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Kisha Poppo Japanese Restaurant

11660 Steveston Highway, #1060
Richmond, BC V7A1N6
Tel: (604) 271-6556
Fax: (604) 271-6557

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Solid AYCE
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2012 - 8:46am [Dine in]

Didn't know until we sat down it was an AYCE restaurant. Was a bit hesitant but after taking a look on the menu, it seems to be a cut above your normal AYCE Japanese restos. They have about 5-6 sashimi choices including wild sockeye and Toro (Tuna). The rolls were not packed full of rice with the Negitoro and chopped scallop rolls being very good. The wait staff were available quickly and the food came out at a good pace. The hot food were pretty good especially the tempua and terriyaki. The only suggestion would be to indicate how many pieces per order so customers can adjust their orders. Would come back if I did AYCE more often, dinner was $22 per person which is pretty standard.

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so horrible!
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

okay, so I was watching the dark knight premiere this summer. We were waiting for the movie to begin when we heard this guy behind us raving about kisha popo saying that after he had eaten here he couldn't eat anywhere else. He was saying it that THAT good.

So, for lunch one day I decided to pop into this place, off this random stranger's recommendations. And low and behold... it was HORRIBLE.

Honestly, I've never had such poor quality japanese food in Vancouver. Pretty much ANY place you walk into will be atleast not bad. But oh no... was I mistaken.

I ordered Go Mae, and it was drenched in water like it had been soaking for days. I normally am a big fan of the dish... I ordered 2 in fact, but didn't even finish one. I also order ebi sunomono. For one... there was no shrimp in it.. and secondly, it was very very vinagery tasting. On top of that, the tuna and salmon were very very poor quality. The tuna smelt fishy in fact... a clear indication of old fish. And it was very soft and squishy. Ugh.

Needless to say I will never return. Not even if someone gave me money to dine here.

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service got a bit better, but not the food
By BoodaSlap of Richmond B.C (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 11, 2011 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

overall the food is decent. however the sashimi pieces are getting smaller and smaller. i ordered the chopped scallop roll, its good, and the food came fast. i know that because they made the rolls in a rush and you can see that. when i say service got better, they actually poured tea for me and remembered to give me the bill. back then they didnt pour tea, you had to ask and wait for it, now they have someone walking around with a teapot. ill come here again if i cant think of any better places to go.

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Inexpensive but poor taste
By jmarl of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

For someone who wants to fill their belly at an affordable AYCE price, it's okay (especially lunch time is inexpensive). But the taste of the food is poor compared to most other Japanese restaurants. I tried 3 times, and I don't think I can bring myself to go back.

Incidentally, one reviewer said "Come on people, at least get the name right.". But the name IS correct (Kisha Poppo). Kisha means steam train, and Poppo represents the sound of the train (in Japanese language).

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one shot deal
By vroadrunner of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 8:05pm [Dine in]

Me and my husband went there for all you can eat lunch and it was ok, so we decided to try their dinner menu. So we did and let's just say we are not going back.
The service was really slow and they had only a few tables full. I ordered 2 spicy tuna cones but only got one so we reordered the spicy tuna..... and we got chopped scallop instead. Two mistakes on one order? I don't think the waitress understood very well, because she missed a couple of other things we ordered. Their sushi roles looked really sloppy, edamame was old soy beans still warm and with tons of salt and our green tea ice cream was held by waitresses finger when she brough it to the table. When I saw how they pour soya sauce from one bottle to another after they collected them all from the tables instead of refilling them up with refill bottle. Waitress dropped all red tops in one plastic container with water and then put them back without rinsing. After I saw this, I swore I'm not coming back.
My husband got sick from that place 6 years ago, so we wanted to give them another chance but what a mistake.

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The McDonalds of Japanese Food
By foodie_99 of coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 3:19am [Dine in]

Kisha Popo is a mediocre restaurant and is what I choose to describe as the McDonalds of Japanese food. It is certainly not a Tojo's, yet it is still miles better than your average Tokyo Joe's. I've eaten from their all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner menus several times and have enjoyed slightly above average Japanese food on all occasions. The negitoro roll was like a negitoro roll, the chicken teriyaki tasted just like chicken teriyaki, the miso soup was miso soup...you catch my drift. While I was annoyed that the oyster motoyaki has microscopically tiny oysters, well, what did I expect? Kisha Popo's strengths lie in its almost bland predictability. Don't go if you expect anything more.

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Come on people! You know there are better places!
By astickler of Surrey, B.C. (33 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 16, 2007 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

This cavernous restaurant is like the McDonalds of sushi places: fast, impersonal service, bland-tasting food with every possible corner cut to add to the bottom line, uninspiring decor. The all-you-can-eat menu is boring and the fish is often not fresh in taste and smell. Yuck! I have given this place about 4 or 5 chances over the past 3 years and it is just too inconsistent to become a favourite. There are so many other better places, even for all-you-can-eat sushi. Why come here? I think the sushi chefs must not really understand sushi. The general manager is a nice, cheeful chap, though. He has always greeted us as if we were regulars and he walks around, doing 'quality control' quite often. Too bad the standard of quality required is not that high. The place is a little grubby too -- needs a good clean and a makeover. I guess the location is a big draw, with all the others shops and services right there.

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save yourself
By belle of kits (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 17, 2007 - 1:51am [Dine in]

the part of the fish that is normally tossed into the garbage...the fins and I mean the actual fin...is considered fit for "bbq salmon" in this place. we were served a plate one DOZEN salmon fins with a little meat on each one. if you consider yourself a walking low life, eat here.

the smell of the salmon fins that sat on our table untouched by the whole party set the mood for the entire dinner. the waitress took them away without asking anyone if they were going to eat them, i guess they get sent back a lot.

the udon has a weird taste to it, i just drank the miso. the edamame was unsalted and overdone. the california roll had rotten avocado. the salmon is of course, farmed. the tempura was greasy and most pieces were stuck together.the agadashi was decent.

the language barrier makes it difficult to actually get what you want, but to save the service staff the training, they provide YOU with a pencil and you get to tick off anything that you want on the menu. our slip was lost half way through the order somehow. they said "it was jammed in something." we're not quite sure what happened. but we waited for an hour for the food to arrive.

the service staff has mastered the art of avoiding eye contact even when my husband was waving both arms in the air as he passed four or five times.

kisha poppo? sushi no no

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Not as bad as everyone says
By pallonia of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 6:09pm [Dine in]

And by the way, it's actually called "Kishu Poppo". Come on people, at least get the name right. I have been there twice so far and it's not as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

Food: This is decent sushi. Although the sight of seeing so many white people there made me wonder....is this authentic, or is it canadian style sushi? (I am white too).

Service: I specifically told the waitress that we were in a hurry because I had an interview in half an hour. The food was brought almost immediately, ven thought the place was full. I was very impressed.

Value: There are cheaper places.

Ambiance: Kinda reminded me of a japanese style white spot or something similar.

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not coming back
By omar of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 1:07am [Dine in]

in short- I've tried it. didn't like it.
there are other Japanese restaurants at the same price range, which are far better.
we tried our usual foor like beef teriyaki and it wasn't good, some sushi- wasn't a hit too... so we'll skip it the next time.

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decor only
By cheatereater of Richmond (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

I was forced to go here!The decor was fine. Sushi was of lowest quality, kinda made me lose my appettite. At least the fried foods was a little bit better than expected and not premade. The service was decent and the food came on time. AYCE menu was pretty limited, especially the sushi which was only tuna and salmon. Westernized sushi...

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The only thing decent is the decor...
By sfustudent208 of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 12:19am [Dine in]

I took a special friend here after we'd had a good work out at Watermania. We were craving sushi and I d heard from family friends the place was pretty good, so off we went.
Boy were we wrong....
The food servings were tiny to start with and then came the service. It was deplorable, they practically ignored us the entire time and when I had to re order something that didnt come the first time, and I saw it being delivered to other tables who had ordered it after I had I was fuming.
Finally we got up to go and as we were paying and leaving the dish finally arrived to the table, sad thing was this was something very common like chicken karaage
When we were paying and leaving I tried to explain to the manager my complete distaste in the service, and he interrupted me to take a phone call, practically screamed in chinese at the caller and then hung up on that person. I finally explained we would not be back and we wont be.
The food is far too mediocre to go back to when the service sucks, and the management and staff are far too cranky for their own good.
There are far better restaurants in Richmond that serve sushi then this joint and I d advise anyone and everyone who are contemplating a visit to quickly think again. No one needs to be abused only to have to pay for the experience and leave hungry.
We polished off some m and m 's on the way home so much for a healthy day.
Avoid!

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Unbelievable!
By ilikerice of Richmond (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

My daughter and I arrived at 11:30 am on a Saturday and only one other table was occupied. "Oh good," we thought, "service should be quick." WRONG! We both ordered lunch box "D" from a waitress who didn't seem to understand our very simple order. Miso soup came right away - almost cold. We waited and waited for the rest of our meals until it got to the point where others who had arrived well after us were being served. As our waitress seemed to have disappeared, I enquired of a passing waiter how much longer we would have to wait. Although he said "soon", we waited another 10 minutes for the waitress to come by and wordlessly and indifferently slam the food down on the table without an appology for, or even acknowledgement of, our wait.
The teriyaki chicken was an over-deep-fried crisp of fatty chicken thigh with a drizzle of tasteless clear-brown ooze on top - barely warm and with a texture like it had been nuked. Tempura was so oily that I couldn't manage more than a taste, which was disgusting. They should think about changing the oil in the deep-fryer sometime this year. Steamed rice was fine. California rolls were passable although I didn't detect any mayo in them - quite plain. At no point were we offered more tea, although I had emptied my cup well before the food arrived.
Mr. White Shirt and Tie (presumably the manager) at the front can barely manage a grunt, never mind a smile, when he takes your payment. Although I'm sure he recognizes us from previous visits, it is all he can manage to tell you what your total is. He obviously knows darn well that he'd better not ask anything like "How was your meal?"

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We're repeat customers
By rahelab of Richmond , BC, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 31, 2011 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

I'd been a frequent customer of the Kisha Poppo downtown so was happy to find one in Richmond. We've been a few times now, mostly at dinner and always for the all-you-can-eat sushi menu. The pros and cons:

On the pro side:
- The choices for the all-you-can-eat menu are extensive; I'm not a big fan of rice, and have lots of things to choose from.
- The food comes relatively quickly, so you can order small amounts and keep ordering, without getting funny looks.
- The portions are on the small side, so you can taste a lot of choices without filling up on one or two things.
- Seafood motoyaki, teriyaki chicken, tempura ... they all come hot and tasty. I've never found the gomae watery, either.
- The tea keeps coming, and you're not rushed.

On the con side:
- They don't have a wheat-free soy sauce option. I didn't ask about low-sodium.

I've seen nothing but bad reviews for this place, and I don't understand it. I've eaten out a lot, and am relatively picky. I never had a bad experience here and am going back this week for a birthday party, that's how confident I am about it.

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Kinda Like Fried Chicken
By dai_lo of Yaletown, Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

Likes it - Just as the title states: AYCE sushi is exactly like fried chicken - 1st bite is great and then it's all downhill after that.
This place is representative of AYCE sushi places in Richmond - they offer good value if you want a LOT of food but lil' value if you want quality.
If you're like my wife and want to sample a bunch of different items - this is fine. But even though - at the end; she finds the experience "heavy" and not pleasant. If you're disciplined enough to just go for the sashimi - you'll B miles-ahead and this place will work fine.

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Reasonable Food - Bad Service
By Pilgrim of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 10:10pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here many times. The service is terrible! The waitpeople slop tea all over the table while refilling your cup. Half the time I won't get exactly what I order. So why do I continue to eat here? The answer is simple - value for money. This is one of the few restaurants where sashimi is included with the AYCE menu. I have discovered that tuna sashimi can be a pretty tasty accompaniment to a futomaki roll or spicy tuna cone with a bit of ginger. Whatever some others have said, there's nothing wrong with the miso soup. I avoid the fried items, except for tempura, because they are almost always overdone. I've seen complaints about no mayonnaise in the california rolls. My response is - so what? Who says it has to be there? They taste fine to me, although I prefer the avocado rolls because they are healthier and tastier; at least to my liking. Most of their food offerings are quite acceptable. Face it, this is not a high end restaurant and doesn't pretend to be. It's a place where you can get a good healthy feed for a cheap price -- and I defy someone to point out a place with better food for the money. In fact I'm going there right now for a late supper!

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NEVER enter their doors!
By diningfanatic of Surrey (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 9, 2009 - 12:22am [Dine in]

Worst restaurant experience ever!! A group of friends headed out ot Richmond to catch the new Watchmen movie and decided to get some all you can eat sushi.
We got sat normally took a look at the menu and sat for ten minutes without anyone coming over. By the way they weren't busy, so we finally flagged a server over after they were ingnoring us. Very reluctantly she takes our order. Food came out fast but we got half of our order! Then when we finished we wanted to order again all the servers ignored us when we tried to get them to come over.
We just got up and left paid our bill and informed the manager about the AWFUL service we received. He didn't even care.
I hate giving bad reviews but I really just don't want anyone else to waste their time.
All in all defintly the worst service ever and mediocre food(the food we got)

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horrible
By st2008 of richmond (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

we went to this restaurant as a last minute lunch and wish we hadnt. i have never had worse sushi in my life. the crab in the california rolls were not even mixed with mayo. it was just a stick of imitaion crab no taste at all. the tempura batter was so thick and greasy. service was adequate, ambiance ok one good thing was that the bathroom was clean. save your money do not go here ,much better japanese elsewhere.

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Not THAT Bad...
By WyattsTorch of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 21, 2008 - 4:26pm [Dine in]

I was a bit surprised to come across all the negative reviews for Kisha Popo, given that I'm there on a weekly basis due to its close proximity to my work. I won't say the food is great, compared to other Japanese restaurants, nor will I make claims that the service is unsurpassed. However, it's not as bad as other reviews are making it out to be. I've never had a bad meal there, whether it has been AYCE or menu items. Service can be slow, but it took only a few visits to establish a good repoire with most of the waitresses. As for ambiance...well, there IS no ambiance, really, with the walls an ugly yellow and the layout itself more akin to a Denny's than a Japanese food restaurant. But if you're looking for casual, inexpensive dining in this area of Richmond, Kisha Popo fits the bill.

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The bacon rolls that saved the day
By ono of Richmond (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place twice. The first time was when they first opened, and it was quite good. Especially their scallop/bacon rolls. Quite delicious. Those particular items, I would give a 4/5 on the food rating. In fact, my first visit to this place I would have given most of the food a 4/5.

The second time...

Our experience was bad enough to be funny, actually.

Their bbq salmon pieces were a 3/5 (I've read the other reviews, and I didn't experience the fin-thing. They were good when I went)

The service, however... I think that they were TRYING to be bad. There's no way it could be accidental.

We ordered once, (a large order) and about 4 items showed up. We waited, and asked if we could get what we ordered, they looked surprised like we had. We were missing about 80% of our order.

We laughed, and said fine, and ordered again. No big deal.

Then they gave us both. The apparently found the original, and decided to combine the two together. So instead of 8 orders of california rolls, we got 16. etc. (Although the math wasn't quite so predictable, some were multiplied by three, others never showed, or were replaced with other items)

The height of the evening, however, was when I ordered a glass of water, and, after a long period of time, when nothing happened, I reminded the waitress of the water order, and, after some time, she finally brought back... a container of soya sauce.

(oh, I almost forgot, she dropped the soya sauce container like it was a rotten fish and sneered)

At this point, we were curious, so someone else at the table ordered a glass of water, at which point, the waitress said "another one?", and brought three.

All and all, counting was not their strong suit.

Most of the food was fatty, bad, stale, and improperly (if at all) delivered.

Oh, and they were out of the bacon rolls.

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