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I’ve been to Sun Sushi multiple times with friends – that is, multiple times without a camera! I do want to enjoy some of my meals without snapping pictures of everyone else’s food. I stopped in for a snack one afternoon after school – i.e., only a few pieces of sushi to squash a craving.
The sushi pieces here are enormous. I know you are meant to eat each piece in one bite, but it is definitely more of a challenge to do so here than at some of the authentic sushi places (e.g., Shiro or Hitoe Sushi). That said, this is a great place to come for cheap, fresh sushi. I’ve never gotten sick eating here, and even though it isn’t “authentic”, the ingredients are always fresh and the portions generous. There are a number of great “bang for your buck” combos on the menu, too.
Ambiance is nothing special (kind of the opposite; there are menus plastered over the front window). Also, I think that there is an assumption – when you visit Sun Sushi – that you are there purely for the cheap sushi and nothing else. The service is pretty atrocious (the servers abandon you after you’ve been served, and they’re not particularly polite and tend to be rather brusque).
Sun Sushi’s great for students. Despite its shortcomings (impolite wait staff, lack of “authenticity”, etc. etc.) I’ll still keep coming back. It’s fast, it’s cheap, and conveniently close to UBC. Even if you have maybe an hour and a half until your next class, you could probably squeeze in a visit to Sun Sushi and make it to your next class on time. And your wallet won’t be noticeably lighter afterwards, either.
If there’s one thing to be said about this place, it’s that it – like many of the Boathouse restaurants – has a nice view and is in a nice location. It’s quite pleasant to sit on the patio on a warm night and look out on the water. Yup – the “ambiance” is the highlight of this “restaurant”. You order at a bar, though, so service is pretty much nonexistent. For the most part the counter attendants are pretty good at taking orders and listening; the girl who took our orders only made one mistake.
As for the food… It’s not that it’s bad; contrarily, my Wild BC Salmon Burger was pretty good and grilled to perfection. It maintained that “melt-in-your-mouth” quality and the bun was nice and fluffy. My only complaint would be that the veggies were pretty lacking and not the best quality, but since they’re not the primary feature of a burger anyway it was no big deal.
On this particular night, I went with Emme, Pitah, and another couple – I’ll call them Red and Garni. (Seriously, I do have a reason for all the nicknames I pick… They are not random, I swear!) Emme went with the Prime Rib Cheddar/Bacon Burger, which was also very good. Again, lame veg… but the bacon wasn’t bad and I can say the same for the cheddar. I wonder if even the bacon and cheese are local? Anyway, the flavours were good, and obviously the buns were all the same – all tasty.
Red and Garni both got the Prime Rib Cheddar Burgers… which are the same as Emme’s, sans the bacon. The bacon makes the burger! But the prime rib patties themselves are tender and juicy. The sweet potato fries were good for what they were; they’re not better than other fries I’ve had, but they, like the burgers, were well done. Good, but nothing that would blow you away.
Pitah went with the BBQ Free Run Chicken Burger. The sauce was sickeningly sweet – just how Pitah likes it. (I’m not a fan.) The chicken, like the salmon, was cooked just enough to be tender but not tough – which you sometimes find with chicken or salmon burgers, maybe because they cook so quickly.
In any case, after all those “yep yep it’s good” comments, why do I still give the place a thumbs down? Because it’s a freaking rip off for totally mediocre good. Sure, it’s all good – nothing was horrible enough to scare us away from the food. The prices here are ridiculous for what you get, though. Maybe White Spot, for example, charges similar prices… but in that case you’re getting full sit-down service and usually a nice indoor ambiance. The location here is great, but I’ll never come back here just for the food. Like I said before – there was nothing mind-blowing here. You could certainly get just as good a burger at Vera’s or a Triple O’s. I have a feeling that this place is taking advantage of the fact that they pretty much have a captive market in this area. A lot of people probably don’t want to jump in their cars and drive somewhere for some grub after being out on the water… so they just settle with whatever’s offered at the club. Too bad “whatever’s offered” is pretty poor value.
Final verdict? Good food. Nothing outstanding. Unnecessarily pricey.
It’s hard to go wrong when you go to White Spot. Being a successful B.C. restaurant known for its good food (good burgers in particular) and casual atmosphere, White Spot usually is pretty consistent in terms of food quality and service. I’ve known and loved the place since I was a little kid that got easily excited over the Pirate Paks and the chocolate coin they came with (and the stickers… and the pirate ship’s sail was pretty cool too, haha). I still like the restaurant, but I’d like to think that my taste has matured at least a little bit since those days, since I can now enjoy dishes other than just the mac ‘n’ cheese or grilled cheese sandwich.
I hadn’t heard many good things about the White Spot at UBC, and though I lived on campus for an entire year, I hadn’t visited it at all during that time due to continuous rumours of horrendous and/or slow service. However, seeing as I have money left on my UBC card that I can spend at various food outlets on campus, Emme and I decided to check this White Spot out for ourselves on a Saturday evening.
When we entered, there was someone placing a takeout order at the front, and it took a moment for one of the waiters to notice us. We were seated promptly, though, and water came quickly. Because it was Saturday and fairly early, the restaurant was almost completely empty save for about four small parties scattered throughout the relatively large restaurant (a few couples, and a small group of students). We’ve been to White Spot countless times before, obviously, so we just quickly scanned the menu and ordered.
Emme knows White Spot does good burgers, and her favourite is The Legendary ($8.99). In an attempt to stay somewhat healthy, she subbed out the fries and coleslaw for a Caesar salad (+$0.99). This was a pretty good burger — but both Emme and I are of the opinion that the White Spots on the West Side aren’t as good as some of the ones downtown or the ones on the North Shore, for some reason.
When we came into the restaurant, we both smelled curry — a delicious smell — so I went with my cravings and ordered the Creamy Chicken Curry (can’t recall how much it cost!). I can’t take too much spice, though, so I asked if they could separate the curry sauce from the pilaf so I could spoon the curry over the dish myself, in an attempt to moderate the spiciness level…
It was actually really delicious. I’ve never had this dish at a White Spot before but I’m glad I tried it out. Also, the curry is hardly spicy; it has a really nice kick to it and is probably what I’d call a “mild” spicy. In any case, the chicken was cooked nicely (poached?) and plentiful. The veggies hadn’t lost their crunch and held their own, and altogether the sauce pulled the dish together, creating a tasty combination of flavours. Authentic Indian? Probably not. But tasty? Very. I would order it again.
… Yes, I am one of those seemingly few people that genuinely loves vegetables (no shame!). I ordered the House Salad on the side for extra veggies, but ended up using it just as a way to cool my mouth down between bites of the curry. (It was only mildly spicy, but was certainly spicy enough to slightly set my spice-sensitive mouth on fire, heh.) Not much to say about it. The veggies were very fresh, of course, and the tomatoes in particular were very juicy… The vinaigrette didn’t look “freshly made” (and may even be just from a store-bought bottle? No way to know) but was still tasty. Kind of hard to mess up a salad – they’re usually good with fresh vegetables and a nice dressing.
Anyway, Emme and I received pretty consistent service throughout the entire meal, and it was only after we were finished that we were effectively “abandoned”. We ordered tea when the waiter took our “empty” plates away, and after that came… we didn’t really receive any further service. This annoys me sometimes, but neither of us were particularly bothered since we were content with our tea and personal pots of hot water. The ambiance was quite nice – this is a nice White Spot, especially the dining room that’s surrounded by glass. The restaurant was warm and cozy the entire time as well, so kudos to the restaurant for at least having a nice atmosphere!
Both of our dishes were out within about 20 minutes, and only after our food arrived did the restaurant start to get a little busier. Clearly the key to an enjoyable visit to the White Spot at UBC is just to go on the weekend… This shouldn’t really be the case, obviously. Any restaurant should be able to perform very well if they’re not busy. The real test is whether a restaurant can perform well during its busiest times, which – according to other reviews – this White Spot apparently cannot.
It was still an enjoyable meal. At least food quality seems to be consistent among the White Spots on the West Side.