Small sushi restaurant in a nondescript plaza on Hastings and Renfrew. We were at PNE and wanted something different than the usual fair food so it was a toss up between Dijo's or this new, unknown Japanese restaurant. Upon arrival, there was one other table and then us.
Food: good selection of your usuals: bento boxes, nigiri's, rolls, tempura, udon's and rice bowls. The bento boxes were reasonably price and were quite filling for one person. We selected the salmon teriyaki box and the salmon used is the same stock as the salmon sashimi...yum! Box came with teriyaki and rice, miso, salad, 4 piece tempura, and 8 pieces of california roll. Ordered three additional rolls: house, dynamite and negitoro. The dynamite had double prawns and the house roll was massive and was filled with several kinds of seafood such as salmon, tuna, imitation crab, and scallops. My only knock on the food was the sushi rice. It lacked flavour and was not the Japanese short grain variety.
Service: one server and two kitchen staff. We were immediately greeted and chose our own seats. Hot green tea was served (real sencha tea, not the Chinese variety) and menu's were simple to read. Food came out quickly and server came by for tea refill. Prompt and courteous.
Value: For the items that were ordered, the value was very good. $24 for both of us, including tax and tips. Bento box ($8.50), House roll ($4.50), Dynamite ($3.75), negitoro ($2.50). Some of their menu items seem too pricey for this neighbourhood like Rainbow roll for $11 or Chirashi Don for $16.50. If you're a big eater, the size of the rolls will not disappoint.
Ambiance: very small establishment with 6 tables that fit about 16 patrons. It looks fairly new and clean. Tables of two or fours lined along the walls and plenty of spacing between seating. Simple decor with Japanesesque lighting fixtures hung above the sushi bar area. No sushi bar seating though. They have online ordering and offer delivery within 5km.
Recommended as an alternative to greasy PNE food. I may return if in the neighbourhood again.