This restaurant took the place of where Saiz Japanese Restaurant used to be. It thought it would have comparable food quality...I was wrong.
Food: The food was a little...off. First of all, like most 'Japanese' restaurants in Vancouver, this is not Japanese owned. It doesn't really matter, as long as they make good Japanese food. Sadly, this restaurant does a poor imitation of what Japanese food should taste like. There are many items on the menu that are more suitable for a Chinese restaurant.
The California roll was tasty, however, the colour was just off. Food colouring seems to be used quite frequently in the sushi, which I have never experienced before in a Japanese restaurant. The salmon looked really red. At first, I interpreted this as fresh salmon. Then I took a bite. Tasteless. No taste at all. Then I noticed the traces of salmon juice it left- that was red too. Food colouring?!
The BC roll: I've been to this restaurant twice since it opened recently. Both times, there was a BC roll special for $1.95, which is unheard of in Kitsilano. The first time, the BC roll was delicious, nice and freshly deep-fried fish skin. Second time, however, it tasted a little 'off' and was seasoned heavily by black pepper. I have never had BC roll with that much black pepper in it. Were they trying to conceal the fact that it wasn't that fresh?
Service: The service leaves much to be desired. We were the only ones in the restaurant at that time, and still, the food took forever to arrive. I would understand if we were ordering specialty items...but this was just a sushi combo!
Value: The 'value' or 'special' menu is quite decently priced. Had the BC roll been fresher, I would have definitely returned.
Ambiance: It seems as though they've made a few renovations since taking over from Saiz. Overall though, it's pretty much the same. I wish they spent more effort on the food rather than the ambiance!
Even with the high quality food Saiz offered, it eventually closed down. It's only a matter of time before this one does too. As for non-authentic Japanese food in Kitsilano, I would rather go to Kitsilano Sushi. Even though it does a poorer imitation of Japanese food than this one, at least you'll know what to expect- not BC rolls loaded with black pepper!