Capilano is a neighbourhood sushi restaurant in North Vancouver.
i frequent Capilano Sushi for lunch on a regular basis. Mostly because the price is very reasonable and it beats a burger and fries any day of the week. I usually get take out and the orders are usually ready in about 10 minutes if they aren't too busy. But i always seem to get really weird looks when i pick up my food. They are quite rude. Other Japanese restaurants i have been to the people are very polite and friendly. But not this place. Have a shot of Saki and take a chill pill or something, a smile wouldn't hurt anyone. Tempura is a little greasy and the rice from Chicken teriyaki dish tasted funny on a few occasions.
This restaurant is in the same strip mall as Save-On and it has a big sign advertising cheap combos. I was feeling the need for sushi, and in I went. I was not disappointed.
The ambience is just average, but the place is clean and the service is okay. They do a huge takeout business but there are tables for dining in. The sushi is actually pretty good. The sushi chef is a Japanese guy, which is always a good sign. I had a California roll, a cucumber roll, some miso and both tuna and salmon nigiri sushi. All were a solid 7/10. Not the best ever, but good if you want some takeout in a hurry. There are lots of sushi joints on the North Shore. This one is a reliable choice.
Noticed this place when passing by and decided to try it at a later date after seeing the below positive reviews. Otherwise I might never have tried it as it looked a bit too much hole in the wall for my tastes.
Food started off very well, the miso soup was actually the tastiest I've had in years. I'm a miso soup fiend so this made me very happy. Next the sunomono and this is where things started to go a bit weird. The shrimp while generous tasted weird - took me a bit to realize that I think it is just canned shrimp thrown straight on top without being washed or anything, resulting in salty shrimp which just made for a weird tasting dish. Tempura and chicken karaage were ok. The rest of the food not so good. The california roll was the worst I have ever had, it even looked pathetic. While I don't know for sure, it tastes to me like much of the maki and possibly nigiri is prepared well ahead of time. The sushi rice is stale and going hard. Wife agreed it was terrible. I can't stand sushi that isn't made fresh. The sushi itself gets a 1 star rating.
ChaisuBow's review made me think this place might be somewhat authentic given the mention of the japanese chef but I saw no sign of anyone remotely japanese working in there - not that I care, just relating what I saw.
While the prices on the surface appear cheap and there are probably some good deals (bentos for 5.95), the bill at the end for a decent but modest order of food ended up costing a fair bit more than say lunch would cost at I Love Sushi, and the food is WAY better there. So I can't give too high a value.
Service while starting off a bit shakey with a mumbling server turned out reasonably decent when another better server took care of everything else.
There was nothing but gaijin in there which makes me think most people coming here don't really know how bad the sushi really is.
I eat here pretty regularly.
Last night I had another great meal.The spicy tuna sashimi at $5 for 4 pieces is a screaming deal.
The chicken karage is 5 pieces of chicken wings accompanied by a huge salad all for $5.
The best deal is the toro sushi at $1.30 per piece, this is awesome and melts in your mouth.
Service is good and the tea is always filled regularly.
Most everything I have tried is great value for the dollar.
The ambience is not someplace you want to take a date, but for great cheap Japanese, I come here regularly.
I go to this place everytime I want some sushi in a hurry. I ususally go for the bento boxes, which at $5.95 is a deal. The sushi is not bad, not the best and the chiken teriyaki is ok as well. However, the service is what I have a big problem with. I was there last night and like every other time the waitress takes forever to come and get your order (ok, fine! i understand! sometimes they're busy!). But you better not ask for anything else in the middle of your meal. Everytime I have japanese food I'd like to get some teriyaki and hot sause on the side and also a glass of water. And everytime I go to this palce she takes our order so quickly that I don't get the chnace to tell her about the sauces i'd like! so i usually wait until i get my order and then ask her for it. But even then, she doesn't let you finish what you're saying so she usually only hears half of my order and when i ask for something else (water!) she usually mumbles something and says something like "is that all? anythign else?" in a really rude tone! well i'm a paying customer and i'd like to get my order and what i asked for on the side. And its not like she was very busy or anything. After she brought everything I aksed for she went back to the table by the door and started reading her newspaper!!!
Anyhow, I'm looking for a better japanese restaurant around North Van with a better service.
I always enjoy my lunch at Capilano Sushi. Take out is always quick and the food is always good. They have specials for under $7.00 that are well worth it. Give this place a try and you won't regret it. I've tried all their local competitors and I say for the price you can't beat Capilano Sushi. One of my favorite lunch spots on the north shore.
A couple of months ago Capilano Sushi was taken over by new owners - I never visited it before the new owners so can't compare but for people who reviewed the restaurant prior to June 2010, consider re-visiting as the new owners and managers may have changed anything you were unhappy with.
I make this recommendation only because I love this place! I work a 5-minute drive away - which is actually 10 minutes, at least, once you take into account busy Marine Drive lunchtime traffic - but I make the trek, even though there's a sushi place right next door to work, because the value is undeniable. I am vegetarian so can only talk about their veggie sushi, but I ordered a yam tempura roll and vegetable roll and was stuffed, and it cost $4.75 (+ tax). I mean, come on!
The place next door to where I work sells those rolls for $3.99 each, so I pay $8 + tax for the same... and it's not nearly as large, so not as filling. The plates, cutlery, furniture and ambience are also updated and new and make you feel as though you're eating at a modern sushi joint. At lunchtime I see lots of single businesspeople either eating in alone or picking up takeout, and a few families as well, so it's good for everyone. Highly recommended, best value sushi place I've found throughout the Lower Mainland, not just on the North Shore!
This place is nothing special, but it is a bargain and overall very tasty. My Japanese wife says it's quite far from authentic, but she always enjoys the meal.
It's close to home and the take-out is ready fast. It's less costly than fast food and far superior in quality. A whopper meal is priced similarly, but always upsets my stomach and feels hazardous to the health!
As for service, it's okay - there seems to be new staff and language limitations may make some appear rude. They seem to give it an honest effort and big tips are not really expected.
This place is not in a high-traffic area and is reliable and good! Also worth mentioning - their selection of Japanese beers are also well-priced! Asahi, Sapporo, and Kirin - all delicious!!
I've gotten take-out from this place a few times and the service has always been rude. Today was no an exception. They had accidently charged my order to the lady in front of me. They didn't even bother to address the first customers mix-up but instead, looked at me and said, "What you need?". I said I had ordered take out and believed that the order on the counter was mine. The cashier then took the order I was referring to and slammed it on the counter behind them!! She was also giving another staff member dirty looks and sighing really loud at the same time! She then asked me what I had ordered and I said it was the order behind her. She said loudly, "Yes, I know, but I have to confirm!!!". At this point I was ready to walk out but decided to stick it out. I told her what my order was and she then threw my order in front of me!
I will never return to this place again. The staff is the worst I have ever seen.