Ninkazu is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant in Richmond.
There is a definite relationship betweeen new and good AYCE. Seems like they all start off pretty good and then the food and service quality decreases as the restaurant gets older. Tried the 'lite' menu as well as the hotpot. Total was $23. Seems like you can't get the hot pot if you order the deluxe AYCE menu. Basic sashimi selections, like tuna and salmon. Both were of avg quality. Sushi items were very good as well as the cones/rolls. The cooked items like tempura and gyoza were good. The hot pot was very good and for the $3 add on per person, a good value.
Mrs. C and I were craving sushi, and we tried this place based on previous reviews. We arrived on a Sunday and the place was empty. Not sure why since it looked nice, but it was quite hard to find. They have radiant heat elements in the tables, so this place must also do hot pot. The whole restaurant looked new and even the w/c was clean.
The service was okay, but could be better since we were the only ones there. We ordered a selection of AYCE items. Some didn’t arrive until I reminded the server a couple of times. What did arrive was good, especially the deep fried chicken wings and the tuna and salmon nigiri sushi. They limit sashimi, which is kind of stupid. That combined with the fact that they seem to have trouble getting all the orders to the table might also help to explain the lack of customers.
Overall, the sushi was a little better than average but not much. The price was $11.95 for lunch (they add $1.00 on weekends). The dinner price is ridiculously high. If it was a bit better or cheaper I might go back. With so many choices, I will try other places first.
This place is always busy. Always packed and always fresh. And you can order as much as you want. I've been on two separate occasions; one for a big group dinner after a wedding rehearsal and one for my Dad's birthday. Both times quick, rushed service (it's an AYCE in Richmond, don't expect less), food is pretty good and good sushi portions. I think the best AYCE in Vancouver so far; definitely giving places like Sui Sha Ya & Shabusen a run for their money.
My wife conned me into a trip to Aberdeen (even as a Richmond native, I've avoided it my whole life so far!), so I thought why not try a restaurant around there. I had recalled that Ninkazu was around there and had some glowing reviews.
We had the deluxe sushi. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the food. Miso soup was tasteless. The tuna sashimi looked grey and tasted how it looked. Lobster sushi was tasteless. There was nothing that great about the rolls. Seemed a bit stale - how could it be that fresh when they come 2 pieces at a time. Did they make a roll of 2 just for us? We got there a bit before 6 when it was empty so that might have something to do with it. The only thing that I thought good was the tempura. Everything else was meh. There was nothing that interesting on the menu, ninkazu roll their only special item, and it just kind of looked like canned salmon. For the deluxe dinner menu, I just wasn't impressed. I think my rating of 3 is maybe even a bit generous. On a positive note, all orders came in very small orders. It was nice to have bite sized orders of sushi and sashimi. However, I think the fried food orders could have been larger. It wore me out just trying to order enough food to fill up.
Service was OK, but a bit utilitarian. Didn't start off well with first waitress blurting "regular/deluxe?" a second after we sit down and then abruptly running off with a bit of a disgusted look on her face when I said I dunno I just got here. But the manager seemed chipper and nice and our other waitress seemed decent. What irked me though was they didn't give us some of the nicer items in our sushi order, and it seemed perhaps intentional. I've gotten spoiled by places like I Love Sushi who have always given us everything, even when we screwed up and ordered 3x as much sashimi as we meant to. On a positive note they did seem to try to get soups, salad, and sashimi out before other foods, but on the other hand the motoyaki always seemed to take about 30 minutes.
For the deluxe dinner menu, I'd say the value wasn't great just because the food wasn't great. But it's all you can eat, so obviously there is some value there. I think you would do a lot better to stick to lunch or late night specials, then I think you would start to get some value.
The place basically looked and behaved like a Chinese restaurant, which never does too much for me ambiance wise. There was a very nice almost floor to ceiling glass window along one side of the restaurant, but we didn't get to sit there so couldn't really enjoy it. I noticed a fair bit of bird poop on the window, so I'm not that sad about missing out on it anyway. Restaurant and tables were pretty roomy, which was nice.
Maybe if I lived closer I might try lunch again, but no way I'd pay for the dinner again. I've been too spoiled by better AYCE and non-AYCE places.
Came here for a weekday dinner and ordered from the "dinner lite" menu. Quality is about the same as its sister restaurant, Tomokazu on Broadway, but I find the atmosphere in this one more comfortable to sit in. Service here is also better (from this experience anyway). From the minute we walked in, we were greeted and shown to our table promptly. The servers were polite and smiling, even joking around with us.
Onto the food - again like Tomokazu on Broadway, it's hit and miss but in general, fairly priced for fairly ok food.
Good: salmon kama, salmon sashimi (soft and buttery in texture. very, very nice), miso, green salad (with added lemon for a burst of freshness), tuna sashimi (fresh)
Not -so - good: mango pudding (plastic aftertaste), sumonomo salad (1 lonely piece of baby shrimp in a pure vinegar dressing... it was overpowering and sour), korean bbq pork (while tasty, it was quite burnt)
As the previous review mentioned, oysters and seafood motoyaki were served in foil shells instead of real ones. The sushi overall (including lobster sushi) was not very good, but edible.
We went for lunch on a Sunday, and luckily everyone in our party got parking in the small busy lot, otherwise I don't know where else we could've parked. The restaurant wasn't busy, which was surprising for a Sunday lunch time. I was expecting a lot, given the good reviews here, but I was not blown away at all. Selection was small for lunch, but I did like that they had cones. The motoyaki was not good. It was served in little tin tart cups and was too greasy. The rest of the food was ok, the best was the chicken wings. The funniest thing is the way our dessert was served. We had 6 people, and ordered 6 servings of jello for dessert. What came out was a plate full of little jello cubes. We had to eat it with our chopsticks on our plates dirty with sauce. Not sure I'd go back again for lunch, but dinner looks interesting with hot pot.
Had late night dinner here a few days ago and found their sushi and sashimi better than average quality for AYCE places. The rolls I found not really good, and the motoyaki I tried was really just some baked fish, which was okay at best. The BBQ salmon cheek was surprisingly good.
Ambiance was pretty nice, and service was friendly and fast. The main problem is they messed up at least one thing on my order every time, which is strange since you order by ticking off what you want on a sheet.
4 of us had the $19.95 ayce plus the $3 hot pot add on. Food was excellent. Service was awesome. Missed a couple of dishes but I kind of expect it at an ayce restaurant. Seems to happen everywhere. View from the window seat was great watching all the Richmond drivers in their Mercedes. Money can't buy love but apparently you can still get a driver's license. Premise was clean and spacious. Checked out the washroom and it was one of the grandest I have ever seen in a restaurant. I will be back but only on special occasions.
Food: we ordered a variety of items on the lite dinner menu and most of it was quite good. Tuna tataki was only ok, some rolls fell apart when they reached the table and some of the hot items were lukewarm when they reached the table but no serious problems otherwise.
Service: Quick ane expedient. Tea was refilled constantly and we received food quite quickly to our surprise. Host was a little odd though - seemed overly friendly, almost bordering on sarcasm but it could be just me. Overall, I was quite surprised for an AYCE restaurant.
Value: Pretty good for the number of items you could order. Unlimited sashimi which we all enjoyed. Not a bad price per person either - 19.95.
Ambiance: Clean and if you can get a window seat, its nice to look out on the road and watch the parking lot below full of bad drivers. LOL. Looking for parking was terrible as the lot tends to be full at any hour of the day - might be a good idea to park at Aberdeen and just walk over.
Overall, I would return since we all left quite satisfied and our wallets were not seriously damaged.
We had gone to Tomokazu in Vancouver about 6 months ago, ending up there because we were pressed for time and the restaurant we were headed for had gone out of business. We were "underwhelmed" by the Vancouver location: the food was adequate, but the place looked like it needed a major cleaning and the server was rather distant.
Again, after reading these reviews, and since we were in Richmond anyway, we decided to give the Richmond location a try.
Service was prompt, friendly and professional. We were there for lunch on a weekday, and the rush hadn't started yet. The place was tidy and clean, including washrooms.
Ordered miso soup (OK), ebi sunomono and spinach gomae (both very, very good...the spinach was really fresh and not overcooked). Also ordered the salmon and tuna sashimi - salmon was good, tuna was a bit "stale". Agedashi tofu, chicken wings, baked seafood with mayo sauce... all fresh, hot and tasty. Spicy tuna cones and chop scallop cones were good as well. BC roll and Dynamite roll fell apart, but tasted fine.
With a Sapporo beer and a window table on a sunny Friday, we were happy with our choice. Rating it a "4" with the proviso that it IS an AYCE, and that's a class all its own.
My friend and I were hungry and he balked on my typical comfort food choices so we settled on trying this place out. We actually showed up at a little past nine, but feeling cheap we waited the extra 20 or so minutes to do late night dining for $12.95.
Busy as heck we waited roughly 15 minutes before being giving the choice of dining at the bar or continue waiting. We chose the bar. Compared to the rest of the establishment, the bar was pretty crappy. The rest of the restaurant looked pretty nice and considering the hoards of people, it wasn't noisy at all.
We ordered 2 rounds off the order sheet with the typical lineup of cones, rolls and cooked items. Other than some small quips on a few dishes, the rest were pretty good, actually better than expectations.
Service is near non-existant, mostly because the staff are so busy with taking and serving orders and cleanup. In spite of this, they are quick at clearing out our dishes at the bar and were polite when we interrupted a server going the other way for a teapot refill, so be prepared to wave someone done for anything. A decent enough job in my books.
Not a bad place for the hungry hound glut.
Food: I think this is one of the better AYCE Japanese places. The salmon nigiri tasted very fresh. Really enjoyed it. The chopped scallop cones are pretty tasty too! My only complaint is that it lacks variety. The lunch menu doesn't have stuff like oyster motoyaki, which a place like Richmond Sushi has (although keep in mind this place is cheaper). Nevertheless, what was available was good.
Service: Waitresses could have smiled more, but overall, not a big problem since food came in a prompt manner.
Value: Super value! It was $10 per person before taxes and tips for lunch.
Ambiance: The tables are really big, so it was kind of awkward sitting so far away from the person in front of you. However, if you prefer more spacious seating, then this place is good for you. Clean restaurant.
I will definitely return!
I'm not a huge fan of all you can eat but I thought I'd give this place a try since they have great reviews here. They are located on the 2nd floor in a lil plaza.
The place is spacious and comfortable with huge windows facing aberdeen centre mall. The service was good, the girl server was very smiley.
We had lite dinner special at $19.95. They also have the deluxe special for $3-4 more which includes more choices of sashimi. They also have hotpot for a few bucks more.
Food: I must say that their food is above average. The sashimi is pretty fresh. The food (sushi rolls, cones, etc) is presentable and quite good.
This place is good for very hungry and/or big eaters. I think it's a pretty good deal for $20.
Food: was standard for AYCE. Liked the fact that their rolls and cones weren't overstuffed w/ rice like some other AYCE places.
Service: was great compared to other AYCE places. Staff actually smile and acknowledge you!
Value: prices are around the same as other AYCE places.
Ambiance: looks clean and new. The only thing bad is trying to find parking.
Not sure why we waited this long to check out this place given the glowing reviews. I absolutely agree with all that has been said before.
The food is quite tasty for AYCE, our table had the lunch AYCE menu which doesn't look like it has that much choice to being with, but we were all satisfied.
The portions are on the smaller side which I liked, as it allowed us to try more items and kept us from overeating too much. The gomae dressing is tasty and the petite sunomono is perfectly refreshing. The miso soup is stronger and saltier here.
Something unusual on their menu is the Portuguese sauce seafood motoyaki, this is a mild curry and coconut based sauce but the coconut flavour doesn't really come through, it's baked with assorted seafood and bits of mushroom and corn, this dish worked.
I love cones and the scallop cone contained larger chunks of fresh, chopped scallop without being heavy on the mayo! I didn't really care for the spicy tuna cone, but at least the sauce was spicy.
The salmon sashimi is edible, but my personal preference is sockeye salmon which isn't offered at lunchtime. The avocado maki was filled with lots of avocado.
They really shine on cooking dishes, the gyoza is perfectly crisped, and the chicken terriyaki is crispy on the bottom.
While we don't indulge that often at AYCE's our tummies were happy here and we will return.
The service seemed normal for a AYCE place neither better or worse. The pricing is very competitive at $9.99 for weekday lunch including sashimi while offering the best quality of all AYCE's in the area. The spacious restaurant ambiance is nice as well. The location is great to combine with lunch and a visit to the surrounding mall's.
This place is a gem. I almost feel that I shouldn't let people know it's great, so there won't be too many people going there. Cuz I don't want to wait for the seat, dude!
When I got there, I didn't have to wait. I was seated promptly but all the window seats were taken. That's all right. I still had a good time.
Ambiance: The restaurant is clean. It has contemporary decor with warm color scheme. It also has large windows. It's nice to have views. During lunch the lighting is natural light coming through the big windows. I like that, it's not too bright, it's very soothing.
I like the seating arrangement. Big tables and spacious. Other tables are behind you not right next to you, so you have full privacy. Love it!
Service: It's good. They kept pouring tea for you. They came right away when they saw you waving. They checked my order slip to make sure any staffer already took my order when they saw us sitting there without food. It's very attentive. They cleared the plates fast when they saw empty plates. They did their job. I really have nothing to complain.
I read the reviews before I went. I thought I was going to keep egging them on getting all my orders like the previous reviews. I was really expecting that. To my surprise, I didn't have to do that at all. All my orders came and I didn't have to wait too long. Wow! Maybe the manager read the reviews and improved? Or when it gets busy, it takes longer to get the orders so it looks like they don't want to give you, in fact they might be just busy. I guess I will not know because it didn't happen to me yet.
Food: Food is definitely better than those All You Can Eat Restaurants out there. Sashimi and Sushi are fresh enough. Rolls, cones /hand rolls are great too. Salad, hot dishes and cooked dishes are also decent. The taste of food is actually very close to those authentic Japanese restaurants (operated by Japanese owners and staff) offer in California. You know, in Richmond, some Japanese restaurants' food taste like Chinese food? That's not the case in this restaurant, so I was pleasantly surprised.
Lunch menu is limited. So is every All You Can Eat Sushi in the States. So that's not a problem. The question is whether there are good dishes on the lunch menu and they taste good or not. Yes they do have good items on the menu and they are delicious. So it's absolutely worth it.
At Ninkazu, they don't set up buffet table like what they do in the States. They give you a menu and let you order. You know what? For 10 dollars a person, I don't mind at all. In the states, you can't find All You Can Eat Sushi lunch at 10 dollars a person anymore. Definitely not in California. Maybe the menu is bigger in Cali, but it costs more. I really don't eat that much at lunch, it will be a waste for me to pay more for a bigger menu in buffet table setting. This 10 dollar AYCE lunch is just right.
I give it a 5 star based on the great value, some delicious dishes, good service and pleasant setting. I am not going to rate it by comparing to Iron Chef Morimoto or something. Seriously, what can you get for 10 dollars these days when you dine out in a restaurant? You could easily spend 10 bucks in a hole in the wall restaurant for one simple dish with limited amount of meat and one drink and no comfortable seating.
My friend and I went to Ninkazu on Sunday night for the AYCE. We opted for the Deluxe dinner at $22.95 per person, which was an absolutely fantastic value, given the selection of sashimi offered alone.
There were only 2 downsides to our dining experience - first, the service - although excellent for the food (everything arrived very quickly) and the server was very friendly - we sat for a very long time with empty tea cups and we had to ask several times for a refill. Second, for those of us non-Asians, we did not know what a lot of the items on the menu were. It would help to have a description or a picture maybe of some of the more non-traditional offerings. As I saw a few things pass by on a server's tray, I asked what they were and ended up trying a few new things (Beef Pataki (I think it was called) is my new favourite). All in all, everything was fabulous and I'll definitely go back.
I've been here a couple times now..and each time I've left completely satisfied.
The food is what you'd expect of a Japanese AYCE restaurant...you have your standard sushi...gyoza...tempera...etc...but what I really enjoy here is the wide selection of sashimi and their tasty tasty short ribs.
The restaurant itself is very nice too..very clean..very well lit with all the natural lighting.
The service..now..this is the FIRST AYCE restaurant I've been to where the servers are ATTENTIVE and POLITE! The last time I went there, the server actually noticed we'd ordered something and the quantity we ordered wasn't all there, and proceeded to go back and bring it out..A FIRST!
I highly recommend this place to someone looking for good AYCE.
Me and the Mrs. tried this place on Saturday. Parking was hard to find, but we were able to get a spot directly in front of the entrance, after circling the block about 5 or 6 times, but that's Richmond on a Saturday for you.
We both had the all you can eat, which is normally $10 but add an extra $1 for the weekend and holidays. Food came out very quickly. The california, dynamite and alaska rolls were okay. The salmon nigiri was also pretty good. My wife ordered salmon sashimi (which is a max of 8 pieces per person for lunch only). Fish seemed fresh, although the pieces were pretty small.
It was the cooked stuff that I thought was the star of the show. Chicken teriyaki was really good, nice and crispy skin and the sauce wasn't too overpowering or laid on thick like other ayce places. Chicken karage was very good, as was the tempura. Even the gyoza, which normally is pretty lousy at these types of places was pretty decent. We had other dishes, but these are the ones that stick out.
Service was efficient, without being obtrusive. I like the way they give you back your ordering sheet (after drawing a vertical line down the column where your first order was marked down). In this way you can at least remember exactly what you ordered and none of that bs at other places where they only give you 1/2 your order, etc.
My only complaint is that you didn't get the korean bbq, which I thought was included in the all you can eat lunch menu, but it's only for dinner. I also took a look at the dinner menu and it's $22.95 but the selection is absolutely massive. Who could possibly eat all that??!!
5 of us decided to give this place a try after reading some reviews. We normally go to Fish On Rice on Kingsway. So it was Saturday lunch and the price was $10.95 per person not including sashimi ($5 more per person). We immediately notice that the price is higher than the other place. The place was not crowded at all for lunch. So we were seated right away. We ordered across the board from sushi, karage to teriyaki and motoyaki. Our gomae, salad and sushi came right away, another sushi came, another one and sushi again.. so we asked our waiter what about the fried stuffs and teriyaki and motoyaki that we ordered...the waiter said that they'd checked. After she checked with the kitchen, some fried stuffs and teriyaki came...but they were missing some stuffs so we figured they might have misplaced one of the orders..and immediately we gave them our next order..but the food was slowly coming in...
About the taste..the sushi is just ok, nothing special...I'd say they are slightly better than the other place on Kingsway. Their ninkazu roll tasted kinda funny. Now this is what throw us off, their motoyaki..tasted like crap. Their seafood motoyaki is a small piece of seafood concoction..on a tiny aluminum ramekin. The taste is so weird that everyone of us couldn't finish them. To make it worse is their portuguese seafood motoyaki...it is stale and smelly...so inedible. Their fried rice and udon are also tasteless.
At the end...we were hammered with several orders coming in at the same time...like duplicate orders after another. So we told them to stop. For the price this place is not worth it...for a little bit more you'll get way more stuffs at the other place. Definitely will not come back...