With the announced mandatory closure of all restaurants for dine in services, take out is the only way to go. So when looking for a bite in Port Coquitlam we found ourselves at the newer restaurant, “Kisso”. Sadly, they were spending their grand opening avoiding people. However, with the nicer weather they still had guests coming in to try their sushi or ramen offerings. Grabbing a takeout menu from the door, and placing their order at the counter within, and waiting for it to be wrapped up to go.
Their list of offerings is pretty substantial. Several pages to flip through, and without photos it made the ordering process challenging for the indecisive. More complicated with descriptions of what topped the roll, what was outside of it, and what you could find inside.
We ended up choosing the “Tiger roll” for its name. “Sauce: Unami & honey ginger. In: 2 pieces prawn tempura, pineapple, and crab meat. Out: BBQ unagi, salmon, cooked ebi, green onions, and sesame.” Sadly it didn’t survive the travel. What ended up before us was a saucy pile of ingredients and rice that still tasted just as good. Enough salty and sweet flavouring to mask everything else, and has you still going back for another piece.
We also took advantage of their verbally advertised daily special of 2 rolls for $5.99. You can either have it two California rolls or two yam tempura rolls, or one of each. We did the later to be able to taste and compare their base rolls, with other sushi restaurants we have been to. The California roll was pretty standard creamy and sweet artificial crab meat, that could have used more avocado or maybe some cucumber for freshness. And the rice was a little hard.
There was a lot of yam in the tempura roll and nothing else. Here, it would have been nice to break all the starches apart with something fresh and crispy. Everything else was pretty much as you expected.
For something a tad more fancy we got the “softshell crab roll”. This was my favourite of the lot. This was not only visually interesting with the neon red fish roe accent, but stuffed full of tempura-ed crab, lettuce, and cucumber. A little dab of soy sauce and you are good to pop everything into your mouth.
Overall, there is something about not dining in that has you dropping your expectations. Food matters less and the setting more. And either way the latter will be casual, and the food you order more likely to match. This was definitely the case when it came to our sushi lunch today.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I wouldn’t go out of my way for sushi I can find anywhere else, but I wouldn’t be apposed to trying their take on ramen if I am ever back in the area. I am glad we supported another local business trying to transition through this challenging time for the food and hospitality industry. Don’t deny your cravings.
Kisso Sushi & Ramen
1475 Prairie Ave B109, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 1T3