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.
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!).