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.
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!
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.
If this is one of the best sushi places on the NS then I am moving to Vancouver. Service was poor. The waitress was taking our order while looking elsewhere. She was writing her order on a napkin and her hands were dripping wet. The Miso soup was too watery. The Nigiri sushi, salmon and tuna come quickly enough and were just adequate. All the rolls we ordered were all made too quickly and were falling apart. The rolls with tempura all had a heavy oily flavour. I took a friend of mine who is a sushi connoisseur because of the reviews here and the NSN Awards. I was really embarrassed. Yes, the price is cheap but who cares.
The first time we went there, we got 2 pieces of their Ocean garden roll on the house when waiting for the food. They became out all time favorite. They crunchy roll was also very nice, a bit messy too eat but good solid in flavor. I haven't tried their Sashimi but I noticed the chef's presentation was very beautiful, one Sashimi my next table ordered was like Peonies on the plate.
We also tried their Teriyaki chicken Udon Noodle soup. It came with big piece of meat. But cuz we were too full to taste it's true flavor, it didn't stand out like other dishes.
For the quality and portion of food, their rice is very good.
the place is clean the staff is attentive.
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.
I have been to some bad sushi restaurants but this one takes the cake. From start to finish my dining experience was a nightmare. The Gomae was molested in sauce, miso was undrinkable, and rolls made me want to run for the door. How this place stays in business let alone won an award is beyond comprehension. I will say one thing about it at least they are consistent in matching the ambaince and environment to the quality of food.
I've been going to this place for a few months, decided to finally write a review.
On first glance, the place isn't much. They try and spice up the decor with some art, but it's still pretty bland and dirty. We had a window seat and there were LOTS of bugs dead on the sill as well as cobwebs a lot of dust. Tables were well organized and clean, and the chairs were fairly comfortable.
The server was friendly enough, didn't speak English very well but then again most sushi restaurants are known for that. She tended to linger around a bit and didn't really seem to know what to do at times, but was cheerful so she was probably new.
The food was average if not a bit below. I had the Sakura Combo(#7 on lunch special menu) and my date had the Teriyaki box#2). The Sakura roll was tasty but fell apart very easily. The Tuna roll was good, although fairly sweet. The kappa roll was bland to say the least, tasted like water. Literally. The miso soup also was very weak and more or less tasted like a mouthful of onion stock. My date's teriyaki was very dry and tough. She ate a bite of it and then couldn't stomach the rest. The salad was ok, as was her california roll. The prawn tempura was fine, the vegetable tempura not so much.
Pricewise, it's not terribly expensive, but more expensive than any other sushi place we've gone to.
The best part of the whole meal was the Sakura roll, which I would consider takeout at best. The selection of interesting rolls was intriguing but unfortunately it won't be enough to get us to come back.
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.
We have taken out from here for months now and have received fantastic food and great service 100% of the time.
Many people say Honjin is the best on the N shore but I'd argue that this is equal or better, definitely better value.
We usually aren't too adventurous with sushi, particularly with the cleanliness issues many of the restaurants have but Aka Tom Bo has proved to be great in all regards. If you don't already check out sushi restaurants on the Coastal Health website.
We will continue to go there.
Food, service, table setting - all done with care. Many sushi restaurants in North Van are on Lonsdale...how will you bring in the customers? Make original sushi that takes great, hire staff that are efficient and communicate well with customers, set your table with some beautiful dinnerware. The price was really reasonable too! Yes, you need to try this place. Few of the sushi restaurants on Lonsdale have all of these. Hachi Hana is another great choice.
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