Py, Shamu and I were looking for a place to eat lunch near Metrotown. We first stopped by Crystal Mall, but didn't come across anything interesting. So Py whipped out her trusty smartphone and found a Japanese restaurant called Isami Sushi with a pretty high rating on Urbanspoon. We made it just in time for a late lunch as the place closes at 2 pm to prepare for dinner. There were still quite a few customers when we walked in and we were quickly greeted by Japanese staff. A sign of authenticity? We found out the name Isami is actually the chef's name, but I wonder why the logo is a vulture.
Shamu opted for assorted tempura ($7.50) which consisted of 3 shrimps as well as a variety of veggies. The portion was quite good for the price, but she said the batter was a bit too oily. I thought it was alright, but the batter could have been lighter and crispier.
I decided to go for special assorted sushi ($13) because I was craving quality nigiri sushi. I was quite disappointed though, as the fish were mostly not very fresh. The salmon, in particular, tasted as if it had gone bad. I took a bite and almost spit it back out because of a strong rotten plasticky flavour. Shamu saw my expression and took a bite as well, and agreed that the fish was indeed spoiled.
Py wanted something nice and hot, so she got a bowl of beef udon ($6.75). This was average at best and the soup was very bland. The portion was a bit small and luckily she got an order of sushi to go with this, or else she definitely wouldn't be full.
All in all, I thought the experience was a bit disappointing considering the high rating and positive reviews. With all the other food options in the Metrotown area, I wouldn't be coming back here for Japanese food.