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KujiboWest VancouverSince March 10, 2007127 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3)
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  • Value3 (3.1)
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Tony Roma3025 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
If it was closer, I'd eat here fairly often
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 8:07pm [Dine in]

I came here many years ago, got some ribs and sides, and don't recall liking it at all. Overpriced and not great food.

However I visited again maybe a year ago, and I did enjoy it. This time we got the onion loaf and a burger and a sandwich or something like that. The $6 or $7 onion loaf was enormous and tasty. We were practically full from it. The burger and sandwhich thing (I think pulled pork or something, I can't remember exactly) were pretty good, and the sides were decent and plentiful. Prices for all this were pretty reasonable considering the portions.

Service was interesting, the homely looking waitress had an apron on it with what looked like food stains all over it. It was both home style comforting and disturbing at the same time if that makes sense. Maybe that is the vibe they are going for, home style. She was pleasant and attentitive though.

Anyway this place is way out of the way for me, they don't have enough locations. But if we are in the area I'd probably make a point of coming here. It's a nice alternative to places like Red Robin, etc.

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Kansai Japanese Restaurant1315 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Solid enough
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

Ate here a few months ago once with the wife. We had a couple of box dinners. Food was decent - probably more like 3.5 stars, and I'd also say the restaurant is slightly better than 3 stars so split it down the middle. Prices were not cheap but reasonable for the quality.

The restaurant layout is just plain strange. Long and narrow, the sushi bar is kind of disconnected from the back by a hallway. They have some weird kind of individual room like things in the back. Kind of interesting but kind of weird.

It was pretty quiet when we were there. The sushi chef seemed friendly. The single waitress was nice. All the help was gathered at a table next to us eating and gabbing which is maybe fine but can be a bit weird. E.g. the service may be a bit too casual in a not good way, but really that's a minor point. Just don't expect traditional style super polite japanese service here.

Anyway I don't think you would go too wrong eating here. There are other similar places on the shore I prefer a bit more though such as Ichiban in West Van. But this is the best I've had on Lonsdale so far.

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Mythos Taverna1811 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
A wee bit pricey, but good
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

Only dined here once. Wife and I had their 3 course or whatever it is platter which has a good selection of items (they were out of potatoes and maybe one other thing though).

I found the food to be pretty tasty. Lamb which I normally don't like much was good. The greek salad was good, lots of feta, I often find it lacking at many restaurants. The meal was a bit pricey but a good selection and amount of food so probably worth it. Looking over other parts of the menu didn't reveal as much value. Also didn't see a kalamari dinner which was weird - this is what I eat 95% of the time when I go for greek food.

Ambience was good and service was good, slightly upscale compared to some other places but not pretentious.

My only real issue here and with greek restaurants in general is I'm spoiled by good cheap greek food, as I often eat a huge $7 plate of calamari or donair or whatever at Pita King at Brentwood mall. It's not quite in the same league but it makes it hard to pay $20-30 for something similar at a restaurant. But if you are on a date or want to take your wife some place decent Mythos is pretty good for that. I certainly liked it better than Pasparos. I still need to try many more places on the shore to know if this is where I would spend my money for greek food but so far it is my top choice. I'm betting there is probably a place of similar quality but a bit cheaper though.

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Gohan Japanese Restaurant1815 Rosser Avenue, #1, Burnaby
One of the few good in a wasteland of sushi places
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 5:10pm [Dine in]

Amongst a sea of crummy over-patronized complacent sushi places in the Burnaby area, Gohan is a very nice change. I first came here years ago for dinner after it just opened. I was impressed with the authentic service and the quality of the food, but was not impressed with the prices and the purely a la carte menu. So I didn't return until recently - we've eaten lunch a couple of times now.

My favourite thing is the relaxed atmosphere and the service. You can see a totally different relaxed clientelle here. The service isn't totally amazing at all times but the servers are totally adorable in that polite and cute Japanese girl kind of way. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. They also have a lot of servers for such a small place.

The food I'm actually a little bit dissapointed in. The ingredients look to be of high quality (sockeye salmon, etc.), but for whatever reasons the preparation or freshness doesn't quite seem to live up the standards of the place in general. E.g. I usually find both the cooked items and the sashimi kind of mushy. It's not that bad, just saying it doesn't seem to mesh with all the other quality you find here. The portions are also not huge, and I usually leave not satiated unless I order extra items. But it's not unexpected for an authentic place as the Japanese just don't eat huge portions.

What I like most however that seems to have changed since opening is that there are now reasonably priced lunch combos. I'm sure we will visit this place many times for lunch as it is quick, reasonably priced, good service, and decent food. I simply can't think of many places in the Burnaby area that can claim the same as frankly they mostly all suck in one way or another.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Gone downhill unfortunately
Submitted Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

This is a follow up review as things have changed. On my last few visits there things have gone significantly downhill in the service area.

I think they have become a victim of their success, being too busy and now too complacent. Not only has the service gone downhill, the restaurant looks like it could use a good scrub down. The food is still the same as before however, which is pretty good, better than many other cheap places (e.g. Kingsway Sushi). The food is the only thing saving me from handing out a an overall 1 star rating.

From the moment you walk in, if it's busy there is confusion as to who arrives first as they don't have a host and they just start walking whoever is waiting in, not necessarily in the order they arrived. This drives me nuts.

The last few visits have been 2 hour dining experiences - and not because we are eating a lot or taking our time. It just takes that long to get an order in and the food out. That's either AYCE or not.

The last visit, 6 of us were sitting there for half an hour trying to flag down anybody to take our order off the regular menu. Some totally incompenent scared looking server finally takes our order - after the first person says what they want, he's like "OK" and starts to wander away, like all 6 of us were going to share one combo? WTF!

I used to heartily recommend this place, but now I warn people away from it unless they are OK with this level of service. It's a shame as there were nice servers there in the past, and maybe we just missed them on our recent visits, but I think 3 strikes is enough.

I'd only ever return after a while if I thought it wouldn't be busy and we'd get some service.

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Okra Asian Bistro1440 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
What Lonsdale dining should be
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Saw the positive press this place was getting so gave it a try. I had high expectations from what I had read.

The food I was a little bit dissapointed with, but only based on expectations. Everything I had was pretty good, but nothing really stood out as excitingly flavourful (I did have high expectations). I had food very similar to the first reviewer, appetizer platter, wonton soup, and beef curry. I would say the beef curry was best as it had some flavour and spunk to it. The rest of the food was OK. I'd actually want to give the food a 3.5.

What I like most about this place though is the friendly and gracious service. The owner is putting everything he can into this place and is indeed a very good host. Only reason I didn't give 5 stars is there was a pretty long delay until we got out last dish.

It's also impressive what they have done with the decor in the small place. It works well.

As far as dining on lonsdale goes, I think this place is near the top. For what should be a dining destination I think a lot of the restaurants on Lonsdale are mediocre. If we had more places like this Lonsdale would be happening.

We'll be back to sample more of the menu, hoping to find some items with a bit more flavour or zing.

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Burgers Etc. BBQ House4091 Hastings St., Burnaby
Meh
Submitted Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 12:43am [Dine in]

Was hoping to find some tasty burgers here. But again they were just bland and not that tasty. Fresh, probably, quality ingredients, probably, but no zing. Others eating with me liked them but again I could have made burgers at home by mashing ground beef straight out of a package into a patty, cooking it and slapping a bun around it. It would be the same thing. So if you like that kind of "home made" burger taste you will probably like these (I want something tasty and interesting like a white spot burger or red robin burger).

The burgers here actually tasted the same here as X-site down the street. However at X-site they are 1/3 the price, so you might consider that instead.

Haven't tried the non-burger items. They may be good for all I know but if you have burger in the name of your restaurant that's what I'm there to try.

What really killed this place for me though is they don't serve fountain pop (at least when I visited, which was a while ago). Serving this kind of food without fountain pop is criminal, so I deduct a whole point for that (pop from a can tastes like crap to me).

Maybe one day I'll go back and try the non-burger items, but I'll never order a burger from here again.

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Capital B Restaurant1344 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Persian Uncle Willy's
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

This was the persian equivalent of Uncle Willy's. You pay to enter then feed yourself silly. I don't think you tip (I wish I knew for sure).

I was really looking forward to trying Capital B, hoping to find a good buffet on the north shore with hearty tasty food. However I was a bit let down by the food. I think I probably just don't like most Persian dishes. They have a large variety of dishes but I really didn't like most of them (too lemony). The aroma of many of the dishes also put me off. Most of the meat dishes were on the stewy/mushy side which I'm not a huge fan of. The kebob was about all I really liked as far as the meats go. They also had lasagna and spaghetti, and ice cream. So with maybe 20 different dishes I only found a few that I enjoyed eating. The wife rated the place as "meh" too.

My favourite thing was that fountain pop is included.

The place is a good deal though, $25 including tax for the wife and kid for dinner. So if you like persian food then I think it's great. Personally I find an Indian buffet like the Saffron way tastier to my liking. I probably won't return but you never know.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
Efficient so so Sushi
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Saw the positive reviews and finally got a chance to try dinner at this place.

The business seems to be designed around efficiency. They are constantly asking you for more orders, clearing your plates, and bringing food quickly. It is a bit overbearing at times as they are actually hovering waiting for you to take the last piece or asking you to move something to get a plate. But I will give props to the owners for running a tight ship here even if it comes out a bit strange.

Most of the food was "ok", particularly the fried foods and sashimi (they have sockeye salmon). However, you can sense this place is just one premade assembly line. The tempura was a bit cold as I imagine it's been sitting for a bit too long. The sushi was the most dissapointing. It is a bit old and mushy tasting. Some of the ingredients aren't great quality either. I didn't order any more after a few dissapointing rolls.

So the food is not great but I'll say it is what it is for the sake of efficiency.

Comparing this to Fish On Rice down the street, I much prefer the food at Fish On Rice. However, this place is run infinitely better than Fish On Rice is now which has gone really downhill in the service area lately.

For a $26 dinner I expect better quality food and I know I can get a much better sushi meal for that price so I won't return for dinner. However, for a cheaper lunch price this place is probably not too bad a choice for low end food given you should be able to get in and out quickly.

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Zen Japanese Restaurant2232 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
Two stars is being generous for this rip off
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

I read the mixed reviews and decided to give it a try for fun.

I heard it was expensive but when I saw their specialty rolls were about $20 and everything else was double any other place I've been I was a bit surprised. OK so it better be good for these prices.

Food wise, the sushi and sashimi we had were fine, quality ingredients were used. I would have expected fresh wasabi at these prices but no. The teriyaki beef on the other hand was chewy and a bit tasteless. That's not excusable at these prices.

Service was OK. Definately not commensurate with price, I mean it was no different than white spot service. For these prices I expect gracious japanese service or high end dining service.

Ambience wise there were some nice touches with the decor and dishes but it's just OK.

My issue with this place was the ridiculous prices for what it is. If you think this place is good and the prices are fair, you need to get out to more sushi places. For high quality authentic try Hamei in Westview centre. Down the road at 14th and Marine is Ichiban, my favourite which is better all around, charming, and less than half the price. If you try these places good luck not feeling like a sucker for ever thinking Zen was good.

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Big River Brewing Company14200 Entertainment Blvd., #180, Richmond
I won't miss it
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

Overall this was an OK place. Nothing too good or too bad.

The pop wasn't free refills where every other restaurant serving this kind of food does have it. Waitress even had to warn me when I ordered another one - obviously they know it's an issue, if they were smart they'd just make it free refills since all their competition has it.

Prices seemed a bit high for what it is as well.

Ambience seemed a bit strange too with it connected to the bowling alley. Place can't seem to decide if it's a formal brew pub or a chuck e cheese food service or whatever.

At the end of the day I just have no desire at all to go back here, thus 2 stars overall.

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Indian Fusion2045 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Decent curry, unfortunate pizza
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

I was really looking forward to trying their "fusion", in particular their pizzas.

Actually ended up ordering an all meat pizza so no real fusion there. Oddly I found it had tomatoes and maybe onions on it too. The pizza could have been good if it weren't for the cheese. I'm not sure what cheese mix they use, but it had the mushy consistency of processed cheese instead of the nice chewy texture it should have had. Quite frankly that made the pizza kind of disgusting. It was bad enough that I actually gave the leftovers away, and that's never happened with me and pizza, as I love pizza.

We also had a chicken curry. The sauce was quite tasty. It's just tandori chicken tossed in with it at the end though. Can't say that style of curry cooking ever does too much for me, I prefer the meat melting away in the sauce. I'd take the curry in the buffet at the Saffron over this.

The Naan was large and buttery, very good. Also was served complimentary Samosa's, which were good.

I think we showed up on some kind of celebration week there, they had a belly dancer, etc. The tables didn't seem cramped to me and the ambience was OK.

I'm totally spoiled by the Saffron buffet so likely won't return.

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Daihatsu Japanese Restaurant1479 Clyde Avenue, West Vancouver
Hidden, but not, gem
Submitted Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

This place is a bit hidden out of the way off the main drag. Only came across it because I was doing business down the street.

I found their menu a bit awkward. Lots of combination meals, but they are all either all mostly sushi, or all mostly fried foods, and nothing with a good mix of both. Took forever to figure out what to order.

Food was fairly tasty. Their smallest "Love Boat" came with a decent sized and wide selection of sashimi, nigiri, and maki. Sockeye salmon not served, which I am getting used to at other places, and the crab was imitation.

Service depended on who you had, the female waitress was a bit cold, but the male was nicer.

The ambience was the only negative for me. Can't really explain it but the room just felt a bit dead and depressing in there. What really turned me off though is both my cup and plate were dirty with bits of green tea leaves stuck on them. Can't say I see that much these days, so I won't be returning when I can go to places with clean dishes instead. The dishes and glasses were all plastic too, so not exactly fine dining.

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Yomi's Sushi & Noodle House1532 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Good for light eaters
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 2:31pm [Dine in]

Tried this place once for lunch.

I was a bit worried upon walking in, the place was emtpy at lunch. The place looked a bit beat up too. However, things got better from there.

The food was well presented, good quality, and generally tasty. Tasty sockeye salmon was used for all our salmon sashimi. Only qualm with taste was the beef teriyaki was a bit chewy. The biggest negative for us was the portion sizes seemed a bit on the small side. It's an hour after we ate and I'm actually getting hungry again.

The lone waitress who served us was very nice and checked on us often but wasn't intrusive. Our daughter was given kids cutlery (disney/etc) to use which she appreciated. She also got chocolates at the end. This is not typical for a Japanese restaurant. Kids are easy to bribe so now my daughter very much like the place.

The decor could use some improvement. It's strange as it's not really Japanese at all, it's more like a country inn. Most of the chairs and tables don't match. The place is pretty worn looking. It ends up having a very homely feel. If my Japanese mother in law opened a restaurant it would look just like it. On some level that isn't bad. It is clean.

In summary it's good food and service in a homely decor. While good I probably won't return often as the portion sizes just seem too small. There are other places on the block where I can eat and leave full.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Grossest sashimi ever
Submitted Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

I've heard a lot about this place over the last few years, tried it for the first time at lunch today.

Indeed the menus were gross. Only got one between the four us, then 10 minutes later came the rest. First thing I didn't like is I didn't see any lunch box style combos. They have sushi combos that are just - sushi. Not much in the way of non-sushi food, so if you like to mix things up like I do this isn't the best place for you most likely. It's also a pain trying to figure out what to order.

So I got the roll combo, miso soup, and tuna sashimi. The roll combo and miso soup were fine, 3 star rating for them. The $8 order of sashimi was just ridiculously large. I really don't like large pieces of fish as sashimi. It's just wrong. Each piece needs to be cut in 3, so it's like a 27 piece order! Now I might not mind too much, but it was still a bit frozen, and quite frankly tasted gross. It came last and I'm just sitting there trying to choke down 27 pieces of half frozen disgusting sashimi. I mean I could have just went to the fish market and bought a half frozen tuna steak and it whole there, it was the same experience. The presentation is simply awful. So the order or sashimi brought my opinion of the food down greatly. I've eaten a lot of japanese and I don't think I've ever been that disgusted.

Service was sparse but not completely terrible.

Only good thing I can say is there is some value for the dollar as long as the food you get for it isn't gross.

Anyway there is no way I'd go back. I really think the metrotown area is hurting for good japanese places, they're all just cheap low class places, or just not well run. You need to look to another area to get decent japanese.

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Vera's Burger Shack2922 Main Street, Vancouver
In retrospect
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 1:21pm [Dine in]

After visiting a few similar burger joints and looking at my previous review, I think I was too generous with my ratings. Given all the Vera's hype I was also probably scared to critisize it too much so I biased my ratings up a bit.

When it comes down to it the food is OK, but it's WAY overpriced given no table service and the messy disorganized state of the restaurant. Just too many strikes against this place for me to even consider going anywhere near it again.

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Fatburger serving Ricky's Famous Breakfast1995 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Yet another uninspired burger joint
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 1:09pm [Dine in]

I am a burger afficionado, so I've been trying to hit up all the well known burger joints such as Vera's, Red Onion, etc. Now I try Fatburger and I was dissapointed in similar fashion to the other well known burger joints. By this time I was actually expecting it to be just like the others as they are always mentioned in the same breath so I wasn't too surprised.

OK for the food - the onion rings were a bit bland. The fries were nothing great. My burger I had actually just tasted like a super size version of a quarter pounder from McDonalds. They use processed cheese (blech!).

Again my biggest issue is there is just nothing special that sets these burgers apart. Anyone could slap these together at home in 10 minutes and get the same result. The choices of toppings are basic and limited, there is no special sauce of any kind. I would say even Vera's has this beat as you can at least get some interesting things on your burger there.

So I give the food 2 stars as the burgers pale in comparison to say a BC burger at White Spot, a four cheese burger at Milestone's, or a banzai burger at Red Robin. If you think places like fatburger are tasty please try some of the burgers I mentioned at other places. Maybe it's just personal taste.

Service was a bit quirky but fine.

Only good thing is the prices weren't too bad compared to something like Vera's, which is a total rip off.

I wouldn't complain much about having to eat here, but I doubt I will be back.

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Boston Pizza1078 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
This location better than average
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 11:28pm [Dine in]

I normally write one review for an entire chain but this one I've been frequenting and it's a bit better than the average Boston Pizza.

The service has been great, nothing to really complain about. The room also feels nicer and just seems to be a more happening place.

Unfortunately the food still blows chunks. They really need to fire their executive chef and work on the quality. My kid had a nacho fix so we chose to try the nachos here. First they are microwaved (ugh, this should be illegal). The salsa was disgusting, it had chili powder or something in it, first time I've ever not eaten salsa. And they put green peppers on their nachos to top it off, yuck. That's just an example of what's wrong with one menu item, many others suck just as bad. I would need another 10,000 words to rant about their crap food. There are a few edible things on the menu but you have to suffer through a lot to find them.

I was pleasantly surprised that my kid's meal was only $3, wasn't aware they had a special on Sunday's or something.

Anyway just wanted to say aside from the garbage food this place is actually nice. So if for some reason you like the food at BP, check this location out.

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Sakura Ichiban1405 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Under new management
Submitted Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

Since my last review we have indeed been back many times and brought others to the restaurant who all enjoyed it.

A couple of weeks ago it reopened under new ownership/management after a brief closure. The menu is updated a bit and the food is prepared a bit differently. Their box lunches and dinners are now priced lower and a bit smaller (starts at $8.95 for lunch). They are still very big though as the previous ones were just ridiculously big. It's hard to finish them.

Almost every time we've gone they've surprised us with some item on the house. They are often interesting dishes too, the chef has some creativity.

The new sushi chef/owner seems even friendlier than the previous one. They take a genuine interest in their customers.

While it's certainly possible that the service, ambience and food could be a bit better this is the first restaurant I've ever given 5 overall stars to. That's because when I think Japanese this is really the only place I want to go to now. It's got that intangible combination of good food, friendliness and value in an unpretentious setting. I hope it continues on.

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Yuko Maki1195 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
You get what you pay for ...
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 10:58pm [Dine in]

When I looked at the menu I was a bit shocked to see how low the prices were. Many box dinners in the $6-9 range. $5 for 18 pcs maki + Miso soup. I was expecting the place to be a bit more upscale but this is VERY budget sushi.

The food is about as good as you can expect given the prices, which in my mind, is not very good as far as sushi is concerned. The sushi rice was mushy. Fake crab obviously. No Daikon in tempura sauce (it's clear). You get a spring roll in your tempura (wasn't bad actually)! The tuna had a mushy texture. Basically this is the worst sushi I recall eating in 15 years, and I eat a lot of sushi. That said, it's still edible if you just want to fill up. It's just that most sushi places make pretty good sushi so this place is bad in comparison. The fried items weren't bad. The food resembles nothing close to authentic quality japanese food.

Service was efficient but not terribly warm. Can't expect more for these prices.

This place is very much like Sushi-man just down the road, but even a bit cheaper if that is possible as Sushi-man is already low budget. I'd way rather eat at Sushi-man as I think the sushi was a lot better there.

Anyway I won't be back as I expect a certain level of quality in my sushi, but if you don't mind budget sushi it might be an OK place to fill up. I would have actually given it only one or two stars overall but I'm cutting a lot of slack given bargain prices as you get what you pay for ...

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