Edo-Ya Sushi is a fully licensed authentic Japanese restaurant. Run by a friendly husband and wife along with their team. They have an open dining room and then private rooms along the side. One unique characteristic about this restaurant is that they have a call button should you need to use it.
I've visited lots of BC sushi joints and this one definitely scores high marks across the factors of food, service and atmosphere. It's a smart looking place and the food matches that standard too - sashimi was top notch fresh, stir fried noodles were perfect, roll was perfect. There's special attention goes into the presentation too - the extra touch counts for a lot...
Chef even gave the diners a free salmon dish each. Easy going ambience and friendly attentive staff. We will return.
This location used to be a dumpy chinese restaurant. Now with blacked out windows, we were curious. We walked into a beautiful Japanese restaurant welcomed by a smiling little lady and a 'greeting' yelled out by a man behind the sushi counter.
We ordered a combo roll C which consists of three rolls, california, dynamite and chicken teriyaki roll. It comes with miso soup. We changed the chicken to beef. For myself, I got a cali cone and a cooked salmon roll. They dont have it on the menu but they will make it for you!
Absolutely amazing. The presentation of the rolls was beautiful. It was like food art! They cut designs of animals out of lemons and carrots and radishes. The Chicken Karrage is good there too. The sashimi is so fresh, and the sunomono salad is zippy, the plump shrimp is to die for.
Keep in mind, that they do charge for green tea. :(
When Edo Ya Sushi opened up a while ago, I decided to check it out with a friend. It was about 7:30 in the evening on a Monday or Tuesday, so it was pretty dead, there were all of two other tables already seated and eating. When we went in, we were impressed with the nice decor. The hostess came up to us, greeted us, we saw the nice booths they had along the side of the restaurant and we asked if we could sit there. The hostess told us no, because it's "3 people or more only". This was my first bad impression of the place, because having worked in restaurants I learned if the customer wants to sit somewhere specific, you let them, and it should be no problem at all if it isn't busy.
Some other things I learned that night:
They charge for green tea. They just plopped a tea bag in a cup for each of us.
The rolls were not very well made - falling apart, loose, and they jam packed them full of fillers like cucumber and lettuce.
The rolls were also mediocre at best, I've been to quite a few sushi restaurants and this one did not have anything that stood out when it came to taste.
They have a "call" button for the waitress. I find this ridiculous. I'm in your restaurant, you are serving me, why should I have to call you over to my table when you should come over and check on me? The waitress never even came over unless we called her.
That was my first impression of Edo Ya and I decided to never go there again, as Maguro has much better sushi.
Then the other night Maguro was closed when a group of friends (one of them being the same friend who came with me originally) and I needed our sushi fix. We decided to give Edo Ya another try after about a year, hoping the service would be better. Well we were completely wrong.
We walked in just as another group of people walked in behind us. We could see there was only one waitress working, and another lady working the register. The waitress completely avoided eye contact with us as she was walking around the whole restaurant helping the seated tables. After about 10 minutes of standing around we were getting irritated at being ignored, the waitress comes up directly to the group behind us, asks if they had a reservation, which they did, seats them and continues to ignore us. I had called earlier and asked if they were open, and the lady on the other line did not mention to me that I needed a reservation to be acknowledged. After waiting yet another 5 minutes with no notice of our existence, we left and went to Oki Doki Sushi in Ladner, where as it happens the waitress greeted us as we were walking in the door and sat us down within seconds.
I understand it was busy that night, we could see it, but there were also open tables that they could have sat us in, or the waitress could at least have come up, acknowledged us, and told us she would get to us as soon as possible or it would be a 15-20 minute wait. I found this service to be absolutely appalling and now I feel my original decision to avoid this place was correct.