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Sushi Hachi Restaurant

8888 Odlin Crescent, #1278
Richmond, BC V6X3Z8
Tel: (604) 207-2882
Neighbourhood: Golden Village
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • A family-run sushi bar with limited cooked items but mostly serving fresh raw seafood. Sushi Chef Haruo Kojima and wife Mitsuyo Kojima runs this tiny establishment. Located on the Cambie Road side of Pacific Plaza. Plenty of parking available in the plaza parkade. Open for dinner nightly except for Mondays.

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Great Sashimi
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I've heard about this place via various food bloggers and reviews. It's located in a 2nd rate Asian Mall in Richmond and fronts Cambie. It's run by a husband and wife and is only open for a few hours for dinner service. It's quite small with about 25 seats. When I arrived at 6pm, they had just opened and had a few diners inside already. The menu is sushi, sashimi, some robata, rolls and a few appies. They have some cooked food but really nothing substantial in that area. They are known for their fish so ordered a few items. Sockeye sashimi - smallish portion, small pieces but cut very nicely, toro - very soft and good, sweet shrimp - very good and nice portion. Overall the sashimi was very good but as others have noted, smaller pieces, prices were on the higher side ranging from $10-$14. Tried some rolls, scallop and alaska, there were very good and a good value in the $3 range. Tried the scallop sushi which was very good, about $3 a piece. Also had the grilled geoduck, sea snail and squid. All in the $4-$6 range, geoduck was the body part, not the siphon but good to try. Overall, the fish is very fresh and if you are a sushi lover, probably a great place to go. Service is good considering only 1 server and 1 kitchen staff. Would come back for the sushi. Pricing would be in the higher spectrum.

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Great Sashimi
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:38am [Dine in]

I've heard about this place via various food bloggers and reviews. It's located in a 2nd rate Asian Mall in Richmond and fronts Cambie. It's run by a husband and wife and is only open for a few hours for dinner service. It's quite small with about 25 seats. When I arrived at 6pm, they had just opened and had a few diners inside already. The menu is sushi, sashimi, some robata, rolls and a few appies. They have some cooked food but really nothing substantial in that area. They are known for their fish so ordered a few items. Sockeye sashimi - smallish portion, small pieces but cut very nicely, toro - very soft and good, sweet shrimp - very good and nice portion. Overall the sashimi was very good but as others have noted, smaller pieces, prices were on the higher side ranging from $10-$14. Tried some rolls, scallop and alaska, there were very good and a good value in the $3 range. Tried the scallop sushi which was very good, about $3 a piece. Also had the grilled geoduck, sea snail and squid. All in the $4-$6 range, geoduck was the body part, not the siphon but good to try. Overall, the fish is very fresh and if you are a sushi lover, probably a great place to go. Service is good considering only 1 server and 1 kitchen staff. Would come back for the sushi. Pricing would be in the higher spectrum.

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Good fresh fish
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Had dinner here a few days ago and it was an overall good experience. Had their charashi, which tasted quite fresh, and the rice well done. Their miso soup was also quite good, it seems to be made when you order and it uses a strong fish base, quite tastey! Also had the beef sashimi which was good as well. No compliants at all for the food.

The prices seem pretty good for the quality of food here. The service I found a little lacking. Although they seemed friendly, there is just one hostess/waitress who also seems to prepare the miso soup. She runs around quite quickly trying to serve everyone, but there were just too many people. The restaurant was close to full. I found the service friendly, but lacking. It was hard to flag her down, but when i did, she took care of any needs I had.

I would come back again.

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Relatively fresh at inexpensive prices.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 5:54pm [Dine in]

A small little place w/the unisex restroom opening into the dining area, this Japanese couple-run sushi bar seems to do well for itself just being open several hrs a night for dinner. The clientele is an even mix of Japanese regulars & other asians.

The price is relatively cheap for sushi in that one can, say, get saba & various others for $1 ea., toro @$2.50, uni @$3 & so forth. Mirugai sashimi is $18 while saba is $7.50 & the battera for the same fish is $9.50. More raw than cooked food is offered here as the cooked variety is mainly of the torchable kind such as fish head, mackeral & even geoduck/mirugai.

The quality of the toro is quite good, except that this is the first time I've had regular toro w/ still some of the skin attached as if the sushi chef didn't notice how close to the skin he's been slicing. I always thought skill mattered as much as taste in the art of sushi making.

The saba battera was somehow disappointing so it might have been a better idea to just stick w/the regular nigiri pieces. Same disappointment goes towards the spicy tuna roll. It was rolled w/ so much rice, though it had a fair amount of tuna, tobiko & cucumber in it, in the end, all I could taste was the rice itself--which isn't seasoned quite right & possibly refridgerated a little longer than I'd have liked.

My favourite item was the mirugai sashimi. It was nicely sweet & perfectly textured. The uni was just okay though the colours looked good.

The entire time while I was dining here & after, I was regretting missing my weekly exquisite dinner @Sushikan just down the street from here. Though the quality of the fish may very well be a bit above average, the overall experience turned out to be below. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it was agreed upon that Torarenbo, at slightly inferior quality of sushi, would have been a preferable replacement at half the price tag, too.

It costed the 2 of us, before tip, just under $86 w/ no alcohol consumption.

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Great quality! Fresh! Yum!
By gti303 of Vancouver, BC (45 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

I don't even want to write this review...cause I don't want more people coming here! :)

Its a very small restaurant, and its pretty much usually full nowadays...why? cause the food is GOOD. I can pretty much vouch that this will be the BEST sushi/sashimi place in richmond hands down in terms of food quality.

For all of those who think ANY AYCE places serve 'good' food...please head elsewhere because you will be dissapointed...it will cost you a lot more here to fill your belly full of fish...

What you will not be dissapointed in however is the quality. The presentation of the food is nice...the quality is great, the way the owner prepares his rice for the sushi is the way real japanese sushi is meant to be...

My only issue was the service, since its a small family run restaurant, when its busy its hard for them to keep up...but they are very typical polite japanese people who make it up with smiles, nods, and apologies.

The place is small, but its very cozy and although there was not much interior design here...every seat has a view of the chef making his sushi...

I can't wait till I go back here again! Yum!

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Quality sashimi, sloppy presentation.
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

This place offers very high quality sashimi, I came here for the first time expecting a nice dinner with a hot kitchen as well, but unfortunately they only serve sushi and sashimi and some appetizers like miso soup, and salad. The presentation definitely ruined my dinner, the chef had potential but he just laid all the sushi down on the plate without fixing the ingredients that was falling out, the rice was all over the plate and not rolled tight and he just served it. I guess since he and his wife were the only ones that worked there he had to do everything himself but still presentation matters, you can't just expect people to love your food even if you make it sloppy. The sashimi is very good indeed, but I will never come back, if you don't make reservations don't expect to eat here, walk ins are rarely welcomed since the restaurant is always packed and reservations are normally made at least a day to two in advance.

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3rd time coming here
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 29, 2008 - 2:22pm [Dine in]

We always tend to bring foreign visitors here.
Even though their sashimi is the freshest in town, they are in tiny bite sizes and a little on the pricey side.
We ordered a bunch of sashimis. My guests tried the unagi (sea urchin) and they loved it. The unagi was presented it with their shells on side. I didn't know they could be so huge!
I must admit, their rolls are a little funny looking like it was put together by a 5yr old kid. It's sloppy and not cut into proportions. It's just a little odd for me. It still tasted decent though.
Reservation is recommended. They're only opened for dinner, I think 5pm-9pm. But they let you stay abit longer at the end of the night.

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Unbelievable Sashimi
By DawnTart of Burnaby (46 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

Have been a huge sashimi fan for many years and have eaten my fair share but nothing has ever compared to what I ate tonite.

After a tough day, Hargow, my dining and life partner took me to Sushi Hachi. Located in the Pacific Plaza with an address of Odlin but the entrance is on Cambie. Large parking lot so no problem with parking, at least in the evening.

Nice, clean and quiet restaurant. Music in the background was nice jazzy tunes. The ambiance was great. As soon as you set foot in the door you started to relax. Sushi chef is the husband and wife is the waitress.

We had the chef's special sashimi with a nice variety of extremely, practically just out of the ocean fish. Flavours were subtle and delicate. Fish was unbelievably fresh. Beautifully presented. We also had a wide variety of sushi selected by the chef. Toro, ebi, aji and the house roll were some of the ones we ate. Unbelievablely good.

The culinary prowess of the sushi chef, Mr. Kojima certainly comes through. He explained all the selections he brought to us and gave us a wide variety. A very humble and talented chef.

We were very lucky to dine like this outside of Japan.

We have found a new favourite Japanese restaurant. A must go to place for those that love quality and taste.

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Sashimi in Richmond
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 3:07am [Dine in]

they serve up fresh sashimi. this place does pack up and you may need a reservation. prices are reasonable and the food is good quality. the ebi sashimi is served shell on the side. and the cold ramen is light and refreshing. the tempura batter is light. the miso is packed with flavor. they try to serve authentic japanese style fresh sashimi. and they do a good job at it. i'll be back again.

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For Sashimi/Sushi Lovers in Richmond
By Spelunca of Vancouver (45 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 11:38pm [Dine in]

Preamble: early weeknight dinner for three

Food: do not come here looking for tapas, AYCE, fusion, etc. This wife-and-husband-run restaurnt is a sashimi and sushi paradise. I suspect because they only open 3 hours a day 5 days a week that standards of food quality can be maintained. The sashimi is delicate, fresh and sliced properly. The ikura salmon roe is transparent and the best that I've had in years. Bluefin tuna was luxurious without being overly fatty (sorry, didn't realize until after that they were endangered)

Service: the wife acts as the waitress and does an earnest and excellent job. The place is small enough that this is manageable and it helps that she is organized, although sometimes simple things like tea takes a long time or a verbal request to refill

Value: look, you will pay more money here but the quality of food more than makes up for it. It definitely can give Ajisai a run for its money, and arguably, is even better.

Ambiance: very small restaurant, comfortable seating and jazz in the background. All tables reserved, people turned away instantly, even when we were the only ones physically present, as reservations are paramount.

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Absolutely the Best Sashimi in Richmond
By Hargow of Richmond (46 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 29, 2007 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Usually frequent another excellent sashimi restaurant here in Richmond. Well it has been pushed off the pedestal to number 2.

Sushi Hachi is definitely No.1 in this town. Freshness, taste,variety from Japan takes this venue to the top. We tried their Salmon Kama (sockeye) WOW. the best.

My GF - Dawn Tart and I enjoyed a meal that was exclusively directed by the chef. We asked him to take care of all the dinner for us to enjoy this evening. The Chef's specials were worth every experience.

Turns out this husband/wife team has been in business for many years. He worked at my other fav- Kiyo for more than 5 yrs. Now he and his wife have their own and with constant care, they will remain the BEST SASHIMI IN RICHMOND.

There's a new guy on top tonite.Try this one. A must.

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Fantastic
By jmarl of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2009 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

For sushi/sashimi lovers, Sushi Hachi is one of the best in town. Everything is so fresh and melts in your mouth. Prices are very reasonable, too. There aren't many tables so reservations are a must, and sometimes when I phone to make a reservation even a day or two in advance, they are already booked.

The chef and waitress (husband and wife) are both very friendly and humble people. There is only one server, so service isn't always fast, but I've never had to wait too long.

I have often inquired and ordered items not on the menu with success. Other than sushi/sashimi they have Oden (very good) but that's about it.

I would guess I've gone 15 times and never had a bad experience. Will definitely return.

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Very fresh fish could use a little more staff
By lifeoffood07 of Surrey (32 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 1:49am [Dine in]

Walking into this small restaurant was like walking into many a Japanese sushi restaurants that I visited while working in Japan. The decor is simple, there is the distinct smell of the vinegared sushi rice (this is good because it means the fish doesn't smell & that means fresh). The specials for the day were Aji, Kanpachi, Uni, Hirame. We tried the Chef's Selection and an assortment of the specials and some of the cooked dishes. (I really wanted to give this place 5 stars for the fish & 3.5stars for the cooked dishes)
This place focusses on raw fish & they don't have a gas grill so don't go there if you want to eat udon noodles, teriyaki etc. The sushi was very fresh and good. The Aji was fresh, the Uni was sweet and the Kanpachi had a nice fresh sheen to it. The cooked appetizers were good but nothing spectacular.
There are only 2 people working there - the sushi chef & the waitress so expect to wait for your food & service. The prices would be considered a touch higher than your average but you what you don't get in volume & fancy dressings, you get in just nice, fresh fish.
I would not recommend this place to people who are used to AYCE places nor people who just want to eat Tuna & Salmon. This place is for enjoying the other fish that other places don't carry. You'll need patience, a little more money to get full & a reservation helps but it's a lot cheaper than flying to Japan to eat sushi in an authentic sushi bar.

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Fresh & tasty sushi
By yumyumlu of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

If you are looking for incredibly fresh sushi, this is a restuarant you have to try. We had the hamachi sashimi and it was so good and fresh. We also tried a few kinds of fish that you don't usually come by at other restaurants and they were all fresh and worth it.

You should definitely make reservations, because it is a small restaurant and usually by reservation only unelss you get lucky. Highly recommended, but don't expect a large selection of cooked foods.

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Best, Fresh Sashimi in Vancouver
By feel100 of richmond (29 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 29, 2008 - 12:13am [Dine in]

If you want to taste fresh sashimi and sushi, you must go there.

Ambiance is normal, nothing special.

The selling point is fresh and taste. Sashimi is so fresh, you can feel the sashimi melt inside your mouth slowly.

If you don't care the price and you really want to taste the best. You should not order sashimi in the menu. Just ask the chef order it for u. He will choose the current day frest sashimi to you. However, if you order like that, it will cost expensive around $50-100.

***** Strongly Recommendation *****

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Sushi like you can eat in Japan
By hishou of vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

One of the best sushi I have eaten in Canada. The kind of fish you find here are not easy to see in the menu in other ordinary sushi restaurants in the city, no wonder as the chef told me he is getting them directly from Japan everyday by plane. Freshness of sushi is surprising, for example when you order Saba in other restaurants, you see them the fish meat is all whitened because it was overly marinated or kept in frozen too long. Here, you see the fresh red meat and its taste is great. I will visit Sushi Hachi again.

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Update from past review: Still going strong! Fresh and Consistent Quality
By MarshallPlacid of Richmond (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Sushi Hachi produces consistently delicious and fresh sashimi.

The hot dishes are also unique and tasty.

I have been a patron, with my wife, of this restaurant for approximately 12 to 15 times.

Out of those times, 80% of them had great dishes.

The other 20% were still okay, but the other 80% was fantastic.

I would say that a restaurant that gives out quality food 80% of the time is being consistent.

The restuarant itself is small, so you must ALWAYS reserve in advance. You have been warned.

I highly recommend the restaurant.

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Very very tasty sushi!
By annebanks of Richmond, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 1:11pm [Dine in]

Thankfully, I made a reservation because when I got there, ALL the tables had a "Reserved" sign on it. It's no wonder why. After finishing my meal, I wanted to book a table for lunch the next day...but turns out, they only open for dinner! What a shame. Okay, so I ordered two sockeye salmon rolls (the only type of salmon they serve), a California roll, and an Alaska roll. I never had a liking to sockeye salmon, usually preferring Atlantic, but WOW, this sockeye salmon tasted even better than any Atlantic salmon I've ever had. The rice in the rolls was well seasoned and the seaweed was nice and crispy. Even the ginger they serve is above average compared to most sushi joints. My party also shared a salmon sashimi, and even though it was a little pricey at 9.50, it was well worth it. The sashimi was sliced paper thin, and so tasty and fresh. You have to give this place a try, once you taste their sushi, you'll be hooked. And this place isn't big, probably seating only 30 people, so you have to make a reservation.

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Oh gosh.....
By seasons_PT of Richmond (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 12:01pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I came here for our one year and got lucky as walk-ins, only to find every other table had a small reserved sign on it. At first glance, I was pleased as the restaurant was small, but big enough to feel comfortable.

The first sip of tea already surprised me as even that tasted good. Hoping for the trend to continue, we ordered one alaska roll, some sockeye salmon sashimi, one house roll, 2 piece tamago, and one futomaki.

It's ridiculous how good it is. The look of the sushi could do with a little bit of work and refining as it does look sloppy, but it doesn't even matter once it enters your mouth. Unfortunately we didn't have a chance to try the uni that night though. We're students =P

Looking to come back for sure!

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Yum
By mayo of Burnaby (19 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 3:36pm [Dine in]

They got fish imported from Japan which you won't be able to get from most of the sushi places in lower mainland. And they are very fresh. I was so happy that I could had really fresh aji and otoro. I've got nothing to complain on the food. It's similar to the sushi you will have in Japan.
Although they are busy, the waitress was still very friendly. But like what other people say, don't expect fast service.
It will be a place I want to return.

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