We are fans of Japanese food and during the past 15 years had at least a thousand meals in japanese restaurants not only in Vancouver but around the world. That doesn't make us experts, of course, but we have good comparison base.
Here it goes:
Food: some interesting items: volcano roll presented in an interesting way, but it was strangely sticky and drizzled with something which looked like a content of digestive system of de-veined prawn (later we discovered it was black sesamee sauce).
Sashimi salad - try Nikko Sushi in Langley and you will know what it SHOULD taste like.
Seafod Motoyaki - drowned in mayo, too sweet and sour. The best motoyaki so far is to be had in Tokyo Ichiban in Richmond.
Agedashi Tofu was great - delicate inside, crispy outside, sauce was just right. However, the bonito was NOT THERE.
Toro Sashimi was fresh and heavenly.
Ebi gyoza - where is the ebi? it tasted like ground cabbage!
Steak - we ordered but they forgot to serve it.
Overall, while fresh, food was mediocre.
We were greeted and ignored for about 5 minutes.
Eventually, after waving several times, we got noticed and were offered the menus.
Dishes came at normal-to-slow pace.
The steak we ordered was never served, which was just as well as we weren't hungry any more.
We had to remind the server about the tea.
The waiter, while smiling and polite, had a habit of bringing the next dish but never clearing the old ones - they just kept piling on the table.
Ambiance - casual bistro in a working neighbourhood, only 25 or so chairs crowded inside a space with capacity for 15. Every time the door opened, the cold blas of air was felt.
I visited this restaurant for the first time on my birthday and it was exceptional! The look of the small restaurant is wonderful! Although I only encountered one staff member, she was very kind. The serving portions are good sizes and the quality of the food was amazing. Our favorite was the seafood teriyaki that came on a beautiful large dish with rice, salad, potato salad, scallops, salmon, prawns, and another type of fish. 6 of us ate for only $80 and we were filled up. Seating capacity is approx. 20 - 25. I highly recommend this place to all sushi lovers!
Finally, an actual Jap restaurant with REAL Japanese people !
Probably 85% Japanese restaurants in the Lower mainland is usually not with real Jap workers. Spoiling the authenticity and quality of sushi and other traditional Japanese cuisine. Thanks to Makoto, we can now experience the REAL taste of Japan right here in Burnaby !
This is a big step up from the last place in the location. Actually step up from most places in the area. Food and service was both real good. Hopefully quality stays, if so, definitely will get busier as place is pretty new.
Menu has all the basic stuff, sushi and hot food, with fresh ingrediants. Best sushi in that hood.
Went there with family and had were stuffed, about $50 for 4 of us, good deal!
Food: The sashimi was very fresh and in the right proportion. Tempura is deep fried to perfection. The food is highly recommended.
Service: There was only one server but the server was speedy and polite. My tea was constantly filled.
Value: The lunch combination is a great deal but some of the other items on the menu are priced a bit higher. However, very worth it for the fresh and delicious food.
Ambiance: It's a small restaurant with around 7 tables and some seats by the sushi bar. There was interesting Japanese music playing. It's a very relaxing place to eat at.
Although the place is quite small and only have 6 tables and a sushi bar, the interior design is very nice and comfortable. The food there are excellent quality, nicely displayed, and fairly priced for such good quality food. It's not located at a very easy to find area, but it is just one street south of Royal Oak skytrain station so it's quite convenient. Also there's a large selection of food to choose from. I recommend this restaurant to everyone that craves good quality japanese food.