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Sushi Oyama

5152 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H2E8
Tel: (604) 568-1012
Fax: (604) 558-0412
Neighbourhood: Metrotown

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Oyama is Oishii (Delicious!)
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 24, 2011 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

Been here twice and the sushi is always delicious and well portioned for the price. I love their special rolls, such as the Black Dragon Roll, the Awesome Roll and the Mangodise Roll.

On this second visit on a Thursday night around 5pm, it was just filling up. The ambiance inside this heritage home is warm, cozy and you don't feel like you're squished in with the other patrons like other popular sushi places. By the time we left 1.5 hours later the place was busy and buzzing!

All of our food came quickly and had good presentation on the plate. The sushi was nicely wrapped, yummy & fresh. Service ranges anywhere from non-existent to kind of friendly. On this particular night, I think they were a bit short-staffed so the head waitress was a bit short with everyone, otherwise it was a smooth service.

Prices are very reasonable and a good bang for your buck. The portions are great and generous. We were pretty stuffed from the the food we had. Between the 3 of us, we ordered the Tako Yaki, a miso soup, the Salmon Gama, the Mangodise and Awesome Rolls, a Maki Combo B and a piece of Saba Nigiri sushi and the total only came to $38! Great value for great sushi!

Worth every bite, totally recommended. =)

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My new destination for Japanese and Sushi
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 8:32am [Dine in]

I decided to try this place based on the positive reviews on Dinehere.ca

I am sooooo glad that I visited!!

I'll start with the ambiance. I loved the old house. I know that it use to be a funeral home (I have a weird sense of humour, so I actually like the history of the structure). I imagine that it might have been a merchants private residence at one point. It appears to be a Victorian era mansion, complete with stained glass windows and period lighting on the outside. Combining with this old world British charm, there is Zen like decorating on the interior. It is an unusual combination - but I liked it.

We sat on the porch, which was huge (one little warning - there are lots of stairs so people with disabilities and people needing strollers take note). It was a pleasant evening and my whole family was comfortable the entire time.

We ordered Chicken Teriyaki with rice ($7.80) to be split for the kids. We also ordered Assorted Tempura ($6.50) and Prawn Tempura ($7.50) and an order of Assorted Sushi Combo ($11.99). Hubby and I also had an order each of the Gomae (spinach salad). My husband and I had Japanese beer and the kids each had a pop.

The Gomae was very good. The spinach was done right and the sauce was lighter than many places (tasty, but not overpowering). The chicken teriyaki was tasty. The Sushi pieces were HUGE and very nice. The Tempura was the best I had ever had. Light batter, not greasy and very tasty. The sauce for the tempura was also very, very nice.

I will go again. If dining as a couple, I recommend ordering the Assorted Tempura. There were two pieces of each type served - so this is a perfect sharing dish for two.

My only quibble is that I wish that they would have a better choice of combo plates (like a Bento Box selection) so that diners could have small portions of favourites (including sushi/sashimi and hot food).

There is a smile on my face as I type this review just thinking about the good meal that I had there. :)

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Very Affordable
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 11:13pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here a few times now, and each time did not disappoint.

The prices here are really affordable - I don't think I've ever paid more than $15 and left here any less than stuffed. They offer a neat variety of sushi, and even with their specialty rolls they cost no more than $8. Pretty much their sushi prices are the cheapest I've seen lately. The only complaint is that a lot of the special rolls kinda look and taste the same. They are all finished with the same sauces.

Service is good and the food arrives pretty quickly. I gave the ambiance a 3 because even though they did a very good job with renovating, I still can't shake the eerie feeling because this historic house was once a funeral home. 8|

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A decent choice for sushi
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

Had lunch here last weekend with some friends, ordered a few special rolls, the sushi pizza and seaweed salad. The seaweed salad was pretty good, it had some fish roe on it, which was a nice touch making it have some crunch. The sushi pizza was strange but not bad. I found the rice crust a little too thick. I tried the awesome roll, a mangodise roll and a few others. All seemed fine, but not great. I found the rice too warm and a little mushy. Presentation was good.

Inside is a lot nicer that the outside would suggest, the tables were nicely spaced, although my table wasn't that clean from the last guest. Service was fine until the end, when they brought out the bill without me asking, and took away our tea/water without asking if we were done with it yet. It was not very busy and plenty of other tables open. We paid and left quickly as it was obvious they wanted us out at around 1pm.

There are other better japanese places within the area, so I will not be back.

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Beautiful sushi
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 23, 2009 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

It's a beautiful restaurant with beautiful sushi. The ingredients are fresh and they pay attention to details, so their sushi are tasty as well as lovely to look at. Service is not the most efficient, but everybody seems friendly. Even the sushi chefs behind the counter take the time to thank you when you leave. And the value is great - their California roll costs less than the pre-packaged supermarket variety. Other specialty rolls cost more, but still very, very good value compared to other sushi places in the area. Highly recommended.

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A new favorite!
By ChivalryX of Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

Upon reading the reviews of Sushi Oyama on Dinehere.ca my wife and I decided to give it a try. We're always interested in trying a new Japanese place.

We arrived at the old Johnson house on Kingsway and were pleasantly surprised by the decor. The inside has been reno'd quite nicely, and looks very modern. Sushi Oyama is Korean run, rather than Japanese run as some may have thought.

We were promptly greeted and seated when we arrived. The place was buzzing and busy on a Monday night.

We ordered a couple of our usual favorites, Salmon Sashimi, Tuna Sashimi, 2 Toro nigiri, 2 Saba nirigi and tried a few Dinehere.ca recommendations, the Black Dragon Roll and the Mangodise roll. The food came quickly and was presently nicely on the plate. No loose fall-apart rolls here! Everything was delicious and fresh. We highly recommend the Black Dragon roll, it's quite amazing.

Price wise, we were quite pleased that everything was very reasonable. On par with most value sushi establishments. Portions were quite generous. We had thought they would be smaller than places like Sushi Garden, or Sushi California, but they were quite similar in size. Suffice to say, we were overly stuffed from the food we ordered. All together, the bill was around $35 for the 2 of us and we were stuffed silly. We probably could have done without the 2nd roll, but it was worth every bite!

We've returned here 3 times since our first time, and have had excellent experiences each time. Even with a group of 13 of us.

Highly recommended!

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Sloppy food and service
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 11, 2014 - 1:52pm [Dine in]

Sushi Oyama used to be my favorite places in Metrotown to eat sushi. Its unique location is what draws a lot of people to it; it is located in a heritage building, to put it nicely (it was actually a funeral home. Their vegas roll is a winner, and so is their red roll and spicy salmon sashimi. When I visited again though, I realized that things have changed and not for the better. The sushi is made rather sloppily and carelessly. It’s as if the management does not care anymore. The service has also taken a turn on for the worst. The waitress takes forever to acknowledge you and bring you your stuff. My food was brought almost instantly but I had no cutlery for about 10 minutes...

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Extremely Disappointed
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

As mentioned above, this restaurant is operated by Korean people. This is not an issue for me, but to my surprise, this place is rated pretty high for what they could offer.

I had ordered an Uni cone and it was not fresh, but the sad part of it, is that the seaweed was soggy. I also ordered the tempura udon. The soup was full of MSG, but the tempura was battered with stale breadcrumbs and fried in old oil. I was a little taken back.

The spicy tuna roll was small, but also with sobby seaweed. Then, to top it all off, the Don Katsu Don, was also breaded with stale breadcrumbs.

The house was kinda cute, and the service was okay, but I can't see myself returning here for another dining experience.

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The BEST Sushi Restaurant in Burnaby
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 11:13am [Dine in]

All I can say is "WOW" when it comes to this place. I'm naturally a bit skeptical of sushi restaurants in Burnaby because Vancouver restaurants and even Richmond restaurants tend to have better quality sushi. BUT, I was SO wrong! Sushi Oyama delivers on their promise of "generous portions", "fresh ingredients" and "modern and welcoming decor". Honestly, I have nothing negative to say so I will post the highlights of our dining experience.
Food: scrumptious! My fiance and I shared a sushi/sashimi combo, tako yaki, mangodise roll (which you MUST try), filet-o-fish roll and an ebi sunomono. Their sashimi was fairly large and their specialty rolls were HUGE! The mangodise roll (combination of crab, mango and cucumber topped with multiple pieces of ebi and a mayo based sauce) was THE BEST fruit/fusion roll I've EVER had AND it was massive at 8 pieces!
Service: very pleasant and friendly. Our tea cups were never empty.
Value: Outstanding considering all we ordered! Everything came to $25.
Ambiance: I love that the decor is fairly modern but still maintains some elements of the original interior. I also love the fact that the restaurant is in what I can only guess as a very beautiful heritage home.
I reccommend anyone who loves sushi to TRY Sushi Oyama - you won't be disappointed!

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A must for a la carte
By Burgerandbrew of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Went here with a friend of mine, as it was a halfway point between our houses and I always thought it looked cute from the outside. I was daunted when I walked in because it was so romantic in there, and it was with a platonic friend. Oh well, looked at the prices but I was recovering from food poisoning so I didn't order anything too extravagant. My friend got all deluxe rolls and he thoroughly enjoyed them all, I don't even know how he ate so much! I had a crab dynamite roll and gyoza. Both were very delicious, and very reasonably priced. Service was as expected from an east asian restaurant, but extremely fast at the same time. I think they could really sell higher priced wines and martinis if they offered more of a list. Plus they had a line up as we were leaving on a Wednesday

I will definitely visit again soon when my appetite is back!

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A great value and a wide selection
By dh9833 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant a handful of times and I have yet to have a terrible experience.

The food is excellent but just a warning the maki rolls have a lot of rice so order 2-3 rolls first and then order more if you want more. The service is decent if you are there before 6pm. After 6pm this place is packed with people lined up out the door to get in. Every time I have come to eat here they have forgotten an item or 2 that someone has ordered, and this is whether it is busy or not. The food always comes out quick but if its busy good luck trying to find your waitress to locate any missing items that have been ordered. Once you have told your waitress they are very quick to bring out the missing items though. The ambiance is great and being that is is a house there are plenty of private rooms for larger parties, including 2 upstairs.

Everything is great about this place except the service is lacking most of the time.

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Luckily the food is good!
By tepidhobbes of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2011 - 3:07pm [Take-out]

Nestled in a giant ex-heritage/funeral(?) house, is a surprisingly good sushi place in this area of Burnaby. Definitely try one of the special rolls (the mangodise is great.. at least when mangoes are in season) or the sublime spicy tuna tempura roll. Enjoy the warmth from the (relatively) eager wait staff and the often-too-hot fireplace. Just make sure to avoid the wrath of the hostess, who seems to switch between being surly/rude to butchering phrases like 'bon appetit!' faster than you can say 'nigiri'.

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Consistently good
By COMPANI of V5A1S6 (21 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 3:50pm [Take-out]

I have ordered from this place probably 30 times now in the past year or so. I have to say every single time it has been good. I've had the gyoza, pretty much every roll on the menu, rice bowls, etc. It's always ready on time when they say it will be, the food is affordable, the quality/value is great...this place is by far one of the better sushi places to eat at. At least to me! Try the smoke salmon cream cheese roll, so delicious.

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Great sushi, terrible service...
By vwdarling of Coquitlam (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 16, 2012 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

The sushi was great, decent sashimi portions, the prawn tempura was cooked perfectly. The setting was awesome, it was nice eating in a heritage home, it added to the experience since it's not your typical Japanese restaurant. I would've rated this a 4 or 5 if it weren't for their terrible service. The waitress kept forgetting to take our order so it took over 30 minutes just to order. When it was time to pay, it was like she forgot about us. She was pretty much absent throughout the entire meal. Sushi Oyama, if you're reading this, please take the time to re-train your staff. You desperately need it.

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Very good sushi
By foodspeakstome of New Westminster, BC (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I had food from this place twice last week. Once for dinner with three friends and had take out once. I live in New West, so it was a bit of a drive to go pick the sushi up, but well worth it!

Ambiance is pretty cool. It's in an old mortuary, which I think is really neat. They've done it up nicely inside and the wrap around patio is very intimate, but a bit noisy (watching traffic on Kingsway is a bit of a bummer, so a view would be good, but what do you do!) The place is very clean and tidy, and they've done their best to keep some of the character of the old building.

For our dine in experience, service was okay. We were seated very quickly, but it took a bit for our server to come over and take our orders. Food arrived fast and the presentation was VERY lovely and well thought out. Food was excellent. Only complaint I have is that there was a LOT of rice in the rolls, so as time went on, we tended to de-rice the rolls a little bit so that we could keep eating all the yumminess! We ordered 7 rolls (including three on the expensive roll list) and mixed tempura (very light and crispy), two beers and the bill was about $60 including tip for 4 of us (three ladies and one very hungry husband). We were all very stuffed. Would highly recommend the Oyama Roll. It's a bit pricey, but very good.

Take out was again outstanding. Plenty of ginger and wasabi and again, good prices and very fast pickup times (was 15 minutes or so for a pretty big order).

I would definitely keep going back to this place even though it's very out of the way of my house in New West.

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Good ambiance + affordable sushi
By jazuresky of vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

After being there twice I feel like I have to submit a review for this restaurant and it's my first review...I went to try Sushi Oyama after reading so many reviews and I was glad that I did! They have a variety of good sushi rolls, I loved Awesome Roll, Spider Roll and the one with Mango was good too! for 6.95 some rolls come in a generous 8 pc! The service is not too slow, although the restaurant is quite big so they can forget to add some more tea. The view and ambiance is nice. just remember to make reservation as there is quite a bit of waiting on weekends. Try this if you like sushi rolls. One thing they can improve though, I noticed that their rolls are rather loose...for most of the rolls that have plenty of fillings it's hard to avoid the stuff falling when you try to eat it, especially the house roll..

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A lasting impression
By for2please of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

The food here is great. The sushi is well made and sashimi always fresh, although nothing special. The ambiance is what you'd expect from a regular Japanese restaurant.

I wish I could say that I would like to come back to this restaurant but unfortunately I wouldn't because of their service.

I was here at Sushi Oyama with a group of friends and we had decided to split our bills. I got to the cashiers to pay with my interact card but then soon realized I had lost my receipt so I waited in line to pay. When I got to the cashier I told her that I had lost my bill. She told me to wait a minute and then processed the bill of two more customers after me. Getting tired of waiting, I asked her again if she could reprint me my bill so I can pay. She ignored me and went on to the next customer. After that customer I asked again. This time she told me in a rude voice that she was busy and that she would get to me eventually. I finally got to pay after the last customer in the line had payed. It was terrible. I waited for about five or six bills to be processed before I could pay.

I understand that they were busy but I don't find it any way appropriate to shrug a customer off and even more to scold a customer like that.

In conclusion, the food was good but the service was terrible. Perhaps my experience could have been a very rare instance for them but it is inexcusable.

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WTH Happened???
By designercanuck of Burnaby Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 7:19pm [Dine in]

It was my little girl's birthday today and she chose Sushi Oyama for her birthday dinner. We arrived just before 5pm so that we could have dinner early. I had baked a birthday cake and brought it with us. We stood out in the lobby for almost 10 minutes and no one acknowledged us, even though there were only two tables of diners. The sushi makers at the bar saw us but did not call anyone to tend to us. Finally we were seated and waited another 15 minutes before I finally was able to flag someone down to take our order. We ordered teriyaki chicken on rice, udon, dynamite roll, yam roll, gomae and agedashi tofu. The rice for the chicken teriyaki was cold, the tempura prawn and tempura yam in the rolls were refried (probably from the lunch rush) and the gomae was hard. To top it all off, after we finished dinner, we asked the server if we could have 4 plates and 4 forks and a knife so we could cut my daughter's birthday cake. The server said they have a policy that they have to charge us $3.50 if they have to serve us a cake that is brought from outside. Ummmm....I understand that policy if they have birthday cakes to offer and I brought one from outside...but since they don't have that option...and it's my 6 year old's birthday, WHY would I be charged to cut my cake??? It's just 4 more plates and forks for them to wash..... This used to be our family's favourite Japanese restaurant - we used to come at least twice a month. I think it's safe to say we'll never be going back.

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Awesome for Take out or Dine in!
By miss_saraa of North Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 29, 2010 - 7:24pm [Take-out]

I go to this place with my boyfriend all the time. If we want to even relax at home and eat we still order from this place. They're food is very cheap and amazing quality. I would most def recommend the Sushi Pizza! The service has at times lacked when they forget about you or your order, but the food makes up for all of it!

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Deja Vu
By tutfu of coqiitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 15, 2010 - 11:28am [Dine in]

Does anyone get deja vu when eating here? I do - cause the quality of the fish - even the way they cut and prepare it, seems almost exactly as sushi california. The salmon and toro is so fresh, it just melts in your mouth :D The plus side though, is that the setting is much nicer as it feels like you're eating in a house.

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