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Honjin Sushi

140 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC V7M2E8
Tel: (604) 990-9168
Fax: (604) 990-9186
Neighbourhood: Lower Lonsdale

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Wasn’t led astray.
By louielobster of Glendale (53 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 2:08am [Dine in]

It’s my first participation to this sushi restaurant, found it to be a small unassuming location on Lonsdale. The ambience is traditional Japanese set-up with a tiny sushi bar. Upon our arrival for lunch, we were settled to our table after a momentary wait. My host frequents this establishment and she’s got her favorites. So, we let Chef “round eye” Mike do his magic (his exact words).

We started with gomaae salad and agedashi tofu.
Our lunch sushi choice’s comprised of BBQ eel, wild sake and toro albacore tuna.
Our maki rolls were spicy scallop and chop tuna with green onion.

All the fish was served at the right temperature and the toro was strata marbled of the finest quality. The massive amount of fish flakes on the gomaae was delicious and the spicy sweet sauce on the tofu had the right kick.

Everything tasted great and warrants a return visit for dinner.

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North Shore rolls awsome
By dollystevens70 of North Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2007 - 9:04pm [Dine in]

Well I came here with no expectations. We ordered the North Shore Roll and Yam Tempura and Beef Teryaki The north shore roll was absolutely amazing. I would come back to this place just for that. It has prawn tempura in the middle with avacado and it is wrapped in tuna salmon shrimp and something else not so sure and then it was topped off with some good sauce i definatly recommend this place to anyone

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Finally, good sushi on the North Shore
By sstephen of North Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:32pm [Take-out]

I used to eat at Honjin a few years back, but I thought that it had closed down and reopened as Bella Sushi. I was happy to find out that I was wrong and Honjin was still up and running as I wasn't too impressed with Bella. There wasn't anything I was disappointed in at Honjin. The hot food was hot and the cold food was cold. The flavour was great and I loved the sunomono. The service was fast and friendly. I will definitely be returning.

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North Vancouver you redeemed yourself.
By Tharsis of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 1:38pm [Dine in]

I was feeling very cautious about eating sushi again in North Vancouver after last weeks sushi experience (see other North Vancouver review), but I decided to risk it. The outside of the restaurant is not their selling point, it looks like no one but the person who built it has ever cared for it. The inside is quite nice though and well taken care of.

The service was great, I was sat right away and they were pouring me tea before my coat was on the hanger. I made my order and the food started to come right away. Staff would come by and make sure I was happy, cleared my table as I was done with plates and refilled tea right away.

The food was good, I ordered mostly sashimi (Which tasted great and a good size as well) as well as a couple of rolls. The price is a little expensive, I think that may just be a by product of being in North Vancouver but everything I ordered was .75 to 1.50 more expensive than it is back in Richmond.

Overall I would eat here again when in North Vancouver.

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Awesome Little Place
By ShogunPail of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

I was up in Vancouver only recently, visiting a friend while we went to a convention together. A month ago he was in my home town and I took him around for eats; this time it was his turn.

We started at this little place at the bottom of a street called Lonsdale. It was an unassuming looking place, sort of a hole in the wall that I might have walked past but my friend insisted that we go. I'm glad he did.

The sushi in here is simply to die for. Their specialty rolls were some of the best tasting things I've ever tried, especially the sushi shooters, sunshine rolls, and northshore rolls. Simply unreal and the perfect start to what would be an eventful weekend.

The service here is quick and efficient, though perhaps not quite equal to their exquisite food. Likewise, the ambiance was merely adequate, though I did notice a couple of walled off booths towards the back that struck me as something that might have been fun to eat in. Perhaps next visit.

All of their good rolls are pricey, so this is something to keep in mind. They did have cheaper things on the menu, but my friend insisted that we get the best they had to offer and I'm glad he did. Definitely worth a visit or three.

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Solid Japanese Restaurant
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

From the outside it looks a little sketchy, but it has a nice atmosphere inside. The food is OK and at reasonable prices. Chicken/Beef Donburi for those at the table that don't eat sushi. Reservation might be a good idea on weekends, every time we've gone there we've had to wait outside for a little bit.

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Great Sushi, Poor Hosts
By cdngodfather of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 29, 2007 - 10:33pm [Dine in]

I am a frequent visitor to Honjin Sushi in North Vancouver for the past couple of years. Sushi makes up about a quater of my diet and therefor I am quite picky about my sushi and that is why Honjin is one a my favourite sushi stops. There are many "must haves" on the menu including "The North Shore Roll", their Spicy Tuna Roll (one of the best spicy sauces I have ever had and I've had alot), Tuna Tataki, Any and all Karages, and the Crab Salad which is covered is mayo and tempura flakes mmmmmm...

Despite the great food, the service is lousy at best and most often rude. The manager (whom my family has nicknamed "THE SUSHI NAZI") is a big a#%hole who leaves a bad taste in my mouth after every great sushi experience. I have unfortunately forgotten his name; however, if you visit this restaurant you will know who I am speaking about and if you ask anybody who requents Honjin about the Sushi Nazi they will know who you are speaking about.

If you want better service try the Yaletown location.

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Lacks curb appeal
By Sadiekins of north vancouver BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 12:36am [Dine in]

Sadly the only reason I no longer eat at this sushi restaurant is because the cleanliness leaves something to be desired. The same dead flies have been in the window for the 5 years that I have lived here. Seriously. It is a pleasant restaurant inside, the service is fine and the food is very good. However, if a restaurant doesn't keep the outside fresh and clean then you start wondering what is going on inside. Especially in a Japanese restaurant where freshness is everything!

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Not worth my money
By alexs of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 11:57am [Dine in]

The food portions were EXTREMELY small (tiny!!!). The green soba noodle my BF and I ordered was tasteless. There was almost no filling in out dynamic roll, except for a lot of cucumbers….The food taste okay, 7/10. Customer service was good. The waitress was very nice and filled up our cup with tea every 15min.

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Not Great
By NSGal of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 5:53pm [Dine in]

I was excited to explore another option for dining on the North Shore. As I really enjoy sushi and had heard some good reviews on the restaurant my sister and I decided to try it. We were seated promptly, but it took a while to place the order. Once the order was placed we expected the usual wait (it was dinner time but not overly crowded), but it took close to an hour for anything to arrive at our table. Our appetizers were brought out separately and about 15 minutes apart, even though we'd both ordered the agadashe tofu. I caught the attention of our waitress and asked about the delay for our meal. About 15 minutes later, food finally arrived but it was the wrong order. In the meantime, we'd noticed that the table next to us had eaten and gone and they had arrived after us.... Again we had to point this out and our order was re-taken. Not once did anyone apologize for the errors or wait. Unfortunate experience as the food wasn't too bad - but as my blood sugar levels had dropped during the excessive wait I had had to eat a granola bar from my purse in the meantime so I was already half-full by the time we ate.

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Best sushi around!
By sweetpea of North Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

When my boyfriend and I first started dating 4 years ago we would go to a different sushi place every week in search of the best sushi in Vancouver and the surrounding area. After about 8 months we stopped looking as we knew we found it at Honjin's. The food is consistently fantastic - it's always fresh and made with high quality ingredients. The servers are friendly and attentive and we are always greeted with a smile. Some of our favourites include the wild sockeye nigiri, the california roll (made with real crab) and the ika karage. Oh, and the sushi shooter is an absolute must!

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Great sushi eats!
By alex33 of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2008 - 12:42am [Dine in]

This place had really good sushi. Prices are decent and the service is usually good. Good fresh fish and a good crowd overall. Not dressy , so it's a nice place to go on any day of the week. They also have takeout. You should try it if you like sushi.

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Used to be better with 1
By foodiegirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 4:07pm [Dine in]

I used to frequent Honjin quite a bit. The food was very tasty and inventive. However, ever since they opened a second location in Yaletown, the quality isn't quite the same. I'll still go there from time to time but not crave it the way I used to.

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pleasantly surprised!
By Phyllis of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 10:39am [Dine in]

Last night, my husband and I stopped into Honjin Lonsdale for a quick meal after scouting on dinehere. We were in a bit of a rush so we had initially intended to order take out, but since we couldn't find a menu online, we decided to eat in and hope that the service would be prompt.
We were quite pleasantly surprised, with both the quality of food and the level of service and speediness.
We ordered the california roll (with real crab), deep fried scallop roll, ebi nigiri sushi, and a katsu don. Everything we ordered tasted great (and I've sampled many japanese restaurants all over the lower mainland). The only complain would be that the rolls were quite a small portion.
We were done our entire dinner service in under 25min, and the servers constantly checked and refilled our tea, cleaned up our dishes, etc. The staff were all courteous.
From our own experience and from the full house we witnessed last night (on a Tuesday night), we can tell this is a gem.

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