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Aji Taro

4940 No. 3 Road, #101
Richmond, BC V6X3A5
Tel: (604) 273-3838
Neighbourhood: Golden Village
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Buffet
  • Aji Taro offers many appetizers and entree (a la carte) selections including tempura, teriyaki, sushi and sashimi. All you can eat available for $14.95 (lunch / late night + $1.00 on weekend) and $18.95 (dinner).

    Open 7 days a week: Monday to Friday: 5:00 pm to 2:00 am and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 11:30 am to 2:00 am.

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Shouldn't have gone back
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 8, 2014 - 9:39am [Dine in]

I am not going to lie, I have been to Aji Taro in the past and didn't have such an unpleasant experience as the reviewers here described. So I decided to give it a second shot the other night.

I usually don’t have such high standards for food, especially AYCE, but this time around Aji Taro disappointed. I went like at 10 pm and the food was extremely bland. The gyoza was a joke, and the portions of salmon and tuna nigiri were tiny and tasted old. When I asked the waiter about the freshness of the ingredients, she simply didn’t respond (although she clearly heard me).

I think what continues to draw people to it is its late hours. If it were not for the fact that it is open until late (2 am), I don’t think many would go. Better go to somewhere else and get good quality sushi for the same price.

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One of the worst
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I understand that you can't be too picky when dining at a restaurant that offers so much food for so little money. But seriously, what this place serves is an insult to its customers. When I came here with my boyfriend and family, 3 of 4 of us got sick afterwards. I'm sure they don't practice food safe. Leaving everything room temperature until ready to serve is not right. Triple deep-frying does not taste good and can't be good the body either.
Servers/cashiers are rude. Don't know why I've been here twice, but I will never return. For $20/person, I'd rather eat less, but eat well.

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The AYCE standard
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 1:20am [Dine in]

It's been about 2yrs or so since I've had all-you-can-eat sushi, and months going since I had sushi. I could've done without eating late but a hungry friend and gf pressured me in. Thought we would give this restaurant a try considering the late night.

It wasn't particularly busy when we walked through at around 10:30pm on a Sunday. We were seated immediately and picked out all the common AYCE dishes. The dishes came out quick and all the hot dishes came out hot, and all the cold dishes came out cold. Other than the 2 wings where the meat looked like it had suffered some prior freezer burn and tasted "old" and the bland peanut sauce for the Go-Mae, it was fine from chopstick to stomach. The teapot was refilled several times though it was tepid rather than hot.

Contrary to many prior reviews I thought the service was satisfactory. There were waitresses continually walking back and forth clearing out our empty dishes. They named every dish that came to the table and set it down nicely. Polite too with what looked to be the female manager, who told us to take our time after giving us the bill.

The decor is typical where it would leave you mildly bored.

Decent enough, though from all indications, it's probably better to dine here when it isn't busy.

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Awful
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I was on my way back from a quick business trip to Calgary and I needed sushi as an antidote for my visit to the redneck ramparts. Mrs. C and some friends picked me up at YVR and suggested sushi. We went to AT only because it was the first one we saw.

The place looked nice enough, and we were seated right away, but the server seemed to be on a mission to annoy. Examples: I asked for water, and was told I wouldn’t like the water there, since the recent snow had caused black spots in the water. She suggested I buy mineral water. “Wait a minute”, I said, “You just poured us tea. That has water, right?” She had no answer. Later I asked what kind of beer was on tap. She did not know what that was, so I explained. I was then told Asahi beer was the best beer, so I didn’t need this other kind of beer. After a bit of back and forth I gave up and had my tea. It wasn’t a language issue, since the server spoke English like a native and she understood Cantonese when it was spoken to her. It was like she wanted to be a jerk.

We skipped the AYCE and ordered a selection of sushi and sashimi. The sushi was non-lethal, except for the spicy tuna roll, which was too hot to be eaten, and seemed to have been made with spoiled fish. We left that one behind. The rest of the sushi all looked like it was not very fresh. In this town we expect a high standard from sushi places, and this restaurant didn’t come close. We reluctantly ate our food, but in the parking lot all we joked about food poisoning. So it’s fair to say it was not the best dining experience for all concerned. Will I be back? Not a chance.

Not recommended.

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Not as good as other AYCE places
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 2, 2007 - 10:24am [Dine in]

Food: although AYCE places all tend to be the same, this place was just not as good. Gomae was not that great, salad had big clumps of the stem and everything else was just standard. I also found the menu to be quite limited.

Service: Waited for quite some time at the door before being acknowledged. Servers hard to flag down. At least I didn't have to bus my own table though!

Ambiance: Like any other AYCE/chinese-owned place. Nothing special.

For the price I paid and the food I received I would say this place is not worth it to return to and will continue to scour the lower mainland for a great AYCE place to go to!

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It Was Alright
By Mike D of Surrey , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 12:51am [Dine in]

Went for late night all you can eat a while ago and found the experience to be just alright. I can't really hate on much but I also can't really brag about much. If you're looking for something cheap to eat in vast quantities and don't care about the taste then this is the place for you.

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An 'Okay' Experience
By shakir of Surrey, B C (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:33pm [Dine in]

Me and two friends had the most expensive option ($30) of all you can eat. Had we known that we were paying an additional $5 each for a little more than nothing extra item (e.g., a couple of Uni and Oyster), we would have chosen to go with the $20 or $25 menu. When (within 2 minutes) we found out that we were paying extra for almost nothing, we tried to change it but our waiter informed us that it was too late to change. So, preceded with mild disappointment. The Oyster was one of the worst we had in a long time. The salmon sashimi was fresh on the first visit and on a second visit it was not fresh. However, unlike some other all you can eat sushi restaurants, this place doesn't overwhelm the sushi with tons of rice. Overall, the eating experience was just okay.

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Will not go back.
By luckylou822 of Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

I went to Aji Taro a few months ago fir the AYCE lunch and the food was decent so I went to again last night with 4 friends. Four of us wanted AYCE and the fifth person just wanted beef teriyaki as he does not like Ethnic food very much. They told us we all had to eat off the same menu. Then the manager came and said yes he can order an entree and sit at the sushi bar till the rest if us where done. So on the off chance he may have had a bite of our all you can eat, they where willing to give up the $100 we would of spent on dinner but we got up and left. Great business sense. Some people need to learn about customer service.

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Not the Best
By FoodJunkie88 of Richmond , BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 9:48am [Dine in]

I've been to Aji Toro a few times for all you can eat. It's probably the worst sushi I've ever had in my life. The gyoza was burnt on the bottom, the rolls were small and tasteless and the service was just okay. The only staff that I enjoyed was the lady at the cash register, she was extremely friendly and happy. I would NOT recommend eating here.

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Very poor service
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 1:37pm [Dine in]

Aji taro used to be a great AYCE sushi restaurant and we went there often. A few months ago we went there on a busy night at about 8ish and were seated in the corner on the right side of the restaurant. We ordered AYCE and about 20% of our first round order arrived after 15-20 minutes. After that, nothing else came. We tried to get the attention of the waitress, but nobody ever seemed to even come near our table due to it's location in the far corner. After waiting about an hour, we managed to get one waitress to come to our table. We decided to just re-order everything and put in a second round of orders. After waiting another 20 minutes or so, nothing came. We asked the same waitress to check on the food and she said it was coming. This went on several times and no food showed up. Finally one of us had to go so we all decided to leave. This was about 2 hours later.. The cashier knew of our situation because she said a quick "sorry", but still stuck us with the full bill. We were all still hungry, so I was quite angry that they're making us pay the full AYCE price. However because my friend had to leave, we didn't bother arguing with them. This is the only time in my dining out experience where I did not leave a tip.

The food at Aji Taro is not terrible, but unfortunately we didn't get to eat much of it, and we won't be returning to this restaurant.

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Yummy AYE
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 3:50am [Dine in]

This place inside was quite nice inside and pretty neat. The food was great, wide selection. My favourite of the night was their sashimi. They give you decent pieces and it was just tastey enough to make me salivate remembering about it. Nothing seemed at all lacking and the bad reviews really don't make sense to me. The first waitress was a touch rude but I'm guessing it was end of her shift (it was also after 11PM), the next male server was great. I like that they are open until 2AM. I will be def returning :)

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2nd worst restaurant I've been to in my entire life
By iluvdafoodies of Surrey (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

Crap. Absolute crap. So crappy that I'm surprised this restaurant has repeat customers. I struggled to eat seventy percent of the food. The sushi tasted like bits of roasted cardboard had been inserted into the rice. The chicken was the only thing that tasted halfway descent. (Not completely descent, mind you, but halfway descent). I can't believe I paid 18 dollars for that.

On a side note, the service wasn't horrible. Not stellar, or even good, but not horrible either. But, I'd rather have poor service, rather than poor food.

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Everything is decent
By BoodaSlap of Richmond B.C (10 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

i wouldnt mind coming here again, thats if i cant decide where to go. i dont care much about service as long as i get what i ordered. the thing that bugs me is that they dont have toro (my favourite sashimi) but thats ok. Theres nothing much i can say about this place, it's decent.

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Absolute Garbage in every form.
By rleslievideo of Vancouver (Kerrisdale) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 11:35pm [Dine in]

Out of all of the restaurant experiences I've ever had in my life this was one of the worst. The food had a weird type of taste to it and the service was comparable to that of a Chinese Prison Cafeteria. Their website says 11.95 and when you get there it is 13.95 which isn't a huge deal but definitely ticked me. Took my girl there and when I paid the cashier (who I suspect is a part owner) had the nerve to arrogantly while nearly shouting "Just so you know the price doesn't include the tip". I didn't tip cause the food and service was not good.

Will never speak of this dump ever again and I hope a food inspector checks them out and shuts it down. Just an arrogant place with an ok location. You can just tell that management treats their staff horrible and so that cashier won't have to worry about getting no tip from me anymore.

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Bad experience
By Streets of Burnaby, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Did the late night AYCE and everything seemed to start ok, with us being seated right away (as opposed to having a long wait at other AYCEs around the area), but maybe there's a reason for this.

Food was good, but service was atrocious. No one spoke to us, no one checked on us, no one refilled our tea or water without us having to ask first, and when we finally did get our orders in, we didn't receive everything we selected, even on the second try.

Our food took FOREVER to arrive. No free refills on drinks unless everyone at the table orders the same, so they lost money when we decided to just have water. Guests around us were experiencing the same lack of service, so when I asked a server what the problem was, he claimed it was because they were busy. Well, we certainly didn't see any lineups or full tables. But if they were busy, or short staffed, someone should have at least communicated this to their guests so that we'd be a little bit more understanding. But no one said boo.

We ended up not tipping when it came to payment and the female cashier had the nerve to question why we didn't tip more. No interest at all in our experience, or recognizing our dissatification, or taking responsibility for what transpired, or even providing us with an apology when we expressed our experience; just a sense of entitlement that they should be tipped because they work in a restaurant in which we ate in. Do they not understand that tipping is a reflection of service? I guess not.

It's too bad this all happened 'cause the food was actually pretty good, but for the unacceptable service we received, we would not go back.

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All You Can Eat
By Jodi Jodi of North Delta, B.C. (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

If you are a person with a large appetite, you should go to Aji Taro. They offer a variety of Japenese food for a great price, if you're going to take the all you can eat side.

It used to be really disgusting, but that was 6 years ago. The bathrooms now are not AS dirty as the last time I ate there.

Try it again.

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Pretty Decent for AYCE
By ryyeung of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 8, 2010 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

Note this review is measured against AYCE sushi places. I know quality is not as good as a Japanese run place, but this is more than made up with the wide selection ang quantity.

Food - pretty decent AYCE fare. I like the fact teriyaki is served on a hot plate, though it could have a bit more sauce. Sunomono is good, noodles the right texture. Like most places though, they serve the oyter motoyaki on tin foil, which I dislike. Otherwise, not much to complain about.

Service - my partner and I went with the partner's brother and mother. We were there early on a Saturday, and was relatively quiet. I was quite impressed with the service, esp. considering past AYCE experience. All requests were promptly filled, they didn't toss food on the table, but rather served it. There were some smiles, and they even changed our plates. So pretty happy overall.

Value - it's 12.95 + $1 for weekends. This is about 2-3 dollars more than their competitors, yet you don't get more variety. So if there was a complaint about my meal, it would be this.

Ambiance - Overall, pretty clean. Did not get to see washroom, so no comment there.

Summary - one of the better AYCE places. Set your expectations right, and you won't be disappointed.

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not try again.
By goodorbad of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

after dinner with my friends, all of us have a same conclusion: never go back to this place.we don't want to waste our money again. the food and service are poor, they seem not care about this. anyways, we hope they can improve it. only one thing they have a good location to attract people, plus, they use a short name and with letter A started, :-)

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Not bad...
By imonaplain of Richmond (39 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 4:40am [Dine in]

I personally don't understand why Aji Taro has such a bad stigma attached to it around Richmond because every time I go there I leave more satisfied than I have with any other AYCE restaurants around town

The service is not the best but I always kind of expect that from AYCE restaurants, I swear a common trick they use is to not bring out 100% of what you ordered in attempts to cut back waste and cost, which is really off-code if you're trying to be an AYCE restaurant...

Nonetheless I'm very impressed by the fact that all teriyaki items come on a sizzling hot plate with delicious veggies on the side; the sashimi is just ok but I love the agadashi tofu

Overall not a bad restaurant to check into for some decent AYCE food

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Dirty
By bradrobinson of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Being a hardcore all you can eat fan in Richmond I would have to say that Aji Taro is one of the dirtiest restaurants ever. I came into the restaurant in a group of 5 and the cleanliness didn't make me feel all that comfortable. The tables are filthy so I have to think twice before even putting any of their food into my mouth.

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