I Love Sushi serves a menu of Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi and more.
A nice change from all the surrounding sushi places in the area. We enjoyed a few of their chef's special rolls such as the Energy Roll that has salmon, tuna, crab, cream cheese, avocado, & masago, the RJ Roll that has prawn tempura, yam topped w/chopped scallop, masago, the Spicy Mom Roll has prawn tempura, yam topped w/ Spicy Salmon & Tuna, and finally the Honey Roll-california roll w/ baked chopped scallop on top. All tasted great and great portions. Each roll was around $7-$8 but we were pretty happy with the choices & the prices. I wouldn't say they were the best sushi place out there, but the rolls are unique, and nicely made. The service is very friendly & efficient. This would be a great place to come before or after the movies next door at Silvercity.
We've driven by I Love Sushi many times since it's opened, but never given it a try. We finally decided (after having a major sushi craving) to try it since it's only 5 minutes from our place.
It was busy on a Tuesday evening, but no where near packed. The restaurant is quite small and seats maybe 25-30 people at any time.
We were promptly greeted by the waitress and taken to our tables. She was very cheery and friendly.
The menu was a little sparse, with many of the usual fare, and a few special rolls we hadn't heard of before. As this was our first time, we ordered a few combos to gauge the portions vs prices. We had a Happy Combo, and Oishi Combo, and a couple Toro Nigiri. My wife was a little disappointed they didn't have any Saba (mackerel) on the menu at all.
Once we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised to get complimentary Edemame beans, as well as a miso soup each. The miso was nice and hot, and the beans were nice and crisp. When the food arrived, the rolls were well formed (not falling apart) but the fish on the nirigi looked like they were cut with a knife that wasn't sharp enough. One nice thing is they used the nice dark sockeye salmon instead of the usual atlantic salmon we see in Vancouver. The food was good, and portions were average (not huge, but not tiny).
The service is certainly a reason to go here. The waitresses are very cheery and polite, and quite efficient.
The prices however, are a bit on the higher side. Our bill after taxes and tip was around $30 for 2 of us, but our tummies were merely satisfied, not stuffed like some other places. With the complimentary items it was a better deal though.
Overall, as it's close to home it's nice to know there's a half decent place to go if we have an emergency sushi craving, but I doubt we would seek out I Love Sushi if we had the time to patron other options.
I have been going here for 3 years and have always had consistently great sushi and great service. Most of the girls here are EXTREMELY friendly, always smiling every time I am there - and on some weeks that has been 2 to 3 times. When my son was a baby even the chef came out of the kitchen to talk to him which I thought was really nice. They are very busy but service has always been fast. They have decorated the walls with photos of patrons which is kind of neat.
I like there sushi better than other restaurants because I find that the rice is better than most - not too sticky. The yam tempura roll has a lot of deep orange yam and the avocado roll is always the freshest avocado there is. The prices are a bit higher than anywhere I have been but that is offset by the complimentary edemame they give for dine-in guests or the yam roll for take-out. That was too be honest the thing that got me hooked in the first place. For about a year (2010/11 ish) when I went in I was rarely getting the yam cone with my take-out meals even on large orders so my visits slowed a bit but this last 6 months I have received it every time, yay! If the complimentary snack was a gaurantee I would rate value 4.5.
When I found this place I fell in love. I eat alot of sushi and this place is incredible. I love the Hot Night Roll and Yummy Roll. The portions are big and one roll order was good for me. I like how there's bowling steps away too. Recommend to anyone.
I've been to I Love Sushi for a quick bite to go twice. Both times the staff are very nice and the food has been waiting and ready to go. The philadelphia role (a) is delicious and filling though its not the cheapest philadelphia role at $7.77, though definately not the most expensive. I've also had the yam tempura role and it is also delicious and filling. The portions are fair and its a way better alternative to buying food from the concession stand at the movie theatre. The perfect little sushi joint for a quick and delicious bite and its on the way to everything.
To top it off, we always get a complimentary yam cone when we come in :)
I work in the area and regularly get take out. I pretty much always get the Spicy Moms Roll...which is delicious!!! Sunumono salad is a nice portion and good vinegary taste. Fish is fresh and tasty and most often (when they are not super super busy) they will give you a free yam cone to eat on the way out.
Ive also dined in. And again, the food is great. Often have been given some edemame which is nice and warm and crisp and tasty as well...a very nice touch to get something for free.
While Ive never been disappointed in the food...its always been very good...the service is hit or miss. Somtimes its great, sometimes its not...but usually the crappy service is always from the same person who I believe is the owners daughter (she always wears Uggs). She never smiles and shuffles her feet around which is the last thing I want to hear while Im trying to enjoy my meal. If shes not serving you though, you can be pretty sure that the service is going to be good and with a smile. They will even bring your food to you in the bowling ally (again, if they are not too busy)
Overall...love this place.Get take out often with my co workers (order by phone and pick it all up) and Ive never been disappointed! Try it...you'll like it!
Another example of proliferation of mediocre sushi places in Vancouver. They all serve exactly the same food, with some variation of the sushi rolls: a little bit of cream cheese here, a touch of hot sauce there. However, you won't find a Japanese chef in any of these places: they are all run by the Koreans (nothing against the Koreans, but would you go to an Italian restaurant with a Russian chef?). In Japan, it takes 7 years to become a full fledged sushi chef, here, probably less than 7 weeks. Anyway, I thought sashimi was all about the art of slicing the fish to bring out the best of the flavour. My sashimi plate consisted of chunks of salmon and tuna that looked as though they were chopped off the fillets with a not-too-sharp knife. It is really sad that consumers accept such culinary travesties. Needless to say, I won't be back as I can find similar places on just about every corner in Greater Vancouer. I love sushi but not at I Love Sushi!