Tsukiji is located in the Garden City Plaza in Richmond and serves a traditional style of sashimi and creative sushi made using fresh seafood from the famous Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan.
After reading the glowing reviews & passing by here so many times before, I finally decided to give it a try for dinner since my favourite Richmond sushi place is out of business!
I like the wood decor w/multiple private rooms. Friendly & relatively quick service, surprising consisting of mainly middle aged & above Chinese women.
The food varied from OK to not very fresh. The mirugai sushi though generous in cut was not fresh in taste. The uni was just OK while the seaweed wrapping it was a little too soft & moist. The rice was slightly softer than it should be. The "fresh" saba of the day was fishy in the kept-in-a-fish-tank-for-too-long taste. The red tuna wasn't worth trying either, too bad they were out of regular tuna toro amongst other things. Seeing as how they may not be overstocking on their fish, I'm guessing it must be poor storage methods that make the fish less than appetizing.
The beef sashimi, though nice in colour, just tasted of supermarket prepackaged hot-pot grade beef. The seared mackeral is much better than the black cod & cheaper, too. The cod is so rubbery & dry in texture it seems it was frozen a little too long. The mackeral though better, was still boring to eat. The nabeyaki udon was simple, avg, while the prawn tempura that came w/it was very bland & a little too greasy. Batter is doughy.
I'm glad I was able to avoid overordering since they didn't have a lot of them items we wanted.
I will not be returning as the prices & freshness can't beat places like Toraranbo or Sushi Hachi nearby, though in ambiance it is a lot better than many in the area.
Very slow service, small portions, relatively expensive.
We went there as a family (non-chinese). Water came right away. We sat with our menu books closed for close to 10 minutes, so I flagged a waitress, who talking to her coworker, and she thought we already ordered...I said to her, "How could we have ordered if all our menus are still on the table?"
The food took almost 30 minutes to arrive. The sunomono salad, did not come so when we all finished eating, so I asked the waitress when the salad will arrive. Oh, she said they are making it. So then it arrived a short time later.
The I went to play at the cashier, and the lady asked me how the food was. I said it was fine but your service is very slow. She told me that the sunumono salad takes long as they make it individually?!?
The prices in relation to the smaller portions make this restaurant relatively expensive.
Over and out.
First off, my partner is Japanese, and he is very particular about Japanese food. I myself lived in Japan for 10 years, so I know a thing or two as well. And we were worried when walked in and saw what appeared to be a completely Chinese crew.
But then the food came.
Good sushi (although the rice wasn't as firmly pressed as it could have been), very good tempura, very good agedashi tofu, amazingly good pickles (we have never seen any restaurant here or in Seattle present the selection we had, including delicious sweet seaweed pickles and sweet bonito and sesame sprinkles for our rice). Any place that has umeshiso rolls on the maki menu is already good in my book, and although they fall for the cucumber trick in those rolls, they were still very good. The kara-age chicken was really crisp on the outside, but perfectly cooked inside.
My partner's only complaint? That there wasn't a set menu list so he could have a cheaper wide selection of foods to try.
And the service was very good, very attentive.
My only complaint was that the decor was a little too cliched... Framed ukiyo-e prints... boring. But the music was good while we could still hear it. (It got very popular about halfway through our meal.)
We'll definitely go back.
Went here for dinner with a group of 8 people on a Wednesday evening. We were seated in one of the private rooms. The room its self was nice, however the "walls" between rooms are just wall dividers, and very thin, you can hear everything that is going on in the next "room" and some people are very loud. We were unlucky to have a family with loud screaming children running around in their room banging on the walls on one side, then a group of 20-something drunk men on the other side who were even louder than the children.
The food was pretty good, but small portions for the price. I ordered the grilled eggplant to start ($4.50) which was a tiny portion - not for sharing. Then I ordered the avocado yam roll ($9) which was good, but for that price I expected a larger size roll. Someone else in my group ordered the miso black cod - which I tasted, and it was delicious. A few of our orders were messed up, and some food came quite late. Some orders never arrived even though we asked about them a couple times. The first roll that came to our table had ginger and wasabi on the plate, all the ones that came after did not, we kept having to ask them to bring us some.
They did give us free mango ice cream at the end of our meal, which was nice. I'm not sure if this is something everyone gets or if they brought them to us because of the mix ups with our orders.
All in all it wasn't a horrible meal, but I won't be back. There are so many other sushi restaurants in the lower mainland, a lot which are much better and cheaper than this place.
I have to say that it is a little pricy, but definitely a good place for sushi.
We went in a party of 4, ordered quite a variety of things, including shitake mushroom soup, Ankimo (monkfish liver paste), sashimi (beef, white fish, salmon), sushi by piece: toro (fatty tuna), amaebi (sweet shrimp), hotate (whole scallop), uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe), grilled beef tongue & black cod, tobiko fried rice, grilled rice balls (salmon & cod roe). --> man we sure ate a lot...
Most of what we ordered were above average, but I want to specifically point out that all the sushi by piece were AMAZING! Fresh and tasty, rice cooked perfectly and pressed firmly. Especially the toro, fatty part of tuna, literally melt in my mouth! A word-cannot-describe type of heavenly taste ~
Two thumbs up for their sushi!
their food is ok but definitely not outstanding.. chicken karaage is very dry... the sushi and sashimi is fresh but not impressive..
beware when the servers make suggestions... they always hv some fish that's not on the menu... make sure u ask the price b4 u order... last time the server told us there is red toro sushi and we ordered... turned out we paid $8 for each red toro sushi for each of us... we were lucky that we didn't order all that server suggested... or we won't know how much our bill will be.... our meal that night was $50 per person..
my feeling is... their menu items are overpriced generally...
The service at this place is terrible. Will never go back because of the service.....
All the waiters/waitresses there seem to speak Chinese, so if you are not Chinese then you will not get very good service, or so it seems anyways. 7 of us went into the restaurant at 7pm and put our order in 5 minutes later. The waiter that took our order was hardly paying attention to us when we were ordering, as he was to busy talking to new customers as they entered the restaurant. After waiting about 45 minutes one persons order came out. This person waited over 5 minutes to see if any other food was coming out, so that he wasn't the only one eating while everyone else watched. At the 10 minute mark he ate because the food was getting cold. After close to an hour 3 other people received their food. These 3 also did the same thing and finished 3/4 of their food, at which time the rest of the food slowly started to come out of the kitchen. This of course was after complaining numerous times to some other waitress because our waiter would not even look at us. The only time we saw our waiter again was when he came to give us the bill. Oh, and be prepared to receive a lot of attitude from the waitresses if you do complain about the service.
Overall it took up 1.5 hours to get our last dish, so If you got 2 hours to burn for dinner then this is the place for you, but if not I suggest you go somewhere else.
A regular customer of the place and would like to leave a review. Overall, great place and good food!!! New chef loves to try new things!
Place is owned by Chinese, so service quality would not be the type you would expect from western restaurants. But judging from a Chinese point of view, I'd say they do a good job.
Food: Exquisite at good pricing.
Food quality is outstanding compared to other Japanese restaurant in the city. Availability of food is based on seasonal catches, so everytime is a game of trial and error. But the available food has overall high quality and consistent standards.
Ambiance: Clean and neat
Not the best fittings as seats are hard, but overall restaurant is nicely decorated and the newly renovated washroom goes a long way to the visual appearance of the restaurant.
I been there for a few time already and it has never dissapointed me. This is the only place i would go for sashimi, sushi and robata.
First I was expecting very expansive food from what my friend told me, but it wasn't as expansive as I thought it would be infact, it was cheaper then many other Japanese Restaurant I had been to.
Today I just went there again, and I had Red Tuna O-Toro. The quality of that fish was exquisite, it had pinkish like color and it was really fat. And it wasn't expansive at all. I payed 9 dollar for a piece, and the other restaurant i been to and tried was ranged from 10-14 a piece.
I would order the robata everytime I go, and I always order the pig-neck, and beef tongue. So good.
This is probably the only Japanese Restaurant I would go if i were going to eat in Richmond, and for having parties(because they have beautiful rooms and it is big.)
We have went to a lot of japanese restaurants and this one was one of the best. They had very fresh sashimi, and not every restaurant could copy this. The tempura is deep fried very nicely and it is very good. Overall, this is a very good restaurant to go to.
When I come here, I rarely order cooked food, the only exceptions being robata and maybe one or two appetizers. I come here mostly for their fish which is always fresh because they are fresh! Besides the usual sashimi like salmon, tuna, hamachi, and the like, they have specials flown in from Japan daily. The specials are not listed in the menu because they're constantly changed so you must ask one of the servers. If you're not sure what to order, the boss can definitely help you out by giving suggestions. Service throughout the meal is always good and the servers are very attentive. The decors look nice and the restaurant is clean of course.
Fresh food, great service, nice ambiance are the reasons why Tsukiji is always full, even on Mondays.
The sushi/sashimi here is what it should be. Super fresh, nicely cut and proportioned. This is how it was done 15 years ago before these All-you-can eats, Samurais, and misc began popping up all over Vancouver and downtown. I can honestly say Tsukiji offers some of the freshest, tastiest fish in greater Vancouver. Sure it is a bit more pricey, but if you are a sushi lover this it is it. oh yeah, service was great and honest.
Tsukiji had quite variation of Japanese foods which is good that customers have many choices of dish to order. I only ordered deluxe assorted sushi and chawanmushi, so my comment here is solely based on these two dishes. Chawanmushi, which is not easy to see in the menu in many Japanese restaurants in North America, but they made quite nice one; right texture and hardness of egg, ingredients were also right and the flavor was just like what you can eat in Japan. It could have been better if they added gingko in it. Sushi, it was rather a disappointment, came with very small sizes of several pieces, rice was over cooked and almost melting in the mouth. It was called deluxe and they asked for the price of deluxe, so I expected something that reaches good satisfaction, but it did not. The kinds of sushi were definitely something you can see in a normal assorted sushi in other sushi restaurants. Fish were not so fresh either. I do not think you would be happy if you come here looking for good sushi. By the way, Tsukiji is known for fresh fish market in Japan...they named their restaurant such big name for the quality of sushi make.
we went for a family dinner at tsukiji restaurant and everyone left in a bad mood. i personally do not have great expectations when i go to a japanese/chinese restaurant, i was just hoping to go out and have a nice time with the rest of my family. unfortunately, the service offered at tsukiji is sub-par at best. the items we ordered literally came ONE BY ONE in 15 minute intervals, the waitresses did not offered any kind of explaination. we all got kind of sick of waiting around for the next dish. finally, when i decided to just cancel our orders and go (after more than an hour), i was ignored by one of the waitresses and obviously our dishes came soon after i asked to cancel! BOTTOM LINE: the food is okay but not so good as to compensate for the poor service, it's almost as if they don't care about service. it maybe an exception but if you're looking for a nice dinner, tsukiji should not be your fisrt choice.
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