This has been famed the best sushi restaurant in vancouver and its website suggests that some think it is possibly the best in north america -I think that this is definitely over-exaggeration.
THE FOOD: overall, pretty good, but I wouldn't think it worths the price it charges as I have had better sushi elsewhere (in richmond) which serves similar quality for a lot less.
The omakase menu had some good dishes (e.g. the prawn with stuffed fish, the dungeon crab roll and the sesame pudding). but everything else, including the sablefish, was only slightly above average, i.e. not amazing. We also ordered bluefin toro nigiri sushi and sake (wild salmon) sushi separately. I liked the toro and my sister liked the sake one although I think both of them are, again, just slightly above average.
SERVICE was a bit patchy. Our server greeted us with a very loud voice and he had not-so-funny jokes at random times during our meal. But we were given a free dessert, so that was a nice jesture.
AMBIENCE was as expected (after reading the reviews), very poor indeed. Not romantic, not trendy. It might try to have a traditional Japanese flair to it, but it fails quite miserably on that -it just had a very worn out look, especially with its sofa / chair colours.
So, all in all, I would go again if I want to go for some Jap food with assured quality, although I would not set my expectations too high again. Perhaps for that price, I ought to go somewhere else for new adventures.