Manzo Itamae is located in central Richmond, specializes in sashimi, izakaya, robata and sushi. It offers an extensive menu, fresh seafood and premium sake imported from Japan.
I really enjoyed my experience at Manzo. We arrived on an early Friday evening and were seated immediately. Their daily menu was a little adventurous for us so we stuck to what we knew. The gomae was not bad. We ordered two rolls: rainbow and real crab california. The rainbow was almost worth the $12 but the california was a little small for what we paid. The ebi gyoza was a little sad. My favourite was the ebi mayo! The service was friendly and quick.
I have been to this location and the Alexandra Road one. Somehow I like this one more because of the food (quality and presentation) and atmosphere. Try their daily special if it is available. Their service is good in general except when they are busy. I like their beef sashimi and robata. It is a good place to try if you prefer more than just sushi rolls and sashimi.
Manzo is definately worth trying. I had the lobster sashimi, salmon belly sashimi, chopped scallop japanese pizza and their differnet sushi rolls. All the sashimi were fresh and well prepared. I suggest trying both teh lobster sashimi and salmon belly sashimi because the lobster sashimi is chewy and sweet. Salmon belly is the softest part of the salmon which is why it has a soft and smooth texture. The chopped scallop japanese pizza was also very delicious because the pizza crust was very soft and crunchy. Plus, it had my favourite chopped scallop on top of it. The sushi rolls are also very well made.
Came here with 6 other people. We ordered beef tongue, takoyaki, fried fish, salmon pizza (that other reviewers rave about) and a bunch of other items. The place is owned and run by Chinese people (it's Richmond after all) so it lacked the genuine Japanese izakaya feeling.
The portions are quite small. Although considering its a izakaya it's not too surprising. The salmon pizza was not as great as you think it is. It's just crunchy pizza dough topped with California roll fillings and a piece of salmon sashimi. I admit it was tasty but nothing out of ordinary.
We ordered the lobster deluxe roll for $20. It tasted bitter and lacked any flavor. Presentation was nice but the taste didn't follow up to how it looked.
The place is very nice though, with decor that resembled a high class Japanese restaurant. It has lighted floors. giant TV's and comfy chairs.
There's always a waitress/waiter on the floor but it was a bit difficult to get their attention (maybe because we sat at the corner of the restaurant.)
Bill came up to be around $120. Not bad but not all of us were satisfied or full.
So me and my friend decided to go Manzo last night but were sad to see that they were closed last night so we decided to try their 2nd location. When we first walked in we were pleasantly surprised that the decor was totally different from the tightly-knit wooden decor from the original place, instead replaced with dark black lacquer and much more spacious. Nice change, unfortunately everything that we loved about the original manzo was not to be found here.
It was quite busy for a Monday but the lack of service was offensive. They brought out the customary green tea at the beginning but that was about all we saw of our server. We had to flag a busboy down so that he could go and find our server, she then came back quite a while later to take our order then disappeared again. Other staff brought us our food but when it came time that I wanted to order 1 more noodle dish so that I could eat it with the meat dish on my table, I could not get anyone's attention which was very frustrating! By the time I finally waved down another random person my meat was already all cold and I did not feel like ordering anymore which is a pity, the food was not bad but definitely overpriced for Richmond standards. The original Manzo is pretty expensive as well but the service makes up for it! I don't think I could come back here again.