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Outside the (take out) box: Nikko Sushi

There may be a few Japanese restaurants that go by the name Nikko, but none of them can hold a finger to Murrayville’s top sushi joint. From the moment you step under that neon sign and across the threshold, it is readily apparent this place is different.

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Nikko Sushi
22372 Fraser Highway V3A 4H6
www.sushibob.ca

By Amy Van Veen (Contributer) – Email

There may be a few Japanese restaurants that go by the name Nikko, but none of them can hold a finger to Murrayville’s top sushi joint. From the moment you step under that neon sign and across the threshold, it is readily apparent this place is different.

The sushi bar is right there in the middle of the fairly small space. Sushi Bob, the owner, and the staff are quick to offer a welcome hello and whisk you off to a table. There are several options for places to sit including the bar itself, some open tables, semi-private tables separated by screens, or the booths on the right side of the restaurant. The chefs are ready with a smile and the service is quick and efficient without being fake or invasive. They let their customers enjoy their meals without neglecting their needs.

Sushi Bob’s skills are beyond comparison with everything a Japanese cuisine connoisseur needs. There are the safe choices like California Rolls, Miso Soup, and Teriyaki dishes, but, for the more adventurous, there is an array of Nikko’s Special Rolls. Ranging in price from $4.25 to $11.95, these specialties are sure not to disappoint: from the Hockey Roll to the Dancing Unagi Roll. The pride and joy of Nikko’s Sushi, though, comes in the form of the self-explanatory I Love It Roll. Anyone who tries this special concoction is bound to utter the self-same phrase. If the special rolls are a little too special in price, there is always the selection of Maki Mono Sushi ranging from $2.95 for a Kappa Roll to $5.25 for an Unagi Roll. There is always the option, too, for Sushi and Sashimi combinations, lunch and dinner box specials and Party Trays. For the true sushi lover, there’s the Sushi Boat for about thirty dollars and yes, it comes on a boat.

Not only is the service fantastic and the food divine, but Sushi Bob’s love for hockey brings fans in from all around. With a TV turned to the sports channel above the sushi bar for Canucks games, a TV above the open seating, and even a TV in the back booth, hockey fans will not have to choose between Japanese dining and the game.

Nikko is in the heart of the Murrayville community, and they know their regulars extremely well, treating them to special perks every now and again. Newbies need not be intimidated, though, since the walls speak for the ever-growing Nikko-loving community themselves. What started out as a fun honour of having one’s picture taken and posted on the wall has become a monsoon of pictures of customers far and wide filling the walls, the booths, the corners, the door frames, and even the ceiling. For those who have had their honour fulfilled, half the fun is craning their necks to find their snapshot. The photos also act as the perfect awkward moment distraction for any meals gone awry.

Located on Fraser Highway by 224 st, Nikko’s is only a twenty minute drive from campus and is well worth the jaunt, and when you leave, the chorus of thank-you’s and goodbyes makes you want to return as soon as possible.

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