We arrived here for dinner at around 8pm in the evening and the place was clearly busy with its local clientele. I'm not sure if it's because they don't recognize us as being one of the "regulars", but as a customer, I sure would like to acknowledged, if not greeted warmly, at the very least, and not left standing at the door like some hungry idiot begging for a table. When one of the parties finally left, we went over to seat ourselves, only be stopped momentarily by a stern server, who gave a short "Just wait..." as she wiped the tabletop off. OK, sure, whatever. At this point, I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend my hard-earned coin here - but perhaps the food will make up for it.
Then the food arrived. First off, salmon sashimi ($10). It looked like what appeared to be, and had the texture of, wild salmon - it was fresh and tasty. Next, the "Crispy California Roll" ($4.75) - which we discovered was no match for nearby Asa Sushi's "Crazy Boy Roll". Irashai's version was a tiny California roll rolled in Tempura bits (likely left over from their deep fryer). To our disappointment, the crispy roll was stuck to the chopped scallop roll ($5), one of our sushi favorites. This gave the scallop roll an unintended crispy texture and tempura flavor (thanks to the tempura bits) - which would effectively ruin the delicate flavor of any scallop. Even more laughable - there was perhaps a barely visible sliver of scallop and a disproportionately biggish piece of cucumber in each roll.
And when we discovered that spaghetti noodles were used in our Yaki-Soba, and informed the server about it - she simply replied "Oh, we use spaghetti in our Yaki-Soba - yes" in a matter-of-fact tone. It was ridiculous and the equivalent of saying "Yes, we use macaroni in our Spaghetti and Meatballs...what's the problem?". When she was advised by my gf that the menu should more accurately describe this dish, she gave us a "Uh-yeah, OK....".
This is definitely the last time I'm visiting Irashai. To be fair, I had two excellent experiences here before their brief shut-down (due to renovations I believe). We'll stick with Ajisai or Asa sushi the next time we're in Kerrisdale.