I don't understand how this place can retain a 3/5 stars. I'm looking back at the history and see a bunch of good reviews - either these guys have never eaten mediocre sushi or there's some conspiracy with the restaurant staff being told by the boss to rate this place.
Anyways, I tried this place out way back when they just opened and started advertising on the radio. It was my father's birthday and he loves sushi, especially a lot of sushi. Plus, he knows an old friend that works there, so we decided to try this place out.
When we arrived, his friend wasn't there - but we told the staff that we knew him, and they treated us to complimentary drinks. The place was pretty empty for a Saturday(? - a weekend) night - but that's to be expected for a restaurant that just opened recently.
The food... well it's just horrible. Don't try the raw fish here. Even all-you-can-eat quality should be better than this. When you go to a sushi place, try the raw fish first, but don't dip it in sauce to hide the taste. The freshness of the fish can pretty much tell you the overall quality of the restaurant itself. Raw fish tastes... well fishy. But fresh raw fish doesn't taste fishy at all. The fish here was nowhere close to fresh. The salmon was okay, but then again, it's hard to find a sushi place in vancouver that can mess up salmon.
The price is okay - but you can get a lot better all-you-can-eat quality sushi for the same price elsewhere, especially in Richmond. Seeing as this was in downtown, I was hoping it would have downtown quality... but I was wrong. It's like chinatown quality - and they don't even have sushi in chinatown, unless you count the fish stalls that reek of fish smell from all the way down the block and up the next street.
I haven't been there for a few months so maybe they've upped the quality of their sushi. But after my first experience there, I don't think I'm ever going back.
The reason I'm even writing this review now is because I just heard the company I work for is commissioning these guys to make sushi for them and I was shaking my head the whole time after hearing this... I'm ashamed.
If you like cheap sushi - then this place is for you.
If you like to keep the sushi in your stomach - then I recommend going somewhere else.