Small Japanese sushi restaurant on No 3 road.
My friends and I grew hungry after walking from Lansdowne and we saw this play nearby and decided to try it out during the evening. It was a small restaurant that looked like it was just starting out. I'd say the food was crappy. The Gyozas were still raw when they were served to us. I mean they were cold and slimy. All the other sushi rolls and Nigiris were mostly rice, and what I mean by that is that there is more rice than anything else. I hate to say this but their California rolls were crumpled when it was served to us. A bit of rice was falling apart and most of the pieces were loose. I had to order Nigiri on the menu twice because they forgot it and they should be ashamed because they forgotten to make it even though it wasn't busy at all when my friends and I were there. And when I got my Nigiris, the rice on the bottom was a huge and the fish on top was very thin... Well it was All You Can Eat for $11.99... I guess you could say you get what you pay for. If you were very hungry and did not care at all about the quality of food then I guess you could say its a perfect place for you. But quality is not the case for this restaurant.
Ambiance was great I should say. The lady who served us always seemed pretty concerned and focused on us since we were almost the only ones there. She was kind and she always remembered to fill up our cups with tea. And when I waved at her, she was at our table in split seconds. But pretty ironic that our order was forgotten once since we were the only ones there.
I never left any tip, the sushi was beyond horrible. I mean even I can make a better sushi roll where rice does not fall apart. The server was excellent, but they should get a new chef. Cheap isn't always so good. I wondered why my friends didn't want to go to Sui Sha Ya instead in Lansdowne.
I've been to a fair number of AYCE sushi places, but rarely encountered this kind of place.
At first glance, I thought this place might be some hidden gem; a small restaurant run by a family, may provide service and food that reflects a nice home-type meal. Jeez was I wrong.
Their AYCE menu was very limited, consisted of salmon/tuna sashimi and sushi. Various rolls. Vegie and yam tempura. beef/chicken teriyaki. gyoza. chicken/beef donburi. chicken/beef udon. miso soup. sunomono. tonkatsu, chicken karrage.
First off, the plates/bowls/chopsticks. All were not cleaned properly. If you were to run your finger slightly around the edges and on the inside, you'll notice this grimly film all over, including the chopstick! (fyi, the chopsticks weren't those cheap wooden disposible ones, they are the ones typically found in chinese restaurants). This was not isolated with just our set. A quick exchange with near by (empty) tables quickly showed the similar film all around. Unclean utensils: thumbs down.
The food was mediocre. The cooked food, ie, the chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki, tonkatsu (pork cutlets), were pre-made and was microwaved. How did we know? besides the obvious 'ding' sound usually associated from microwaves, the food arrived at warm tempurature, NOT hot. As well, the teriyaki sauce that was on the meat was still in its jelly-like form, usually associated when something has been left alone for quite some time.
The chicken karage (wings) were freshly cooked (at least it seemed they were), however, it seemed their finishing touch was to generously dosed the finished meat with salt and pepper. Extremely salty (you can see the salt and pepper crystals on the meat and the plate), enough sodium to pump your heart to overdrive.
The sashimi was limited, like most AYCE places. However, the thing that ticked me off the most was the tuna sashimi....it camed FROZEN. well, not exactly frozen, but the meat was hard to poke through, and the bite was icy. The salmon sashimi seemed fine.
Their salmon and tuna sushi was...shall i say....filling? The sashimi on the rice was literally a sliver, and the rice was extremely packed together.
I think their saving grace was their cones. the chopped scallop cones were quite filling (largely due to the the amount of rice in side i suppose), and has plenty of chopped scallop inside.
Overall, with the limited menu choices, the way they prepared food, and for cleanliness, was this worth $11.99+ tax?
There are definitely other places that provide much better choices and food quality for the similiar price.
Would I return to this restaurant? heck no. This hidden gem should remain hidden.
The service was good, the waitress was really surprised someone walked in though.
Anyways, my girl friend and I got attracted by the $11.99 all you can eat poster and we so we thought we would give it a try.
That was the worst decision we ever made, and I walked out regretting not looking at any reviews beforehand.
When we first walked in, we thought the chef was a Japanese, BUT, the moment he opened his mouth, our first impression of the restaurant was already heading to the negative side. He spoke full standard Mandarin Chinese and so was everybody else serving.
Anyways, we still thought that should't matter much, we were just a bit disappointed.
Then we looked at the all you can eat menu,
2 pcs max salmon/tuna sashimi per person, WTF? ALL YOU CAN EAT?
Other food on the menu were just basic stuff, nothing special to choose. (ie. cucumber maki, tuna maki etc.)
SO, from all you can eat, we switched to ordering meals instead.
The price were not cheap, we ordered a sushi combo + box set, costed us $24.
In the sushi combo, it had 1 salmon nigiri, 1 scallop, tuna maki, ebi, tobiko, and tako (which I just realized they didn't even serve it while writing this review!!!)
***** I have to emphasize this part with the *, the nigiris had rice bigger than any other all you can eat places you can ever imagine, the rice was HARD, I can tell they were not sushi rice. This was the first ever, I had to leave out a piece of rice from ordering not from all you can eat, EPIC. The tuna maki, rice was hard again, seaweed was unchewable, I still can't believe it.....They color of the tuna/salmon/hokkigai was weird, I am writing this review in the washroom with a diarhea, and we just finished eating 2 hrs ago.
My girlfriend had the boxset, again, the taste/color of the sashimi was weird, the chicken teriyaki was cold and horrible, the tempura was not even crunchy, the california roll we didn't even want to finish it.
Overall, if this place can give negative scores out of 10, this place definitely deserves -10. HOLY F****.
If anyone still decides to visit this place after reading this review, may God bless you. Best of Luck.
Honestly, I can make better sushi than this place by watching youtube.
The food was horrible. The salad and cucumbers were soggy. Nothing was fresh. The tuna sashimi was in the weirdest color I've ever seen. The tempura was burnt. Even the tea tasted disgusting. We've never had to leave a restaurant and had to find another place to have a proper dinner. The waitress did not know what to do when we walked in. She looked for help, then said, "sit anywhere you like". The cook comes out often to order other employees to work with his strong Beijing accent. Please don't go...
Wednesday (June 8, 11) took the family to AYCE, only to realise that Rmd Sushi and Aji Taro was out of the question (one is closed on Wed; other doesn't serve AYCE until 9pm?), so out of sheer desperation (and hunger): went into this hole-in-the-wall joint.
Ordered the following food and they all turned out to be the worst of what I came to expect from AYCE places in Rmd:
(1) spicy tuna roll: got bones in it and fish tasted smelly. Tried to look away and have a second piece, same deal (fish smelly(not fresh) and got bones in it)
(2) miso soup so-so.
(3) goma-ae: typical goma-ae is done with properly blanched and chilled spinach with sasame paste (or more like sauce, depending on what portion of peanut butter you mix in). This one only has some crushed sasame sprinkled on them over some soya sauce....never had something this horrid before.
(4) beef and chicken teriyaki: both where cooked in water before being taken out and drizzled with a light sauce over the top: chicken pcs looked pale and tasteless.
(5) sushi rice was over-cooked to the point of being just a rice paste and has no texture in it. Ever have rice pasted sushi before?
(6)small fish portion for sashimi (we max'ed out on the max. number of sashimis allowed for AYCE: 6 pcs of salmon and 6pcs of tuna), and they are not very fresh looking/tasting.
We lost appitite 1/2 way through the course, paid up and simply walked away.
Bottomline: I've never been to such terrible/horrible food quality sushi place in Rmd, and vowed never to go back there again as long as I live in Rmd.
All you can eat for 11.99? and sashimi is on the menu? great i thought. I ordered the things i wanted and the last to come out were the sashimis, the chef even came out to ask if we even wanted any, ummmmm yah....kinda why i am here? Everything i ordered before were just either yam or avocado sushi. You can tell the chef was just trying to fill us up on those things and didn't even feel like giving us actual fish. And when the "sashimi" finally did arrive it was a sliver, literally like a thin see through piece of fish on a ball of rice, i ate the slivers, left the rice and paid and left. Never again.
I love this place - it is everything a hole-in-the wall should be.
Cheap food, good quality, and put together like a ransom note. The staff are friendly and it is tucked away in a little strip mall just off of #3 road.
Great value - good prices - need I say more? I used them for a party platter and half of my friends commented on how good the sushi was - and did I mention it was cheap?
The place is busy enough that it has enough turnover such that the food is always fresh.
I stop by everytime I am in richmond.