Submitted Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 12:46am [Dine in]
First, several of the previous reviews have mentioned that this is a Japanese-run restaurant. It's not, it's unabashedly Korean.
Now, on to the food... It was passable if unmemorable. For takeout in the Main St. area, not bad -- better than Nikkyu, but I'd still prefer Zipang or Shiro on Cambie (haven't had patience for Toshi's line just yet). The rice in the nigiri was a bit old/dry, and almost spherical, whereas the fish is typical Vancouver quantity-over-quality... it's funny that they skimp on rice rather than fish. The "crunch roll" wasn't crunchy at all, but rather slightly reminiscent of Crayola. On the other hand, the tempura was fine, and any place in this class that serves hotate without chopping it into tiny pieces slathered in cheap hotsauce gets at least one bonus point.
Prices? 2 people, pretty full when done, $40 without drinks or tip. Typical, but not particularly notable. Overall, it's pretty hard to find a memorable sushi place in Vancouver, and unfortunately Sushiyama doesn't quite make the grade for me.
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Submitted Sunday, January 25, 2009 - 12:21pm [Dine in]
I was there for DineOut Vancouver, and unfortunately I have to say I was very disappointed. The service and food was not up to the standards of what would be expected at the $38 price point. For the main course I ordered the albacore tuna with macaroni - there was no presentation to speak of. The plate was filled with orange jumbo macaroni with 3 pieces of sliced tuna on top in the middle. The flavour of the sauce on the macaroni was so overwhelming that I could not enjoy the flavour of the tuna. The place felt like a typical "tourist trap" - high price, poor food and service. I went there with an intention of having a wine pairing with the meal, but the server not even once asked our table if we wanted anything other than water. The only positive experience was the live music playing in the background.
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