Hamada Japanese restaurant offers a full range of traditional Japanese dishes and sushi favorites in an upbeat atmosphere.
We have frequented Hamada a ton over the past several years. However, since the recent expansion we have been disappointed. The food is still fantastic and the staff is very nice. The take out service has been completely unacceptable though. We always phone ahead and are given a time for pick up-but the last 5 times we have had to wait an extra 20 minutes at the restaurant. Tonight we waited over 40 extra minutes! We kept giving them more chances because we liked them but that is ridiculous! Only after voicing a complaint, we were offered a $10 coupon which, albeit nice, was not enough for chance #6! There are so many other Japanese restaurants in town, in order to compete they will need to make some changes.
If you want good, basic sushi in Maple Ridge then Hamada is the place to go. I always order a california roll and I am never disappointed. It is on the larger side compared to others, is not overloaded with rice, and is sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Their rolls are definitely a good value for the price. The dressing on their garden salad is amazing. I think it is a mixture of apple sauce and vinegar, something like that. Their bento boxes are a good deal during the lunch hour. The servers and chefs are friendly and welcoming, which makes for an intimate dinning experience. There are always lots of people getting take out, especially during the evening. Sometimes, the staff looks a little rushed, and will quickly take your oder and give you your food. The music could be better in order to appeal to a wider variety of customers.
THE GOOD STUFF:
Hamada is our standard go-to place for sushi in Maple Ridge. The food has always been good. We've chosen a fair variety of items including the standard miso soup (fantastic) and sunomono (almost always good, but occasionally the noodles aren't prepared properly), as well as salmon, tuna, and ebi nigiri, udon, California and Philadelphia rolls, and agadashi tofu. There's something my husband always orders as well -- chicken with teriyaki sauce on a skewer -- that he enjoys very much, but the name of which I can't recall.
We also appreciate the sample item this is brought around nearly every visit, and the oranges at the end of the meal.
THE LESS GOOD STUFF:
The prices at Hamada did increase at some point earlier this year, which is unfortunate, but expected. The prices had remained fixed for quite some time. I used to regulary order the tempura udon, because it was such a fantastic deal -- an order of assorted tempura and a full vegetable udon for only $7 or $8. This is now closer to $10 or $11, if I correctly recall.
On a slightly negative note, I would like to comment on the udon, which is meant to be made with fish stock. I have, on more than one occasion when ordering either tempura udon or vegetable udon found a piece of chicken in my order. As someone who does not eat land-dwelling creatures, this was very frustrating and was a deterred me from visiting for a while. The language barrier between myself and some of the waitstaff make it very difficult at times to address this issue, and I have not felt it necessary to bring my concerns to management.
And one last thing in the negative category is something just recently brought to my attention and that is the Fraser Health Authority's Food Inspection Report for Hamada. I've included the link so that you can search for Hamada (or other restaurants for that matter) and read for yourselves, but the pattern seems to indicate problems, which are resolved in time for the follow-up inspections, only to recur again and again. This does make my feel somewhat less confident about Hamada, but hopefully they've got themselves back on track. It would be a shame to lose Hamada, but they'll have to work to keep these health issues under control.
Food Inspection Report: http://www.healthspace.ca/Clients/FHA/FHA_Website.nsf/
I've been going here for years! It's great.
Their staff are super friendly and service is always fast even when it's busy!!
Lots of parking. It's always across the street from Dairy Queen so that's a plus!!!
They have the best kanisake tempura yummmmm!!!!! The avocado is always fresh ( I hate when sushi places use bad avocado).
This is my favorite Japanese restaurant around. I have found the food incredible (sushi and recently the teriyaki dishes), service is always friendly and prompt. Recent updates to the decor has enhanced the dine-in experience. They have an extensive menu of sushi. Prices are also very reasonable. Hours are good (I am a late night eater).
A great value. We eat here regularly as it has a high quality and good value. The staff are very friendly. The ambiance is nice - bustling and happy usually howver it does get a bit warm on hot hot days and could use some new paint colours maybe but over all really great place.
Being an avid Sushi Enthusiast I rather enjoy my quality in a great find without paying through the leather of my wallet. From Sushi bar to Tepenyaki I was thoroughly impressed with this small Business..
At first glance you have a Family business that reachs a near 90% capacity on a regular business day. The staff are always curtious and engage you with an immediate welcome. No chance of not getting noticed here. The Hamada Restaurant operates a very clean and efficient modern style dinner house. Menu consists of traditional Japanese Food, with an extensive Maki list. Pricing is listed below average for outside the city. The owner and staff are well connected with the community and are in my opinion the best place to dine in Maple Ridge.
I love the staff here. They are always nice and friendly. One of the other things I love about this place is the absolutely delicious complimentary roll you get after you've ordered. It is always soooooo good!
My favourite roll is a dynamite roll, but my only problem is the need to make it so big...why?
I think it should only have the fried shrimp and a small piece of cucumber. I hate having to either bite my roll in half OR shoving the whole thing in my mouth and covering my mouth with a napkin so other people don't see it hanging out of my mouth.
It shouldn't be the size of the roll that matters but the quality of it!