3170 Tillicum Rd.
I usually avoid Sizzling Wok, Edo, and sushi/Asian chain restaurants inside mall food courts, so I tried Edo as a result of running out of places to eat on my lunch break. It’s located right next to Starbucks inside of Tillicum Mall( by the Silvercity complex). I tried the Sukiyaki Beef last week, and today I tried Chicken and Beef, both combos were served over rice with some veggies. The extent of my knowledge of Japanese food usually surrounds sushi and more traditional dishes/delicacies. Edo has some sushi but it looks dreadful, most likely with imitation crab. But, I’m going to turn down my harsh-meter, because it is what it is, it’s a mall food court. It’s not very expensive, it’s quick and it isn’t as unhealthy as some other options ( A&W… hmm… poutine and root beer). I find it humourous reflecting on my eating habits and my blog entries, because as time passes it hits me. I live a dichotomous existence. One is obcessed with food of exotic and luxurious nature, and the other loves greasy Americana classics. It’s an ongoing issue, but I’m happy with where I’m at with it. There is peace.
Let me break it down for you. The rice was actually cooked well( they have a massive rice cooker that I saw them scooping it out of). The beef and chicken were shredded into little strips, but they tasted good and they weren’t tough like I expected. Mushrooms were sauteed with some cabbage and mixed into the whole dish, along with some carrots. Both times I went here, I got maybe one or two carrots and they were discoloured, a novel grey colour I have yet to see on any other carrot I’ve eaten. Last week I ordered a spring roll with the sukiyaki for $1.29. It seemed like a good idea. Then I saw him retrieve a puny little dried up roll from the heating tray. It was truly unpleasant from first bite, dry and spongy, cold, no taste inside, just an oily tough flavourless roll. Single tear.
All in all, I would go back for the sukiyaki over rice. It beats the cafeteria at my work on some days. The sauce is sweet but not overly salty, and I like that you can add some chili paste or soy at your own taste. The guys that work there are quick and friendly. Get rid of those spring rolls or fry them to order, for reals.