Sasaya Taiwanese Restaurant

  My grandpa passed away this weekend. I still haven't really come to terms with the fact that he's really gone. He was a great man. He really was. He fled to Taiwan at the tender age of 20, and made a life for himself there.

I miss him a lot.

RIP Lao Yeu <3

Back to the post:

  Despite having lived around Royal Oak for 5 years, I never knew this place existed!! According to my mom, Sasaya has been in business for over 10 years now. So after walking around Metrotown for 30 mins looking for a place to eat, we decided to go to Royal Oak for dinner!!

  I never knew there were so many restaurants in the Royal Oak area! There's 2 Japanese restaurants, Makato and another one (which I forgot the name of,) Quik Bite, an Italian restaurant, two Northern Chinese restaurants, and Alvin Garden (which I tried the other day!)

  Alvin Garden was pretty fab ~ I want to go back and try more dishes!! :D

  Sayaya is a quaint little family run Taiwanese restaurant! Their signature dish is their korean style personal hotpots (similar to Hanju) but they also have classic Taiwanese dishes like S&P chicken, lu rou fan, taiwanese sausage, etc!

  As much as I wanted to like this place, we were disappointed by the food. My mom and I agreed that the flavours were pretty lackluster. The waitresses were really friendly though and the service was better than your typical Taiwanese resto! :)

Lu Rou Fan

2.5/5 stars

  The lu rou fan was decently executed, but the flavours fell a little short. The meat was moist, reasonably tender and pretty lean, but it was a bit lacking in overall flavour. The rice was great though, it was fragrant and soaked up all of the juice from the meat sauce! The portion size was quite generous!

Kimchi Seafood Hotpot w/ Rice Cakes

2/5 stars

  The ingredients were pretty skimpy in this one, there were barely any vegetables. There were a few slices of rice cake, 2 prawns, and 2 squid rings, but that was it. It was mildly spicy with a slight tang. The combo also came with a side of rice!

Some squid and rice cakes! 

My lu rou fan came with a marinated egg! :D

  The rice was on point! It was perfectly cooked: moist and super fragrant! I ordered an extra bowl and it cost $1 :D

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Sasaya Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. So sorry to hear that your grandpa passed away. Hope you're doing okay!

    I always thought Makoto was the only Japanese restaurant in the Royal Oak area. If I find ever find the other one, I'll give it a try!

    1. Aww thanks Raymond!! It took a few days, but I'm fine now! :D

      haha the other one is called Asa! I looked it up! Oh the wonders of google ;)

    2. I'm familiar with Asa. Very small place, husband & wife operation. IIRC they are Korean but it's been a few years since I've been there. Asa is very popular with the Bby South High School kids at lunch hour (and at Wen Xin Chinese Restaurant .... I was there last week), Sasaya and Quick Bite (used to be Georgio's Pizza). Asa offers cheap rolls and combos for eat-in and take-outs. Nothing unique nor spectacular worth checking out.

    3. Hmm, I'll probably get to it one day. If doesn't turn out well, at least it's cheap!

  2. I'm very sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing, Selina. My full condolences to you and your family.

    1. Thanks LR!! I really appreciate it :D I'll pass on your words to my family, they'll be happy to hear it! :)

  3. deepest condolences to you and your family.. /: my grandma also passed away 2 weeks ago so i know exactly how you feel, let's both get through this strong. <3

    1. Awww Rachel <3 I'm so sorry!! Hope you're doing okay hun!
      Thanks so much! :D
      You too girl...stay strong, we're in this together!! :)

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa's death. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    1. Thanks Food Wench, I really appreciate it!! I'll feeling a lot better now, thanks to you guys!! You guys are the best!! :D


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