Isami serves up Japanese cuisine in the original Isami style using fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Excellent sushi restaurant with daily innovative sushi appetizers, a bit pricey, but well worth $$$. The fish is soooo fresh, their appetizers are to die for. There must be different grades of Toro, as I have been to many and his always taste the best.
We went here for our New Year's Eve dinner and I was not impressed. I wanted to try this restaurant after reading all the reviews. The food was good but the service was horrible. I was most upset about the server telling me that she could not accomodate my food allergy. She didn't even bother to ask the cook if he could...it was a straight "No". I will not be going back to this place. Dinner was a huge disappointment to say the least.
Ordered salmon / tuna nigiri for lunch and all I could smell was fish. The salmon and tuna was presented nicely but definitely lacking freshness, which is the key to sushi. Another bad experience with sushi in Burnaby. For those that like their fish cold, firm & fresh, go to West Van. If you must eat here stick with the California rolls & Tempura.
My aunt and I wanted to go for Japanese Food near Metrotown, but had didn't know what there was. We looked on here to find somewhere that had good ratings, and found Isami. It was AMAZING! The best salmon sashimi we'd ever had...so tender, yet not squishy, and SO YUMMY! Their tempura was also lovely, as was the spinach with peanut sauce, oshinko roll and spicy tempura roll. I don't normally go for the spicy rolls, but this was excellent.
The service was also great! They were very attentive, especially the male server, and exceptionally polite!
When we got the bill, we were happy to see that the bill was only $40, and we were full of food (and beer)!
The ambiance was wonderful, very quaint. Would be great for a nice romantic meal (at an affordable price).
I would recommend this to anyone!
My husband and I come to this restaurant on a regular basis and I 'm in love with everything on their menu!! especially the new rolls they introduced such as the Pelican Roll and Kamikaze, they are so addicting whenever I crave for sushi this is where we go!
Their Nabeyaki Udon is very tasteful and I always end up drinking the soup, although they may take awhile for the food to come out, you could tell the food and sushi are done with quality, and is simply delicious, I always recommend my friends and other family members here and they also love it!
Whenever we have a family dinner with siblings, this restaurant is always considered. They have a room that fits perfectly for the 14 of us, although with the growing kids, this might be a problem in the near future.
The Chicken Katsu is a favourite of ours and has yet to disappoint us. The only problem and this can be bad sometimes is that they only have one fryer so if many people order dishes that needs the use of the fryer, well, you can imagine the wait time. I have eaten sushi, tempura, and teriyaki without any complaint.
The rating, 4 for food, very good, and to me, I think authentic Japanese food. Service, a solid 3, at times the room might be forgotten a bit. Value, the prices are medium, and to me, you get good food at a reasonable price. Ambiance could be higher if they updated the interior a bit, it hasn't changed since I have started going there.
I recommend this place to people I know, and I will continue to tell people about his fine dining establishment. Now, if they could only find some cash for an extra fryer.
Isami has been a favorite of mine for years. Their food is top notch. They are priced a little bit higher than the average sushi restaurant, but I think its worth it. The fish is always fresh. Everything from the basic rolls to the sashimi, to the cooked items...all prepared well. I have brought many friends to this restaurant as well as recommending it to many...not one person has had anything bad to say. Give them a try...you won't be sorry.
Service is definelty better then you would expect from a typical sushi restaraunt --curt and efficeint as usual. The sushi is quite good though --actually the best that I found when Ilived in the area. The fish in the Chirasi always has fresh and its no problem to have sockey salmon subbed in for the usual farmed salmon.
Went there on May 4th, on a Friday night. I didn't mind waiting half an hour for a table of four, but was extremely disappointed by the poor service. It took ages just to get plates on our table! I'm surprised by all the supposedly good reviews on Isami. The sushi were very tiny in size, and practically tasteless. At first, the price looked okay, until you saw the size of the sushi! Worst, our sushi came ONE BY ONE. We were still hungry after 6 plates of Sushi .. and decided to leave the restaurant, and walked to another nearby Sushi restaurant.
Absolutely disappointed, and will not come back again.
Best to book ahead and plan to spend a few hours dining at Isami. Children are always welcome. A favorite dish for us is the beef sushi - (thin slices of marinated beef in a delicious sauce) WOW. Fish is always firm and fresh. Sitting at the sushi bar and watching the food preparation is a lesson in excellence. The owner, Sami, is an artist. Presentation is everything here. Try it, you'll love it!
The price here is a littler higher compared to others in the area,
but you can really feel the differece between cheap and good stuff here.
I can't say the service is outstanding, I feel it's ok for its price.
For me, how i see a sushi resturant is depending on toro(the fatty tuna).
Try the toro you can actually taste the difference. The good one will just metl in you mouth, and you don't even need a bite.
It is just my personal way to judge a sushi resturant.
I would definetly recommend it for people like sushi and jap's style food.
I've lived in the area for a couple of years now, and decided in the Spring to try each of the sushi restaurants within walking distance -- the total number is in the double digits if you include the sub-par AYCE places in and around the mall, but I focused on the five main ones - Asakusa, Yakko, Yakko Express, Sushi Garden and Isami. Isami is easily the best.
My initial two or three visits to Isami were for takeout, and the food proved to be very good, with good presentation despite being, well, take out. On the basis of food alone, I figured it to be about the same as Sushi Garden -- very good. However, having had the opportunity to sit down at both restaurants, Isami is a MUCH nicer experience overall. The ambiance is wonderful, with fairly dark lighting and decor. The service was great, without the need to ask for tea refills, and an older waitress (who was definitely Japanese) who always bore a soft, unforced smile.
I was also delighted to find rolls that weren't on the take out menu...particularly the pelican roll, which is beef teriyaki and prawn tempura together. It was nothing short of delightful, and I found myself quite full after only three orders of rolls.
Ultimately, this is now my go-to spot when it comes to Japanese food, as it combines great food with friendly staff and welcoming decor.