An eat-in take-out sushi place right next to Safeway at Seafair Shopping Centre
Takeya is a hole in the wall restaurant that serves sushi and Japanese home food/comfort food.
Sushi is fresh enough. Portions for cooked food are small, tiny. It's pathetic. The taste of cooked food is all right but nothing stands out. The average taste doesn't justify the small portion and the price AT ALL.
Service is polite. I got my food quick enough. It's also because they don't have a lot of customers anyway. It must be the lousy value that makes customers not want to return.
From outside, it looks like a cheesy hole in the wall restaurant. Inside, it looks like a canteen. You probably prefer to take out than dine in, the place just looks depressing. Since it's very uncomfortable dining in Takeya, ambiance is not existing at all, you really expect food to be solid because you are certainly not paying for ambiance. But what you get is really small portions of food only enough for a skinny girl (maybe).
The money you spend here to be full is more than enough to dine in a fancier restaurant with way better food and decor in Richmond. There is no point spending money here while you can spend the same amount of money somewhere else for more food, better food and better decor/ambiance.
You can lecture people all day about sushi quality reflects the price. But the comfort food/home food/cooked food is supposed to be inexpensive because the ingredients are cheap and Takeya has no ambiance and no presentation. There is no reason to be skimpy on portion like a cheapskate.
To be honest the sushi quality is just ok not the best or even top 5 I have. Sushi rolls are small so each slice is very thin. Any thinner you wouldn't be able to pick up with a chopstick, lol!
Basically you spend lots money in a crappy beat up shop for average food. It only works for locals who don't want to drive more than 2 blocks for food.
Located in a busy strip mall at the northern end of #1 rd in Richmond.
The walls are covered with large colourful photos C/W prices of many of their dishes. This helps the patron identify a dish prior to ordering.
We tried several rolls, as well as gyoza and eda mame beans. The sweet potato roll was ruled a hit. I personally found the california roll (they have 3 versions) and sockeye salmon maki had little taste. And the gyozi, which was deep fried, was a little too crunchy. I prefer them steamed or pan fried.
The sushi is reasonably priced. There is nothing special here, but the staff are warm and helpful.
I am so hooked on this place that I'd frequent it too much, so much that I'd have to give it a break before I start going the rounds again for lunch, snack and dinner, hehe. Let me list what I like so much about this place:-
1. Pricing -- what more can you ask if you can get a toro sushi for $1.50 a piece, a decent meal for less than $10?
2. Sushi -- they put up on the wall big photos of all the sushi available on their menu. It's a large assortment and a delight to the eye. The sushi may not compete with the much pricier sushi places out there or as creative, but the price is competitive and the quality is always very good -- fresh and delicious....and, most important of all, just the right temperature!
3. Fried dishes -- highly recommended, all of them, heh! Prawn tempura, cream croquette, spring rolls, chicken karage, pork/chicken katsu....the list is long.
4. Chef's special -- Spicy tuna is one of my favourite dishes. Give it a try!
5. Drinks -- you can find an array of drinks from Japan in their cooler, which is a great delight, though this will add a few dollars more to your meal.
6. Snacks -- they sell all sorts of Pokka *laugh*
7. Service -- they're all Japanese, from what I can gather. This woman with a happy smiling face is another reason why I'd come back for more, heh.
8. Decor -- very simple and casual, typical of such a place in Japan. The TV is showing everything from Japan. The owner obviously is a big fan of hockey, putting up a big flag in support of the Canucks. There's a big world atlas along with world flags.
The only thing that concerns me is their apparent need for more helpers. Still, I don't see a huge deterioration in the food and service so far.
I have eaten here a handful of times over the year, and I find it to be acceptable sushi, but definitely nothing to write home about. The service and food prep are efficient. The price is fine, but the portions aren't massive. If I was in the area, I would grab sushi from there, but I would never go out of my way for it. Everything is just average, on par with what I can make at home.
I used to go to this restaurant for both dine in and take out when I lived and went to school in the area. The funny part is that even though I live on the other side of Richmond now, I still find myself going here all the time!! I absolutely love all of their food!! Their sashimi and nigiri sushi is amazingly fresh and I like the way they don't cut their salmon too thick and that it is a nice bright red colour. I also have quite a few favourite rolls from there like their mango california, alaska and BC roll....even though I know these aren't unique rolls, I find the quality and balance of textures in these rolls to be perfect!! They also have great udon, rice, and noodle dishes with a good portion of fresh vegetables in their noodle dishes and I also find that their chicken is always a good balance of white and dark meat and is always fairly lean.
The only complaints I can really make about Takeya is that their prices could be a bit better....and they need MORE SEATS!!! (because they're usually pretty busy)
Anyways...I love this place so much that I just had to share!!
My family and I go to a lot of Japanese restaurants and this is the one we keep coming back to. They have the best of our favorite dishes. Their gomae is the tastiest (despite the small portion), the asparagus roll is served as a tempura roll so it is still warm when it comes out (no other restaurant has accomplished this yet it seems) and they are willing to make substitutions for those needing changes ( my picky father).
Overall the ambiance is nothing spectacular as it is such a small place and they haven't quite decided on a decoration scheme... but we love it and I would recommend it as a good japanese joint for a solid meal.
first of all there is not many sushi restaurants ran by Japanese anymore, but this is one of them. i love the prices and their rolls of sushi are excellent. ppl who complain about the sushi being on the tiny side are ones who are looking for quantity not quality. and majority that have huge rolls are just full of rice anyway. i think its important to have quality sushi more than anything. the variety of cooked and raw is plenty. and always fresh. the decor is nothing to look at and it is a small place, but what do u expect from a "ma and pop" kind of place. i'd rather eat here than at those big sushi chains. the prices are sooo reasonable especially if u have a family who loves sushi. and the wait staff is friendly. Great prices, great sushi , good enough for me!!!
Takeya is the best dine in - take out Japanese - Sushi restaurant in Richmond!
My favorite menu items: Tuna Pon (amazing!), Rocky Mountain Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Queen Dynamite Roll, Crispy Tuna Avocado Roll, Mango California Roll
The spicy agedashi tofu, miso, prawn tempura, kakiage, harumaki (spring rolls), gomae, salads & teriyaki dishes are all excellent and can be sampled in their Bento Lunch Box sets.
My favorite time to go is mid-week during lunch or dinner. It's a small restaurant and not the place to go with a large group looking for a tatami room... but if you want great quality sushi and fast service THIS IS IT!
Don't get me wrong, 3 starts rating = solid. 4 starts = outstanding.
I can only comment on what I ordered and what I've tasted. Ordered some take aways for lunch the other day. 4 rolls all together. The rolls are hand made and not machine made, pretty fresh and everything are just nice, better than a lot of shops and foodcourt out there. Price is consider reasonable, not cheap and not extremely expensive. Ambiance is okay but can be improved, especially the ventilation system. I was only there for 10-15 minutes waiting for my take away and my jacket was already smelly by the time I walk out. Overall, solid but has room for improvement. Recommended if you want something decent to eat and your money well spend.
Don't let the atmosphere alarm you! When you first enter, you'll probably feel like you're in a convenience store with a small cafeteria at the front. They even keep their sunomono in a large open cooler in little plastic dishes (it's actually the best sunomono I've had; also the first place I had it so I may be biased there. It's cold and has just the right amount of tang). There are lots of neat things here, even Japanese videos, if I remember correctly.
Takeya has a lot of rolls, most of them are incredibly good. I do, however, find them to be a tad dry some times. The Queen Dynamite Roll is so delicious, as is their dragon roll. It's really the variety of rolls that makes this places so special, and so good for "beginner" sushi enthusiasts. There are lots of "raw-free" items so it's a great place to take my parents who are terrified of anything that hasn't been shown a deep frier.