Gaya Sushi is a Japanese restaurant in the new Bainbridge plaza.
I had dinner here tonight and ordered the chicken karaage, assorted tempura, a few rolls and the chicken teriyaki. Chicken karaage was a generous portion, and pretty good, but the pieces were too huge. Karaage is typically more bite sized. Assorted tempura came with 3 pieces of shrimp and a few pieces of vegetables, I would say they are slightly above average. The rolls I had were decent, and the chicken teriyaki was disappointing. It looked nice, but it had some bland bean sprouts and onions underneath. I found a few hard inedible bits in my chicken, and the taste was not great for me.
Service was hit and miss. Once we ordered the food came very fast. But unless it is self seating and there was no sign or I missed it, it took several minutes to get the waitress's attention to get a table. There were several open tables that were clean and without a reserve sign during this time. We were immediately given menus and left alone for several more minutes, with the waitress looking busy in the back. We saw her again when she dropped off glasses of water (we were not asked if we wanted tea or something else) and left quickly before we could order. Once we managed to wave her down to order, the food came blazingly fast. We didn't see our waitress again even with our empty cups of water, so we decided to pay at the front.
Dropped in for the first time and the place was packed and busy with many takeout orders. The décor is dark and cool and the service friendly and fast. The food was fresh and good considering we're in the suburbs here and usually that's tough to find. I'll still go to Kilala on East Hastings as my first choice for authentic sushi but in a pinch, I'll return to Gaya. Plus Gaya has hot food and a liquor licence too.
We've had lunch there a few times as we live close by. It's a nice find. Food is very good and reasonable. Service can be a little slow when they're busy but they do a lot of take out. The wait staff are extremely pleasant. Love the music they play. This place is light years better in most respects than a lot of the big name places. They have to be. They are in the burbs not close to a lot of commercial space. We will probably just come here for our sushi fix.
Been coming here since it opened around Christmas. A coworker saw it and since it was close to work, we thought, why not?
The food has always been good. The decor is really nice, but it can get really busy at night. I prefer take out, but that's just me.
The only thing I have a problem with is that they forget to give me the discount for pick-up. It happens, but whatever. Still really good food. :)
I almost always order the Alaska combo and the veggie combo. Flavours are amazing, ingredients are fresh and clean tasting. I've got several of my friends hooked on this place and I will be back.
So close to home and open all day instead of split up for lunch and dinner like some places. I've probably gone 25+ times now and as long as they keep it up, I'll continue to be a regular.
The tuna tataki roll is really good and for $4.50, you can't go wrong. Our main rolls are the tuna tataki, philadelphia and the alaska. The toro nigiri is one of my faves - not tiny. It's fresh and smooth and cheaper than most places. I also love how they have wild (sockeye) salmon.
Service is awesome. Always there with a smile!
I definitely recommend this place. I went in one day randomly and expecting nothing. I actually hoped it wasn't good so that I wasn't tempted to eat out so much. Well that's not going to happen now....
Keep it up Gaya!
Came here with a friend who lives in Vancouver and is a regular at this place. The first thing I noticed was how clean and well kept the sushi place was. Even the bathrooms were impeccable.
I ordered the tuna tataki and firecracker roll. The sushi here is fresh and tastes amazing. Yes, it is kind of expensive, but “you get what you pay for”. I guess my expectations for this place were exceeded, which is usually not the case. I would come back for more rolls. The service was quick (for us), our food came in under 15 minutes of ordering it. I am a rather impatient person so for me this was a plus.
I've done the Sushi Town and Sushi Garden plenty of times, but after experiencing crowded, busy, hot atmospheres with sub-par service and only mediocre food, I'd much rather come to Gaya. It's pleasant to eat here, I've never had to wait, and the servers are a far cry from Sushi Town or Sushi Garden.
Their chirashi don is quite varied and economical - we usually order this. I received toro (my favourite!) in the mix and the next time, I ordered the same don expecting the same mix of sashimi. However, I didn't know it wasn't always the same sashimi mix but instead whatever they had available, and I expressed disappointment that there wasn't any toro. The server went to the chefs and they prepared two toro nigiri for us, on the house! You would NEVER get that kind of experience at Sushi Town/Garden.
Their food isn't the BEST I've ever had but for the price, location, convenience ... I'll come here often enough! Definitely try their Bainbridge roll.