Tokyo Joe's Sushi Factory serves affordable sushi in Richmond.
Saturday lunch time found us in Richmond, feeling like sushi instead of Chinese food. Recalling favourable reviews of this place, we searched it out to give it a try.
Walking in, I thought "oh-oh...." It is extremely basic. Sushi bar on one side, small kitchen in behind, linoleum floors and mismatched furnishings. The welcome was immediate and very friendly.
Our order taken, we were directed to complimentary miso soup, green tea and water - help yourself. Our sushi came very quickly, and one bite convinced us we had not made a mistake.
We both ordered their nigiri combo, which came with salmon, tuna, surf clam, octopus, cooked prawn, raw prawn, chopped scallop, masago (tiny, tiny fish eggs) and several pieces each of tuna and salmon roll. We were stuffed...!
Nice people, small clean place. I wish we lived closer for take-out.
Tokyo Joe's is conveniently located near the Lansdowne Skytrain Station and it’s one of the favorites among the local office workers in the area. Although it’s on the pricier side (usually $12 to get us full), we opted for the Party Tray A (55 pcs) for $27.95. The three of us were very well fed and we ended up having 8 pieces leftover! The lady was extremely nice and provided a complementary box of edamame!
This Party tray consists of: California Roll, Dynamite Roll, Salmon & Avocado Roll, Alaska Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Salmon/Tuna/Kappa(Cucumber) Roll.
California Roll – This was just a regular California Roll. Nothing to comment on! The imitation crab meat tasted quite fresh though and the avocado was nice.
Dynamite Roll – This is definitely one of the better dynamite rolls that we've had coming from an affordable sushi joint!
Salmon & Avocado Roll – A bit disappointing as the roll didn’t taste that great. We didn’t like the texture of the overall roll.
Alaska Roll – This was essentially a California Roll with smoked salmon on top. It wasn’t anything special.
Spicy Tuna Roll – We enjoyed this roll in particular because it was actually spicy!
Salmon/Tuna/Kappa(Cucumber) Roll – These were just mediocre.
Anyway, the party tray selection here is great and is definitely worth checking out if you have 3 or 4 people. The staff are extremely friendly and the service is quick! Even though we ordered a party tray, the lady told us to come in 10 minutes if we were in a hurry!
We passed by Tokyo Joe's. We were very hungry and needed food ASAP. So we went in for cheap bite. After walking in, I had the same "oh-oh...." reaction like the other viewer. It's very dingy and ugly inside. It looked better from outside. It's too unkind to walk out, I guess. So we stayed.
Food was greasy. It's as authentic as Chinese sushi. LOL! Staffers are Korean. Nothing Tokyo or Japanese about it. The lady at the counter was really kind. It's almost self service though.
They need ventilation badly. The air was stuffy. After dinner, we walked out the restaurant with our clothes and hair smelling like fried food or a greasy wok. It's so horrible. I kept smelling my clothes and hair to verify it because it wasn't even a "JP or Korean BBQ on your table" restaurant, how could that be?
The price of the meal is the same as what you pay at a bubble tea restaurants. I rather go to a bubble tea restaurant for cheap bite, at least most of them are clean and you won't smell like the restaurant after you leave. If you insist to come here, I suggest you wear very washable clothes, not coat or anything not meant for washing machine.
Have dinner here at least 3 times a month. Still one of the best for constant turnover of fresh sashimis. The people who run this place are the kindest folk around. Prices are very reasonable and the quantities are more than enough. I usually enjoy the Charashi with the Miso soup (which comes with). Plenty of sashimi here. Shouldn't be disappointed here. Geared for takeout here too. Satisfactory for eat in. Enjoy.
This place continues to impress. Had their Spider Roll the other day (soft shell crab) for 6 bucks. Very filling and great value. Their combos are all excellent value, and I personally love the ambience and service. Dining here is a wonderful experience.
The place has an energy that is infectious and as a repeat customer I feel like I am walking into a good friend's place or even family.... Joon is the hostess and Ms Tokyo Joe...... Tokyo Joon.... I guess and I find her exuberance part of the dining experience. For 10 bucks I always leave as satisfied or more satisfied as I do leaving an ayce.
I work right by this restaurant and I would say given my office has tried, eat-in and take-out that this place is good in almost every category.
We've ordered party trays for the office and I've ordered rolls for myself. My supervisor orders Chicken Teriyaki a lot. For the party trays they come with everything you need, there's a large assortment of rolls and in varying sizes (or styles you could say). They have some interesting rolls but something for everyone. They also provide complimentary edamame beans with party trays. I enjoy their Maki Combo A (Dynamite and California Rolls) and I would say they are tasty (not too much mayonaise, moist and seaweed isn't chewy), and reasonably sized.
During 'eat-ins' there is complimentary miso soup available.
Now this is debatable, I personally have no problem getting up to get my own tea and miso soup from the large pot as it's a very casual, friendly sort of place but this could bug some people...in which case I believe they will get it for you. In terms of speed, food does come quickly.
Now, the lady who seems to be the owner is very friendly and very energetic even the extent of hyper. I think she's very nice although, when I'm hungry I'm not in the mood to chit chat but I've seen that she chats with other customers and has quite a bit of knowledge about them implying they come often or that they know each other outside of the restaurant but based on her poor speaking in English I doubt it. Her staff also repeat your order in session so it's a bit noisy in there but relatively amusing. The decor is very basic with many photos of the restaurant's friends and of course photos of their menu. There are no booths and the place probably seats no more than 10 - 15 patrons at a time.
All in all I would recommend this establishment if you're looking for a very casual, fast-paced restaurant with great food.
This place will make sure that since your getting take out you get a little extra weight to carry. Unlike other sushi restaurants when you order take out you don't just get a petite morsel of food. Let's face it you are getting take out because you are hungry not because you feel like fine dining so accordingly Tokyo Joe's sees it this way too. If you pay 10-12 bucks for a couple rolls the rolls are good and filling enough for you to call it a meal. You have been warned not to get take out sushi elsewhere unless it is dirt cheap. If you dine in there is always tea and miso soup included as part of the meal. You can just pay right when you order and not worry about the tip later so it is good value here.
I'm usually skeptical of sushi places that are supposedly good - most of them turn out to be, well, plain ordinary in terms of food quality. I'm glad to say Tokyo Joe's isn't that kind of place. I tried their Alaska Roll today (this is my second visit) and on all counts I should have left saying this place isn't worth my money.
You see, I don't like Alaska Roll. But I tried it anyway - if I have to write a restaurant review of Tokyo Joe's it has to pass my acid taste, which is by proving itself with something I don't like. Kind of like trying California Roll - the easiest thing to make - and then judge a place by how good it tastes. Well, the opposite approach, I mean.
On top, I was full from an Aberdeen Centre food court meal... so Tokyo Joe's was on for a tough battle with my taste buds.. and it won. The Alaska Roll has made me a believer in Alaska Rolls. And speaking of my previous visit to the place (when I tried some combos) - heck, this is an amazing place!
The food is great and cheap for its quality. The staff are super nice, particularly this lady whom I can only describe as crazy nice plus loud. All in all, the environment is quite fun.
My only complaint would be the ambiance is off-putting. It's so popular that it's always semi-crowded or crowded, and the interior kind of reminds you of a food court at a mall. Definitely room for improvement here.
All in all, certainly worth a visit and more.
Simply the best Japanese take-out in Richmond.
I usually go to different place for sushi since there isnt any outstanding Japanese resturant I could call my "favourite"
Just like other reviewers I went in for cheap bite because I was starving. I came home with the food expecting another cheap take-out sushi combo but the sashimi and sushi were amazing. They were as big as the ones from Samurai Sushi on Cambie St. but were better. It was one of the fresheset sushi combos I ve ever had.. not like the warm or frozen sashimis from AYCE restaurants..
If you are a fan of Sushi Garden in metrotown, go to TJ, then you wont have to wait for 45 mins to be seated.
I have been eating sushi for several years and consider myself an extremely picky eater when it comes to quality sushi. Originally from Coquitlam, the only place I would eat at out there, was Nagano which got high ratings through the Georgia Straight as best restaurant in the Lower Mainland.
I was skeptical about trying Tokyo Joe's since, from the outside, it just looks like another place that puts low effort into delivering a good product.
I have to say I was completely mistaken and noticed it the first time I ate there that they food was very well prepared. I also noticed the clientelle was business oriented and that the place was packed during lunch hour.
I have to say that I regard this place as one of the best sushi places when it comes to the food. Considering the excellent prices and great staff it may be the best all round place in the lower mainland to eat sushi.
I ended up eating there way too much since it was close to my work. Not once did I feel like they did a bad job with my serving.
Try some of their better rolls, like the Stamina or Dragaon roll, and I guarantee you won't argue.
A great place! Cheaper than going to Richmond Sushi and worth it if you don't mind a deli-style ambiance. The woman is so sweet and nice. The sushi pieces are big and not soggy at all. Get a bento box for the best value and variety.
I have been going to Tokyo Joe's for several years and have always been happy with their food. Fresh sashmi is served slightly cold not frozen like some other places I have been too. Staff is friendly and quick. Prices are reasonable. Enjoy!
I always order Chirashi Don for take out whenever i visit them..
their food is very fresh and also has a large variety in one.. the followings are the sashimi included in the chirashi don: 4 x tuna, 7 x salmon (belly), 1 x tako, 2 x hokkigai, 5 x toro, 1 x ebi, masago....
i have ordered from them twice.. and the quantity is not exactly the same each time.. but they usually has a lot of sashimi..=D
for the price, it's $13.60 with tax, but the chirashi don for this value, definitely worth it! totally recommended=)
Why do you people complain about interior and furniture? It's sort of a diner, not a classy restaurant, if you want classy Japanese restaurant there's one on Lansdowne & Cooney ~2 blocks away.
I buy food in TJ's nearly every day (weird guy in tan jacket and glasses), usually to-go on my way from work, and it's absolutely awesome. Sashimi and sushi are in my opinion better than in this Japanese restaurant around the corner, prepared very quickly, staff is cheerful and helpful, and the best of all for such an awesome sashimi/sushi (and great selection) it's cheap.
Ambiance sucks indeed, in terms that it's probably not a place to have a romantic dinner, but for a lunch from work or a casual dinner this place is the best ;)
This is the only sushi place we will eat and we loveeee sushi!
Texture and taste and freshness is always consistint.
The sunomo is fab, appi sashimi. spicy tuna rolls, crazy rolls, tempura. its all yum.
the only this we did not like was the gyozas. they were very hard and crispy.
its korean ran
super kid friendly
free tea and miso ...dine in
3-4 parking in the back and 2 in the front+one handicap parking
evenings and weekend evenings book a table or you will be waiting a long time.
I walked past this place today, and remembered seeing some pretty good reviews for it here, but ended up being sorely dissapointed.
The rice was overcooked and the fire dynamite roll (i believe that was the name) was badly rolled and ended up being a complete mess to eat. Also, the (mushy) tempura in it was more batter than prawn, i actually picked out chunks of deep fried tempura batter that weren't even attached to the prawn.
However, my food arrived fairly quickly and the server was helpful and cheerful. It's mostly self serve as mentioned by other reviewers so I can't really rate much for service, otherwise it would've been a four.
Maybe I just picked a bad day to eat at this restaurant, but I most likely will not be returning.