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“Great Value, Personal Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sushi Genki

Sushi Genki
#104, 95 Eckhardt Ave East | Penticton, Penticton, British Columbia V2A8L2, Canada
+1 250-490-9809
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Ranked #1 of 143 Restaurants in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $12
Cuisines: Japanese, Noodle, Sushi, Family Fare
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout
Description: Sushi Genki is a take-out sushi restaurant operated by Japanese chef from Tokyo and his wife from Kyoto, Japan since June/ 2012.
Penticton, Canada
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26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great Value, Personal Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

I have a new favourite place for sushi since Sushi Genki came on the scene.

I'm sure it doesn't compare to the famous sushi places in larger centres, but by Okanagan standards, Sushi Genki offers a delicious, beautiful selection at a good value.

Their menu is more limited than most other Japanese restaurants in the area, due to the limitations imposed by the small kitchen and small "staff": chef Kazuo and his wife. In addition to the sushi you will find some salads, udon noodle soup, and some desserts, but the focus of the place is on sushi, which is presented artfully and with love.

One thing that sets Sushi Genki apart for me is that when I order a dinner box with assorted sashimi or nigiri, I get a better variety of "chef's-choice" pieces than I have ever gotten at any of the other sushi restaurants in town.

The selection available in the "roll combo" plates changes on a monthly basis, with one standard offering and one vegetarian offering. As they don't have a deep fryer, their "dynamite rolls" are made with cooked shrimp and then sprinkled with crunchy flakes - a delicious alternative, although I don't know that they're necessarily more "healthy" as the name implies.

The restaurant itself is very small, and seats about seven diners at the most. They are licensed and offer a few Japanese beers and I think sake as well, if you are dining in (and manage to snag a seat). In my experience, they're very busy around dinnertime and if you are planning to order takeout, call up to an hour ahead.

Overall, if I just want sushi to eat at home, Sushi Genki is my first choice. If I am looking for something more varied or if I am dining out, especially with people who do not like sushi, I am inclined to go to another Japanese restaurant where tempura and teriyaki and the like are also available, and where there is ample seating with a little more privacy.

I wish Kazuo the best success and hope one day he's able to upgrade to a larger restaurant with more seating!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vernon, Canada
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223 restaurant reviews
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151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
“Not really overly impressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

The sushi is meh, not bad but definitely not up to the local standards set by Ginza or Evergreen and several orders of magnitude further down the sushi hierarchy than O'Zekis in Kelowna. The place is a stand up takeout hole in the wall so don't expect ambiance. I made the horrible mistake of not carefully reading the menu and ordered the small rolls which are not just small, they're microscopic. They're more like cut up cigarillos than sushi rolls. The nori was disconcertingly chewy, but the rest of the sushi was difficult to review as there was so darn little of it. The bigger rolls might be better but I won't find out as I'm not going back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Penticton, Canada
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“cute and tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

very nice place, nice presentation and good sushi.
a little small but they were just starting out and were very sweet.

Visited May 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Fabulous sushi for reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The front is unassuming, but this tiny restaurant has some of the freshest tasting sushi I've had. The summer special for $9.99 provided a nice selection and was perfect for lunch. lots of wasabi and ginger- what more can you ask for! A real find in a small town.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Penticton, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Real Japanese Sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Always wondering what to have for dinner is a chore. So we checked out best restaurants in Penticton and came across Sushi Genki. Ordered a take out order and was amazed at how inexpensive it was. So I ordered more and it still only came to $21.00.
Food was some of the very best we ever had the pleasure to eat. If you love Sushi, you must try this place.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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