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AtariusBurnabySince July 7, 200712 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3.5 (3.5)
  • Service3 (3.2)
  • Value4 (4)
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Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Beautiful food presentation, great food!
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

This is one of my new go-to and favourite sushi restaurants. Their presentation is simply beautiful, and their food is fresh, high quality, and made to order. Their unagi is especially fantastic, they grill the fish on a stone-plate the moment you order it, it's amazing! Also, their stone-bowl rice is very delicious. My favourite though is their chirashi don, you get a great assortment of sashimi (salmon, tuna, hamachi, unagi, tako, hokigai), and also big salmon roe! That's not the great part, they mix their rice with a very mild sauce with finely chopped shiitake mushrooms and japanese pickles. All this for $13. It blows my mind!

You get great food and service for your money, come here instead of those crappy sushi joints that give you terrible service and mediocre food (*cough*sushigarden*cough*).

The ONLY thing I can ask for an improvement is that they space out the tables a bit more? At this point, the restaurant is still small (just opened) so the tables are pretty close together. Last time I went with my mom, this really rude couple got sat next to us and kept staring at our food and making rude comments about how they could never eat sashimi like we did. That really offended me, and I wish that I had more privacy when I'm eating so that even if the table next to me wanted to make comments about what I'm order - that I won't be able to hear it.

Other than that, awesome place, you really should come check it out!

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Sushi Garden4269 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby
Terrible service and dirty tables
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

I've dined here before, but I guess I've never been there during rush hour. Went today (Saturday) at around 2pm, got seated after 25 minutes. When I went to sit down on my chair, I noticed that there was some liquid on it so I used my napkin to wipe it. It wasn't water, but soy sauce...if I hadn't noticed I would have sat down and stained my pants. No biggie, it was really busy, maybe the server didn't see it. I pick up my menu and I'm looking through it, my hand feels sticky and I look down. There's soy sauce on my hand. I lift up the menu and there's soy sauce on the table. In my mind, I'm wondering if our table got wiped down at all.

We ordered sunomono, spicy salmon sashimi, assorted tempura and rainbow roll. The first 3 items took very little time to get there (we ordered the rainbow roll after we finished eating the first 3 dishes). They were okay, the salmon sashimi was too spicy so we asked for water. After 5 minutes when no water cometh, we asked for it again. No water for 10-15 minutes. Finally, we asked one of the servers who was clearing the table next to us if it was okay if we can order something from her (maybe they won't give you water unless you order more food, I don't know). She gave us this exasperated grunt, told us to wait in a very impolite way and marched off. She came back and said "what do you want?". Okay...it's been busy for you, fine, but all we wanted was to order more food and get a glass of water. We FINALLY get our water, but we wait 20 minutes for 1 roll when the restaurant is only at 70% capacity and it didn't look like there were that many orders. We eat the roll and we want to bounce.

We walk up to the cashier, I told her I would like to pay, and I pointed to the empty table by the wall and said "that table". She said "what do you mean that table?" in this rude way, and I said "the only table that is empty by that wall that has not been cleared, you know, the one 5 from this side". I tipped, but not 15%. I've worked in the service industry, and I always tip at least 15% but I was very unhappy with the negligent service, disgruntled attitude, and the way she practically threw my debit receipt back at me when she saw that I didn't tip 15% just sealed the deal. She didn't say bye, didn't say thank you, and this type of entitlement just proved that I should've tipped nothing instead.

I will never come back here again, and I will never EVER recommend this place to ANYONE (I actually convinced my BF to come here instead of sushi town...what a joke). The food is mediocre, but it's the terrible service and manners that just makes this restaurant a complete waste of money and time. I don't understand why there are line-ups for this place, it boggles my mind. It's like people are gluttons for punishment or something.

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Insadong Korean Restaurant403 North Road, #301, Coquitlam
Be Patient and Be Curteous
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 1:09am [Dine in]

Insadong is a very popular restaurant, even on weekdays. Reservations don't necessarily guarantee that you won't have to wait; in fact, even with reservations, expect to wait at least 10 minutes. I've tried their BBQ packages, their hotpot packages as well as ordering off their menu. In every aspect, you get generous portions for your money. I once went with 2 other friends, we all threw in about $20 dollars each; we couldn't finish the food and each of us had a good doggy bag lunch for the next day.

The service fluctuates, depending on the day of the week and the volume in the restaurant. I eventually learned a few things: you don't always have to ask the server to get something. For example, plastic bags or little paper take out boxes, you can probably get that yourself at the staff counters. However, if you're on BBQ or hotpot, the staff is pretty ardent in making sure your fire is good and your grill is clean.

One thing I've learned as a server is that you would be more inclined to be helpful and nice to those who encourage that kind of behavior! Being rude won't help. Always tip a good amount and they might remember you! Because, they sure remembered me :)

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Ki Sushi31 8th St, New Westminster
I Got Snubbed
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 1:00am [Dine in]

The food is good: nice presentations and right balance in flavors and textures. However, if it gets busy, you get snubbed by the servers. And sometimes, the food takes a long time to get to you, so it definitely tests your patience.

It's a nice little restaurant with a small pool filled with colorful carp in the front. Overall, it's a pretty good place to go and I recommend it. Just don't expect to be pampered.

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Kenzo Japanese Noodle House6907 Kingsway, Burnaby
Goooood Nooooodles
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:55am [Dine in]

They do have a variety of Japanese style soup ramens but they also have a good selection of Korean style soup noodles as well. I actually haven't tried anything but noodles there; after all, it IS a noodle house. Their noodles always come piping hot and el dente. They're also quite fast with your orders, which I think is pretty impressive. The service is good; they are polite and fast. I especially enjoy their corn tea, which they serve you when you sit down. I highly recommend Kenzo any day, hot or cold...just as long as you want noodles in soup.

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Ichibankan Express8910 University High Street, #5, Burnaby
Walk In & Walk Out
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:51am [Dine in]

There's a nice variety of popular sushi and hot dishes like katsu don, curry, ramen, miso and bento boxes. They have most of the sushi pre-made so you can just grab it and go; I guess speediness is one of its merits. They're pretty fast with the hot dishes too, it usually doesn't take more than 5 - 7 minutes and the food always comes out hot, not lukewarm or questionable. Ichibankan is a good place for a quick sushi fix.

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Guu Original838 Thurlow St, Vancouver
A Breath of Fresh Air
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Guu isn't like any other Japanese restaurants I've been to yet. It's more modern, young and fresh. They're more of a tapas/appies place. I loved how our servers would yell our orders out loud and then some chef off by the bar would echo it back to show that the order's been taken. I thought that was very amusing.

It's a pretty snug restaurant, I think the capacity's about thirty people if they're packed together like sardines. They have tasty food and good presentation. Plus, the servers are friendly and polite. I love the ambiance of the place, it's a cool hang out, although it can get quite busy and they don't take reservations. I highly recommend Guu to all!

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Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant4121 Hastings St, Burnaby
Quality, not quantity!
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:39am [Dine in]

I've been to Toyotomi twice, both times for dinner. They have a nice selection of sashimi; I highly recommend the salmon and saba sashimi as well as the beef tataki. They have daily specials, which I think is a good way to promote something different and encourage people to try something new.

The service is good, they keep your tea cups full and pay attention to you. You can also see that they put extra effort in food presentation, particularly so in the Philadelphia roll and the beef tataki.

It's a great place that serves good quality food. Their udon portions are big too, very filling. However, their sashimi servings are small, or maybe it's just wishful thinking...I guess their servings are normal, I'm just greedy and wish I could squeeze in a few more pieces for my buck.

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Sushi Tang546 6th Street, New Westminster
Homey
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I used to work across the street from Sushi Tang and would order take out for lunch there. I think they make fabulous sushi; they take into consideration the balance or taste in the rice and the filling as well as the size of the cut so it actually fits in your mouth. I also like their little black and white sesame sprinkles, it just makes everything so much more appealing. I know for a fact that my old catering job used to order sushi from Sushi Tang for our cocktail parties because they were just that good.

The service is quite good, it takes a bit to warm up to them and vice versa but if you're persistently good humored and patient, they'll eventually like you. I highly recommend Sushi Tang, it's the one place I miss out of New Westminster since I moved to Burnaby.

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Take Sushi4528 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Hungry?
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:28am [Dine in]

I work near Take Sushi and order take out quite often. I usually order salmon sashimi and ebi sunomono. It's quite a deal, around $7 for 5 big pieces of sashimi. I also ordered their chicken ramen with a misu soup base; if I wasn't so famished, I don't think I would've eaten it. It was boiling hot, I scalded my mouth and tongue. Plus, the chicken katsu got really soggy. Maybe it's because I had it as a take out, it might be better as an eat-in.

Their waitresses are very polite and friendly. However, the ambiance and setting in the restaurant isn't particularly impressive. It's more of a casual place.

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Ebisu on Robson827 Bute Street, Vancouver
A Great Find!
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:23am [Dine in]

Me and my friend decided to go one Thursday night. The service was excellent! The hostesses and our servers were all very polite and efficient. We ordered yaki soba and california rolls (we were snacking) and we thoroughly enjoyed and finished everything!

I loved the ambiance of the restaurant; it's very modern and you get a great view overlooking Robson street. It's also got an intimate atmosphere, so I suppose it would make a good "date" restaurant.

I highly recommend Ebisu to everyone and I will surely return!

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Utter Disappointment
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 12:14am [Dine in]

I went there on a Friday evening at around 8pm. Me and my mother had the deluxe AYCE, which is approximately $22.95 per person. It's true, they have a lot of choices on paper, but they cheat you out of a lot of food. It's true that a lot of AYCE restaurants do this, but at least they have the courtesy to be sneaky about it whereas this place was just shamelessly obvious.
The thing is, the moment our order sheet was taken away and handed back to us, which took no longer than 2 minutes, all our food came rushing in. Normally, I would be very impressed by this sort of speed, but it made me wonder how they could come up with our udon noodles, our large selection of sashimi orders, our nigiri sushi, yam/veggie/shrimp tempura, my beef tataki, my ebi sunomono, AND our BBQ meat SO QUICKLY and ALL AT ONCE. Truth behold, my udon was cold and rubbery, almost half of my salmon sashimi order was missing, our BBQ foods were cold too. On top of that, about 30% of what we ordered never showed up, like our vegetable tempura, and the rest of my beef tataki. And they also brought food that I never even ordered, like the tuna tataki for example, which was horrible by the way.
To try out our suspicious, me and my mother requested a second order sheet after we cleared all the food on the table. We ordered only sashimi and 2 miso soups to see if they could at least get a small order right. They chose to ignore our salmon sashimi orders again, god knows why. And this time, it didn't come as fast as the first time.
I've never felt this unhappy before, I was literally grimacing the whole way through, trying not to waste food. At least they kept our tea cups full and our tables clear. Overall, I am thoroughly disappointed with Tomokazu and would not recommend it to anyone who has taste buds or expectations.

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