My partner and I decided to try Ebi-su restaurant in Richmond for lunch after reading some positive reviews on it. When we first went in, the waitresses were talking, but didn't take too long for them to seat us after greeting us with "yes?", accompanied with a facial expression for "how many"? She decided to seat us next to an empty table with a wet mess on the floor, so we asked to be seated in a two seat booth. The ambiance was nice, the decor was modern, however it lacked a bit of luster giving me a somewhat dirty feeling.
The menu was very straight forward and had a good selection. The price for the set lunch was very reasonably priced. My partner and I decided to order the 3 item special for $9.99, which we chose two organic sashimi salad and a tempura. We also ordered Bento box A for $11.99. Both of these lunch sets included miso soup. The soup came first and it wasn't anything special, typical miso soup.
It didn't take long for the salads to come and we were really excited that they had organic greens, however my excitement soon dissipated after taking the first chew at my sashimi. I'm not sure if they didn't remove the silver skin to the fish or not, but it was chewy. So, I swallowed it, decided that this could happen to any of the most experience chefs, however 4 out of the 5 sashimi in my salad and also in my partners salad were chewy. It was really really unappetizing.
While we were chewing our salads, the other items arrived. The presentation was average. But again, for the price, we weren't expecting anything fancy. The tempura was mediocre, the batter was really heavy leaving the suppose to be crispy tempura very soggy and doughy.
The Bento box A had 7 pieces of sashimi (3 salmon and 5 tuna), a small salad, tempura, 4 nigiri sushi ( 2 salmon and 2 Tuna). First we tried the salad with a thick goo of salad dressing on top. It tasted really really fishy so we did not eat any of it. The tempura was again heavy, soggy and doughy. The sashimi and nigiri remained to have chewy bits in them.
The servers were attentive and the place had 8 tables of customers. We asked for two small plates and they gave us two small plates that were greasy. Overall this experience will make me think twice about eating another piece of raw fish from a sushi place I know nothing about. We didn't end up finishing our meal, not because we weren't hungry, but because we really couldn't stomach the grossness of the fish anymore. 3 hours after this meal, both of us ended up going to the washroom a few times. I will definitely not go back to Ebi-su again.