I've been to the Ebisu in Downtown many times and am totally in love with it so when I saw "Ebisu in Richmond" boasting that big red sign while driving down No. 3 road I swung in for an early dinner hoping to get the same experience!
Unfortunately that was not to be, not that it's to bash them but I came in with the same expectations as Ebisu Robson otherwise I would have been quite content.
The food is comparable and they actually have some different dishes that are quite tasty that they don't have at the other location like the Unagi Cheese Motoyaki (I think that's what it's called) ... the Cheese Yakitory is not as cheesy in comparison, actually the cheese wasn't even melted yet. The other dishes are pretty similar and tasted pretty good. The wings here are more flavourful but smaller.
Service was average, nothing out of the norm for a Richmond located restaurant. I had to ask a few times for more water and I noticed the waiter never mentions what dish they are placing down on my table so I had to ask a couple times because I didn't recognize the dishes.
But what I seriously have a qualm with is the lack of drink selection! They practically have NOTHING from the Downtown location, no Golden Balls (My absolute fave and another reason why I dig Ebisu Robson) or ANY cocktail. They only carry the basics, Vodka + OJ, Gin & Tonic ... boring!
Value is "ok" but they should make it a bit cheaper considering it's Richmond and not Downtown core.
Ambiance: Well this is where the similarities end. This place almost has nothing in common with the other Ebisu. There's only one TV in the front. Another that's practically hidden behind some pillars that no one can see. The music can be best described as 'if you wanted put somebody to sleep.' It's like slow melodic boring (call it soothing if you will) tunes *yawn*
This spot is a nice alternative if your too lazy to make the trip across 2 bridges. If you compare this place to other Richmond Japanese restaurants they would have recieved much better ratings from me but they call this place Ebisu so I would have hoped they lived up to their name! The beer & oyster special is the same deal as DT which is awesome and one of the reasons that I would end up here since I live much closer to this location than DT.