Hanamaru is an authentic Japanese Restaurant located in Lynn Valley Mall.
Mind you, I am Japanese, born and raised in homeland, so I know about Japanese food.
I heard about this place from one of my friend, and came to have quick bite of lunch. Yes, I noticed that price was rather on high side. We ordered on Bento Box and few Nigiris. (Saba, Wild Salmon, Aji, and Kanpachi)
I was rather fond of having those Fish that rare in Vancouver - and chef's technique for Sushi making seems authentic. Rice was not sweet nor sour enough for my liking, but it was great to have rice that cooked and prepared properly for Sushi making.
Bento Box was rather a sad story - I only see those "pre-made" products everywhere. Only thing that they did was to cut the fish as Sashimi, and re-heated the tempura. (I worked import / export Japanese food company for short time - and I know what they are) Miso Soup was instant - they added hot water and fresh green onion. Sunomono was pre-made, Agedashi Tofu - well they may have deep fried it themselves since Tofu was firmer.
Quantity - well, one order of Nigiri Sushi should come in two pieces - not one. This is why I say, "expensive".
After I left, I forgot my kid's plastic container - so went back to the restaurant, some 20 min later. Our table was still not cleaned. - well only one waiter working there, but they did not have no more than 3 customers at that time.
I decided that this was one and only time eating at this restaurant. I rather go to the one in Westview.
Overall, they are still new, and figuring out what is going on in Lynn Vally Mall, most of their customer order those westernized sushi - and probably taking pride for those Nigiri. Yet, having Japanese chef from Japan dose not mean that price can go high as they wish to be.
$33 for two adults + child.
Went her with the Groupon deal. Nice little place, not much for ambiance but it is clean and OK. Got some good sushi and deals with the groupon, but I am not sure it is worth the price otherwise. Worth it for those living nearby (dine-in or takeout) but not worth travelling far to come to this place.
Overall, a very nice restaurant and good food.
I was shopping in the Lynn Valley mall and noticed Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant. I asked the staff and they said a new Japanese owner just took over. I love Japanese food so I sat myself down and looked over the menu. I was impressed!
I ordered an appetizer sunomono salad and a sushi combo plus a couple extra pieces of sushi. The food was delicious. The sushi combo had an assortment of sushi, rolls, and some tempura. It was great. My extra sushi of tako, tuna, and clam were super fresh and delicious.
The staff were very friendly and things were running very well (ie, I didn’t have to wait too long for my food). The servers were doing a great job. I used to work in a restaurant and understand how hard they work so I left a nice tip. The sushi chef was busy making sushi and it was fun to look thru the window to watch him make his sushi.
I would recommend Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant for some authentic, nicely priced, and tasty Japanese food.
This is a new Japan Restaurant located in the Lynn Valley mall, in North Vancouver. It was wonderful.
They did some renovations when they took over. The atmosphere was very nice considering it is in a mall. It felt like a real Japanese restaurant with real Japanese people working there.
The owner/sushi chef made us some fantastic sushi. We tried several different items from the usual rolls, to tempura, agedashi tofu, gyoza, and udon. The food quality was super. For us it is the food that makes it or not for a restaurant and this food was fantastic. The food prices were very reasonable too. They even have a kids meal for those with little ones. I also got some sashimi after and it was so fresh. I wanted more.
All the staff were great. The server who helped our table was so great. She was very sweet and did a great job so we gave a big tip.
Overall, I thought the people, atmosphere, and especially the food was fantastic. Our family will definitely return to Hanamaru Japanese Restaurant.
Contrary to what the person below me has described the restaurant that serves "crappy food", my first experience at this restaurant was quite splendid to say the very least.
Since my parents and I were strapped for time, but were in the neighbourhood, we decided to try out this place. Although it was my first time eating here, my dad has been here several times; he would always praise the excellent service, friendliness, cleanliness, and of course, the food.
So we ordered about twenty pieces each of salmon and tuna, as well as some other bits of fancier nigiri sushi such as toro. I had to say that it was quite possibly the freshest and best tasting raw fish I've had in a long time. The pieces were very large, which is what I like in nigiri, and there was a good amount of rice so that it didn't seem like a filler, but it was substantial enough to make it a good piece of nigiri. We also ordered other pieces such as saba, which was mainly for me (it was really good, too), and my father ordered ika and tobiko for himself.
In addition to that, we ordered some futomaki, which was delicious
Our service was really good, too. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly, and looked after our needs in a timely and friendly manner; one of the best I've ever experienced! The chef was also very nice, too; we got to talk to him for a while after our meal.
Whether or not you're in the neighbourhood, I'd recommend this restaurant for anyone who is craving for authentic Japanese cuisine at a very fair price, with excellent service as a great bonus.
We have eaten here a few times and always enjoyed ourselves. This time we did take out so there wasn't a place to the ambiance to choose from. But we have been here and the decor is nice and appropriate for a nice family run authentic Japanese restaurant.
We did take out this time. The food was all ready for us when we picked it up. First, I like the people. They are nice and try hard and to me that makes all the difference. They are Japanese. When I saw there last time our waitress/server was so nice. This time the owners wife was there and she was very nice. So for service I gave a five stars.
The food is very nice. The sushi chef is right there and makes it for you. The fish is fresh and the food from the kitchen was very good. We got the basics today, rolls, sushi, tempura, and an burdock root (I think it was, which was so tasty-deep fried root). So for food, for the three times we eaten here and done the take out, it has always been fresh and tasty. For the rolls, when the rice tastes fresh and not stale that is a big thing for us. Here, the rice is fresh. You can see them making everything.
For the cost, I would say it is very reasonable. It is not fine dining but the place is clean (which is always important), the people are very nice and try hard, the food is fresh and good quality, the location is convenient. Overall, I would recommend and I will be back to enjoy.
I was trying to find a good sushi place here on the north shore so I don't have to drive all the way to Commercial and got totally suckered into trying this place for lunch based on the good reviews here. 4.5 stars. Yeah right. Very slow, unorganized service and crappy food. I had a negitoro roll - NOT the greatest. Ultra greasy tempura (4 pcs)that I didn't finish. Then along came a complimentary bowl of cold watery miso soup. One sip was enough. Normally miso soup is served first and its usually heated. Apparently not here. I also ordered a dynamite roll. One piece was all I could handle. The worst dynamite roll I've ever had. The couple next to me had to ask for wasabi to go with their sushi. They waited and waited some more, then finally got up and got it from the kitchen themselves. Paid my $15 bill and left without tipping.