Osaka Today serves authentic Japanese with sushi, ramen, and udon in Blundell Center, Richmond.
Another run of the mill Chinese owned and operated Japanese restaurant specializing in pretty much everything: bento boxes, ramen, nigiri, rolls, you name it. I met up with a friend who lived nearby otherwise I would not think of eating in such a nondescript eatery in a suburban plaza mall.
Food: satisfactory. I ordered the chirashi bowl and the chef was able to tailor to my request for toro sashimi. It was a sizable bowl with lots of rice and ample portion of assorted fish. My friend's chasiu udon was good but her chasiu was not of the Japanese variety despite our attempt to verify this before ordering.
Service: the waitresses were nice but they need to beef up their knowledge of the food that they're serving. Several times she had to defer to the kitchen staff to simple questions like, "what's in a chirashi bowl". A tad unprofessional with lots of milling about and chatting amongst one another. Our tea was refilled a few times though.
Value: I didn't analyze the menu but the prices seemed reasonable and I wasn't sticker shocked at anything. My chirashi bowl was $11.95 and my friends udon was $7.95. I think they're at par with various similar restaurants in the area.
Ambiance: simple booths along the side with a few tables up in front. I would say this place seats about 45 patrons, no sushi counter seats. I can't recall any deliberate attempt to jazz up the place so the decor was very simple, if not plain. Busy for a Thursday evening so the locals must frequent this place.
It's an alright place, can't say I would recommend it nor would I advise against it.
Been going here for a year and the food is ALWAYS fresh, which is really important for a solid restaurant. The decor sucks but oh well the food is incredible. Haven't found a sushi joint that compares yet. Order the tempura roll, deep fried roll, caterpillar roll, house roll... any of their rolls are great. I go there for the sashimi - definitely the best tuna period. Love this place very much!
Very good food, great value. Not the prettiest of sushi places, but fresh food and at a good price. Can't complain, for sure! Not sure if the cooks are japanese, the waitresses are not. Really tasty dynamite rolls and ebi sunomono. Also pretty decent ramen. Would recommend it to most, but would ask my japanese friends their opinions too before saying tha it's authentic :)
my husband and i ordered tuna, salmon, red snapper, prawn nigiri, a bc roll, spider roll, and the las vegas roll. my husband really enjoyed his pieces. i only had the tuna, which was fresh, delicious perfection, in addition to the las vegas roll- a deep-fried masterpiece with just the right balance of ingredients, and not disproportionately RICE(eatery). everything was beautifully presented, the prices were very reasonable, and the service was fast and friendly. the generous piles of ginger were delicious, too! we will definitely be back!
I've been going to this place since the era of their hand made udon noodles. Unfortunately, the old cook has retired and the place is no longer serving hand made udons.
Regardless, this place is still awesome for the value, the sushi, and definitely the service.
The waitress has been working there for so long and she knows how to bring her customers back.
This place is my go-to place for good value sushi.
Been coming here for a while now. They recently changed owners / chefs, but the food is still pretty solid. Fish is fresh, and their rolls are almost always spot on. They used to have ramen, but not anymore. One solid addition to their menu is their takoyaki - amazingly good. Lunch boxes are a good deal. Recommended!
i ordered a Chirashi Don to for take out...
i actually had high hope for their chirashi because for the price... i have tried several other Japanese restaurants' chirashi and they tasted awesome for the same price... but i guess i was expecting too much...
food: as i was saying, i ordered the Chirashi Don for take out. it was $12.54 with tax...for its price and its ingredients, i totally DO NOT recommend it. for this chirashi don there's 3 pcs of salmon, 3 pcs of tuna, 3 pcs of tai, 2 pcs tamago, 1 pc ebi and some masago... and that was it...... comparing with the chirashi don at Sakura Sushi, which was only $12.50, it has lots more variety of sashimi.. and it tastes so much more fresh too!
so let me get back to the chirashi don from Osaka Today... the sashimi size was quite thick and large... but it doesn't taste fresh... not that it has turned bad or anything.. but it just doesn't taste good.. the two only good ingredient was the tamago and tuna.. tuna was quite fatty, but still doesn't taste super fresh. the tai sashimi especially, it just taste terrible that it makes me want to throw them away so badly... (this is the first time i did not want to finish a chirashi don)
for the rice, they have added some sesame on the top, which has added some texture and flavour to the plain rice, but other than that, it wasn't really that surprising. The rice was a bit hard in my opinion.
one good thing about them is they have miso soup to go with the chirashi don... but then again, if i have to pay $12 for a chirashi, i would rather choose one that's more fresh than the one that has miso soup.
service: as i entered the door, there wasn't anyone greeting. the two sushi chef saw me walked in but didn't welcome me or anything. i mean... don't they usually welcome the customer walking through their doors? anyways, after that, there was this waitress, who was very polite, and they definitely gain some service points back from me.
value: as i was saying, $12 to pay for this chirashi don, i think it's totally not worth it. even Banzai has a cheaper chirashi don that has even more variety of sashimi...
ambiance: i ordered take out... so i cant comment on this too much.. but the place is ok small in my opinion
The ambiance isn't that great and there are usually wait times to be seated during peak hours but who goes there for the ambiance anyway?! The food is outstanding, always fresh and very filling! They are not stingy with their portions at all. The lunch special bento box for only $7.99 is very very filing = great value for your money! Will definitely be back again and again!
Just went there this week with a girlfriend and we spent around $53. The quality of each item was truly boring and not very fresh. I usually go to all you can eat sushi with my wife but this place definitely stood out as one of the not so good sushi restaurants in Vanccouver. I dont understand why people go to these places, but at least it got us out fast because we had a reservation and I was looking forward to the evening.
Fresh food, not pre-made. I like the pricing too. ambiance not the best, but its all about food. Sometimes people complain about wait, I think its decent. I like their sushi, its fried outside but everything inside is not fried. Its so cool. I go here all the time. Check it out.