I visited Shizen for the first time tonight on a trip to Victoria. I usually enjoy sushi in Richmond at Daimasu or in Ladner at Maguro Sushi or Ladner Sushi. Maybe I'm spoiled, I don't know. I went to Shizen based on reviews from this site, but I ended up quite disappointed.
My boyfriend and I made reservations for 8pm on a Tuesday night. When we showed up, we stood at the door for a full 5 minutes before any wait staff made a motion towards us. Less than 12 tables were full at that point. The server was sometimes attentive, but usually let dirty and empty dishes pile up on our table and even left the menus with us until I asked him to take them away. He was nice and polite enough, but not on the ball.
As for food, there were no good assortment dishes like I prefer. I usually order a sushi combo with about 5 pieces of sushi with 6 slices of BC roll or dynamite roll, but Shizen didn't offer any combos like that. Either you order sushi by the piece, or you order a plate full of sashimi. Here's what we ended up getting:
ebi sunumono - decent, but with a slice of tomato? weird.
tonkatsu - very good! On a bed of iceberg lettuce, which was odd.
mixed tempura - prawns VERY good, but zucchini so overcooked it was mushy and disintigrated on the chopsticks. Half a mushroom counted as one piece of tempura.
dynamite roll - decent. Made with spicy mayo. Rice was too sweet.
Islander roll - more spicy mayo. Sashimi over top was paper thin and salmon was slightly chewy. $11!! Mayo overpowered the fish.
Asahi large bottle was a very good price.
Overall I would say it was sushi for people who don't like sushi. If you're scared of fish, then the spicy mayo is perfect because it's pretty much all you can taste and it's on lots of the rolls. I wouldn't recommend Shizen to anyone who really enjoys sushi, but if you're a college kid heading out for lunch or a mild japanese dish, then you might want to eat here.