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THE 5 BEST SUSHI PLACES IN SURREY CENTRAL

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Got a hankering for sushi, but you don’t want to go all the way to Vancouver for some divine tekka don? Well, I have the answer for you. I just found the best sushiyas in Surrey’s Central City area and I’m willing to share my findings.

I love sushi and I had a delicious time sampling this popular cuisine in the many restaurants scattered around the Surrey Central area. The following are my five favourites (in no particular order).

Sushi King • #102-10344 King George Boulevard

Sushi King is a newly opened establishment situated in the heart of the up and coming Central City area. Boasting trendy décor and an impressive menu including a varied drinks selection with beer, wine, sake and “saketails” such the Samurai or the sake-tini, a creative take on the classic martini.

Sitting in the restaurant, the ambience was unmistakably Yaletown chic, with a chalkboard menu on the wall, a high ceiling and minimalist tables and chairs. The wait staff, dressed in the de rigour black, set a contemporary tone.

The many choices on the lunch menu made for a prolonged deliberation on ordering, but my lunch companion and I finally decided on the Dyna Box lunch special. This box is served with miso soup, rice, green salad, tempura (prawn, squash, and yam), 6 piece dynamite roll and a choice of chicken, beef, salmon, or tofu teriyaki. That was a LOT of food — artfully arranged, and scrumptious. A truly satisfying lunch!

Sushi King is a great place to gather with friends to quench your craving for a little (or a lot) of Japanese specialties — try their unique “build your own” Sushi Cup.

Sushi & Roll • #103 – 10241 King George Boulevard

This restaurant is an unexpected delight — hidden in the heart of the city, Sushi & Roll has an extensive menu with several one-of-a-kind concoctions. I was tempted to try one of their special rolls, like: Burning Cheese which is spicy tuna, cream cheese with a special sauce and masago on top, or their Crazy Rabbit Roll: that is sweet potato tempura, crab, unagi, tamago and ebi all rolled inside cucumber but I decided to leave those for another visit and I order the Chirashi Don Buri instead.

I did not regret it. This dish features five different kinds of raw fish salmon, tuna, tai (snapper), tako, (octopus), and ebi served on a bowl of rice with tamago (egg). The assortment of fish was fresh with a firm texture and a subtle flavour complemented by the softness of the egg and the rice was tender. A satisfying and filling meal.

One of my two dining companions chose the Tuna Don Buri. She remarked that the tuna was exceptionally fresh and firm and the rice was perfect. She enjoyed it immensely but thought it needed a little something extra — instead of only sashimi and rice.

My other companion ordered the Veggie Bento Box. His meal came with a miso soup and a large lunch box filled with a combination of delicacies. A savoury tofu teriyaki gently fried with a mild sauce made a pleasing main portion. The box included a crisp salad, a potato croquette, a six piece avocado roll, pork gyoza and an orange half and was more than ample for a hungry diner.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our meals from the palate pleasing food to the friendly and efficient service. We left the restaurant full and happy. Sushi and Roll is without a doubt a must try for anyone who loves sushi.

Fukuda Sushi • 10537 King George Boulevard

When I mentioned my quest to find the five best sushi restaurants in Surrey Central to a friend of mine, she immediately demanded that we go to Fukuda Sushi.

Fukuda is a small, cozy restaurant with a neighbourly feel. The server/hostess was friendly, chatty and helpful from the moment we walked in the door. We were in luck as we had just missed the lunch rush, and the restaurant had only a few other patrons when we settled into our seats.

Fukuda, although small, has a varied menu with a lot of choices ranging from the typical offering of sushi rolls, don buri and sashimi. It took me a while to decide what to order with so much to choose from. Finally, I opted for the Spider Roll: a mouth-watering combination of crab leg tempura, avocado, tobiko and a special sauce and an order of edamame. My friend ordered her usual — the lunch combo sushi — an amazing array of tasty sushi rolls with a miso soup on the side.

Even though Fukuda Sushi is a small establishment, the food is great — fresh fish, succulent rice and a friendly, unassuming atmosphere with great service. A must-try when a craving for sushi hits. Oh, and they deliver too!

Izumo Sushi • 13631 100 Avenue

Located in a small strip mall across the street from Holland Park and Central City Mall, this tiny restaurant is a cozy spot to enjoy an enticing lunch or dinner.

The considerable menu offers an array of Japanese fare ranging from appetizers to dinner boxes and everything in between. Once again, I was torn as to what to choose — with so many choices, it was difficult to choose! Finally, we decided to share a few dishes and ordered Spicy Agedashi Tofu, Tuna Tataki and the Fall in Love roll.

The server took our order and brought our tea with a friendly smile and pleasant demeanor. Since it was mid-week and just before the noon-time rush, the restaurant was quiet and soothing. We did not have to wait long before our meal appeared at our table.

The tofu dish was superb the delicately fried batter enclosing the soft texture of the tofu. The dipping sauce enhanced the subtle flavour of the dish. Agedashi tofu is a favourite of mine and this one did not disappoint.

I had never had Tuna Tataki before, but now that I have, I highly recommend it, especially if you love tuna! Lightly seared with a smoky flavour, the tuna cuts rested atop a fresh, crisp lettuce salad, garnished with a lemon slice. The tuna melted in my mouth and the bright salad complemented the fish well.

Izumo Sushi offers more than 15 special rolls with unique names like: Tomato Princess roll, Knock Out roll, Goldilocks roll and Oh My Gosh roll all intriguing choices. The Fall in Love roll that we ordered was a stellar choice, Smoked salmon, smooth avocado, cream cheese and yam tempura rolled rolled inside a deep-fried yam sweet chili-mayo coating. Heaven in every bite.

This quaint sushi place is worth a try and I will most certainly return (if only to sample the other special rolls!!)

Tokachi Japanese Restaurant • 10767 King George Boulevard

Stepping into Tokachi is like entering a sushiya in Tokyo. From the minimalist décor to the authentically dressed servers, Tokachi is an unquestionable experience. Offering seats at simple tables or in traditional tatami rooms, with a wide-ranging menu — this restaurant has something to please every palate.
The server was very helpful, answering our questions and explaining some of the unfamiliar items.

The Umeshiso Maki roll (pickled plum & Japanese basil) intrigued me but I decided to pass on it when the server pointed out that the plum was very sour and was an acquired taste. I settled for the Special roll (tuna, smoked salmon egg and tobiko). My lunch companions ordered Edamame and Tuna Tataki (seared tuna with ponzu sauce); and Deep-fried Roll (salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in tempura batter) with an order of gyoza.

The dishes, from the appetizers to our main choices were amazing fresh, appetizing and delicious! The Tuna Tataki, while satisfying was not quite as flavourful as the same dish from Izumo, but the presentation was outstanding. My Special Roll was beautiful — an innovative fusion of tuna and smoked salmon. The star of the meal, though, was the Deep-fried Roll.

The creative combination of salmon, snapper, scallop and avocado in the delicate deep-fried batter was artfully displayed on the plate and tantalizing to the taste buds. It is easy to see why Tokachi Japanese restaurant has been one of the most popular sushi places in Surrey for 22 years! A must try place if you love sushi.

Catherine Johnston is a Marketing Coordinator with a love for all things social media. She enjoys crafts, cooking, exploring the Lower Mainland, and is big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is passionate about reading and has been a member of the Novel Thinkers’ Book Club for 20 years. You can read her exploits on her personal blog wordsartlife.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @CateGJo

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The Best Late Night Takeout Spots in Surrey

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By Manisha Singh

It’s almost midnight and I know exactly what you’re thinking. You want it, and you want it now. The only problem is, you’re sick of McDonalds, Burger King, and A&W.

You crave a delicious meal, exquisitely crafted by a real chef. But look at the time, what options could there possibly be? Especially in Surrey – a city where almost every sought after food option closes by 10pm.

However, to your surprise, there are a few hidden gems scattered across the city that are serving up fresh, sweet, and savory meals until wee hours of the night.

Luckily, I’ve done the hard work of finding them for you and selecting the best ones that I know will satisfy your taste buds!

1. Elvis Pizza

Since its inception over 4 decades ago, Elvis Pizza has been filling up tummy’s across the city! Located near Guildford mall, they serve gourmet pizzas featuring premium toppings and mouth watering homemade sauces.

Aside from pizza, Elvis also serves wings, pasta, and subs. Using only 100% real cheese, this pizza joint prides itself on both immaculate quality and freshness.

Elvis Pizza is open everyday until 3am, with the exception of Friday and Saturday where they stay open until 4am. You definitely have not tried pizza until you’ve had Elvis!

2. Desi Dosa Madras

Located on Scott Road, Desi Dosa Madras is a staple for authentic South Indian cuisine.

They serve a variety of Indian dishes, with their well respected chef, Chef Shijo, originally from Kerala. He shares his mastery of indian flavours by serving up fresh and uniquely crafted dishes to patrons across the city.

An absolute must try from their menu is the spinach and feta dosa! The cauliflower manchurian is also a crowd favourite.

Luckily, Desi Dosa Madras is open everyday until 4am, to satisfy all of your South Indian culinary desires!

3. Sahota’s Live Grill

Have you ever ordered a dish at a restaurant, but it wasn’t cooked to perfection? If so, that definitely won’t be the case at Sahota’s Live Grill!

Open until 3am everyday, they are not just any Indian restaurant, but one that embodies a unique concept that brings the cooking experience straight to your table. Their live grill gives you the power to cook your food exactly how you like it.

Along with a wide range of Indian fusion dishes, Sahota’s Live Grill also whips up decadent desserts and shakes. Whenever I visit, I absolutely have to taste their Kitty Katty shake! It is beyond delicious.

4. Donair Dude

Donair Dude opened its first location during the Winter Olympics in February 2010, and has been unstoppable ever since! They blend North American food culture with authentic Mediterranean dishes, to bring authentic Turkish donairs straight to your hungry mouths!

Donair Dude has plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options as well, including tabouli salad, dolmades, and falafel. Not to mention, they also serve fries and poutine.

Located in Cedar Hills, Donair Dude is open until 4am on Friday, 3am on Saturday, and midnight every other day of the week!

5. Non Stop Pizza

Non Stop Pizza truly has it all! They serve amazing comfort food in the form of Indian style pizzas and pastas, along with staple Indian dishes like butter chicken and samosas!

They are committed to serving the Surrey community, and have been for decades. Open everyday until 2:30am, Non Stop Pizza simply doesn’t stop bringing perfectly crafted dishes straight to your door!

And just like that, there you have it, Surrey’s best late night takeout spots!

Whether you are craving a juicy Turkish donair with a side of crispy fries, or a flavour rich pizza doused in homemade sauce, now you know Surrey has the perfect restaurant for you… And thankfully, they are open late!

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Say Hello to The First Ever La Pizza Week!

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You asked, We delivered! Introducing Le Burger Week
& La Poutine Week’s Latest festival- La Pizza Week!

The ever-so-popular “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” extend their reigns as Canada’s largest restaurant festivals with a new addition to the family – La Pizza Week presented by Saputo and delivered by SkipTheDishes!

From May 1st until May 7th, treat yourself to some fresh & cheesy goodness from hundreds of restaurants across Canada! La Pizza Week has partnered with SkipTheDishes and Saputo TM to increase its accessibility to restaurants and pizza-lovers across the country.

Get ready to partake in this interactive national community event that supports your favourite local restaurants and their mouthwatering pizza creations. This isn’t your average pizza party – this a national pizza party!

From May 1st until 7th, hundreds of restaurants across Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan will fire up the oven and get the dough rolling for a saucy celebration of La Pizza Week.

Each restaurant will be encouraged to create a unique pizza creation at a special price. Pizza-lovers across the nation will engage with the festival by visiting or ordering from participating restaurants and devour as many irresistible pizzas that their stomachs desire.

They will also be able to vote for their favourite pizza on www.lapizzaweek.com. This will allow restaurants to meet new customers and increase their awareness through their participation.

La Pizza Week’s overall mission is to support local restaurants by increasing their sales and awareness by participating. The festival is designed to encourage people to visit restaurants and to order for take-out or delivery!

As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains, “Coming after our biggest festival ever with La Poutine Week, we’re excited about the timing. The feedback we got from restaurants and fans was overwhelmingly positive and we wanted to contribute to our mission even more; help local restaurant communities.”

This inaugural festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of their partners. This includes La Pizza Week’s official cheese partner, Saputo TM, providing restaurants all over Canada with a variety of delicious cheeses, from classic Mozzarella, to fresh goat cheese, to their new, vegan-certified Dairy-Free Mozzarella Flavoured Shreds coming this spring, and more! Because what’s a pizza without Saputo TM cheese?

Additionally, La Pizza Week will be teaming up with SkipTheDishes, Canada’s largest and most trusted food delivery network, where any participating restaurant on SkipTheDishes will have their pizza available for pick-up or delivery through the Skip app or website.

Also joining La Pizza Week’s roster of partners is Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), who has been collaborating with “Le Burger Week” and “La Poutine Week” for over 2 years.

The organization aims to fight and destigmatize eating disorders. Through La Pizza Week, part of the proceeds of every pizza sold at a participating restaurant will go to the organization; guaranteeing free, immediate, and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

For the first time ever, you can attend the biggest pizza festival in Canada. Come get a “pizz-a” the action – this is a pizza party you do not want to miss out on!

To join the La Pizza Week community, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com/registration/restaurant

To learn more about La Pizza Week, please go to: www.lapizzaweek.com

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Joseph Richard Group Announces The Launch of A Virtual Food Court – Canteen

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The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) made headlines with the announcement that the company would launch 100 ghost restaurants in a single day. Ranging in the style of cuisine, these restaurants included everything from Obey Poke to Sweet Tooth Desserts.

After a successful few years, JRG has decided to revitalize the brands for customer convenience with the launch of a single virtual location for all their cravings – Canteen.

Hungry customers can now order from all of their favourite virtual restaurants as a single order through the new virtual food court style restaurant, Canteen. Much like a mall food court, Canteen offers the ability to select multiple styles of cuisines and flavours, without having to visit various locations.

All items are purchased in a single order and delivered by one driver. The virtual food court will feature eight of the current JRG brands, including Master Chicken, STAK’D Sandwich Co., Obey Poke, and Sweet Tooth Desserts.

The new Canteen will also feature a new selection of JRG exclusive offerings, including the WTF Burger + Fries, a indulgent, cheesy pilot project from JRG Public Houses. The Canteen menu will vary based on the geographic location of each virtual kitchen and their unique capacity and resources to execute the dishes.

“As popular as our virtual restaurants have been, we realized that sometimes people, or an immediate family wants to order more than one type of cuisine. Rather than have our customers pay multiple delivery fees for food coming from various locations, we are bringing it all together with a food court inspired concept.” – Ryan Moreno, CEO and Co-Founder of JRG.

Canteen will be available across the Lower Mainland, serving customers in Surrey, Cloverdale, Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Port Moody. Orders can be placed through Canteen on SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, or UberEats.

About The Joseph Richard Group

Joseph Richard Group (JRG) is a Canadian based collection of unique hospitality ventures owned by André “Joseph” Bourque and Ryan “Richard” Moreno.

The JRG team operates 25 establishments, constantly fine-tuning and elevating the dining experience for their guests. With top-quality offerings, an exceptional culinary team, and a genuinely kind-hearted service team, you can always expect the best!

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Miller Lite Created A Line of Candles That Smell Like Iconic Bar Aromas

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All profits for the limited edition “Bar Smells” candles will go to supporting the hospitality industry

While the world is finally starting to open back up, many are still missing the sights, sounds and smells of their favorite draught beer and watering hole. That’s why Miller Lite is releasing a limited line of candles called “Bar Smells” that capture the familiar aromas of the bars we miss. All profits for the line will go to supporting the service industry.

The limited-edition candles use the power of scent to guide the sniffer on a journey back to their favorite local bar. Every sip, cap twist, spill and sing-a-long banger will come rushing back with just one sniff.

“We know Canadians are feeling nostalgic for their favorite bars right now so we wanted to create an experience that instantly transported them back” said Joy Ghosh, Senior Brand Director, Molson Coors.

“We owe so many amazing memories to our local bars and this initiative is our way of saying thank you, and we can’t wait to be back.”

The candles come in three magnificently curated scents

  • Dive Bar : Must, Tobacco, Pine, Yeast
  • Game Day Bar : Salted Peanut, Jalapeno, Cracked Leather
  • Beer Garden : Green Moss, Warm Pretzel, Cracked Wood, Sunburn

Now you can bring a little bit of the bar home with you, all while supporting the industry you love and miss. The candles can be pre-ordered now at shop.MillerLite.com and orders will be shipped at the end of April.

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Are you ready to Park Sesh again? Stanley Park Brewing Releases Park Sesh Craft Lager

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Stanley Park Brewing Releases Park Sesh Craft Lager in time for 2021 season

As BC slowly opens up again, we’re all looking forward to getting back outside and enjoying longer days in the park. Whether it’s picnics, bike rides, strolling the seawall or playing fetch in your neighbourhood park, it’s time to get back outside.

In anticipation of these long-awaited park sessions, Stanley Park Brewing has been fine-tuning their latest release, aptly named Park Sesh Lager. Clean, crisp and sessionable, this easy-drinking craft lager is perfect for lazy days with your favourite 2- or 4-legged friends.

The brew itself is made with a unique blend of Sterling and Saphir hops and Superior Pilsner and Munish malts, giving it a biscuity flavour and very low bitterness at 5% ABV and 12 IBU.

Park Sesh is a great everyday beer that pairs perfectly with your SPF 30, your favourite backyard lawn chair, and your bubble – so we suggest cracking one open with friends (while maintaining social distance of course).

This easy drinking brew also goes great with food, so bring on the picnic bites – some sushi, a little charcuterie, or perhaps spicy sausage on your hibachi grill.

As Brewmaster Thom Riley shared, “I love making lagers and over the past few years we’ve experimented outside the box with our DayTrip West Coast Lager and our Electro Lager, so now we wanted to take the opportunity to come back and make straight up traditional lager. This highly drinkable beer is designed for kicking back and relaxing on those chill sunny days.”

He went on to share that Park Sesh Lager also came from a need at their recently opened Vancouver Brewpub. “We knew we wanted a solid lager on tap at the Brewpub and Park Sesh was born of that need. We’re really excited about this one and can’t wait to cheers with you”

Are you ready to #ParkSesh? Look out for Park Sesh Lager in 6pk cans at your local retail liquor store, order it online at https://orders.stanleyparkbrewstore.com/products/park-sesh-lager-355ml-6-pack, or find it on tap at select bars and restaurants across British Columbia and Alberta.

To keep up with the latest from Stanley Park Brewing visit, www.stanleyparkbrewing.com and join our newsletter at http://stanleyparkbrewing.com/signup to be the first to know about all our new brews.

Find us on social media and follow us on Instagram @stanleyparkbrew, Facebook www.facebook.com/stanleyparkbrew, and Twitter @stanleyparkbrew.

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