Address: 6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4N3
Is a place still a “hidden gem” if everyone on social media knows about it?
Hi Genki started off as a hidden gem; presumably because it is located in a senior center. When we visited last night at around 7:30 PM (30 minutes before last call), there was still lots of millennial patrons waiting.
Some say the ambiance of Hi Genki reminds you of a college cafeteria. I say it has the vibe of a ferry boat cafeteria too.
The food served here I would describe as Japanese comfort food. On the menu you would see items like donburi, oden, curry, tempera, and udon.
Genki Udon – $10.95
This would be your “everything” udon for the indecisive people. It’s got a variety of ingredients for you to try: fish cake, prawn tempura, tofu, grilled chicken, and egg. What stood out for us was the broth. It had a hint of ponzu, and it made the veggies (spinach in particular) excitingly flavourful. Everything tasted as good as you would expect. Portion size is decent; it would fill you up but not stuff you.
Deluxe Genki Bento Box – $14.95
We were quite lucky to have ordered the last bento box available that day. It came with assorted tempura, salmon sashimi, grilled chicken, rice, and miso soup. Sashimi slices were nice and chunky. The star(s) of this bento box had to be the tempura. Batter was light and crispy, and the inner contents (prawns, zucchini, carrots, and eggplants) were still hot and juicy.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Easy-to-eat Japanese comfort food. We would come back again for more tempura dishes.