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Aji Taro

4940 No. 3 Road, #101
Richmond, BC V6X3A5
Tel: (604) 273-3838
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night, Buffet
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 5PM - 2AM
  • 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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Absolute Garbage in every form.
By rleslievideo of Vancouver (Kerrisdale) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 15, 2012 - 12:35am [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 - 7:40pm [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 - 5:52pm [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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Great New Ramen
By nex of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 10:03pm [Dine in]

Came here during the holidays for lunch with a couple of friends. Was seated quickly and ordered the first ramen on the menu. The soup looked and tasted really good, and the bowl was really full of different kinds of vegetable. The quality and quantity of ramen was great, nothing like those that you buy at a asian store. The pork was pretty good, a little too much fat for me. It also came with egg and toasted garlic bits.

Im sure there are better ramen places in Vancouver, but overall, this is excellent value for a quick and nice lunch. Service was good and fast. Good environment. Should definitely take a look if you enjoy ramen.

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Worst AYCE
By yumyumlu of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 3, 2009 - 8:52pm [Dine in]

I say the worst ACYE because we ordered salmon sushi and it came fast, however all the salmon that came out was precut and sitting out. We thought it would be a good AYCE because we ordered takeout before and it was pretty good. I recommend their specialty rolls and the al la carte menu is definitely better than the buffet!

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not try again.
By goodorbad of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 6:37pm [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 the wisest choice.
By jamz of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Aji Taro is definitely popular for its late night sushi being available until 2am. Furthermore, its location is unmissable, facing No 3 road with a bright red banner. Despite being in such a great location, it is a shame that Aji Taro is also popular for poor service and poor food.

I used to go here quite a bit for AYCE (mostly out of desperation on really late nights), however it just isn't worth it anymore. It usually takes some time before you can get a seat because of its "popularity" and the service will most likely be backed up.

The food does not taste fresh. Also, it isn't anything out of the ordinary for orders to go missing, forcing you to desperately try to flag down waitresses that are very well-trained in the art of avoiding you.

One time I was seated near the back where the washrooms are. This was the worst dining experience of my life. The food seeped in the foul aromas coming from the washroom and I just completely lost my appetite.

There are better AYCE late night places than this. If you have to go here, deny the seats near the back washrooms AT ALL COSTS!

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One of the better Sushi places in Richmond
By ladyluck of richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 7:29pm [Dine in]

I dont know why this place is getting such bad reviews.
Everytime I go there- the food is good- the service is fine- you cant expect much from an all you can eat sushi place. But all the staff have been really nice to me and I have never not liked anything we had.
Plus its open till 2am which I think is great.

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Worst
By Jackcool of Unknown (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

It's not good at all, just a regular sushi place
I'm korean, and they speak chinese with me the whole time
I don't really like this place much.
Because my friend told met o go there and eat
but i don't want to go back there any more
And the manager always speak realy loud to the servers.
THey needs to change for god sake

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great price for cheap eats.
By wokmanchan of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 11:59pm [Dine in]

I eat here approxmently once a week or two. the price for the food at a all you can eat sushi is very good compared to other all you can eat sushi places.

The service is good but very slow when it is busy, problem I find most is that they can never get the orders quantity correct. Other then that i find this place a great bang for the buck.

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Nasty
By browntown of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

FOOD:
The only good thing is the chicken teriyaki because it comes in the skillet and is hot. That being said that sushi is terrible with brown ovacado in the Cali Rolls, the rolls are sometimes falling apart. The other items are always cold and sometimes seem like they are reheated. The spring roll I had when I went there had been sitting in the bowl for sometime because when I picked it up it was all soggy and white on the bottom, clearly that was someone else's left overs. Overall the food is terrible except the Chicken Teriyaki.

SERVICE:
The ladies speak next to no english so it is extremely hard to understand them or communicate. I asked for ice water more than 3 times until I got it and the same lady would just walk by and ignore my gesture to get her attention. Everytime you ask the waitress for something is seems like they are doing a huge favour for you and are reluctant to do so for you. Overall the service is the worst I have ever had.

AMBIANCE:
The place is filthy, the washrooms have graffiti all over them the chairs in the dining area are falling apart and the place is just a mess. The kitchen area must be a bigger mess.

I will never go back here again, the food, the service and the place itself is terrible

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Dirty
By bradrobinson of Richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 5:21pm [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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Good For a Quick Bite
By sushicritic of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
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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Don't Forget To Thank The Chef On Your Way Out
By Rasher of Sunshine Hills, Delta (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 3:25am [Dine in]

I've been here quite a few times, firstly I really like how they are open late, 2am everynight. I have been going here regularly for a while and the staff recognize me when I come. I find I get good service and my dates are happy as well. They just redid their menus and now offer good selection on all of them whether its Lunch, Dinner, Dinner Deluxe, Dinner Super Deluxe or Late Night and even Sashimi on the Late Night all be it for $3 more/person but its well worth it, the pieces are fresh and large and they don't mind if you order a ton. Some of the other items on the menu are of average quality but I still think its a great bargain. The atomosphere is spacious and the background music is enjoyable. The head waitress is always there and comes by atleast twice a meal and asks if everything is okay. I think this place deserves better reviews as I switched to it from Sui Sha Ya and am very happy. Don't forget to thank the Chef on your way out...

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Decent but needs improvement
By johnson69 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 2:37am [Dine in]

Food at Aji Taro is actually quite decent. Service is ok at times but needs improvment. The Sashimi here is quite good... nice selection. The waitresses are friendly but this place is filthy. The tables are sticky. The dishware is also dirty. Wish they would hire somebody who knew how to washdishes. Maybe even a housekeeper. Still not good enough for me to be a regular though. I would still prefer other all you can eat restaurants.

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what the heck happened?!?!?
By traxi of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 2:12am [Dine in]

I use to go here all the time and now...I don't even remember why I did in the first place!

The waitresses don't even acknowledge you, nor do they take your order. However, if they see you make eye contact with them they will look away and pretend they don't see you.

The service was HORRIBLE!

Our order was never right and the cones were just filled with rice.

I am NEVER coming back here again. Ever.

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Don't ever go there, you will regret after.
By brnr69 of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 23, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

First of all, they will phone you right at the time which you have booked to see where you are. I made a reservation at 8:00 pm and they will call by 8:01 pm if you don't show up. But that was not the worst. We went there for all-you-can-eat dinner with a number of 20 people in total last night. It started out just fine but after the first round of order. After the second round, they tend to slow down hoping that you will eat less and you will forget what you have ordered. The fish wasn't that fresh and I can still smell the stench from my mouth after 5 hours from eating there. Also, they don't have plenty of choices and fresh oysters on the all-you-can-eat menu, that's what you all should watch out for.

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decent
By capanapa of north vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

service was good but unforuntaely the food was mediocre at best.

i walked by this place a few times and thought it would be interesting to check it out.
its usually empty and now i know why ; the food is not always fresh and there are so many sushi joints in this city it just doesn't measure up.

won't be going back . move on to the next review .

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There's better out there
By vancity3 of North Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I use to love coming to this restaurant, but it seems like it's only gone downhill. If the food was still good then it wouldn't really matter that the service is so terrible. But the food is nothing special and there's so many better japanese restaurants that are worth a try.

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Gonna keep me from AYCE for quite a while
By mui122 of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2007 - 3:21am [Dine in]

My bf and I just spent alot of money on fine dining the previous night but we were craving for sushi and it was late so we headed to aji taro for late nite AYCE cuz it was still open and relatively cheap. After taking the first bite on my salmon sushi i regretted my decision. Everything was literally groossss. The fish were not fresh at all. The rice for some reasons were DRY like it was leftover rice from yesterday. All i could taste from the agedashi tofu was powdery batter. The gyoza came soggy in a puddle of vinegar. If I was blind folded I wouldnt have known that the spicy salmon was salmon because all I could taste was something that was very spicy. Negitoro cone was not negitoro. It was negi-plain tuna with tiny traces of green onion. Chopped scallop was decent but clearly not too fresh. Fried calamari weirdly did not taste liek calamari...alot softer than expected...tasted like some sort of dough trying to mask as calamari. Short ribs were decent but too fatty. Unagi roll had microscopic pieces of unagi in them and lotsa rice. Oyster motoyaki was very "cute" cuz it was tiny~ had tons of filling but a tiny piece of oyster...and it was lukewarm at most. Miso soup, sunomono, tempura, california roll, dynamite roll and teriyaki chicken was decent. I guess I need not to clarify any further how disappointed I was. I don't like wasting food, but I found myself sitting at a table full of food half eaten and not wanting to put anything else in my mouth even tho I was still hungry. I felt like I wanted to throw up...

In terms of servce I guess it was decent. The manager promptly seated us and was quite polite. At some point during dinner when I was sitting at awe because I didnt know what to do with the food, she came by and asked if everything was ok. I said yes because I didn't want to tell her everything tasted awful. Other servers were bad tho...like they didn't want to be there. No smiles to be found.

Ambience...well the place is dirty. period.

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