Fresh bento's and sushi made daily by Japanese chef's. Large selection of imported food from Japan. Japanese dollar store section as well. There are quite a few tables so you can sit down and have a quick meal before shopping!
A Japanese all you can eat lunch for $10.00 is unheard of in Vancouver as our cost of living is relatively high for a North American city. Izumiya is a giant Japanese supermarket right off the main No.3 Road in Richmond where you can eat authentic sushi from their fresh food section or dine in their sit-down buffet area. We decided to opt for the buffet as we were starving and ended up stuffing ourselves full! Service was pretty much nonexistent but you can’t really expect much from a buffet. Sitting time is one hour.
Ebi Fry (6/7)
This was made extremely well and we were lucky since we managed to sit down when a fresh tray of ebi fry came in. Ebi fry is basically a prawn tempura, but crispier due to the use of panko (Japanese bread crumbs). Even though the prawns were on the small side, the panko crust was made perfectly and we ended up gorging a few every time we went up!
Spicy Chicken Wing (5.75/7)
These were massive chicken wings that included the drumsticks as well. The sauce was spicy enough that it didn’t overpower the sauce itself but rather complement it. We enjoyed them but they were a bit messy to eat.
We tried a variety of sushi rolls including: California roll, dynamite roll, tamago, and the Inari tofu puff. The sushi was fairly good considering we only paid $10 for the buffet while a pack of sushi would be $4.50 at the fresh food section. The dynamite roll was probably the best one out of the selection.
This classic Japanese appetizer was made a bit too heavy, as the sesame sauce definitely weighed down the spinach too much. It was fairly tasty, but not of high quality.
Salmon Rice (4.75/7)
This was plain but fairly good. It wasn’t very salty and was generously loaded with salmon chunks.
The takoyaki (octopus dough balls) bar was quite interesting as there were several condiments and toppings to put onto the takoyaki. The takoyaki itself was quite cold, which pretty much ruined the entire dish.
Beef Teriyaki (5.75/7)
This was surprisingly good as we didn’t expect too much from this dish since the appearance was quite unappetizing.
Chocolate Soft Ice Cream (6.25/7)
This chocolate ice cream is very unique as it is in between a gelato and a sorbet made into a soft serve format. The ice cream isn’t very creamy nor sweet, but eating it was extremely refreshing and cleansed our palates at the end of the meal.
These cheesecake squares were quite tasty but we believe that they came from Costco.
Cream puffs (5.75/7)
These cream puffs were from Costco as well and they were just as delicious!
If you’re hungry and not a food snob, Izumiya’s buffet is definitely worth a try! At $10, you could always just have a large salad and top it off with their delicious ebi fry! Diana said she wouldn’t come back, but Gabriel will end up here again in a few months just to eat their ebi fry, sushi, spicy wings, and ice cream!
Here's a lil' secret - GOOD sushi is nearly always made by Japanese sushi-chefs. In a sea of AYCE (all you can eat) sushi restaurants in Richmond - the stand outs all employ Japanese talent (this one and Sakura Sushi #3 & Cook).
This one is similar to Fujiya (as another member pointed out) and offers similar value & freshness.
I'lll be back!!!
Who knew there was this little gem in Richmond? It's a lot like Fujiya, in Vancouver, which I frequent a lot but I really appreciated their use of brown rice in their sushi rolls, which is a healthier option from white rice. I also liked some of their other items, especially their unagi don which was delicious.
It was fun just to poke around and look at all the japanese products that I don't usually encournter at other stores.
The food is delicious and doesn't make a hole in your wallet either. There's sushi, onigiri (riceballs), donburi's, soup, udon, gyoza, and a whole lot more. The price is reasonable and the food taste authentic. There's also such a variety, it takes me a while to pick what I want.
The staff are friendly and I really like the japanese atmosphere that this place gives. I love searching through aisles picking up different types of candy and instant cup miso soups.
If you like japanese food and on the go, this is your place to be.
I am a regular here. They have a new asian salad with nice Japanese light dressing and bits of chicken. Very generous size (in a big plastic container) for around $5.50. Also try their healthy brown rice california rolls. They are yummy. There is another location in Rice World on Garden City but selection is not as good as the main store. There is a microwave to warm up your food.
Just tried out there new buffet - $9.99 for lunch or dinner with lots to choose from. Very good authentic Japanese food made in their kitchen at the back of their store. I will be going back for sure! The service to get in was a little slow, but they have only been open for a few days ;)
Amongst all the restaurants in Richmond, I was having a hard time finding true Japanese food. Until I found Izumiya. Great, excellent tasting food. Most of the bento's (Japanese lunch boxes) are under $10). Donburi's for about $5 or $6. If you're out in Richmond, definitley stop by and give them a try. They also have catering for small or large parties. By far, the best tasting, Japanese take out food in Richmond.