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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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All You Can Eat
By pearly_whites of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 1:46pm [Dine in]

Not my preferred all you can eat restaurant, but does have some good selections. Salmon sushi is quite good, but I would rather have AYCE at Sui Sha Ya. Service here is good, but setting is quite average. Lots of parking space though and easy to find!

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why is there even a line up
By cariba of Vancouver+ (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

this place is nothing special yet people still line up to get a table. That is truly something I don't get. The food isn't all that bad but theres no service. If you are really hungry for some decent sushi for all you can eat then this place os OK i guess. Fairly inexpensive.

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Definitely Downhill
By Beefeater of Burnaby (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 9, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

Having not visited the place for over a year, I went for the late nite ayce dinner with a couple of buddies on a Wednesday nite a couple of weeks ago.
I've always known Aji Taro be a good value in terms of the quality of their food. However, things have changed and not for the better unfortunately. Service was unattentive as it took awhile for us to flag down the servers who acted as if none of us existed. Then it's about a 30 min wait to get our first round of food served. No apologies from the server either. They didn't appear too busy as it was around 10:30 with not many clients since it was a weekday.
The food was a big disappointment. I always look forward to the teriyaki hot plates but this time it tasted really bland. The sushi was not fresh and the deep fried stuff tasted like they were double(or even triple) fried.
Overall, it might be another year or two before I try this place again. If ever...

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Not bad place for cheap AYCE
By imiake of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

If your hungry and don't want to spend money I would say aji toro wouldnt be a bad place to hit up. Food is not bad except when you order sushi the pieces are fricken huge. The food has gotten alittle bit better over the years though. For $11.95 you cant really complain

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Never again! Cross contamination!
By ahjay of Surrey , B.C. (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 12:09am [Dine in]

I've given Aji Taro not one, but FOUR chances. Every time I go here, I always leave with a bad experience.I will NEVER go back again!

I went there for dinner today at opening (5PM) with two of my friends. We sat there at our table with only one waitress on the floor. When we were about to order, the waitress was busy talking to the counter cashier. A few minutes later, we got our order sheet.We had a vegetarian among us so she proceeded to order vegetarian friendly sushi. She requested that the vegetarian food be put on a separate plate, away from our non-vegetarian food that we ordered. A few minutes later the manager informs us that THEY USE THE SAME KNIFE AND CUTTING BOARD to prepare veggie and meat food. For those who haven't taken food safe, that's food cross contamination. People can seriously get sick from this. Of course, my friend opted out from eating anything there, while the rest of us proceeded to eat what we ordered.

Food - I ordered a chicken karaage (chicken wing) and it was bright pink inside. (This isn't the first time I've seen pink chicken at Aji Taro). The various sashimi we ordered was NOT fresh at all. It had a weird expired taste to them. The beef teriyaki was burnt beyond recognition and ebi sunomono was just half-*ssed. The sushi was the worst part. The rice was literally falling apart and none of the sushi pieces look like sushi at all! Overall the food quality was very poor.

Service - It was mediocre. Waitress kept on gawking (I mean literally STARING) at our table from afar. It made me feel really uncomfortable.

Value - Definitely not worth the value. The food was so bad that we just ate what we ordered and just left.

Ambiance - Just your typical Japanese restaurant.

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Was surprised!
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 4:39am [Dine in]

Ok I admit. I hate All you can eat places but the boyfriend and I had a craving for cheap all you can eat so we headed to Aji Taro and was pleasantly surprised. Our server was very nice, food was hot and pretty good for all you can eat. We've had bad experiences in the past there with rude service and cold bland food but this time we thought it was great!

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food monsters anyone?
By wooky of vancouver, vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 4, 2007 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

i used to come here 3 or 4 nights a week cuz my friends were food monsters and prefer to get the bang for their buck. all you can eat is pretty cheap for the choices that you get, (i believe it's 13.95 per person after 10pm?) the only problem is getting a table. Always a large waitlist of people at the door at All-you-can-eat period. As it gets really busy at night, the service slows down a bit and sometimes they miss an order or two, but i always give them the benefit of the doubt cuz my friends always go all out with the quantity of food. Oh and also there's no limit to how much you can order. But just be sure not to waste food, like most places they will charge for leftovers. for the price you pay the seafood is alright, it's not the best of quality but what can you expect at any all you can eat place?

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Terrible! Terrible! Terrible!
By Lise of Burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 - 11:39am [Dine in]

We had a two for one coupon to try out this place. All I can say is this is one of the worst place to try sushi. NOT RECOMMENDED unless you have low expectations of sushi. Service was terrible to say the very least.

There's room for improvement if Aji Toro would just take the time to listen to their customers.

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Gone Downhill!!! New Management maybe?
By yummyyum of richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 30, 2006 - 7:38pm [Dine in]

Wow, I must say, this place has went downhill on a slip and slide! The food use to be amazing... and the service was awesome... but now, my friends and I don't dare go. The gyoza sucks! They cut your orders in half and you wait a ton of time just for the first round of orders! I don't go there any more and wont ever go there anymore... I wish that they went back to the way that they use to be....

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Not the Best
By FoodJunkie88 of Richmond , BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:48am [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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Really Tired Of These Japanese
By Jaswinderpal of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 5:19am [Dine in]

It is a fact that these japanese Restaurants do not deliver what you order. Pay $17 and get half your order. The service might fly in Japan or whatever country down there but in Canada we insist on getting what we order. There must be a law about this. The sushi is not high quality but that doesn't matter sushi isn't fine food just bring me my order. And the tea is watered down. But I will get my refills even if it takes one hour.

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Asian food is not for me
By new west rider of Van Area, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

took a former employee of mine here near her work. We had a reservation do we needed fast service and she was cravinga sian food. Disliked this restaurant. I am not going to be a customer of them again. Aji Taro is a boring place. The waitress came out of the kitchen once to check on their customers to see that everything is ok and went back again until bill time. The portions are fairly small and in this atmosphere you would never order drinks

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friendly staff- great sushi- why arent they open at lunch?
By amz of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 6:48pm [Dine in]

one of the better places in richmond for all you can eat sushi. i just dont know why they arent open at lunch on the weekdays?? fortunately they are open later in the evenings- past midnight for sure.

the sushi is excellent and all of the staff are very polite and friendly- even the manager helps seat guests and run food to the tables.
and they have all you can eat with sashimi- not all restaurants do that.

i love going here for sushi.

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all you can eat
By catinabar of edmonton, alberta, canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 15, 2007 - 6:08pm [Dine in]

i've been here many times before, this restuarant does have alot to offer if you are looking for quick asian food to get you full. They have to special rooms for bigger groups, which i would recomand if you have more then 8 people going for all you can eat. the food comes out fast, however if you are eating all you can eat make sure you check that you have gotten every thing you ordered because they tend to slow down your order when you eat more. Make sure you order lots of ashahi if that happens

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Above Average for AYCE in Richmond
By Lexamark of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

I mean, it's AYCE, guys. What do you really expect? They're pumping out food as fast as they can to a usually packed building.

I go here for their late-night menu fairly frequently, and as far as I'm concerned, it's better than most AYCE places out there. None are excellent, it just doesn't exist (If you want good/cheap sushi in richmond go to MATSUYAMA after 9PM.)

They're always busy - Either call ahead or be repaired to wait. Once you're seated, there's usually a wait before you get your first round of food, but it's always hot (their sunomono included).

The service is lousy, but nobody is ever just standing around so you can't really get mad at them.

Far, FAR better than Su Shi Ya on every level, better food, better service. The price is the same, and Aji's late night starts half an hour later, but it's worth it.

Again - It's decent AYCE, better than Su Shi Ya (it's closest AYCE competitor), and Richmond Sushi. It isn't as good as Diamaru, but that's closed now.

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Where's the unagi?
By DumplingGirl of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant probably 5-6 times in the past year. It is okay for an AYCE place, but their food is not the freshest. Especially if you go for late night. I usually go around 7-8 for dinner and at 9:30 the late night menu starts, there was a couple times when we order a second round after late night has started and the tuna that comes is 1/2 frozen.... and they seem to always run out of unagi or just don't have it...

The food and service both aren't very consistent, some days are better than others.

If you want creative or fresh sushi/sashimi or unagi, this isn't the place to be...

If you do decide to eat here, try the raw oysters, tuna tataki and beef tataki.

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Peeling paint on dishes
By lanshark of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 11, 2006 - 2:27am [Dine in]

Night of March 10, 11:20 PM - 1 AM: Twice I have gone to this restaurant and found peeling paint on my red cup of miso soup. Twice I have demonstrated to the waiter by peeling off the paint with my fingernails. I drank the soup before I realized it. Service is very very slow compared to Richmond Sushi. You can expect to wait 15-20 minutes for your order to be filled. The reason is that this restaurant uses the "receipt printer" system where the chef fills orders one at a time. One order oyster motoyaki? One order placed in the oven at a time. Richmond Sushi on the other hand makes 40 to 80 oyster motoyaki at a time. So, it's very inefficient. You must hand-write your order on an order sheet. There is almost no interaction between the staff and the customers for all-you-can-eat. The staff do not ask you if everything is OK nor do they show any care when dropping off or picking up.
The menu does not describe what any item is or how many you get. Let me tell you: a house roll is crab+salmon sashimi+avocado. An order of chicken wings is 3 wings.
The avocado roll and a vegetable roll are good (always smell vegetable rolls before you eat them to make sure the radish hasn't gone bad.)
One meat kebab had marinated much too long and was bad. Beef teriyaki was very thin and good quality. Deep-fried tempura was tiny.

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OK restaurant
By Yamaha of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 9, 2009 - 10:56pm [Dine in]

The food is OK... ..only the salmon sashimi is not really fresh. (seems more than two days old)
Services can be better even through there is only few servers working.

Overall, I will say this is not a really bad restaurant but I may come back at least couple months. (so many other AYCE restaurant in Richmond)

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Decent
By idm04 of Richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

Went with my friend for lunch on a Saturday, we were surprised that it was mostly empty. We got the all you can eat menu, and the sashimi special (unlimited salmon/tuna sashimi) was only an additional $3. I would say this was a great value as this option is not offered (for lunch) at some other places, and it's $5 at Richmond Sushi and at Ninkazu.

The fried codfish was actually hot in the middle, but a bit burnt on the outside. Beef skewers weren't very hot, and really dry. Beef and chicken teriyaki were fine though.

The rolls were okay, there wasn't too much rice, and the sashimi also seemed fine. Service was decent as there weren't many customers, but for some reason near the end of our meal we couldn't see any waitresses for quite a while. However, they were polite overall, and we got all the food we ordered fairly quickly.

The decor was simple, perhaps mildly boring if you were to stare at it, and the window sides were dirty, but the table was relatively clean.

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No need for English
By Tourex of vancouver,b.c. (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 2:18am [Dine in]

Been to this place sporadically,reason being,is to see if they have improved. One thing for sure is,if you want adequate service,is best advised to bring someone that speaks Mandarin. Yes,Mandarin,not Japanese,because all of the waitresses either speaks Cantonese,or Mandarin,mostly the latter!! The food is decent,the quantity is different every time,probably due to the fact is,they change different chefs.Don't even try to attempt to make a complaint to the manager,because she'll just look at you dumbfounded.Perhaps they need to learn more English.

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