Ninkazu is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant in Richmond.
The food's great, the selection's great, the price is great, and the service is awesome. It's the kind of place where once you open your chopsticks, the wrapper is taken away within a minute without you noticing. All the servers are friendly and speak english, which is a huge plus. Eating AYCE anywhere else in Richmond is a mistake.
Based on all the good reviews below, I believed this must be a really good AYCE restaurant.
Perhaps I went for lunch, not dinner, selection was very limited. But it's good that they had salmon sashimi for lunch. The chopped scallop cone was nice too, lots of scallop in there.. but other stuff were just average.
The seafood motoyaki wasn't that great... after a few bites, we couldn't eat them anymore... way too greasy.
Service and ambiance were better than most AYCE restuarants, but don't think I will be back anytime soon.
usually visit Tomokazu in Vancouver but was in Richmond and decided to give Ninkazu a try for dinner. Its basically the same menu as Tomokazu on broadway with the addition of having hot pot. Its a very interesting concept.
Upon entering this restaurant I saw a lot of familiar faces and a very similiar decor. The tables are larger, wider spaces, brighter lights with a deluxe view.
I guess they named this restaurant Ninkazu to be the upgraded brand of Tomokazu with Tomokazu being the low brand and Ninkazu the higher brand. It makes perfect sense because of the expanded menu, larger restaurant, and upgraded service.
The food is generally the same as it is nice and fresh. The sashimi presentation and sushi are excellent. The service to my surprise is definitly and upgrade to the Tomokazu on broadway. The staff in this restaurant are actually more friendly and actually have heart into their service. Much more professional. Overall a very pleasant experience.
I decided to try Ninkazu based on the very same reviews that I have seen on this website. How could can an all you can eat restaurant be?? I have been to many big name all you can eat Japanese restaurants and I can tell you its quite a fantastic experience. I really enjoyed myself, not only is the food delicious, the restaurant provides an atomosphere unlike any other.
The service in this restaurant is also incredible for an all you can eat Japanese Restaurant. The service staff here are super friendly as your every need is anticipated. Its almost the feeling of fine dining in an all you can restaurant though I am comparing apples to oranges. In a nutshell I didn't have to get the servers attention as all I had to do was to sit down choose my food and enjoy.
I love the spacious tables as most all you can eat Japanese restaurants force you to sit in a small table almost right next to everyone else. The music that they play in this restaurant is also quite catchy as they play modern and oldie hits. I can sit and drink beer listening to the music.
The food presentation is excellent. I simply love it. The chicken karrage was one of my favourites as were the dynamite rolls. The food list goes on. I would recommend this place to you all. I will surely be back. Excellent Job!!
One of my friends recommended this place to me and decided to try it. This place is holy S*** blows all the other all you can eat places in Richmond right out of the water. Ninkazu seems like a awesome hangout. They play major hit soft rock music in the background which already wins me over. I love the mood as its like a #`1 hit radio station. The service is excellent for an all you can eat restaurant. They actually speak pure english here. They don't give you the blank stare like a training dog when they don't understand. They give you nice smiles. I can say that no other place in Richmond compare with the food that they offer. The Sashimi presentation was so nice I almost didn't want to eat it. The BBQ food here is to die for. I still can't get over the beef ribs, and holy S*** the yakitori, I can't eat a whole lot of it put I sure tried too. I love this place!!!!!!!!!
Decided to try the lunch all you can eat with some of my friends. This place has a terrific menu for dinner. The lunch menu isn't too shabby either. Very nice sushi selection..... The tempura was so juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside... Believe it or not they have sashimi. I think it is one of the only few places if any that offers sashimi for lunch and for ten bucks its a steal. Also offers some of the best tunes which creates an awesome atomophere. Love the music. Staff here are friendly also. The food is soo good no wonder why the sushi bar is so chubby. No complaints here.
I have to admit... i was shocked to find a decent and cheap AYCE restaurant. In RICHMOND no less. However, i'm glad i did. Ninkazu is located in a convenient spot, right between Aberdeen Center and Parker place, making it a great place for teens to have dinner.
The menu was not very limited at all, considering All you can eat lunch was only 9.95. They had pretty much every i wanted and the ambience was terrific. I loved the music they were playing in the background and it it isn't one of those restaurants where it's so quiet, it's almost awkward to talk to your eating companions. In addition, they seated us right beside the big glass windows and it gave a quite relaxing enviroment.
The udon i had was delicious. The soup was at the perfect temperature and the noodles were smooth and soft. The yam tempura and agedashi tofu was crunchy and warm. The food came almost right away and the portions were reasonable.
No complaints at all!
Although the waiters were overall very friendly, it would have been great if they could have just smiled every once in a while. They looked like they hated their job and were in a constant rush all the time even though the restaurant wasn't even that full.
I highly recommend Ninkazyu and i'm definitely coming back!
Good selection is wide and quality is good. Ingredients are fresh, like the seaweed is still a bit crunchy unlike other places which may be soggy.
However, you never get your full order. Like if you order 15 pieces they will give you 8. They seems to be overly protective of their TORO Sashimi and Shrimp Tempura.
Restaurant was okay, but they are not consistent in giving what you order. I heard many others complain about similar incidents. I don't know if they do not know how to count, or if they are trying to purposely limit certain items -- but its kind of childish as you just have to keep on ordering until you get what you want. However, it is a decent AYCE. Cooked stuff was pretty good. No real complaints here.
This restaurant opened a week ago. I have been here twice already, once for dinner and once for late night. This restaurant in my opinion beats sister branch Tomokazu in VAncouver. I rank this #1 in Richmond.
I was blown away by the quality of food for an all you can eat restaurant totally outstanding. For an all you can eat restaurant the presentation of food was outstanding especially the Sashimi. The food was fresh, and simply deliciousss. For late night they have an awesome selection of sushi foods that Richmond sushi and sui sha ya doesn't even offer. They even have Sashimi for late night!!!!!!!!! My only disappointment was that the Lobster Sushi was sold out for dinner. Highly recommend this place. I am sold!!
I'm not huge on AYCE places, but Ninkazu is one of the only places I would go to willingly.
The place is not huge, so if you catch them on a busy night it's hard to find parking let alone get a table.
If you manage to get a table, you fill out these menu sheets and within minutes you are stuffing your face. Need to mention the menu is quite large for a AYCE restaurant.
Most AYCE places are just plain gross. Food is cold, stale, flavourless, etc. Ninkazu's food is surprisingly good for an AYCE. Sushi is served slightly chilled, cooked foods are warm, fried foods don't taste like they've been under the lamp for hours. This place is on par with the standard japanese restaurant's. Nothing fancy or over the top. Just no frill typical japanese style food.
Although I wouldn't eat here on a regular basis, not because the food isn't good enough, but just can't eat all I can eat all the time. For random nights you're craving to stuff your face, then Ninkazu is a good choice.
This has got to be the WORST restaurant I have ever eaten at. I go out to eat approximately 4 - 6 times a week, and have enjoyed many different "ALL YOU CAN EAT" restaurants and until tonight I have never been so unsatisfied. First of all, the staff is the worst. They do not greet you when you walk in, nor do they talk to you at all. You have to WAVE down staff to pick up your order. And if you want anything else, good luck! Because you won't get any staff to help you out. Not to mention, they give you a time limit of 1.5 hours to finish. I like to enjoy my time out, and take my time to eat, not rush to finish. I'm paying to eat out, not to be rushed to eat. OH and the servers, GET TO CHOOSE THERE OWN TIP. I'm pretty sure thats for the customer to decide. But I can see why the choose there on tip because the service is horrible. I can't see anyone actually tipping them. I have never been so unpleased in my life with eating out. I will NEVER return to this restaurant again and I advice you just to go somewhere else like Kisha Poppo where the service, food and quality are actually worth the price. Or anywhere else for that matter.
I should have known better when I saw that the price is only $10.95 per person for lunch. Little selection does not neccessarily equate to poor quality food though, so I gave it a try. I was very disappointed. The restaurant lacked ambience which was reflective in the presentation of their food. Most of the items on the lunch menu were deep-fried or greasy foods (e.g., katsu, tempura, gyoza, agedashi..etc.). We tried most of the rolls on the menu, including the Alaska roll, BC rolls and dynamite rolls. They were poorly put together and thinly sliced, so they fell apart as soon as we tried to pick them up with our chopsticks. It didn't help that there was LETTUCE in all the rolls. (Who puts lettuce in sushi maki?) What they claimed to be gyoza was actually a Chinese dumpling with pork annd ginger. The only thing I was somewhat pleased with was the scallop handroll. I would never go back to this restaurant again though.
Their food is very good and it is usually crowded but I find their service lacking. It's not because they are busy, but because of one of their business "tricks." To order, you fill out a paper form and hand it to the staff. But after you hand in this form twice (two orders), they STOP giving you the form, forcing you to request a new one. I have ame back multiple times thinking maybe it was just bad luck on my part but it has happened every time. Of course requesting a new form isn't that big of an issue, except when I did so about the fourth time, they stopped going near my table completely. The guests I have brought did not like this at all. If you are thinking of coming here, the food is great and so is the environment, but be prepared to be aggressive at ordering if you want a true AYCE.
The last time I went there was very dissapointing. I was suprised because this place used to be good in ayce standards but I wont step foot in there again. Almost every cooked food was cold. The oiliest tempura I have ever seen and I have seen alot. After 3 orders we never received our short ribs but saw other tables getting theres on a regular basis. Also I am probably one of the few who orders the salmon head when I go out for sushi and this time it seemed like it had been in the deep fryer for days. Luckily there are no shortage of sushi places in the lowermainland to choose from.
Alright guys. I've eaten here at least three hundred times, so I know what's down. Firstly, the food is very good. sashimi is spot on, although on busy days you can taste (for example the salmon) is a bit more hard (crunchy) than usual. This is why i recommend going for all you can eat or eating during the regular dinner times on weekdays. AYCE on a weekend = terrible service + long wait times + weird ass food quality sometimes.
In terms of the quality, it's definitely a solid 3/5. Sometimes it gets the 4/5 rating when either 1) the oyster motoyaki is actually hot (always warm for some damn reason) 2) the chicken/beef teriyaki is oversaturated with sauce making it soggy and warm or 3) the sunomono's noodles are stiff (prepared and left out for too long)
Otherwise, the dynamite rolls, alaskan rolls and the chopped scallop cone definitely are the show stoppers. These ones are good EVERY time. Don't get me started with the chopped scallop cone, that thing is bang on. Notice how if you eat it in an ice cream format from top to bottom, you can still taste chopped scallop at the bottom, they don't cheapen out on this stuff. Secondly, the rolls are adequately sized and they've got down the formula. Why i'm saying this is cause sometimes i eat at bonzai and it's as if they didn't even bother cutting the pieces of seafood from the whale and they served it to you as a whole. The portions are too big! ninkazus got it right.
Service is a bit hit or miss depending on the number of people eating. There is this one asian girl that used to owrk there and she was really nice and awesome. Don't know where she went.
Ambiance = typical japanese restaurant, surprisingly spacious allowing for all the sumos and heavy eaters to spread their legs and unbuckle their belts
The last thing i'd like to mention is to never order too much here or too little. They love to downsize your 20 sashimis to 12. So what you shoudl do is never order anything over 15. Stay within the 9.8789 to 15.000 number range for each type of food and you won't get cheapened out on.
The price is super good. All in all, if ninkazu was open 24/7, I'd bring a sleeping bag there, nuff said.
When it first opened I was absolutely satisfied with their late night.
They were the only place that had unlimited sashimi included in the price! But now they've set a limit to it. I still love it because their rolls come in just the right numbers and they're not packed with rice. Their full AYCE menu is great too because their selection of sashimi is much bigger than most places. Like their rolls their other orders come in good quantities and sizes too. They're small and that allows you to order a wider variety and you're never afraid to waste anything. I've never done the hot pot... but every time I go there are at least 3 other tables doing the whole hot pot-AYCE thing, so it must be good.
Best AYCE hands down that I have ever dined at. The salmon was melt in your mouth good and the rolls were also incredable. The NY steak strips were really good as well. Miso soup, gyoza, tempura, you name it, all of it was delectable. I ate till it hurt!
I wish the service could have been as good as the food. I often had to flag some one down to get our order slip in. Yes, the place was packed but it should be anticapated and acordingly staffed for a friday night. The food was so good that it kept me from becoming overly frustrated with the service.
The resturaunt it self is located on the second floor of a corner mini mall so it was a little hard to find. Once inside the dining area proved to be a nice space with floor to ceiling windows. It was very busy and loud but inviting.
This is my new 'go to' AYCE sushi place. Next time I go I'm going to call ahead for reservations. I can't wait to go back!
I was recommended by a good friend that this is one of the best AYCE Japanese restaurants, and after reading the reviews, I decided to take an out of town guest to the establishment for lunch.
Parking was difficult and we eventually got something across the street at the Aberdeen Centre. The restaurant decor looked decent and the service was reasonable. Each person was only allowed 2 orders of sashimi for lunch. The slices were both thin and small, the menu was extremely limited compared to other AYCE restaurants in the same price range. The presentation for the sushi's and wraps were poor and some of them had "fallen apart" when it got to our table.
The teriyaki beef was tough and they put too much sugar in the noodles.
We were very disappointed to say the least and would not return again.
This is my first review and I would have to say that Ninkazu is the best all you can eat that you can find. I was in the restaurant for the first time on the weekend for late night sushi and it was great. I only wished that I discovered this restaurant earlier. The food is delicious fresh while the service here is excellent. Its comparable to even higher end restaurants though service presentation is limited. For $13 per person the value is certainly there. I would pay that price any day for the food that I ate. Restaurant has a very nice decor. Very nice restaurant indeed.