanese-Restaurant/
5213 Rumble Street
Burnaby, BC
(604) 438-1997

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