Kiyo Sushi is one of the most stylish and popular Japanese restaurants in Richmond. Only the freshest fish will do to make their imaginative dishes. All the classics are available as well.
Went here for a business lunch, unfortunately, I felt my hands were slightly tied as we were with some customers & the boss was paying, so I didn't order as much nor get too exotic.
The place was pretty busy, reasonably clean though nothing really special It's done up like any other number of Japanese places. (Certain Japanese magazines available there was a tip off that it might be Japanese run).
I guess it wasn't a unique experience in that the service was slightly slow, even though we ordered "standard" lunch specials. Not slow enough to stop me from returning, just barely fast enough not to be annoying, but noticeably slow.
Now the food and the menu. I would say for Richmond, this isn't the cheapest you can get. The lunch box I got was not bad in terms of quality, but nothing special either. I might rate this just slightly better than Matsuyama (for example), but a couple dollars more expensive too.
I scanned the rest of the menu and noticed a couple of potentially unique items like the Kyoto style chirashi. I'll be back for that.
As for the other teishoku items? Yes, it's nice to have but it's not that hard to find in Vancouver unless you've been hiding under a rock. Based on my lunch, I've a hunch that you could easily do as good or better at Tenhachi or Hachibei (or several other places) which have an even more enormous selection of grilled fish dinners and the like.
I'll forgo final judgement until I return. It's not bad, just not sure if it's a big thumbs up yet.
This is one of the few authentic sushi places in Richmond. It is actually run by Japanese and offer a nice selection of fresh fish and food items. They tend to be pricey but you are paying for the quality of authentic homemade Japanese food.
The lunch specials are reasonable but they often get very busy as it is not a big place.
Great, authentic, real japanese sushi. The sashimi is fresh, sliced perfectly and yummmmmmmy is all I can say. Service wasn't great the past few times I went but that's probably because they were packed. Still, the food is worth going again.
Although my fiance and I have been frequenting another Japanese restaurant in Richmond of late, this one is still one of the very best.
Sushi and sashimi is very fresh and well prepared. Spicy Tuna Sashimi is probably the best I have ever had. Rolls are very good as is the hot foods. Generally we stick to sushi and sashimi though. We did have the yakisoba once and it was very good.
You know when you come here you will always eat well and quality is not compromised. Have come here for many very wonderful meals and intend to continue to do so.
One thing though I noticed is the ambiance. It could be quieter and the lights could not be so bright. That would make it feel more intimate.
Returned to our regular Japanese restaurant the other day for the umpteenth time. This place never lets you down. In most cases, one does not need a reservation to enjoy. The level of authenticism and freshness of food is second to none. The service is always good. My parter Dawn Tart and I enjoy almost all the sashimis. They are all fresh as well as the establishment offers some daily specials that are fresh that day. On occasion we will enjoy some of the sushi and we can say the rices are perfect. So if you're up for a tasty and authentic Japanese dinner and not too afraid of price, this is one of them. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed, no matter what you choose.
Agree with other reviewers, decor and lighting give the restaurant a cold and sterile feel, can be improved.
Food is great, fresh and authentic. Some unique dishes that cater to more sophisticated eaters (fresh, but pricey and aquired taste for some), e.g. their winter stew (edon) that has some chewing rice cake and some jelly/doughy stuff in it, but the soup base is really good.
Price is on the above-average side, so only worth it if you are into hard-to-find sashimi items or hot dishes. We came away with a bill that was about $35 per person without alcoholic beverage.
Preamble: work dinner for two on a weeknight
Food: assorted sashimi was edible, nothing really stood out from a selection of toro, salmon, ebi, etc. I did like the freshness of the chopped scallop roll however
Service: very good, frequently came by withotu calling
Value: in line with other restaurants, portions were on the smaller side.
Ambiance: brightly lit, clean, comfortable seating
Conclusion: there are better places for sashimi in RIchmond..
Ordered a number of sushi rolls and discovered a bone in two different pieces of Toro. Both bones were 1.5 cm long and the thickness of a round toothpick. We were surprised to find bones because the fish had a pasty consistancy, like it had been ground up. We were unable to finish the miso as it was too salty and had an odd flavour. Would not return. Would not reccomend unless you like your sushi bone-in.
I have been coming here for years. The best place in Richmond for sushi. The food served here I find is much better compared to the other authentic Japanese resto in town, Seto, though they are one of the best in Richmond also.
I would highly recommend this place if not only for the sashimi sushi but also for their cooked Japanese food. Their steak tappenyaki is amazing. I must order it whenever I go. Last time I was there with the family, we ordered an amazing chef's table sashimi set and everyone just devoured it. It came in the most beautiful presentation too.
It is a little out of the way but worth the trip always.
This restaurant has delicious sushi and fantastic grilled items. Service is great too, greated by the chefs and waiters/waitresses upon entering, tea is constantly refilled and service is there when needed. I'm a sucker for grilled items and this place definitely does it well, yakitori is juicy chicken, simply grilled and just a hint of sauce to enhance its flavour. The grilled fish items are great too, with a crisp exterior. The sushi is fresh and beautifully crafted; the rolls are just the right size with the right proportions. The sushi rice is very good as well, not the best i've had, but i'm just being extremely picky here. The goma-ae has a wonderfully rich sesame flavour and was very tasty.
An outstanding restaurant any japanese food lover must try!
I went here for the first time with my mom on a friday night and it was pretty awesome. It's a small place, but the atmosphere is very lovely. As soon as we entered, we were greeted by the sushi chef and was soon seated by the waitress. We ordered and within 5 minutes the food started arriving. The food was hot, fresh and delicious. The servings were enormous. The chicken terriaki was very good. It wasn't a lump of chicken that's been sitting in on the counter by the deep frier for god knows how long with sauce from a squeeze bottle slathered on. AND! (best part for last) they had decent quality ice cream! Not the crap you find at some places that's from a big ol' bucket from superstore.
The service was good, too. The waitresses smiled at you (such astonishments have never ben seen before, eh?). Although, not once when she came by did she offer to refill my drink or as if I needed more iced tea.
This is among the top few real Japanese restaurants around. Always crowded at lunchtime, arrive before noon. Closed Mondays, that has led to a couple of disappointments. The sushi is good and authentic, and you can find things on the menu like a grilled fish teishoku (set lunch) - regular food in Japan but elusive in the Western world. As another reviewer remarked service can be slow but everyone is working hard so it's hard to know who to get upset with. Maybe they need more help.
This is the best Japanese experience I've had in years. I'd forgotten how at the better Japanese restaurants the sushi chefs shout a greeting at you when you walk in - what a pleasant surprise. We arrived at 6:00 on a Friday and they seated us right away, although they warned us that we had to finish by 7:30 because the table was reserved for that time. The service was so fast that we were out of there in 45 minutes and yet we didn't feel as if we had been rushed. The food was tasty, hot and attractively presented. Tons of shrimp in the sunomono and real crab in the California rolls! 2 huge pieces of chicken with the teriyaki dinner. A generous scoop of very good icecream and a choice of 4 different flavours. Quality food, great service. Prices are higher than other places I've been lately, but the quality is worth every penny. We will be back!
Have been here a couple of times for lunch and every time it has been great.
Once ordered teriyaki chicken and it is not your usual fried-like chicken cutlet and sweet sauce over it. Instead, it is broiled chicken cutlet and served in a sizzling plate. Yummm!
Another time, the waitress made a mistake (ordered a teriyaki box and got a sashimi bento box instead). However, I am glad of that mistake, as it was delicious. (BTW, the tuna was red, not that pinky slab served in other places).
If you are going for lunch, you might want to get there early, as the place is small and you might have to queue outside. And, if you end up sitting in the tables in the middle, be prepared to have other customers or waitresses hit your chair every once in a while. Did I mention the place is small?
Stopped by Kiyo for a quick lunch and it was great. I visited this place years ago for dinner and haven't been back till today. I ordered the Grilled Gindara (black cod) which was cooked to perfection and presented nicely may I add. Took a look over the entire lunch menu and everything was reasonably priced. Unlike the other reviews, I received great service and my meal came within 10 minutes which was very quick. Will definately go back to try their Kyoto-style Chirashi.
I've been to Kiyo a few times over the years and they serve authentic, fresh, and delicious Japanase cuisine. Two of us went for lunch on a Wednesday, and it was pretty busy.
Food: We ordered the lunch boxes which had miso soup, green salad, make sushi, prawn tempura, and chicken (or beef) teriyaki. The meal was hot when it was served and it tasted good. Only catch is rice is not included as part of the lunch box.
Service: We were seated in a minute or so even though we didn't make reservations. Waitress took our orders and the food was served less than 10 minutes later.
Ambiance: Not much to talk about because it's like any other Japanese restaurant.
Price: A little bit on the pricey side because for $10, a bowl of rice (for the lunch box) can be included. (Things could get a little pricey too if you order sushi and other finer foods but it's fresh and tasty so you really get what you pay for).
Overall: I would recommend this restaurant if you're in Richmond and not looking for an all-you-can eat joint.
Surprise me, the restaurant is small and not very famous but Food is fresh and yummy. Expecially lobster. Just little bit over the price.
Seat is not comfortable, service is average.
Overall, if you come there for food, then good enough. However, if you come there for celebrate or special event, maybe too tight..
Definitely better than average. Make sure to make a reservation - we had to wait for 30 min. on Saturday night. Nice counter and lots of seats, but no waiting area. We had to stand around the entry way - very brutal in winter time. Food is fresh and often light/subtle in flavour. I'm from Western Japan and quite familiar with the delicate taste, but if you are looking for some bold flavour, you might feel a bit short-handed. Price is reasonable for the quality. It's great to have a very decent sushi joint outside downtown. Kiyo will be our regular sushi stop.
This is one of those places that you love and hate at the same time. The food is truly incredible, but every time we go there the service gets worse and worse, and the food takes longer and longer to arrive. And it's not because the people there are lazy slackers, because the staff here works harder than in almost every other restaurant I've been to. They are bustling around so much, though, that they don't have time to actually pay attention to their tables. So you have to work very hard to get them to notice you. I really wish they would hire a few more people so that I could give this restaurant a better review.
The food really is very very good though. After eating several pieces of their otoro sushi this evening, I feel that I can die happy.
My husband and I arrived at 9:20pm. We were aware they closed at 10pm. There were still a few tables left in the restaurant that were finishing up. We were quickly brought to a table with menus. After only 1 minute, a waitress asked us if we were ready to order. Lucklly we already knew what we wanted, so we ordered. I ordered 1 Spicy Tuna Sashimi, 1 Negitoro Roll & a KatsuDon. My husband only ordered a Live Lobster Sashimi. Food arrived 10 minutes later. Spicy Tuna Roll ($5.00) was pretty average, only 5 small, TINY pieces. The Negitoro Roll was nothing too exciting--very little tuna for $3.50. The Katsu-Don ($8.00) was disappointing. I've eaten this a lot of times at other restaurants. The sauce was tasteless..not sweet at all as it's supposed to be. The pork was poor quality as it had a lot of fat on the sides and the port itself was quite chewy. The live lobster sashimi was the absolute disappointment! It was supposed to be 'live'...however it didn't seem that way to us. The meat did not have its unique sweetness as it should have. We did not witness the chef preparing the lobster, and it was never brought to us before preparing it. So we question whether the lobster was even live. My husband has had lots of live lobster at other restaurants before and this one was a little 'off'. The balance of the lobster was made into a Udon soup. The soup was absolutely tasteless...seemed like they forgot the salt or any kind of spice. We did not ask how much the lobster was before we ordered which was a big mistake. When we got the bill, it was $70.00! And they charged an additional $4.50 for the Udon! We have never paid this much for live lobster before! The entire bill came to $95.55 for 2 people, consisting of 4 items! The decor was cold and had a sterile feel to it. Given that most of the prices on the menu are considered high, you would expect a warmer decor. Service was poor--we had to ask the waitress to fill our teas twice and seemed like everyone was rushing to clean up & get the restaurant ready for closing. We have previously been to this restaurant in the past years and we were aware that although the prices were more expensive than other sushi restaurants, we liked the good quality of fresh seafood they offered & that is why we returned. However, this was our first time back in 2 years and it was really disappointing & will be our last! We could have spoken to the manager, however, given that everyone was ready to close, we didnt' bother. We will not be returning again.
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