Since this is not AYCE, of course the ingredients are much better. However, if you're looking for authentic japanese food, this is not the place. the food price will also be a bit higher on average of 2-5$. The portions, however, are very generous but I can find same portions elsewhere as well for less the money.
Taste wise, not very japanese and the menu is nothing to rave about. I had the dinner box and my girlfriend had the tofu steak. At least they should accompany the tofu steak dish with a bowl of rice, like most japanese restaurants. the dinner box, at $16, was a bit pricey for my wallet but the portion, as i've stated, is enough for the average joe. beware though that this place uses sauces alot especially teriyaki. they think japanese food is basically teriyaki on rice.
service, kind of slow but i can understand since i went during dinner hour and the place was packed. waitresses are attentive and not rude or sloppy. however, expect delays when u order drinks because they forgot my order 2 times.
overall, i'd return for casual dining out but definitely there are better japanese places for the same price or less. maybe vancouver just has a higher rental fee lol...