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sushicriticBurnabySince May 6, 20087 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (2.9)
  • Service2.5 (2.4)
  • Ambiance2.5 (2.6)

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Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant4231 Hazelbridge Way, #205, Richmond
Professional For All You Can Eat Restaurant
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 6:38am [Dine in]

I have tried many Japanese all you can eat restaurants in Vancouver but I have never been to an all you can eat restaurant quite like this one. I am a Japanese Restaurant all you can nut and I love this one. Talking to some of my friends that this all you can restaurant is one of Richmonds unknown secrets. The restaurant truly became a surprise when I walked in felt deja vu only to find out that this restaurant is another Tomokazu which I experienced just a week ago which seemed mediocre.

Food: The food is incredible. The sashimi presentation is excellent. Each individual piece is nicely cut and displayed with garnish. It was like a garden with raw fish. The fish to rice ratio is perfect which is something I used to complain about in most all you can eat restaurants. The rolls are beautifully made and nicely cut. The yam rolls and chicken teriyaki rolls were actually hot and delicious. The Deep Fried tofu and tempura was golden brown and delicious. The chicken teriyaki had nice crispy skin while the beef teriyaki was a bit chewy. The New York steak was a bit too thin but tasted like a nice peppery steak. The Gyozas were perfectly cooked. The star here is the barbeque salmon kama, beef ribs, and yakitori. I haven't tasted yakitori like that since being in Asia. The hot pot items are pretty standard but for only $3 for the to the lite all you can eat menu is a steal. I am not sure if any other restaurants with the exception to Shabusen offer both hot pot and Japanese food. I give the food 4 stars.

Ambiance: Nice clean bright colours which gives you a comfortable feeling. The washrooms are clean while the king size spacious tables are awesome. Perfect for the king placing all that all you can food especially if you decide to do the hot pot. The major plus is that you don't have to wait too long for a table even if there is a lineup. Fast and effiecient. I give the ambiance 4 stars.

Service: The most biggest suprise and the major attraction to this restaurant is the service. Unlike Tomokazu and other all you can eat restaurants the service staff appear to be more professionally trained. Ninkazu has brought a whole new level of service to all you can eat. Being a banquet service manager myself believe me I can tell. Many restaurants don't even reach that level. The food comes out very quickly. The soup and salad came within 1 minute. The staff seems to be able to anticipate your needs before even asking. I was offered beverages. The drink menu and wine list is nicely done. The order sheets were promptly taken. I didn't even need to wait or wave it around before someone took it. Tea was very constantly filled with a smile. My tea was never empty and my cup was never dry even though the restaurant was full of people and even a small lineup. Empty food plates were promptly taken and for gods sake they even changed my dirty plate with a clean plate all the time!! Even after the bill my table was promptly cleaned and cleared. The staff was extemely friendly. Thumbs up to management. I give the service 5 stars.

I would highly recommend this place!!

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Tomokazu Japanese Restaurant1128 West Broadway, #201, Vancouver
Excellent Food; Good Restaurant; Bad Service;
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 5:24am [Dine in]

Not really sure how to begin about this restaurant as this place has so many mixed reviews. Seems like one thing everybody agrees on is the food in this restaurant is excellent.

I come here everytime when I am in the broadway area because I am such a big sushi fan. This restaurant has so many mixed reviews because its so inconsistant.

Food: The food is quite outstanding. The lunch menu is so outstanding with a very decent selection and very good food quality. Its all so delicious ranging from the Chicken teriyaki, to Gyoza, to tempura. The dinner menu is even more fabulous. The sashimi presentation is excellent.

Ambiance; This restaurant is nice. The lighting is great and quite a comfortable feeling when lights and the colours of the restaurants balance.

Service: The service is so nasty. It has gotten so much worse since they have a new manager I noticed. He is so impolite and so unprofessional. He is simply NOT NICE! I was with a group of 4 one time and he gave us a dirty stare when we walked in. It took him a long time to approach us in slow motion when it didn't seem that busy. I don't think he really cares. Anyhow when he got to us he quoted 30 minutes in a pretty bad tone.... after 20 minutes passes we ask him again if any seats were available and he yells out 45 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!! We asked for the sushi bar... and he never answered us so we angrily and hungrily decided to leave. Either this restaurant was desperate to find this guy or maybe they decided to cut costs and this guy volunteered to work for free. Anyhow if this guy is still there I don't think I will be going back anytime soon. Tomokazu has lost another customer. I don't see the need to pay for such bad attitude!!

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Sui Sha Ya Japanese Restaurant5300 No 3 Road, #221, Richmond
Highly Not Recommended!
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 4:42am [Dine in]

I am surprised that this place is as busy as it is. I guess its the location as it is conveniently located in the landsdowne more where it is convenient for eating and shopping.

Just to mention though that the food here is terrible. The menu has been the same as far as I can remember as there isn't much of a selection. The rolls here are huge and fall apart quite easily. The spicy tuna rolls is the tekka maki with added spicy sauce (how lazy is that). They do the same for the spicy chicken wings. Its kind of misleading since just adding the sauce makes it another food item on the menu. The fish to rice ratio for sushi is 70% rice and 30% fish. The food quality simply isn't there. I didn't really enjoy the food here. Not many menu items I can say that I enjoyed.

The service can be actually decent and sometimes they smile and sometimes they don't. The restaurant overall isn't even very clean. The teapots are fully tea stained. The napkins settings on the table have teriyaki stains on them.

Not Recommended at all!

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Richmond Sushi8388 Capstan Way, #1488, Richmond
Expensive Menus
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 4:27am [Dine in]

This is one of Richmond's old and traditional All you can eat Japanese restaurants. Seems like this place has been around forever.

The place here is actually pretty decent. It has a weird host which makes funny greeting sounds but seems nice. I used to come here as a youngster and this place has changed.

The restaurant is spacious but nowadays has a highly inflated menu while the food quality remains the same. Prices can be as high as $30 per person for dinner all you can eat and lunch prices is like $12. Its simply no longer worth the value.

Service has always been mediocre and sometimes better while the food though consistant in quality not very good presentation wise. Would recommend but try other all you can restaurants around the area. I am sure you can find better quality and better prices.

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Kingsway Sushi3665 Kingsway, #110, Vancouver
One of the Newer AYCE In Burnaby
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:28am [Dine in]

This is one of the newer all you can restaurants in Burnaby. The restaurant is pretty darn clean probably because its new. Usually new restaurants start out pretty good and they go on a decline from there.

Anyhow, the service is respectable. They actually stand there and take your order but I am not a fan of being pressured to order all you can eat items in a specified time period. I don't want too take a long time to decide yet they want you to be quick.

The food here is quite good. It has a decent selection of food items especially the Sashimi though presentation wise its not as good as other all you can eat restaurants.

The late night menu is quite expensive and the lunch menu is quite limited. The parking isn't very convenient.

I still come here because I limited choices in Burnaby.

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Fish On Rice4361 Kingsway, #201, Burnaby
Solid All Around
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:19am [Dine in]

There are actually a few burnaby all you can restaurants around the metrotown area that are decent but need improvement.

One restaurant that I go to on a regular basis is the Fish On Rice is one of them. I won't rate this very high yet for an all you can eat restaurant there is not much too complain.

Food: I love how they serve teriyaki at this plate. They serve it on the iron plate which is quite nice presentation wise. The rest of the food is just plain mediocre.

Service: You get what you need. Thats not much saying much

Ambiance: Very Plain.

I would recommend this place over Sui Sha Ya.

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Aji Taro4940 No. 3 Road, #101, Richmond
Good For a Quick Bite
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:12am [Dine in]

Being a fan of all you can eat. I have always wanted to try this place as it has been around for ages although it has many ownership changes through out the years.

Food: The Sashimi here is quite fresh. The Sushi was good however, there is way too much rice. Its not a very good rice to sushi ratio. The kitchen food is a little off. The tempura is way too greasy. The other food is way too salty

Service: There is none. The purpose is to get you out of there as quickly as possible. You have to wait a long time for service and for your drinks. They never refill your tea and I had to ask 3 times for ginger. Poor Service

Ambiance: Decent for an all you can restaurant. Its a bit crowded for late night.

This is restaurant might be good for a quick bite but unless your really desperate I would choose another sushi restaurant in Richmond.

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