Small japanese restaurant. Cheap, big portions, and tasty. Located at Lansdowne and Guilford.
My husband picked up some sushi for us from this place one night when we didn't have a lot of time to spare. I was happy with the food - yes, very plentiful (I found) and good value. Since the rolls are so big, I will order less next time. The food was fresh and tasted good. I would not go out of my way to make this a destination, but I will definately eat here again next time I am looking for take-out.
**Please ignore my older review and just read this**
I used to order from this place all the time, but I don't know what happened. I avoid it now.
3 times in a row I've had extremely unsatisfactory sushi, definitely worse than what it had been 6 months - 1 year ago... when I used to order take-out at least a couple times per month from them.
As for service, their phone manner has become worse. They hang up very quickly after taking your order, to the point of it being borderline rude. No smiles (or anything pleasant, really) when I went to pick up my food.
I went in to have lunch before my appointment at the clinic next door. Everything on the menu was a bit pricey but the quality of food you get isn't really worth what you pay for. I'm not saying it was horrible, rather it was just OK.
the best thing about this restaurant is that you get a lot for your money. the rolls are large (or cheap) and the sushi is generous with the meat. a $1 salmon sushi gives you a nice long slice of salmon which could probably fit 2 pieces of sushi in another restaurant.
but quality-wise ummmm not that great. its not bad, just nothing special. but sometimes, the day after i feel a little queasy in the stomach, which doesn't usually happen when i eat sushi. i can't say for sure its the sushi that caused it, but its happened on a semi-consistent basis. yes i'm stupid for always going back but i live nearby.
If you're looking for a cheap japanese restaurant that will fill you up without burning a hole in your pocket, this is the place to go. I've been eating at this place for quite some time now and have never been disappointed with the food.
Their california roll is huge. 8 big pieces for only $2.99. And this is not like your typical california roll. The rice is not hard and they put a lot of crabs and avocado in it. It is still artificial crab but very tasty. I also suggest the salmon tempura roll or prawn tempura roll. Their sushi roll prices range from $3 to $5. I think they are very reasonable. Their tempura, teriyaki, and donburi are also quite good. I notice that this place handles a lot of takeouts which tells me that they are doing really well business wise. A good meal normally cost me around $10 and that would fill me up to the brim.
This place is only good for its food though. Depending on which moonphase it is in, the waitress can be quite rude. I think it is the husband and wife who run the place. The husband makes the sushi and the wife is the waitress. If they are fighting with each other, the customer may get some of the brunt. But I've only seen this happen once. Most of the time, they are okay. Don't put too much hope on the ambience as well. I wouldn't recommend going to this place for a date or romantic dinner.
But if you're looking for a good japanese food in the tri-cities area, give it a try.
I love this place.
They make HUGE cali rolls and when you order Nigiri, the fish piece is HUUUUGE!
I often leave that place stuffed after having one cali roll and two tuna NIGIRI.I find they have the biggest portions for the amount you pay but the sushi is also delicious!
Great food and a great price.
I used to go there a lot when I was still in high school, but never decided to write a review until now. This place used to feed me good with a california roll costs only 3 bucks plus some tax, which are huge and is the perfect portion for my lunch. But after visiting this place too too many times, I realized the head chef, who is always at the sushi bar, has some pretty bad habit. He likes to go out and have a smoke, and WITHOUT washing his hands, heads right back to his sushi bar. I've seen it too many times. So, just some friendly reminder, but it's your choice to continue visiting this place or not. btw, they have great donburi =)
As the other posters have said, this place runs off of the hungry appetites of the nearby students. You must have cash as they do not accept debit/ credit. The rolls are very large and well priced. Value is the number one goal. If you are interested in going for Japanese for the pure enjoyment of the food, this place is not for you.
The food is absolutely an insult to Japenese food, poor quality, suspect cleanliness & not much in the way of ambience. The staff are nice & you get a siginificant amount of food for your dollar.
This restaurant RUNS on the money they get from the hungry students of the highschool across the street of them!
The quality is unimpressive. This is NOT how Japanese food should be represented. Breaking sushi and not fresh fish?!-Disappointing. I am Japanese, and places like this, are just disgraceful. I am open to new twists on Japanese food, but when the restaurant cannot even make it ORIGINAL correctly...well...it says a lot.
I was appalled when I ordered the california roll and it was the size of my FIST! Really, this restaurant is only for those highschool students that want a quick, cheap lunch that will fill the stomache and that's about it folks!
I've been coming to this restaurant for years and I think it's pretty f-in good. considering you're in the booneys with little choice for food besides denny's and mcdonald's, this place serves great sushi at great value. the ambience is pretty standard for asian places and same with the service. the rolls are huge and tasty, and the oyster motoyaki is incredible. definitely worth a try!
Where do I start? The chef is friendly, it's rarely busy, the service is incredible and they get your food to you fast. The food is always delicious and perfectly made and we are impressed whenever we eat here. The rolls are big and the miso soup is to die for. The sashimi is out of this world too. It's amazing, we never go anywhere else.
Although Portion of Sushi follows the collapse of world economy. But you can pay by credit card, debit now. An obvious change is a new chef is behind the counter, that also may explain the portion change. You cannot fill the stomach under $10 unless you eat very little. However, quality of food stays, services are good. Support mostly by regulars, still one of the most popular Japanese restaurant around, it opens 7 days week, no wonder you can spot original owner/chef taking a nap during less busy afternoon.
I went to this little restaurant based on recommendations from friends and online. I wasn't disappointed. The food was excellent, particularly the california rolls and the nigiri I tried. The ambiance isn't much to speak of, but the food more than makes up for it.
This is the best sushi I've had in the Tri-cities area.