Ninkazu is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant in Richmond.
As a dad of two kids ( and it being Mother's Day ) we thought we'd give Ninkazu a try for lunch. I thought I'd layout this review with the usual criteria that most others have used here, namely: service, atmosphere, food quality, and any other tidbits.
My wife and I were greeted with a warm reception by the manager at the door, my wife commented that she recognized him from the other Tomokazu and he pleasantly replied that he works at both restaurants from time to time. A good start to lunch rather than the much too often given Chinese restaurant service of sit-down-shut-up-eat-and-get-out-style.
The waitress was not very personable, but she did offer a smile at the end of the meal, and I noticed that she moved very fluidly throughout the entire room servicing other patrons. So all in all she was busy and efficient in her duties with about 12 tables and 4 people at the sushi bar this day. The other staff who took plates from the table to the people who dropped off the food were a little of everything, some of the guys were smiling and somewhat cheery, two waitresses were like this as well, and we received the ubiquitious Chinese style dump-and-run from our waitress and one other female.
We were shorted on our first order meaning 12 pieces of California Rolls came out as 6 pieces, 8 pieces of Tuna Rolls ordered became 4 pieces and so on. The second order came out more exact to what we wanted, and the waitress did not give us another sheet to fill out ( either she was psychic or she wanted us to stop ordering hmmm?).
The food was good, very consistent in quality and taste to other AYCE Chinese Sushi places with the usual fare you find at pretty much all of them. Nothing that made our taste receptors do backflips of sheer joy, but also nothing that made us ill or had the effect of turning off our hunger sensations. A good solid, pleasant taste from all items ordered.
You're limited to the amount of Sashimi you can order at lunch but that's to be expected, I mean lunch is only $9.95 on weekdays and an extra $1 on weekends/holidays. The kids were only $7.95 each.
To sum it all up, it was well worth the $40 ( not including tip ) spent on our family of four. Please do go to Ninkazu for a satisfying and filling lunch if you are in the area.
This is my first review on this site and decided for this restaurant to be my first review since it is the most fresh in my mind. Came here for dinner tonight based on the reviews and I have to admit that I was quite impressed with the overall standards here. The Sashimi was fresh, the sushi was delicious, and the rolls were well made. The tempura was crispy and juicy though a little bit too oily. The service here is quite good for an all you can eat restaurant. The restaurant looks refreshing and clean. I will certainly return. This has become my favourite all you can eat restaurant and its clear better than its competition.
Ninkazu has got to be the best Japanese all you can eat restaurant. I think its even much better than the one in Vancouver. There is a service & attitude difference of heaven and hell between those two restaurants.
Ninkazu Richmond offers Hot Pot for dinner which is a big plus. The sushi and bbq are the food winners here. The service also takes it to the next level as the service staff here are more sincere. Much better trained staff here, unlike Tomokazu in Vancouver where the manager has attitude problems.
Some of the features that I love about this restaurant is that it has a very sexy look to it. If your lucky to get a window seat the view is spectacular. Not only the food is outstanding but the service is quite outstanding for an all you can eat Japanese Restaurant which I thought never really existed for an all you can eat Japanese Restaurant. The restrooms are even super clean.
I always order the cheap Zhujiang Chinese beer as it is only $2.50. I don't think you can find a good import beer anywhere else at that price although sometimes I still love to drink Japanese beer as it washes down the bbq foods so nicely. If I could rate this restaurant it would be 9.5 out of 10. If only they had more skewer type foods.
I frequented this place when it was a hot pot / late night restaurant. I was happy that they kept the hot pot. The Japanese food isn't bad especially the cooked stuff for a AYCE. It didn't come right away and since it was hot I assume they actually cook it or doing a good job of reheating. The sushi and sashimi wasn't great, only adequate as the selection is limited compared to the other places that have geoduck, hamachi etc.
The hot pot was actually better than I thought. The food selection for it is pretty good but only the basic soup is available but I guess that's understandable.
As much as I enjoyed it and thought the value was fair, trying to eat cooked Japanese food etc and managing hot pot is a bit difficult. If you want to do both, it might not be the best idea but if you have a traditional chinese family where grandma doesn't like Japanese food but the kids do, then this might actually work for you.
Been here a few times before. not a big AYCE kinda person since there are soo many sub par AYCE sushi places out there. Food is not bad for AYCE. then again how good can AYCE can be? what my wife and I like about this place is that its consistent with the food. and whether we go to the Broadway location or Richmond food is the same.
Food: Sashimi are really fresh. u even get abalone and shark fin sushi on the Lite menu. definitely try the baby back ribs, korean style pork chops, gyoza, etc. Prawn tempura is a must! so tasty and they don't give u a bunch of vegetable tempura along to fill u up. one thing to take note of: the halogen lighting on every table makes the food look so attractive.
Service: Waitresses are quick to respond, patient, and their uniforms are so cute: blue shirt with a pink tie. lol.
Value: definitely a great value than most AYCE. relatively the going rate but great food and service pays for itself. $20 for adults on the Lite menu and $24 on the "Supreme".
Ambiance: i couldn't believe the view that we had. we were seated on the window-side. sweeping windows with the view of the beautiful lighted Aberdeen Centre a block away at night is simply amazing. great for a romantic dinner. inside, the rock facade with accented halogen lighting makes it modern but warm.
also, before u leave, take some time to check out the photos on the front desk. many recent famous Hong Kong celebrities visited this wonderful sushi house.
This restaurant is not as good as I expected because of all the outstanding comments posted earlier. You got the best AYCE service here. The Japanese food is good and I will advise not to get the Hot Pot because you try don't have enough room to try all selection. The sushi might be too big and too much rice. The ambiance is good but I wish to dine in a more Jap like restaurant.
My preference anyway.
Ninkazu is without a doubt the best AYCE sushi in richmond, but that's not saying a whole lot. It looks really nice when you walk in but I found after checking out the menu that you really aren't paying for a whole lot more than if you went somewhere else. The menu is pretty much limited to a normal AYCE menu. Even if you pay for the deluxe, it's not adding a whole lot to your selection.
However, what food does come is delicious and well-made. I recommend the lobster, soft-shell crab, and ikura. When you order toro here, it comes with a very fibre-y texture to it which makes it quite unenjoyable.
Going back a bit, what food DOES come is delicious and well-made. But not alot of it arrives. We must've waited around 20 minutes between our first and second orders and it doesn't seem necessary to cheat us out of our time and stomach space(with water and tea) given that there are so many people there eating at the same time. Even after that, there were several orders that were cut down on. 10 toro= 6 pieces. 6 pieces=4. 10 prawn tempura= 5 pieces. 6 pieces= 5 pieces.
However, the waiters do do a good job on responding quickly when you need them. Refills and 'lost food orders' came quickly after you ask them, but I guess they shouldn't be getting lost in the first place.
If you live in Richmond and want some good quality AYCE for about the same price everywhere else in Richmond, HIGH RECOMMENDED
Because all the AYCE restaurant in Richmond have go to the s***hole this is a very happy experience. Food is quite fresh for AYCE and have a large selection. I order the Deluxe menu I think is 22.95. not too bad for that price you get many varities sashimi like the hamachi, geoduck, ikura, abalone.. you know. The restaurnt is still clean.. lets hope it stay that way. And the food come fast and they don't rush you. Except I hate they chop up the oyster motoyaki. One order only have 1/2 piece oyster... WTF holy god.. but i still enjoy my time
My buddies and I have frequented almost all the all-u-can-eat sushi places in richmond in the last 10 years. Restaurants have opened, experienced their growth with decent food and ultimately declined into oblivion. This place has been our favorite for the past 2 years. Great sushi rolls, consistently awesome food + fast service and as long as you make reservations ahead of time, you'll get a table in a reasonable amount of wait for late-night.
Host / Hostess is always friendly and the staff look really tired but are never mean or make you feel unwelcome.
Hope this place does not decline like all the others in Richmond. It does get noisy in here and the place usually fills up fast with college kids. Not the ideal place to go for a date but it is good when you want great food.
I'm always satisfied with their "Late Night" ($13.95) menu, but I do get their "Lite Dinner" ($20.95) menu if my hunger can bear to wait until 9:30pm.
In my opinion their food is pretty much up to par with regular non-all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurants.
The pros of the "Late Night" menu would of course be the price. But the advantage of ordering from the the "Lite Dinner" menu would be certain menu items that I like:
unlimited sashimi (as opposed to a limit of 6 pieces per person on the "Late Night" menu),
chopped scallop sushi (you can only get the cone version from the "Late Night" menu ... which I find to be a lot messier),
shark fin sushi (tastes like jelly fish from Chinese restaurants),
tuna tataki (tuna sashimi that's cooked on the outside),
and New York steak (thin pieces of steak that I really enjoy it, but it might be a bit plain for others).
For either menu, I always tick off orders of sashimi, miso soup, oyster motoyaki, agedashi tofu, beef teriyaki, chicken katsu, chicken karrage and jello for dessert. These dishes always come out tasty.
Some items I don't recommend from Ninkazu are their gyozas, unagi fried rice, and salmon kama. The unagi fried rice tasted like bad fried rice with little to no unagi, and the salmon kama is just a deep fried fish head that's very difficult to eat.
This is one of the AYCE place I would consistently go to for good AYCE sashimi and sushi. Price is pretty standard with all the other AYCE places but the food quality in my opinion is much better than any other place in Richmond.
I really love toro so having toro sashimi as one of the options is awesome. I also like their korean salmon sashimi. I think they also use better udon than some other AYCE places - I always end my meal there with a chicken or beef udon.
I have never tried their hot pot option though...
I was introduced to this place while on a recent visit and am happy to say I was pretty pleased with the experience!
We'd made a reservation for a party of 8 or so people for the late-night menu at 9:30 on a busy Friday. Thank goodness we made that reservation because this place was packed! We waited about fifteen minutes or so before being seated, which wasn't bad considering how busy they were.
My friends with me there told me that with a party our size order more than what we wanted, because the servers won't always bring back the amount you request. This turned out to be true, but it wasn't an issue for us since we could just put out another order. For being a full house that night our waitress did a good job with checking up on us, and our food arrived fairly quickly.
The food itself was great! I remember the salmon nigiri, pork katsu, and goma-ae standing out the most. I've been to a lot of sushi places in other areas and this one definitely stacks up with them with the quality of the food here - not knock-me-off-my-feet amazing, but very solid and well worth what you pay for.
All in all it was a great night out and I can see why my friends come here regularly! I'll be more than happy to come back to this place again.
For $12.95 per person for Late Night all-you-can-eat sushi, there are so many other places that are better than this one. The quality of the food is mediocre at best, and they try to fill you up with cheap stuff like giant servings of zaru soba (cold noodles) and lots of rice in the maki rolls. The rice had a strange texture to it too. Miso soup totally watered down, and things aren't served hot -- tea, gyoza, motoyako -- all feel like they've been sitting around for too long before they serve it to you. I ordered Korean BBQ pork and it wasn't even cooked all the way through -- when I pointed it out to the waiter, he tried to brush it off as saying "sometimes it's like that" instead of bringing me another one.
The only thing this place has going for it is its atmosphere -- large windows and cozy lighting. Otherwise, take your money and use it somewhere with better food.
I think for a All You Can Eat Japanese Restaurant,
this has to be my favorite one of all my past.
My friends and I didn't have to wait along time for our orders, and we were lucky they didn't miss any of our orders. In past experience some All You Can Eat places, will give you less sashimi, when you order a big portion, say... 40 pieces??? but we didn't have that problem for our big group. Which I am very impressed by :)
Left the place very satisfied.
Both Ninkazu/Tomokazu have the same menu, but I think I like ninkazu more, just from experience.
This hot pot/sushi restaurant is tasty and affordable. Dedpending on what time you arrive at the restaurant, is the amount you are going to get charged. The sushi part of the menu is outstanding! I could actually taste FRESH fish. The service, value, and ambiance is nothing amazing, but not terrible. If you are looking for AYCE restaurants, i would recommend this one.
My girlfriend and I walked into this place and was greeted by the manager who was working @ the front. He was friendly and helped us out with the whole hot-pot thing since we have never tried it before.
He spoke great english and was extremely friendly, you dont really get many people who speak fluent english in any AYCE environments.
The food was fresh and tasted great, the best AYCE sushi place we have ever eaten at, the manager came over to see how we were doing with the hot-pot as well. Simply great service.
The price of the deluxe menu is worth the price and lastly the ambiance of this place is great - the decore is stunning, except the bathroom was flooded from the toilet - I didnt really need to use the bathroom except to wash my hangs so I didnt care.
This will be the AYCE place I eat at from now on.
Always drove by this place but never tried it before. Finally had a chance for a friend's birthday. Food overall was a lil bit disappointing though, despite the line up outside. Beef sashimi didn't not taste like much, neither did the lobster sushi. the first batch of grilled squid was mushy but the second was better. Food appeared inconsistent, we ordered 4 plates of fried chicken wings separately, some were too dark and some looked right, but all tasted too salty. Gyoza had a really weird taste, almost like plastic, as a friend had suggested. Oyster motoyaki and the others were in those eggtart foil cups, not in their traditional oyster shells, each one has about 1/3 of an oyster so it seemed like we ordered a lot. Ambiance wasn't bad, it was a nice atmosphere, constantly crowded. Good for big parties as most all you can eat places, but food....ehh...not so encouraging, probably won't go back.
I am mostly a big fan of steak and pasta houses based on my previous reviews. I however, do enjoy having Sushi from time to time especially all you can eat ones. I decided to try Ninkazu for Valentines day as I have always heard great things about this restaurant but have never had the opportunity to try till now. This restaurant is packed and the lineups is unbelieveable. You would think that the food was free. Anyways I waited nearly an hour and a half get seated because I didn't have a reservation. The service I would like to comment is the best selling point of this restaurant. I was impressed when I was offered a complimentary soft drink from the manager for the long wait time. Its shocking but that is pure 1st class right there. I have never encountered service from Asian restaurants like that. It Never! This is the 1st. Its the best you can get from an all you can eat Japanese I can almost guarantee that. The staff here seem also to be very professionally trained. I was attented to right away with drinks and tea. My order was promptly placed probably because I waited a long time and my tables were constantly cleared throughout my meal. I was never left alone throughout the meal. The staff here are quite friendly and sincere. It blew me out of the water. The food for an all you can eat is off the charts outstanding. The bbq food actually feels like they are indeed bbq'd. The beef ribs were honey glazed and delicious. The Prawn tempura had plenty of meaty feel and very juicy. The Sashimi presentation is very nice and the spicy sauce is one of a kind. It was sweet, sour, and spicy at the same time. The spicy tuna rolls were also delicious. I could go on and on. .. In terms of price, quality of food, and service I would have to say that the value is right up there. I don't think you could find a better deal anywhere else. Value wise I am sure you will get more then what you paid for. You don't get food and service like that even at higher class restaurants minus the white gloves. The restaurant has king size large tables with a nice window view. Its great to see the bright lights of the outside. The washrooms were sparkly clean and I was just happy to be here. Overall this restaurant is a great experience. For all those years I have been going to Richmond S just for mediocre food and low end service. I should have came to this place earlier. The only drawback I can say about this restaurant is that the waiting regardless I loved the experience here. Since I live in Vancouver I look forward to trying the Vancouver Ninkazu. I would though highly recommend this restaurant. Its one of a kind.
Since dining here last, I can definitely say I will not be returning... Generally speaking the food is okay, the tables are not sticky, and the place LOOKS clean.
However, the service was horrible. When we first arrived (party of 3), there was a large crowd just outside the doors and inside the waiting area. I asked the manager how long the wait would be he said "only 10 minutes" ...after waiting 45 minutes for a table were about to leave, especially since the manager's "friends" were being seated prior to us. After being the last party served, which made no sense since we arrived before the others... we finally began eating. After four attempts to ask for water and an extra pair of chopsticks, one of my buddies ended up doing both himself...
If you're coming for the service ... go somewhere else!!! especially if it is a busy night... utter horrible service!