Went to Take Sushi with the girlfriend a week ago and I was extremely impressed with both the quality of the sushi as well as the very attentive and pleasant staff just like every time I've been there prior.
The value is about average in terms of price, but the quality of the food is high enough that I don't mind paying a little bit extra than I would at some other sushi restaurants.
As others have mentioned, the decor seriously leaves something to be desired, but when you're filling your face with fish, you tend to ignore these things after a while.
So, if you're in the area for some reasonably priced, yet very tasty sushi, Take Sushi is the place to go.
FOOD >>> Food at Take is exceptional! The spicy agedashi tofu comes highly recommended. Their house rolls are all delicious and arrive exquisitely presented. Negitoro (both temaki and rolls) is prepared as it should be: minced extremely fine.
SERVICE >>> Polite and attentive.
VALUE >>> Value is good, exactly the price you'd expect to pay for good Japanese food.
AMBIANCE >>> Extremely average decor... A decidedly not Japanese space renovated with little money into a Japanese restaurant... The sushi bar is cute.
We went based on the reviews and were not disappointed. The salmon and tuna in the assorted sashimi plate were good but the others so so. The fried chicken udon was fresh and filling and well worth the price.
Service was decent and pleasant. Ambiance was a cut above for restaurants in this range. The tables were clean and cleared and the patrons well served on the night we were there. Overall, a satisfying experience and deserving of its rating in its peer group.
We went to this restaurant for dinner and unlike many places they let you order from their lunch menu which is usually a bit less in price.
My friend and I ordered the bento box and in all honesty I cannot say it was terrific. The tempura batter was not crispy and light as it should be and was heavy and soggy. The chicken teriyaki was breaded and my preference is the true Japanese teriyaki marinated in teriyaki sauce. The bean sprouts were soggy sitting in the chicken teriyaki sauce. I had to have an anti acid after. Also, the service was very slow although they did come around and refill the tea a few times.
I am usually the last to complain about bad service in asian restaurants but when the owners/servers are actually rude to you, it is a different story.
We celebrated the birth of our child a while ago and decided to try Take sushi. The Mrs placed the order and was trying to get food before our little one's bed time so tried to put a rush on the food for pickup.
When I go there, they made me wait...(no problem typical asian service) They were chinese speaking and because I don't look chinese, didn't realize I could speak. What really made me upset was they were complaining about my wife's request to see if they could have the sushi ready 5-10 minutes earlier. In chinese they said in Mandarin ( who does this girl think she is, we'll just run the whole restaurant for her...etc. etc. along with some not so nice chinese expressions) I glared at them until they stopped, picked up my food, that wasn't rushed (actually ready later than originally promised) and left.
I worked and lived in the area at the time. My lunches consisted of friends who worked within 1km of this restaurant from companies with hundreds of employees in their buildings. I had at least 4 incidences where someone in the group recommend we go to this place and after my story, diverted them to other Japanese restaurants nearby. They all have not been back and have told their friends about the story too. I refuse to go back.
I hope they read this, it's one thing for slow service, I get that... but don't assume others don't understand what you are saying when you are being rude to your customers. That is inexecusable.
My 4 children and I are very fussy about sushi, and TAKE is always our choice. Delighted it showed up here in N. Burnaby 2 years ago!
The food is simply the best - bar none. Jason the proprietor is friendly, knows his craft and plies it consistently. Rice is always perfect, tempura light crisp and tasty, salads crisp and tangy, sauces always jazz (no generic stuff here). Menu is diverse, and it's all good.
Ambience is more than fine - it's not WOW but it's tasteful, roomy and ALWAYS clean. A cut above most other places. It's a NICE place!
Don't put too much stock in the review below by kama - there's a grain of truth in that service staff are only adequate, but you can tell from that review that some whining is going on. I've been to TAKE many times so I know it well; doubt that reviewer has been more than one off night. It's more than alittle irresponsible to review a place based on one visit... Suffice to say that TAKE isn't quite as fast as some cut-rate sushi houses because the chefs take enough time to produce quality. Try it!
Based on the reviews here, we thought we check out this place out. Got here a little after 8pm on a Sunday and there was three occupied tables and the rest of the tables were not cleared. We thought wow this is a pretty popular joint! One of the servers (there's two of them) cleared a table off for us. By the time the other server came by to ask us what we wanted to drink, (tea should be automatic) we were ready to order. The server went to make some tea (I guess they just ran out) and came by to give us our tea as well as the next table, again we indicated we were ready to order. Long story short, from the time she took our order, which were three bento boxes and a sunshine roll, it took them about 27 minutes to get us the miso soup that came with the bento boxes and then over 15 minutes to get the actual entrees. This is not Lumiere and we did not expect this long to get dinner at a sushi restaurant. It's not like they were busy at this time either, there was only three other tables that were still there. We overheard the two other tables had issues. One didn't receive one of their orders and the other was given a dish that was deep fried even though they specifically asked if the item was deep fried. The one thing the servers were good was going around refilling the tea. As for the dirty tables, when they finally decided to clear them off they piled all the dirty dishes to one table. Interesting. Everything was slow and inefficient here. Can't imagine what the service is like at dinner or lunch time. Food was okay if you like your sushi served on dishes that's still wet with water. Even when you ask for the bill, it was slow coming...wow.