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Le Nakamura Japanese Dining

12480 No. 1 Rd, #130
Richmond, BC V7E6N2
Tel: (604) 204-0023
Fax: (604) 204-0026
Neighbourhood: BC Packers

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My 1st 5 Star rating
By hydeeho of Burnaby (182 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

This is my 1st 5 star rating. Our party of 12 had reservations to celebrate a birthday which entitled the whole group to a 30% discount. 12 different dinners ranging from the fixe prixe dinner $24.50 to Oyako Don $7.95. Not a complaint in the bunch. In fact most stated their intentions to return in the future. Great service with all courses arriving at the same time. How nice to have everyone eating at the same time and not having the odd person watching and wondering if they got missed. Washroom is clean and well kept. Waitress got progressively friendlier as the evening went on which made the outing quite a fun event. Would I return? You can bet on it!

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Friendly & enthusiastic service.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 12:46am [Dine in]

Food goes from boring & bland to bordering fishy in a bad way. The toro's not bad though w/ a hint of fishiness (think fishtank odour). The uni & ikura are both so-so but not as fresh as I'd have liked. The saba's slightly crumbly. The seafood croquettes are definitely not worth the $12.50 for 3 medium-large pieces filled mainly w/ very liquid cream & very few pieces of seafood--a baby shrimp & a baby scallop that seems like the kind you buy frozen; this order includes a bowl of miso soup, plain rice & plated w/ a side of salad. The batter for the prawn tempera's done perfectly while the prawn itself was very anemic & not particularly flavourful. The gyoza's alright w/ a crispy skin except that too much oil was used; it came fairly drenched w/ a lot of the oil still coating the plate. The 3 tapas combo appy is not very eventful, though they probably change the items every so often, one was a lightly battered salmon tempura roll (wrapped in seaweed). It did have a nice crispness to it except that it was devoid of any flavour. The stuffed mushroom's probably the most decent of the 3 "tapa" items as the 3rd was a carrot "mousse" which was basically a tasteless puree except for the thin layer of alcoholic (sake?) gelatin topping. Maybe the combo boxes/3 course price fix menu would've been a better choice than ordering a la carte. As it turned out, for a very disappointing meal aftr reading the 2 great reviews & an alright/solid 3rd, it costed me just under $90 to feed 4 ppl post tax, w/1 sm.btl of beer, pre-tip w/ leftovers as no one felt inclined to finish up the uneventful food.

The room neither shouts of Japanese take-out, nor finer dining; not quite cafeteria, neither is it diner except for the 2 sets of red vinyl booth seats by the door--that's definitely diner-like. Doesn't seem like much thought has gone into the interior designing/decorating. Will I return? Not likely as it feels more like a tourist trap or an eatery of convenience for locals.

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Rack of Lamb?
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 4, 2006 - 11:03pm [Dine in]

Interesting menu.

They have a 2 set menus ($18.95 and $24.95) with Miso Soup, Choice of Appy (4 choices), Choice of Main (5 or 6 choices) and trio of dessert.

My wife and I both had the $24.95 set menu. I chose the Seafood Karage for appy and Rack of Lamb for main, while my wife chose the Salmon Carpaccio and New York Steak.

The miso soup was, well, miso soup. Seafood Karage was quite normal but the Salmon Carpaccio was excellent. The New York Steak was above average, and the Rack of Lamb tasted a lot better than it looks. The plating of the Lamb did not look very appealing. However, the lamb was very very good - crusty on the outside, soft and tender inside. The sauce (red wine if I'm not wrong) that accompanied the lamb was very good as well.

Both mains were served on Japanese rice, with sides of potato and vegetable. Both sides were perfectly cooked too.

The dessert was a trio of Ice Cream, Japanese Cheese Cake and a mouse cake. All three were very very good.

The server was friendly but inexperience.

Ambiance - just like any other Japanese restaurant - nothing special. The restaurant was hot.

On our way out, we noticed some interesting items on other diner's table which we will definitely return to try.

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Just so-so ...
By stellah of richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

We waited for 40 minutes to be seated after being told -"Only a short wait - maybe 10-15 minutes". They seemed very unorganized and scattered. We were finally seated, but again sat for 15 minutes before anyone came to take our order. The floor under our table was sticky with rice - really needed a good wipe. Took forever to get our food - finally my sushi arrived, but my husband's gyoza took another 15 minutes! Our tempura prawns and vegetables finally arrived, and were just luke-warm and the tempura batter was rather soggy. They completely forgot about our chicken teriyaki ... ! From start to finish the whole experience was like a comedy act - no one seemed to be on the ball. Won't be back.

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Finally, vancouver quality food in richmond!
By blingo of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 25, 2006 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I don't want this place to be too popular, because we eat there so often. By far, this is the best japanese restaurant you can dine in out side of japan. ( i was born and grew up there, trust me) I took my relatives from tokyo and they loved it, they went there 4times during their 2weeks stay. Their sashimi is fresh and well presented. attention to all details including sushi rice (temp, texture, vinager ratio, etc.) Chirashi has more fish than rice! Santenmori has solid Kaiseki background.The kitchen does french/japanese flares, such as seafood crocquet to die for. Their service is great, however, japanese staff have more knowledge and better service than non-japanese staff. Excellent value for the dollars!

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Get there early for lunch.
By I lunch out 365 days a year. of Richmond , BC (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 10:45am [Dine in]

We've eaten there so many times over the years, (maybe over a 100 times) I can't count how many. They get busy during lunch time, so best time to arrive is just after they open at 11:30 A.M. Arrive before noon, and you may be able to get a window seat, and faster service.

The Bento Boxes are good, and a good deal. The Chicken Bento box comes with a small salad with soy/white radish type Japanese dressing, chicken, rice and small udon soup.

The large size udon soup is good enough for a meal at lunch, perhaps accompanied with a bowl of Endemame green beans in the pod.

I like the steak dish, it is not heavy at all. The meat is sliced thin and is very tender. It's good for dinner and I've also had that dish for lunch.

We had a lunch party there once. When there are a lot of people, the service is slow, however, it is worth waiting for. The food is really good.

Cheers!

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Decent.....
By CreativeMinds of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 10:57am [Dine in]

I have eaten here a few times in the last year or so. The Gomae-a is my favorite since they also use Broccoli with it.
The Chicken Kaarage is really tasty with the wasbi dip. My one complaint on the food is the last time I had a tuna roll, they gave me the scrapings of the underbelly and pureed it(it was pasty). I didn't order the negi roll, I ordered a Tuna roll, so that was a little disappointing.

The kitchen staff when you walk in are super friendly, and same with the servers. The only thing there lacking is speed, and organization. A few times, if there busy you see tables left with dirty dishes for way too long.

I probably will still return in the future.

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Yummy in my tummy
By crazee_turtle of Richmond , BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 1:58am [Dine in]

The first time I went there, which was only a few days ago, was great!
I liked it there because it was very authentic looking, very Japanese oriented, which I liked a lot.
I only did take-out, so I didn't have the full experience of the full-on service and everything. The wait was reasonable, all things considered. However, my only complaint was that my sushi was a bit warm as if it had been left at room temperature for a long while. And their tempura wasn't very crispy/crunchy. It was a bit dull. I liked the udon very much. I'm not sure what kind it was, but it was great.
Overall, I would recommend it there, but it's not exactly the cheapest thing in the world.

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Not worth the effort
By clickhere of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2007 - 1:08am [Dine in]

The food is served beautifully, but other than that, Le Nakamura underwhelms in every other aspect. The service was slow, even though there were very few diners around, and the sashimi was atrocious. I went with my family; my brother ordered the motoyaki, which he said was great, but my dad and I ordered the spicy tuna and wild salmon sashimi respectively and were both disappointed. The portions are quite small and the sashimi was bland and tasteless. The sauce on my dad's spicy tuna "tasted like barbecue sauce" and wasn't spicy at all. I found two fish bones in my salmon sashimi (different pieces), and even swallowed one. I strongly encourage people to look for a different restaurant, as Le Nakamura is not worth the dining price - even if it were free.

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Top Notch Japanese Fare
By pastamachine of Richmond (35 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 13, 2006 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

I'm just ecstatic to have this restaurant open up in the neighbourhood! They serve up the best japanese dishes in Richmond hands down, and I dare say amongst the best in all of Vancouver. It is japanese run w/ japanese chefs and you can tell in the quality of the food. They offer many traditional japanese dishes as well as some creative fusion ones. Of the few times I've been there, i have stuck w/ the more traditional sushi dishes. The hana chirashi is to die for. The texture of the fish is melt in your mouth since the sashimi is so fresh. Their nigiri and sushi rolls are all awesome as well, simply scrumptious. The sushi rice is done to perfection, wonderful taste and texture. The agedashi tofu is done perfectly too, smooth, silky soft tofu is covered in just a thin and crispy coating. The udon is cooked to the optimal chewiness. Love the use of different veggies in the goma ae, instead of just the traditional spinach. This place is also very affordable, especially during lunch, which just tops it all off. W/o a shadow of a doubt, the quality of this place is on par with, if not exceeds, more high-end and expensive restaurants, which is why I gave it 5 stars. Service is friendly and cheerful every time, place is simple and clean looking. Unbelievable food w/ unbeatable value. A must-try for all sushi lovers!

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Better.
By ngibzak of Burnaby (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

Admittedly, was not a huge fan of Le Nakamura after my first visit. Two things in particular rubbed me the wrong way. First, there was the woefully undersized nigiri we were served (the pieces of fish weren’t much bigger than my thumb, and I don’t even have particularly big hands). And second, there was the fact that we had to wait about ten extra minutes after we finished dinner to get our bill, while the three servers stood around the cash register chatting. However, on a recent dinner out it was the girlfriend’s turn to choose the venue, and Le Nakamura was what she picked. While I still wasn’t blown away, at the very least the second visit was an improvement.

The one difference I noticed immediately was regarding the size of the sushi – we received decent sized portions. I’ve never had a problem with the quality of Le Nakamura’s sushi, because it’s actually pretty good, but for my money I want pieces that are at least bigger than tater tots. The other, non-sushi items we ordered – namely, gyoza and tempura – weren’t bad either. These arrived hot and freshly prepared. So, food-wise, we were much happier this time around.

Service was better as well. The fact that the place was only about a quarter full probably didn’t hurt, but even so, it was nice to see the servers keeping busy attending to tables, rather than having a group discussion in the corner. Our tea cups were never empty for long, and both our food and the bill arrived promptly.

In the end, my impression of Le Nakamura was definitely improved by a second visit. While it’s still not my first choice to go to get a sushi fix, I wouldn’t turn down a chance to eat there again, either.

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Not impressed
By ooomph of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 13, 2007 - 10:31pm [Dine in]

I really can't say anything good about the service. It was not busy, yet we spent several solid minutes looking at the menu and going to the bathroom before the waitress even came around to take orders, never mind bringing tea. When tea did come, it was lukewarm and bland. Food was decent, but portions were small for sashimi and sushi. The cooked items were better. It took about $50 for 2 people, and I didn't feel I got value for the money.

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RUN dont walk - stay away from this place!
By KevinVancity of Richmond, BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

This place is so ridiculously overpriced. Stopped here once last week on our way home for takeout, normally we always go to Ichiro , but my wife is 7 months pregnant and walking 5 more blocks was not going to happen. Plus we had never been so figured we would give it a try. All we orderd was 1 order of Wild samon sashimi. Wow the price was ridiculous 12 $ for 7 peices of wild samon, I looked over their other prices they were straight up 50% higher or more than Ichiro's. You pay less and get more at Ichiro's 5 blocks down the road. Not to mention we waited like 20 minutes as well, and they were not busy. There was nothing wrong with the place, the prices are just way over the top. Prolly due to higher rent as they are right up near the water.

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Great food...
By spinkman of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I followed the owners from hananoki when they opened this store in steveston.

I must say the food is great but it is a little more expensive (probably due to the location's rent) for the price you pay you' would expect a larger portion or quality but this is not always the case as sometimes portion sizes are quite disappointing

Service is ok. One time I was seated in the far corner next to the entrance and was literally forgotten about... oops...

The new interior is nice but a little open but it seems like they have been falling behind in their cleaning as it is getting a little dirty

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Not good anymore ...
By lky of richmond (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

I started going to Le Nakamura around a year ago and was impressed with the cleanliness of the restaurant, the food and the wait staff. I would go back at least once a week. As of late (March 2007) the service has progressively gone downhill. The restaurant is usually full but they only have 3 waitresses on staff during the busy crazy times ! I went with my husband and we both ordered different dinners. Mine came out first and my husband's came out 30 minutes later ! We noticed that a customer that had come in much later than us had ordered the same dish as my husband's and got his first ! Wrong table ? Probably won't go back again, which is a shame cause they used to be pretty decent. And now that Hachibei in Vancouver is gone, where else is there to go for authetic Japanese that don't have Chinese or Korean cooks ?

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