Hachi Hana is a Japanese sushi restaurant in North Vancouver. They are open for dinner at 4:30pm.
We've only ever had takeout sushi from the Hachi Hana as opposed to eating in but the quality has always been very good by the time we got it home. Certainly worth the struggle to find parking on mid-Lonsdale. Wait time was only 20 minutes on a Friday....awesome I think. I'd like to try dine in and some of their sushi bar specials and other Japanese dishes with a large Sapporo although I think the restaurant probably fills up quickly.
Wife and I ordered a boat, our daughter an udon. The boat was great. The sushi was good sized, presented well, and seemed fresh and high quality. It was certainly some of the better sushi I have ever had. One thing that surprised me a bit was the amount of wasabi they put in the sushi. Most (at least lower end) places don't put any wasabi any more, so this was more authentic. I had already loaded up my soy sauce with wasabi so it made for too spicy a meal. I would say they could probably put a bit less in. My daughters udon was just OK.
The place was full when we went, so the two servers were running around trying to keep up. I might expect service would be a bit better if it was not as busy. The sushi chefs seemed friendly.
Our boat for two was $40 and filled us right up. Pretty good value for the quality of the food, but not the cheapest prices around.
The ambience would have been my least favourite part. The restaurant was a bit too cramped for my liking. It was full when we got there, but we were the only next customer. Waiting for a table is uncomfortable as there isn't a waiting area, you are just kind of stuck in the middle of the restaurant and in the way. On a cold day when the door opens it lets in a lot of cold air. Other than that it was clean and well kept enough but nothing special.
Hachi is probably the best Japanese restaurant on Upper Lonsdale. I'm sure there are at least a dozen restaurants on a 6 block radius and Hachi is consisently the best. A bit higher price but you can see that in the food and decor. I don't know if the owners/chefs are Japanese but they put that extra touch in their food. Went for lunch and had one of their three bento boxes. Prices range from $8-$13 for the boxes. Love their Yam rolls as they put mushroom in the middle and the yam on the outside.
I love ordering the Chicken Teriyaki, when I'm there and comes out on sizzling hot skillet. I find their sushi is consistant in taste, flavour and decent price. This little place has a variety to order and its a great place to enjoy sushi.
Tried Hachi Hana last week after reading the favourable reviews on Dinehere. Trouble was I didn't remember the name and when we got to central Lonsdale we found 5 or 6 Japanese places between 13th and 15th. We tried Hachi Hana as it was the busiest of the lot.
We are very much creatures of habit when it comes to Japanese. Spicy agedashi, chicken kaarage, gyoza and gomaae will usually be found on our table. This night we also tried yakisoba, as well as three rolls and a few pieces of tako. The hot dishes arrived at our table HOT, which I really appreciate. All the food was delicious and worth the few extra dollars over the plethora of budget places around.
After reading the review of this place, we decided to give it a try. It was a weekday night, the restaurant is not busy.
We ordered Dinner Box A(Tuna, Slamon prawn Sashimi, Agadashi Tofu and Yaki Soba.
The combo came with miso soup, a little piece of grilled Salmon as appetizer, and fruit as dessert. The protion was good, Sashimi was fresh and good size . I don't think I can finish the whole box by myself.
The yakisoba was served on a hotplate.They used dark noodles (maybe buckwheat?), which was very tasty. Probably the best Yakisoba I've ever had!
Other than the Agadashi Tofu was a bit dry( it was served on a plate instead of a bowl with lots of sauce like other places), we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and left with leftovers for lunch.
I think the price is reasonable. Beteen the two of us, the bill came to under $30 (Not incl. tips).
The staff was very friendly. The place was clean.
We'll definitely go back.
Expertly prepared sushi, their sashimi is outstanding, everything is well presented. This place is a little more expensive than most Japanese restaurants but the extra cost is worth it. It's a small busy place so sometimes you do have to wait awhile for your food and the service has been pretty bad in the past but this seems to be improving greatly, when i say bad service it's not a case that they're not friendly just way too busy to cope and be attentive.
I tried the restaurant the other night. The sushi was definitely fresh but I found the restaurant itself definitely lacking. It was a cold night in between bouts of snow, but they did not seem to have any heat on in the restaurant itself (the bathrooom may as well been outdoors) The service was friendly but nothing special, considering the place was pretty empty. The menu itelf is a bit shallow compared to some others, with really just sushi on the menu. While I have not tried too many Sushi places in NV, I think Honjin (till skimming issues not withstanding) still the best yet.
The quality of the food, mainly fish, simply blew us away.
My husband and I didn't feel like cooking last night. We weren't hungry but just wanted something to eat. Sushi would be a great choice. And we stumbled on this great sushi restaurant.
We had wild sockeye salmon, Hawaiian tuna, toro and hamachi. They were unbelievable. The "craftsmanship" of the sushi is also fantastic.
For some reason, I was very thirty that night. At the beginning of the meal, my tea didn't get refilled unless I asked for it. After several refills, the waitress got the idea and she kept coming back to fill up my tea. I was happy.
My husband and I have been looking for a good sushi place closer to home to dine out on a pretty regular basis as we both love sushi. We have stopped going for sushi since our favourite sushi restaurant has dropped their quality of food (2nd and Lonsdale). We thought that we have no place to go. Now we have found one, a great one, and it is much better than the one we used to love.
Simply said, the best sushi in North Vancouver. Every single time I've eaten there, or gotten take out, the food has been flawless. Service is friendly, unlike other sushi places on Lonsdale, and not too overpriced. Very good special rolls as well.
One could, if so inclined, try a different sushi bar every night for two weeks in the stretch from W Esplanade to 21st Street and Lonsdale. Not that I recommend it. For the most part it's a disappointing hop-scotch between cheap-and-cheerful and novelty rolls. That might explain why Gen (cheap) and Aka-Tombo (cutsie sushi) regularly win the local weekly paper's annual 'Best of' awards; people here simply haven't experienced anything better. Happily, however, for those who prefer quality over quantity and authenticity over artifice, Hachi Hana is an outstanding exception to the foregoing rule. The ambiance is, to put it kindly, utilitarian, and the servers can be a tad harried when it's full, which it usually is, but Hachi Hana stands out where it truly counts: in the quality, preparation and presentation of sushi and sashimi. Sushi is all about simple, fresh, proportion, contrast and subtlety. No tatami rooms, no paper walls, no deferential hostesses: you can get those in Vancouver...or Japan. But if you want sushi that competes with anything across the water, try them. You won't be disappointed.
We just came back from another great meal at Hachi Hana sushi in North Vancouver. Consistent, fresh, friendly, they have yet to disappoint us. We came at 5:20 on a Saturday; we had a reservation but it was fairly empty when we arrived; packed when we left. With three kids in tow (7 - 5 - 1) we are a bit hard to please but they satisfied all palates; great sushi (5-year-old loves salmon sashimi - go figure); cones; tasty gyoza and tempura; noodles for the baby. It was all good. Complimentary bbq tuna was a lovely addition as well. They do a roaring takeout trade here - phone early and be prepared to wait a few minutes because they are so busy, but its well worth it. Highly recommended; we've been here a dozen times or so over the last 3 years. Same servers; gracious & quick, know what they are doing. One downside is the wine list; practically non-existent but a good choice of beers -- better with sushi anyway.
We have been fans of good sushi for over 30 years and Hachi Hana is by far the best we have had. To have this fine establishment in our own neighborhood is just a real bonus. There is never a doubt as to the quality of the food every time we eat there. Small inside with limited seating when it's busy but that's the price of popularity. This is the place we think of every time someone asks us for a good sushi restaurant. The owner/sushi chef is a friendly yet humble man, always greeting customers with a warm smile and a happy welcome. Highly recommended!
This is my favorite sushi place! The sushi is always fresh and tastes great. The staff are always happy to see you. Keep up the good work! The table in the corner seems small - maybe it's time to expand the restaurant?
I have never been disappointed at this restaurant. Lunch and dinner are both affordable and varied, restaurant is spotless clean and the ingredients are fresh. All staff from chef to busperson are friendly and genuinely happy to see you come through the door. Always popular with locals, we're there at least once a week!