Address: [Metropolis at Metrotown], Ground Level, 236-4820 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 4P1
After an afternoon of shopping in Metrotown mall, it only made sense to have dinner at Sekai Udon Bar! I believe they took over an All-You-Can-Eat Japanese restaurant a few years ago, but they still retained some of the similar traditional Japanese restaurant decor. Seating is abundant and spacious.
One of the waitresses was very helpful and efficient. She escorted us to a new table when our original table was wobbly. Then came an awkward situation when we were about to order food. Our waitress was jotting down our order, and suddenly the supposed manager came over, and order the waitress to greet new guests instead. In the end, we had a different waiter taking our order. Awkwardness aside, let’s focus on the food!
Japoutine – $6.75
Japoutine = tempura-battered potatoes (or sweet potatoes) + poutine-ish ingredients (cheese and gravy) + seaweed sprinkles.
The texture of the fries was interesting. We thought they would be light with tempura batter, but they were quite dense and filling. Instead of cheese curds, they opted for melted cheese (I think it was mozzarella). Not a bad twist on poutine, but we still prefer the French-Canadian original 😛
Niku Udon – $8.25 (regular size)
This was a very traditional bowl of udon with dashi broth, sukiyaki beef, and assorted veggies and mushrooms. Very hearty to eat on a cold day. Soup wasn’t too salty, and the beef was tender (+ generous portions!).
Chikuwa (added side dish) – $2.50
Deep-fried fish cake roll kinda thing. My personal guilty pleasure 😀
Crunchy Spicy Tuna Roll – $4
Nothing too special about this roll. The “crunch” was given by the sesame seeds on the outside. Other than that, this was just a regular spicy tuna roll.
Cold udon (sorry, forgot the name!) – $12
Oops! We don’t remember the special name for this bowl of “udon”. The noodles were actually closer to ramen, as they were thinner than the ones put in the niku udon. Also, this was a soup-less udon. Ingredients-wise, it came with chashu (braised pork), half-cooked egg, garlic, veggies, and a special chili sauce. Flavour-wise, it was similar to Chinese cold noodles. The coldness made it refreshing, and the spiciness added another layer to the flavour profile.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Their udons are better than their sushi and Japanese-fusion appetizer. Convenient location (right inside Metrotown!). Try at least once.