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Tokachi Japanese Restaurant

10767 King George Highway
Surrey, BC V3T2X6
Tel: (604) 951-3800
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30AM - 2PM & 5PM - 10PM, Sat: 5PM - 10PM, Sun: 5PM - 9:30PM
  • Serving traditional Japanese cuisine for over 10 years. The owners and the Sushi chefs are Japanese ensuring an authentic Japanese dining experience. The restaurant seating capacity is 100 people, and able to accommodate up to 35 people in a single tatami room.

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Good all the way
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 10:35am [Dine in]

This place has been hidden off King George for the past 15 years. The neighborhood looks a little deserted but once you walk in the doors, you forget about it; it's nice, clean and peaceful inside. japanese music is played. There's a number of tatami rooms. Again I must say the restaurant was very clean and neat including the restroom; this shows that the owner really cares about setting a good image. The menu has a big selection of pretty much everything you would expect. The food was very good and fresh. The server and staff were friendly and efficient. Prices were reasonable. Authentic japanese restaurant in the heart of North Surrey.

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Who would have known a great sushi place in the not so great area
By Huge of Surrey (139 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 12, 2014 - 6:45am [Dine in]

Went here with the family and inlaws in tow. Ordered the assorted tempura, 62 pieces party tray, toro and salmon sashimi, chicken and beef terayaki dinner for the 4 adults and 2 kids. The service and the decor was great. From the looks outside and the neighbourhood, you would not have known that this restaurant would be so good. Was impressed that once you entered, you come into a very clean and professional establishment. The food came out fresh and tasty. The assorted tempura was hot and fresh. The chicken and beef terayaki could have used some more sauce as it was lacking. The party tray and the sashimi was awesome. Very impressed with the freshness and flavour. The price was a bit high, but you are paying for quality. Overall review is that I would return when I am craving good sushi.

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New favorite in Surrey!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 11, 2008 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Attention all Japanese food lovers -- this is a hidden gem! Sure, it may not be in the best part of town and the outside looks a little run down (which is probably why I haven't ventured inside until now) but wow! Possibly one of the cleanest sushi places I've been to. This is a larger sushi restaurant with lots of private rooms and a decent sized floor. The owners and chefs are Japanese and quite efficient.

Food: Good. Very good. Fresh sashimi, tasty tempura and well-made rolls. The quality of ingredients and technique is high above some other sushi houses. I also liked the variety of sashimi available.

Value: My mom and I had the 2 person dinner combo for about $50 and were stuffed with some leftover to go. It's not cheap but also very reasonable considering all you can eat sushi (at a much lower quality) would cost around $40... the extra ten bucks is well worth it. Compared to other ala carte menus in other restaurants, this isn't bad pricing at all.

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in deepest, darkest Whalley...
By marymac of Delta, BC (145 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

...is a VERY GOOD Japanese-owned restaurant and sushi bar! Tucked into the back corner of a rather grungy-looking mall right on the Whalley strip, this place is so much of a pleasant surprise that it is almost a shock!

We've been going here for many years. Even though we've moved further away, we still make the drive (not as often as I'd like) to have excellent sushi.

The fish is always fresh, well-cut, generously sized portions. Their Tokachi Combo is a platter or a boat (depending on whim, I guess) that has an amazing amount and variety of sashimi and norimaki. If there is something you can't eat, there is no problem with substitutions.

Mostly we go for sushi, but the cooked food is good too. The tempura is always nice - fresh and light, no off-taste to the oil.

The room itself is open and restful, with clean lines and Japanese-imported woodwork. Chairs and tables, or lots of tatami rooms. The owners tell me that the carpenter who designed it has retired. The bathrooms are spotless.

If you can look past the location, the food inside is REALLY good.

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it was okay.
By stripperdj of east vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 8, 2010 - 1:02am [Dine in]

Not what I expected. It was a nice enough place in the worst part of Surrey,but thats not a problem.
The food was just...okay.
Sashimi portions were on the small side,and the spicy chicken karrage was a huge dissapointment.
Badly deep fried,and with a generic chili sauce.
The rest of the dishes were like I said...okay.
There was nothing we had that had any wow factor. In fact...this place is comparable to a few AYCE places as far as the taste and presentation of the food.
Not overly impressed,but it was clean,and it was open. Not alot of choices in the area,unless you like pizza or subs.

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Surprise Surprise
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 23, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

We were driving home after visiting some friends in Surrey. I was about to turn into 102 Ave to dine at Pho Tam when I remembered the previous review: "In the deepest darkest Whalley ..." It is only about 5 blocks away, and we decided to give this place a try.

We had a bento box each, and ordered hamachi, hamachi kama, salmon belly and bbq cod to share. Every was very very good. Sashimi was fresh, tonkatsu juicy, robata crisp on the outside and soft and tender inside. A real surprise.

Service was efficient, nothing special. Ambiance is poor. The place is in need of a major facelift - but the washrooms are clean.

A definite return.

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Family Favourite
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:37am [Dine in]

I live in Surrey, and this is the japanese place my family always goes to. The sashimi here is one of the best, and like the previous poster, the cooked food is pretty good, but you have to come here for the raw food. Their sushi boats/platters are delicious and affordable. With tempura as the appetizers, nothing can go wrong. The owners are japanese, and although the area is one of the shadiest in Surrey...or maybe even Vancouver, this place is a must-try.

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Surprise Find
By Digby_Scallops of out there (50 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Strange how our perception of a place sometimes prevent us from going in. For many years I knew there was a sushi restaurant tucked away in this Whalley strip mall , an area I do not frequent. I thought it was likely just a take out location.

Well, after hearing about it from a client a few months back & then reading a review of it in The Province last week, I decided to check it out. It was a complete surprise. It is likely one of the larger sushi restaurants in Surrey. There are many tatami rooms, as well as open seating.

The greeting was not particularily great. When asked if a tatami room was available, we were accomodated but it appeared a little begrudgingly, as there were only two of us.

When the room was cleaned, we were pointed to it rather than seated. The restaurant was not overly busy and we were not taking it away from a larger group.

Most of the rooms do not have sliding doors, so some of the colorful conversation reminded us we were in Surrey. As a resident, I guess i can say that.

The waitresses were all dressed in kimonas, a nice touch. There was minimal conversation and they were not overly friendly.

The food itself was beautifully presented on an aray of serving dishes, based upon the size of the order. Larger orders were served in boats. High marks here.

Food quality was very good. The rolls were not wrapped as tightly as I like them, but the texture of the rice was very fluffy. I like to be able to pick my rolls up without them breaking. Granted, I am not a master of the chop stick. Very tasty.

So park your car close to the restaurant for safety, close your eyes (not literally) to the surroundings and venture into this place.

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Love the culture
By freshy of Surrey, B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Although in the dirty part of surrey, this place is fairly nice inside. They really try to display the traditional japanese look/style and it works. Felt like i was in Japan

The food was good in my opinion. Especially the deep fried roll. It is fairly expensive compared to other sushi places. You get a fair amount of food.

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Best raw sushi in a red light district
By yummygal of lower mainland (18 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

The sushi and sashimi here is some of the freshest I've ever eaten in my life. The salmon sashimi is just perfect. I'm pretty sure the owners are Japanese. Don't bother ordering cooked rolls the california roll is typical although the smoked salmon roll is outstanding. Everyone that ventures out here to try it with me is also impressed. The prices are a bit higher i.e. $6 for most rolls like choppped scallop that would cost $3.50 max at other places but well worth it. Once you're inside the restaurant it's fine but be aware that this restaurant is in Whalley which means hookers & druggies are pretty close by i.e. if you are parking you will see them but this place still gets pretty packed anyhow it is that good. It's safe just make sure your car alarm or club is equipped. Their cooked food is solid as well but not outstanding though a standout is the grilled prawn and scallop skewers in a butter sauce.

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What a Nice Surprise
By YuhMee of Surrey (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

I held a surprise birthday party here for my friend. It was easy to plan, just printed out their menu from their website took down orders, and came in early to give it to the cook. An assortment of food was ordered that day, everyone said theirs was delicious, even some first timers of Japanese cuisine. I would only suggest tasting the sauce for the salad before dumping it on there. It had a bold taste, but I've learned to like it now.

The service was just amazing. They let us decorate the booth we ate in with balloons. They also let us bring our own cake, put it in the fridge, and provided little plates and forks for us to eat. The waitresses were nice, a bit quiet but polite. We also got a bit loud, and some balloons were popped, but we heard no complaints from the restaurant.

The place wasn't pricey, and it was different from most. They had sit down tables, and the booths had the traditional kind where you kneel. The waitresses were wearing kimonos and wooden sandals, it really added to the Japanese feel of the place. It's only the outside that's a bit plain and bothersome because of it's surroundings.

I'd definitely recommend this place, doesn't really make a difference to me. If you're gonna have a party, have it here =)

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Good, but better if there were more customers
By wwasn of Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

After seeing the previous reviews, I've decided to get a take out order for two tonight.

The location was rather tricky to find. It's inside a plaza which has an entrance on King George highway, however, if you're traveling north, there is no intersection for cars to turn left into the plaza.

Food:
I mostly order nigiri sushis, because I think it's the hardest to master and really shows the skill of a restaurant. The food presentation was good, the techniques were good, only one flaw, none of the fishes were fresh enough.
This may be due to the lack of customers, since only one customer was present. If the traffic was busier, I think the sushi would be absolutely prime.
Furthermore, I think the sushi rice underneath was a bit on the small size, even for bite size pieces, could add 1 ~ 2cm more of length.
Also, by chatting with patron customers, they always offer a small salmon salad as a free appetizer or pickled vegetables.
They have a lot of items on their menu, which to me seemed a bit overwhelming at first. I also wonder if all the items lives up to their highest quality.

Service:
The staff and owners are all Japanese. The waitresses were all wearing kimonos. They greeted me promptly and were polite. They served me tea while I was waiting for the order. Everything you'd expect from a Japanese restaurant.

Value:
I gave it two stars, mainly because their prices were on the medium-pricey side, but the freshness of the fish was not up par.
Like I've mentioned before, if the restaurant was busier, then I think this wouldn't happen. If it still does, then there wouldn't be any more excuse other than simply "bad" quality. Hopefully that wouldn't happen again if I go next time.

Ambiance:
The plaza that the restaurant was pretty deserted. If you look at the restaurant from the outside, all the windows were covered up and overall, not too alluring.
However, once you walk inside, the decor and furnishing is completely different. It was not expected.
In the middle of the restaurant, there's a tank with live lobsters in it. The sushi bar sits around 8 ~ 10 people. Everything was neatly arranged, and overall a really nice and relaxing restaurant environment.

Conclusion:
I would definitely return to this restaurant, maybe on a busier night, say Friday or special holidays.

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Good place in North Surrey
By looking4goodness of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 1:55am [Dine in]

My family often go to Tokachi when we are in the area. It is spacious and the servers are pretty friendly and attentive. The lunch boxes are a really good deal - a nice variety of good quality stuff. Looking at the fish in the sushi bar, they carry a good variety of fresh fish. Definitely a solid place to have a meal or to bring friends without emptying your wallet. Nothing you can go wrong with when you order.
My one critic would be that they could have a little bit better tasting sushi rice to match the fresh fish but it's definitely a lot better than most of the restaurants around.

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Amazing Service, really good food.
By tamster888 of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 10:47pm [Dine in]

Every once in a while we come back to Tokachi. We are North Surrey residents, and when we think of going for Sushi, it usually involves a drive to Richmond or downtown Vancouver. But when we do come back here, we always wonder why it's taken us so long to return!
It's located right in the thick of Whalley, and the area isn't pretty. But the service and food and ambiance inside make it worth the trip.
Tonight we had a young japanese girl serving us and she was absolutely amazing! When we walked in we were greeted at the door by the owner, and asked if we wanted a tatami booth, even though we were only two people. Once seated, our server was very attentive to our needs, and I can honestly say I don't remember having better service anywhere in a very long time....if ever! We ordered a mix of nigiri, sashimi and maki, tempura, and some appies. All was wonderful! At least as good as most places downtown or in Richmond.
So if you're in Surrey looking for a good Sushi place, don't by shy about trying Tokachi's!

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Would like to try again with Japanese friends
By Tasty34 of Surrey (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:40pm [Dine in]

Took my girlfriend here for her birthday. She is a big fan of sushi. I'm not a huge fan of Japanese food in general and don't like sushi at all.

The restaurant is not in a good part of Surrey. The inside is quite clean. It seems to be a bit of a mix between east and west. The serviers are all dressed in traditional cothing which was nice. The table are set up kind of like a Western diner. There are booths on the side that are more traditional kneeling style tables. Great if you want some privacy or to be a bit more intimate. The place is quite large inside so and it was not really busy relative to its size. On a Friday night there were about 7 tables full.

There is an extensive menu. I had the Teriyaki beef. The portion size was good with lots of beef. It was served on a bed of noodles with carrots and broccoli. The carrots were overcooked and the broccoli was quite large. Flavour wise it was good. My girlfriend had the house roll. It was six large pieces and she said it was quite good.

The servers were very freindly and patient. Did not feel any pressure to leave or order. I would say the best parts for me were the booth and the price. I liked the difference of sitting in the semi private booth. The total for two of us was just over $20. We went accross the street to the Fireside Cafe for white chocolate blueberry cheese cake...yummmmmm

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Some of the best traditional sushi in the Lower Mainland
By esn of Surrey, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 25, 2009 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

Let me start by saying: I live for sushi. I would eat it everyday if I were able to.

I also lived in Japan for six months and worked in a sushi restaurant when I was finishing my undergrad.
This sushi is unbelievable! The portions are huge, and the quality is some of the best. The menu has many traditional Japanese items which you couldn't find at many other sushi restaurants. The owners are Japanese and are from Hokkaido. This has been the closest I've found to the sushi I ate in Japan.

They don't have as many "North American" roles as some other places. I'm not knocking those, I love them too, but the traditional stuff is great. The inside is very nice, and has many traditional style rooms to eat. (Don't forget to take off your shoes!) The restaurant is situated in one of the worst areas of Surrey though, so don't leave any valuables in your car.

The service is good if you come with a small party. If you come with a large group, be very patient.... they can take a LONG time to get your food and drinks out. The food is so good though, that I don't mind waiting a bit.

So if you want to try an authentic (or very close to) Japanese experience, check this place out. : )

Make sure you order the unagi nigiri!!! They BBQ it there instead of the pre-packaged stuff that most other restaurants have. It melts in your mouth.

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Surreys Little Secret
By wjg of Delta BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 30, 2010 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

After reading the posted reviews my husband and I decided to try Tokachi instead of making the pilgrimage to Vancouver like we usually do. We were pleasantly suprised. Love being able to sit at the sushi bar and sashimi was fresh, fresh, fresh. The House Roll was amazing. We have had great Sushi in Vancouver and Whistler and this easily compares in quality but wins in value for the bucks.

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