Great little place
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 5:09am [Dine in]
I would have to say that ths is probably the closest to authentic you can get for a non authentic Japanese restaurant. I wouldn't say this is an izakaya though. The food is fresh and delicious. I can tell there is a lot of care in the preparation. The Kamikaze roll is to die for, the combination of of ally the ingrdients go so well together and I love the fact that they roast the sesame seeds- it really makes a difference in the taste. The owner lady is nice but the only thing is that the place is quite small and sometimes gets quite loud with groups of people playing drinking games and being rowdy. One of our favorite late night spots for great sushi.
Such an improvement
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:57am [Dine in]
Haven't been here in a while but was pleasantly surprised to see that they had finally renovated. It looks a lot cleaner and brighter. The same set-up but it works. The food is great and the value is excellent. The only downside is that we had to go up to the cashier to Order our drinks as we had a hard time flagging down our waitress. A huge party of 13 people arrived and there was only one chef so the lineup was huge and there was only 1 chef. Staff was friendly but it would have been nice to see the waitresses once in a while. We left feeling full and happy. We will return.
quantity over quality
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:47am [Take-out]
We were in the area and the bf wanted sushi but we were in a rush. He decided he wanted to try Samurai sushi. While he waited in the car I decided I'd just run in and order something for him quick. The first thing I noticed was the very fish smell that could only mean one thing - the fish is not fresh. He wanted the 5 peice salmon Sashimi and avocado roll. The salmon was really fatty farmed fish which was disgustingly huge. Sashimi is supposed to be delicate but since it's not authentic Japanese you can't expect the same quality. The avocado roll was also huge. There was so much rice and so little avocado and it was pressed so hard together it was so dense.
This place is great if you are on a budget and not worried about quality but I would rather pay the money for better quality.
Our family favorite
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 1:58am [Dine in]
Nao is the boyfriend and My favorite Japanese restaurant. Also my family's favorite. Truely authentic Japanese food. Sushi and sashimi is always very fresh, tempura is very tasty and sauce just perfect. My mother loves the agedashi tofu- Truely done like it is in Japan. The service is excellent but be prepared to wait for a seat but it's worth it! Try the lobster sashimi its soo very delicious-actually don't- then theres more for us ;)
We always introduce friends to Nao and they always love it here. Brought relatives from Japan (not my idea-why would they want Japanese food in Canada-but anyways) they loved it but were disappointed the didn't have any local beer lol. I had forgotten about Nao Sushi for a bit- but I'm glad we have our new favorite.
Whats so great about it?
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 1:26am [Dine in]
Everytime I drive by there is a line so we decided to see what the fuss was about. We already knew it wasnt authentic and run by Koreans We waited 1/2 hr to be seated. Service was horrible- served by a young kid who knew nothing about sushi. Tempura was thick and tasteless- tempura sauce was too sickly sweet, sushi was bleh and sashimi horrible. Never again. Nuff said. There are way better places and I really don't see why people line up for this place. Try authentic Japanese food and you'll never go back
Shiro3096 Cambie Street, Vancouver Food was great but Waitress was very slow
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 1:12am [Dine in]
The boyfriend wanted to try a new place for sushi. I had been to Shiro a lot in the past- more than 6 Years ago but have not recently. Difficult to find parking but when we did, it took about 20 mins to get seated. There was nothing at the table when we arrived. We finally go menus but no ocha. We ordered drinks and we were ready to order our food. The sever who brought our drinks said "just a minute" 20 mins later and 3 more times of asking to order we finally placed our order. Our server had her priorities all wrong. She would seat customers and take payments and clean tables before taking our order. Finally after 4 tries, we were able to finally get our order in. We weren't the only table who the server refused to take their order. We were talking to the table next to us and they had the same problem. I looked around and the tables that were seated 2 or 3 parties behind us already had some food at the table. Once we ordered, it did take another 20 Mins to get our first dishes. The gomae tasted exactly how I make it at home so nothing special there. Next came the deluxe assorted sashimi. All super fresh- Tako,hamachi,maguro, sockeye salmon, and my favorite uni. I loved the fact they garnish with Shiso. Next came the tempura which was alright, kaki pon which was tiny but delicious and chicken karaage.
Overall the food was great but I can't say we will be retuning. The waitresses were not attentive and were way too slow for such a busy little place. The sushi chefs were friendly.
Oh and just for the record-the reviewer who walked out without paying because their teriyaki roll took too long. Just know that you actually have to cook the chicken and then it goes to the sushi chef so it does take longer to make. The chicken is not pre-cooked. nobody should walk out without paying whether your food takes long or not. If you feel you need to leave, at least pay for what you ate and just don't tip otherwise it's like stealing.
Vanya5615 Harold St, Vancouver Home cooking Japanese Food
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:31pm [Dine in]
I love Vanya. I would eat here everyday if i could. The servers are always friendly and efficient. The food is always outstanding. I see that they've got a new floor and it looks cleaner. I've been going to Vanya since I was a kid and I'll never stop going. It's nice to have an Authentic Home-style Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood.
Toyama757 Seymour Street, Vancouver Raised their prices and Slimmed down selection
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:27pm [Dine in]
The boyfriend and I used to come here maybe every 2nd week. We kind of forgot about this place and returned after maybe 1/2 year. Boy were we dissapointed. The prices have gone up (alot) the selection has dwindled, the service has gone way down.
Food was blah, nothing special just like any other All you can eat. DVD's they were playing were soo annyoing! Think K pop which repeats it's self over and over again. Honestly, I think they play it on purpose to get you to eat and leave ASAP. "oh baby, honey, honey, honey" I can't get that annoying song out of my head..
Took forever for our drinks to arrive (which we had to ask 3 times for) When we got our bill once again they had charged us extra for drinks we had not received. We told the server and she took the bill to the cashier who then was too busy fiddling with the DVD player that she forgot about our bill. When we asked for the bill the 2nd time, the extra drinks were still on the bill! Finally we got it corrected, paid and quickly left. We will never return again. What a shame
Nice quiet place
Submitted Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 7:20pm [Dine in]
I was craving Mongolian BBQ and didn't feel like going downtown. It was very quiet when we arrived. There was only 1 couple seated. We were quickly greeted and seated and asked by the girl if we have been here before and explained how it worked. Selection of veggies were allright except I am used to seeing Spinach which there was none of. They have Shiitake mushroom instead of the usual white mushrooms which is nice to some people (except I don't like Shiitake) too bad for me.
The services was friendly and warm. The nice thing is that it's clean (unlike most). We had the all you can eat which was $15.99. The only thing I suggest is because the bowls in which you get your raw food in is so small, cut down the sauce amounts to half or you'll end up with very saucy stuff.
Overall experience was nice. I will return.
I liked it about a year ago better
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 11:22pm [Dine in]
I haven't been to clubhouse for a while now. Our favorite waitress has left. She worked there for about 3 years I'm guessing. She was always smiling, and her service was always superb. She was probably the only Japanese worker there who's english was perfect. (she might have been Japanese/Canadian.) She would always take the time to explain the food in detail to our guests from out-of-town happily with a smile. We usually order simmilar things every time we go and our waitress would remember! Excellent.
Anyways fast forward to present time clubhouse. The food was still great but the prices have gone up. We noticed a few of our favorite rolls have been taken off the menu. The tuna-steak pozu is still excellent. Up-grades to the place have been made. Looks a lot cleaner than I remember it looking.
One thing I did not like was our server who I think is the owner. She was happy to seat us and take our orders ( a little too quickly as we just had sat down-might i add) We finally ordered and our server disappeared. We had made a special request and she had said "ok" but when our food was brought to our table (by another waitress) it had not been done. We tried explaining it to the server (who brought our food) but she didn't seem to understand. We never saw our waitress for the rest of our stay and never really got the food how we wanted it. Not very professional for an owner i'd say.
We're on the fence about whether we will be visiting Clubhouse again. This is not the first time we've had a problem (with the same waitress-owner). It's a shame because this used to be our favorite place!
Not worth your $$
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 11:07pm [Dine in]
I used to go to Bentei when it was still Japanese owned I remember it being quite good.
I know they have changed ownership and was VERY displeased with the food. I was craving sushi and it's close by so I decided to do a take out order. I chose the Tekka maki and salmon maki.
The tuna and the salmon in the Hoso-maki-zushi were TINY!! I really mean TINY!! It looked the size of wasabi that is usually in the maki sushi.
I couldn't even taste the tuna or the Salmon in the rolls because the lack of fish. I couldn't beleive my eyes! I showed it to my mother and she laughed. We are Japanese. She said "It looks like the scraps we would throw away" . The tuna was all stringy and when i opened the roll, the fish was about half the size of the diamter of a pencil no joke!! The fish didn't even reach the other side of the roll. so basically the size of the eraser on a pencil.
I will NEVER go back there again. Not worth your money at all. The worst sushi ever! I wish i took pictures. I thought it was a joke!
Will return for delicious food!
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 4:08pm [Dine in]
My boyfriend decided to take me to Sawasdee for Valentine's day (he know's a Love Thai food) after a recommendation from someone. We were impressed. Being Valentine's day it was packed but luckily we made reservations so were were seated immediately. Everything was excellent-the drinks ( I had a maitai) food- fish cakes, pad thai, green curry. Service is very good. We were stuffed and had a lot of left-overs. We will be back!!
Not a good place for a party
Submitted Sunday, February 17, 2008 - 4:00pm [Dine in]
Hapa was my friends 2nd choice for where to have her birthday party. They seemed a little more accomadating than Guu but we were wrong. Happa told her that there is a set dinner available and that they would "prefer" if people would order that. We had a party of around 30 people. When we got there we were told that we "HAD" to pay the $30 for a set menu. Some people had just showed up to have a few drinks. My friend tried to talk to the manager and she said that was their policy on large parties. My friend was never told that everyone had to have the set menu. After a few friends again talked to the manager she finally told us that 20 people of the 30 had to order from the set menu. That forced my boyfriend and I who weren't even hungry to pay the $30 each for food that was ok but had way too many salads in it. They ended up charging the people who didn't even eat $18. In the end it was just too much hassell and it ended up ruining some people's nights.. oh another thing.. the drinks too waaay to long to arrive.
Wasn't too impressed
Submitted Sunday, February 10, 2008 - 5:05am [Dine in]
We decided to try Shota out after a friend mentioned it. We were the only table on a satruday night at around 9:30pm. They do last call for food waay too early if they want to make this place sucessful. The menu was very limited. everything was $5. The tuna tataki was not too great. Don't order the Yakiudon.. you will be disapointed. We thought this was a Japanese Izakaya but they offered dim sum. Our server didn't know too much about the place and wasn't too familiar with the limited menu.
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:39am [Dine in]
Ok I admit. I hate All you can eat places but the boyfriend and I had a craving for cheap all you can eat so we headed to Aji Taro and was pleasantly surprised. Our server was very nice, food was hot and pretty good for all you can eat. We've had bad experiences in the past there with rude service and cold bland food but this time we thought it was great!
Love this place!!
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:36am [Dine in]
The food is excellent here. Our server was very nice. Too bad it's all the way in white rock or i'd be there more often. We ordred the Panag curry, pad thai and a tom yum soup which was excellent. I would recommend this place to anyone who loves Thai food!