Very decent food, you wont walk away hungry from any of the lunch specials, the rolls are big, sometimes they put too much mayo in them. The patio is very nice to sit on in summer. Too bad liquor laws don't allow you to enjoy a nice cold beer with your sushi outside.
The chef is creative and makes some very nice looking stuff!
I can't speak for the regular menu however.
I do recommend it for lunch!
Tried this place for lunch and had a good variety of lunch specials such as boxes and roll combos. Tried their roll and sushi combo which was very good. Rolls included some sort of smoked salmon, tempura roll. Sushi pieces are a bit on the small side with the rice being a bit big. Fast service which is important at lunch. Room is a bit run down and needs a bit of attention. Will go back and try again.
Tried this place out a few months back. Actually I was really hoping it was still the lonsdale sushi and pizza as my daughter loved pizza at the time but we wanted sushi. The sign above still said pizza - the sign needs replacing =). Too bad we never got to try it.
Ordered a boat. The food was OK for the most part. The odd interesting item on there. However, the robata items looked like they were grilled a few days earlier and then just quickly reheated. Who knows what it was but that's how the looked and tasted - not good at all. Never had robata that bad before.
The water I got seemed funky (soapy or something). Turned me off. Tried to order a Cider. Was brought a draft beer instead?! Asked what's up, she's all confused, says they don't serve cider (it's on their menu). She didn't seem to grasp english very well - miscommunication. That's fine but she just kind of ran off in shame or something and didn't ask me if I wanted anything else. We were the only customers in the place. Don't think the service was malicious, more like clueless.
Ambience was probably the best part. It's small, but the booths are nice and the lamp shades are cool.
I could see us just having an unlucky visit, but there's no reason to go back so never did and never will. I did want to like this place.
Mrs. C and I were looking for some NS sushi and we decided to give ATB a try based on the reviews here. The restaurant is nice inside, and it is very clean, including the w/c.
We were seated by a friendly server and perused the menu. I had a bento box B (beef teriyaki, tempura, sushi) and a triple combo (tuna/salmon/cucumber rolls). My beloved dining partner had a chicken udon, and shared part of my sushi. We started with miso soup, which was like dishwater. Not an auspicious beginning. Then I had the sushi which was pretty good. The teriyaki however was burnt, and the tempura was hard, cold, and not at all good. We were given two pieces of free sushi roll, which had cucumber skin instead of seaweed and a filling like California roll. That was different and quite tasty.
The udon was reported to have lots of chicken and veggies, but the broth and the noodles were sub-par. On the plus side the chicken was marinated, which is a good thing with chicken udon. The service was okay, but the server had to be summoned repeatedly for tea and for the forgotten rice with the bento box.
All in all a mixed experience. The sushi was quite good, but the rest of the meal was a tragedy.
If you're one of those "Sushi is my religion" types and want only the most expensive, exotica and almost squirming sashimi and you think negiri is for the masses, this isn't the place for you. It's a good neighbourhood sushi joint. I did a take out here today and was quite impressed about the value for money... Cucumber rolls, futomaki, spicy tuna roll and dynamite roll were all very fresh and tasty... The futomaki could have been rolled better... All the rolls are quickly prepared and the service is pleasant... Everything together cost less than 15 bucks... That's a sweet deal...
Decided to try Aka Tom Bo based on the best on the North Shore ratings and reviews here on Dine Here. Have to agree it's really good. They have a wide selection of special rolls - we tried the Canuck roll and the Crunch roll, both very good. Also have some other good rolls, including mango spicy tuna and smoked salmon and avocado which were excellent. The only thing that stopped me from giving the food 4 stars was the presentation - the rolls were obviously made extremely quickly, and it showed. A little more care would go a long way here.
One really nice surprise was the way Aka Tom-Bo serves their agadashi - the quite large tofu cubes are served on a separate plate rather than in the sauce. You just dipped each piece in the accompanying sauce, so there were no soggy pieces at the bottom of the bowl. Great idea.
The restaurant was very clean, the ambience is fine for a lower end place and the service was very prompt and friendly. We will definitely be returning soon.
I tried this place after having some of their rolls at a friends place as take out. I liked it so much that I took the family for a night out here.( I think the owner is Japanese, but I've been wrong before!)
First off the place is CLEAN, a nice change from my usual sushi Town or Sushi garden spots! ( They are starting to get a bit gross!) The specialty rolls are amazing! I HIGHLY recommend the Crispy spicy tuna roll, it's my new fave, they have a rice free roll using cucumber as a wrap and that was great too! They service was quick and gracious, because we ordered a lot they gave us a complimentary roll and the food arrived quickly thereafter, my kids raved about the Teriyaki don bowls and the tea was always full. The prices are more than reasonable and I'll definitely be back
I really like their creative rolls here. They are a good combination of creative and traditional/the norm.
The service is so-so. They are very stingy on the wasabi and ginger, you have to ask for more especially if you're going to have a lot of sushi. My favs there are the yam roll, cali roll, Canuck roll, Sakura roll, and Alaska roll. Also their salmon avocado roll is yummy too. Their other Japanese food is okay, my mom doesn't like the sunomono salads there, the vinegar is very sweet she says. The other foods like the teriyaki chicken and yaki soba are made is inferior sauces.
If you want solid sushi at good prices (lunch is 3 rolls out of the list for 5.99) then I would strongly suggest this. It's a little gem in North Van.
This place has it all i serious i have tried them all when it comes to sushi places and I'm not kidding this place even has a roll called the Crystal Roll, when you place it in your mouth it practicality devolves. It wrapped in a rice paper and the flavour is just making you think oh i could eat 20 of these there so good. My other favourite one there is the Ocean Garden Roll, but for me they know what i want every time i come in just ask for the sample roll its got crab, avocado wrapped up in a cucumber roll with no rice or seaweed. My 3rd roll for me is the Spicy Tuna Delight this is really good, it has that little kick to it that makes you coming back for more.
If you think this cant be for real please come back here and tell me your experience!
My friends and I were planning to go for lunch at Honjin. Turns out they only are open for dinner on Sundays, so we tried out Aka Tom-Bo. We're glad we did because it's a nice place for sushi on the North Shore. Honjin may have a slightly better ambiance, but the sushi here was just as good, and the service was great. They also have an outdoor section here for good summer weather. Got the Deal 12, and was quite satisfied, a good lunch for a decent price (sub $10). My friends got some individual sushi selections and were also happy with it.
Went to north vancouver today with my friends and discover this nice sushi restaurant. The place is small but VERY CLEAN. The food is great, Miso soup and Crunch Roll are delicious, the waitresses are very friendly too!
This place is incredible. We came here to try the ocean garden roll - made without rice and wrapped with cucumber. They actually have a few riceless options, nice for those who don't like rice (like me!). Also had some gomaae and it was delicious. Excellent sesame sauce and perfectly cooked spinach. The sakura roll was also delicious, as was the alaska roll and yam tempura roll. Tuna and sashimi arrived fresh and beautiful cuts. We were incredibly impressed.
The service is wonderful. We were welcomed at the door by the waitress and all of the sushi chefs. Our tea was kept topped up and the waitresses were very polite and friendly. When we left, all of the waitresses thanked us and the sushi chefs waved and said thank you.
This is definitely our regular sushi spot. More places need to get on board the no rice rolls. They could all take a lesson from this excellent service too!
Not sure what the previous reviewer was smoking but it was obviously a vengeful review - I doubt they've even eaten at this place.
i took my parents there last night and yeay! great survice, although it was pretty busy they still kept up and made us feel cared for. very young staff so you have to give them props for being so professional and talented because the food was top notch. we even got a crunchy roll for free just because. and my mom's salmon teriyake wasn't ready in time with the rest of our meals so they gave her chicken and then brought the salmon too as soon as it was ready. everything was well portion, beyond well priced and the place was so cozy and CLEAN! def going back and i will tell everyone i know to visit this place. :)
This is a really good Japanese restaurant. Very inviting interior, great oriental knickknacks, and the freshest sushi I have been able to find. Amazing fresh. Quizzed the waitress and she agreed that everything is straight from airport from Japan. It is a tad expensive, but the quality is there. Try the house Roll, it's amazing. We drive out from Vancouver and glad we were to eat sushi here. Definatley worth the drive or if you are driving through. Service is typical Asian of course. This isn't like Keg but the roll is yummy.
I have been going for sushi on Lonsdale for over 10 years. I have found Aka to be one of the best for value and quality of the food. However, I find that their drinks are over priced so I do not have any there. You must try the Crispy Tuna Delight roll and the Ocean Garden roll. They have excellent lunch boxes, I only wish they served them for dinner. Give it a try, well worth it!
I've been to Aka Tom-Bo so many times
and I always seem to want to go back.
I had tried many sushi restaurant it's the best place in Vancouver.
And the servers are attentive and friendly
The food is great as well...
Sakura Roll and Seafood Hot Pot are my favourite.
If you go there you should try these two.
One more thing I would like to mention is their delivery service.
It is the fastest deliverly I have ever seen. Food are always fresh and tasty.
If you visit there once, I am sure you will be there tiwice.
If you call they once, you would call them again.
I really wanted this place to be great as it is the closest sushi joint to us but the simple fact is that the rolls, although creative in some cases, just aren't as well made as other nearby places and the fish not as fresh. Also I find the decor and ambiance of the place pretty depressing. I tried the fish cakes last time i was there and they looked and tasted shop bought frozen then deep fried. On a plus side, if you like large portion then you will be happy as their bento box portions are huge.
I have ordered delivery from Aka Tom-bo a few times. The food always arrives fresh, hot, and within 20mins at the latest. Best local sushi and cooked Japanese I've ever had.
Way better option to tradtional pizza or Chinese delivery food, and much healthier.
They are worthy of your business.
At first glance, this place would seem to be your average Japanese Sushi restaurant. It has all the typical things you would expect on the menu... California rolls... Bento boxes... tempura... etc.. etc... just like hundreds of sushi restaurants all over Vancouver. They have the basics down - the staff are friendly and efficient. And the restaurant is modern and clean.
So what set's them apart?
Simple - they do it all *BETTER* than everyone else.
I can order the EXACT same bento box with the EXACT same items somewhere else, but Tom-Bo's is tastier. It's the same but BETTER. Their Udon (noodles) are wonderful, with a fragrant yet delicate soup base - and in my opinion, better than many other Japanese restaurants that claim to specialize in it. It's just BETTER. Their Sushi and rolls may have the same names, but they are just BETTER.
Now, in addition to the typical stuff, the chef has created rolls of his own unique creations. And they are delicious. Try the Crunch combo, or their unique cucumber wrapped sushi (I forget the name, but you'll know what I'm talking about right away).
While our favorite Sushi place remains Sen up the street. and our award for best rolls still goes to Sen, Tom-Bo's is a close 2nd and offers a great deal more variety than Sen. If you love Sushi, you'll love Tom-Bo's
P.S. Try the Seafood Seaweed Salad too. I don't think it's for everyone, but we love it.
I always get take out. The staff are very kind and friendly, and the sushi is first rate. A overall very good neighborhood sushi place, and a standout among the dozen or so similar places in the vicinity.