All you can eat menu with over 70 items, a North Shore tradition for over 25 years.
Manyo has been around since the 80's, but about 10 years ago they got a new owner who made some changes, all for the better.
They have an extensive all you can eat menu ($18.95 for dinner after 5 every day) that includes a variety of sushi, sashimi, various maki rolls, hot foods like baked oyster, miso, gyoza, karaage, tempuras, and a bunch of other things. LOTS of items for your 19 bucks.
The quality of the ingredients is very good, super-fresh, and the sushi is made with workmanlike skill. This is not Tojo's, but it has none of their attitude either. The restaurant is very clean, and the staff are attentive. I have never had a bad experience at Manyo, and because of all the menu choices, I usually eat until I am about to burst. It is all good.
Best of all, you can eat as much sashimi as you want. But if you load up on that, you'll miss out on all the other tasty foods.
We tried this place a couple of years ago, excited to possibly find a decent all you can eat sushi on the north shore. No such luck. Just all around not great at all. Can't remember it exactly enough to give exact ratings so it's just about 2 stars overall. Knew we would never return and haven't.
Im really suprised to hear the negative reviews of this restaurant! Ive been going here for years and never had bad food or as bad service as Im reading. Yes, the service can sometimes be slow...but in saying that, I always order most of my all you can eat food at once so Im not waiting too long in between. I love the tatami rooms and the waitress wear kimonos. Probably my favorite sushi restaurant!
I really have nothing good to say about this restaurant. AYCE dinner was our choice at around $20/person, with the usual stuff (sushi, tempura, sashimi, etc). However, the freshness is atrocious to say the least; the salmon sashimi tasted like it had gone bad for at least a week. They also manipulate your orders to avoid wasted foods.
PS. Personally, I don't reccommend AYCE restaurants in any circumstance. For AYCE lovers, start trying out real authentic japanese foods (start at the $20 range and work your way up ;P)
first time, i went there with my best friend.
I thought we can eat whole thing.
but its not there.
we ordered gomae spinach, prawn tempura, 2 california roll.
it was only like around $20. taste is awesome..
i've been there many times after that.
each time I go there, everything is changed (menu, interior, chef, cook etc..)
the most important thing is "taste getting really better!!"
i cant understand why there is not famous. maybe that place is not crowded.
i'd like to recommend house salad, agedashi tofu, crazy dragon roll.
Although I really like the ambience of this place -- neat little closed in booths and orchids on the window sills -- the food was disappointing for the price.
Prices were on the higher side for North Vancouver, and the fish did not have a great texture. The salmon was chewy and the tuna seemed none too fresh.
Service was quite slow, as well, although we seemed to be the only people in the place. I wouldn't go again.
A few years ago, my friend and I were starving for all you can eat sushi so we decided to give this restaurant a go. The only two things I remember were: slow service (there were only a few people there), the food was BAD. Actually, the restaurant decided to close early (around 8.30pm) because there were nobody there.
Yesterday, a few friends suggested going out for the all you can eat sushi. They picked one that was close to them, i.e. Manyo. Once I heard the place, I remember low quality food. However, I decided to give them a second chance as my experience was a few years ago.
Bad decision. First, the table they gave us was dirty (sticky surface). Some items that we ordered from the all you can eat menu never arrived. The red snapper was not fresh at all (smelly) and the tuna sashimi was watery and mushy. The imitation crab looked and tasted like rubber and the deep fried gyoza wasn't deep fried at all. (those were packaged gyoza that you can buy from the frozen section of the grocery store). The most appalling was that they didn't use proper sushi short grain rice! They used long grain rice!!! I listened to their talking and they do speak in Japanese...what's happening here?
No, no, you can't make me go there again. NO WAY!
I've only had the non-all-you-can-eat experience at Manyo, and my ratings are based on that.
Their noodle soup bowls are one of my wife and I's favorites. Quality flavor, low sodium, fair prices.
My favorite is the negitoro hand roll, a 5 star item IMO. (w. a warm sake in the other hand is a nice experience on a rainy vancouver afternoon.)
The only possible complaint I can think of is the lower quality of service during all-you-can-eat hours, besides that, I would still go back for sure.
My husband and I went to this restaurant last night for the all you can eat dinner (around $19). We've eaten at numerous other Japanese restaurants in Greater Vancouver and have never been compelled to write a review until now. Compared to other Japanese restaurants, the sushi was not up to par. The seaweed on the sushi was tough to chew through (a sign of poor quality seaweed) and the sushi rolls were small and not well filled. As an example, the California roll was stuffed with a small piece of crab meat and avocado, not the traditional California roll where the crab meat is chopped and mixed with mayonnaise, and then generously stuffed into the rice and seaweed. As for the ambiance, the first thing I noticed when I walked into the restaurant was the old blue unclean carpet that was in desperate need of an upgrade. We were the only ones in the restaurant at 6pm on a Saturday night. For being the only ones in the restaurant, the service was slow. I had to walk the bill and my credit card over to the cashier to get them to notice that we were ready to leave. We will not be returning - next time we will go back to the renamed and newly owned "I Love Sushi" on 3rd just off Lonsdale. Better quality sushi with bigger portions and better service.
I lived on the north shore and have moved to Coquitlam recently, but whenever I'm in the area I always pop in. I'm never disapointed when I walk into Manyo's. The food is always fresh and doesn't have that taste where you feel like the food's been sitting out for hours and re-heated. For all you AYCE'ers, you know what I'm talking about right? If you have the chance, you MUST try the motoyaki!!! The sauce is litterally to DIE for. I always try to get the recipe, but apparently it's a restaurant secret. The restaurant is family run and owned, so I think there is a certain attention to detail. The current owners have told me that the restaurant has been open on the north shore for almost 30 years now. Apparently, the first EVER japanese restaurant on the north shore...WOW