Used to frequent this place about 10 years ago, just went back again after a long time. Hasn't changed much.
Food is average quality ingredients prepared to average quality. Didn't even spot sockeye salmon on the menu. Some things could have been prepared a bit better but it was OK overall.
We went Saturday night at a peak time but the place was relatively dead. A single waitress who didn't have time to greet and seat us. The friendly sushi chef sat us down and handed us menus - and then proceeded to grab some sunomono noodles to put in a dish without washing his hands as far as I can tell. That was a bit offputting. I prefer the cooks to stay in the kitchen. The staff was friendly and service adequate but could have been better.
Not a great place by my standards but prices are reasonable, and compared to the rest of the garbage sushi restaurants in the area this place I am happier to visit mostly because of the friendly staff attitude.
Kiku is hidden away on Kingsway, in the London Drug/RBC complex. Friendly atmosphere on entering, doesn't seem too busy (possibly because they don't advertise much) The food is good and to be honest, the quality surprised me. I had a chirashi don, small size, good value for money and super fresh.
Will definitely be frequenting this place again
Previous to this week, I've only had take out from Kiku as a friend lives in the area and we'd grab a quick bite before heading out.
They have combos and specials and a good assortment of rolls, hot and cold items, and noodles and rice as well. I've always found their food tasty and good value; their combos typically come with a salad, sunomono, and rice.
The best value is their dinner combo B. For under thirty dollars, two (or possibly three!) can dine on ebi sunomono (with huge pieces of prawn on top), miso soup, california roll, 4 pcs of sushi, assorted tempura (with 4 pcs prawn + a great assortment of veggie tempura!) , chicken or beef teriyaki, and rice. The portions for this combo are quite large, considering it is a meal for 2. I was impressed by how quickly the food came.
We were greeted by all the staff once we entered, and seated promptly in a booth. Waitresses came by twice to check on us and refill our tea.
We'll try the "Winter California roll" next time - it's a California roll topped with chopped scallop topping and browned slightly under a broiler. Mmmm.
There's usually not much choice for vegetarians when it comes to Japanese food. However, their avocado roll is the best you'll ever have. Not only is there avocado inside, there is a layer on the outside as well. If you love avocado, order this roll! Also good to try is the kappa roll with avocado and the vegetarian roll which is like the avocado roll but with thinly cut purple (beets?). Very nice.
The sushi makers are very polite but last time I was there the girl accidentally overcharged me by $4.00.
Went here recently for dinner and tried some rolled sushi. The flavour was ok, but not as good as other Japanese places I've been to in the area. The price was about average and the service was ok, but really nothing to write home about. I came here mainly because it had a good health inspection report, but otherwise, I probably wouldn't come back because I think there is better sushi around Metrotown. Though saying that, I didn't have a bad experience.
we come here all the time. their sushi is fresh..my husband loves their spicy tofu and chicken teriyaki. i love their gomae and get very dissapointed when they run out!! best gomai i have ever eaten is here. their spider rolls are great too. the sashimi is a bit pricey and the size isnt the greatest.. servers have been friendly and some times run off their feet..i recomend this place to everyone..
We live on the North side of Burnaby but whenever we find ourselves in the Metrotown area, we rarely eat anywhere else. It's a tad grimy, but they are so tolerant of my messy toddler and clumsy 7 year old that I forgive them and we all love the food. The owner is gruff but actually quite charming when you get to know him. This is definitely a cut above the thousands of other similarly-priced Korean-masked-as-Japanese sushi places around Metro Vancouver.
Ordered Sushi here not too long ago
Bad service, not very well run. Its not a gem by a long way.
The sushi was appalling. Nothing sets the food they serve here apart from the millions of sushi places scattered through the area. Same Korean themed Japanese food. You're better off going to the all you can eat sushi place in the mall.
Been to a lot of sushi places in the greater Vancouver area. This one has always been consistently good.
Some of the best specialty rolls: caterpillar, winter selection (winter cali, winter unagi, winter dynamite), and spider roll
The quality is much higher than many other places, everything is freshly made right when you order.
Sometimes when it gets busy inside the restaurant, the service is slow, so if the place is busy get takeout. The guys who make the sushi are extremely friendly and great you when you enter or exit. Seen some waitresses come and go, but the ones who have been there for a while now are really nice and remember you when you come often.
HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who wants higher quality than ayce sushi. If you like spicy... their spicy tofu and spicy chicken are HOT.
I fear that I'm going to become their frequent customer. For a man who doesn't eat out much, Kiku's sushi are something to behold. I have only been there twice and I am already deep in love with their rolls, especially the House Roll. If you ever go there definitely order one. You will find it's packed with contents. Their rolls don't have too much rice, which is good because you can fully enjoy the sensation of the contents inside. I have been to many restaurants who either put too much rice in their rolls, or too much 'cheap' food inside. The rice is not sticky, so you can pick it up with your hands without worrying having to wipe it every time. I wouldn't say their portions are huge, as I have seen bigger. But their sushi excels in quality and taste. The fish is always fresh, the fried food is crispy yet not greasy. And they serve their dish pretty fast too. Although their customer service may not be too attentive. The first time I went there the waitress never came to refill my tea. But nothing beats delicious food, right?
Although I am surrounded by dozens of incredible traditional sushi and contemporary izakays restaurants in downtown Vancouver I do make regular pilgrimages out to Kiku Sushi in Burnaby because the quality, portions and service are so incredible.
The owner is always there ensuring that the quality never wavers. The staff is incredibly attentive and pay extreme attention to detail. I normally start with the avocado roll and then move up to their Dragon Rolls, Caterpillar rolls. Occasionally I opt for their delicious nabeyaki udon (tempura on the side so it stays cripsy).
I recommend Kiku highly to everyone. I have been going for many years (5?) and it is one of the only places in town I know I can always rely upon.