Tokyo Ken serves sushi and is hidden away in a small complex across from the Newton Wave Pool.
It is always a risk trying out a new restauarant for the 1st time, particularily on New Year's eve. But after reading the reviews on this site, we decided to give Tokyo Ken a try.
Calling mid morning to see if we could make a reservation, I was greeted by a very friendly young lady who took our reservation. Still somewhat reticent, I dropped by the restaurant at about 2PM to have a look and view their menu.
At 7:30 PM we were greeted by the same young lady (and the same chef) who were there in the afternoon. In fact she was the only waitress. Our table was ready with a handmade reserved sign on with our name.
As there were 7 in our party, we had the only table large enough to accomodate our group. Unfortunately it was situated directly in front of the main doors, so it was a bit drafty as patrons came and went.
The prices are similiar to other such restaurants, perhaps a bit lower on some of the rolls. I found that certain of the rolls were not as tight as I would have liked, making them a bit harder to manage. The yam roll was a hit.
The food quality was very good and those in the group who were not sushi lovers opted for the more conventional teriyaki chicken, which was well received. The vegetarian in the group had the vegetable tempura, vegitable yaki soba and vegetable gyoza. All were tasty with the exception of the gyoza, which was extremely attractive but thin and somewhat dry. While I did not try, the regular gyoza looked more like what I was used to, ie: somewhat plumper.
Service was very friendly but the young lady as I say was by herself, so she was on the move constantly. But she did a good job and brought out the dishes in an orderly fashion, not all at once as sometimes happens in sushi restaurants.
The bill for the 7 of us, no liquor, was $88 before tip. Everyone was full and had an enjoyable evening. I would return, probably for lunch.
The service was fine, and the barley tea was good. There, I wanted to say something good about this place before I rip them to shreds.
First things first. This place needs a serious makeover. There are paper screens all along the windows, and I think every single one of them has been broken by people sticking their fingers through the paper. How hard is it to replace paper, or just get rid of those things entirely? Really tacky.
After we sat down the next thing that we noticed is that they had the radio on to the local talk station and BLARING loudly the whole time we were there. Yes, I really need to know what the traffic report is while I'm eating dinner!! Ugh. Plus, the table was sticky. The whole place just didn't seem clean or well kept.
At this point we were just doing our best to ignore these things and make the best of it. We ordered the Chicken Karaage, and four rolls - Philadelphia, Spicy Tuna, California & their house special "Newton" roll.
The Chicken Karaage was fine, if a little bland. It was of the "lump of deep fried chicken" variety rather than the chicken wing variety, and served on a bed of styrofoamy shrimp noodles. There were about 3 x more shrimp noodles than chicken.. I really don't see the point.
The rolls were really and truly heartbreaking. The Philly roll had really poor quality smoked salmon in it, way too much cream cheese, and for the high price ($6.25, people!) it was very small. The Spicy Tuna tasted overly fishy, sour and mushy. The Newton roll was just bland and oily. The California was ok - kind of hard to screw that up!
The worst thing of all was the rice that was used to make the rolls. It was totally overcooked, like mushy oatmeal mixed with glue paste. I honestly couldn't believe how bad the rice was! How can you run a sushi restaurant and not know how to make good rice? I have had better rice on sushi from the food court in the mall.
I'll never come back to this place.
I've ordered from Tokyo Kens before and it's always just been ok. When I recently ordered takeout I couldn't eat anything I had ordered it was so terrible. My edamame beans were rotting/bad, the yams in the yam role were hard and gross, and they put sauce on my deep fried california roll when we asked twice that there would be none on it. Normally I don't write reviews but when the cooks send out black and rotting edamame beans that is just terrible.
small portions and not for sushi lovers. this is a great place to go if you're a fan of 711 sushi and the like
my friends, however, all seem to LOVE it so take it so leave it. I'll leave it.
on the plus: it has a fair amount of seating and they play modern music
i have the bental box. but it seems if was half empty. the smallest sushi i have ever seen.
i wanted more but the dinner was the largest order and most expensive.
very over priced. and small . too
but hey on monday they have half price drinks . so i can at least get drunk for a good price and then it some small pieces of sushi.
skip this place
This is close to where I live and I'm happy that I don't have to go far to have some quality Japanese. There are probably 6 or 7 Japanese restaraunts in the newton area close to Tokyo Ken's and this place has the rest beat. There have been a few differant owners since it opened and staff have always been very friendly. Monday nights half price liquor makes it a good night to go out for $2.50 beer.
Unlike alot of sushi place that I have been to, this place always has good sushi, I mean ALWAYS good and VERY FRESH...
Always rolled nice and tight, presented even nicer, and always friendly. My girlfriend and I eat here weekely and never have had anything to complain about. We tried Kirin to see what the fuss was, and this place out shone them hands down...
Tough to find, but well worth it!
The atmosphere and decor was a little bit tattered. Not great, but not terrible enough to ruin the meal. At least There are 2 TVs. The bathroom was pretty gross. There's a bucket right in the middle of the room (to collect water from a leak in the ceiling I suppose - although it wasn't leaking when I was in there- weird).
Also, its a pretty small space with a lot of seats crammed in there. Keep in mind that getting a seat at the sushi bar is alot better than getting a table right in front of the door (especially when its busy and people are lining up inside and outside. Peering over your shoulder eyeing your food).
Service was typical asian and tired. Efficiency is not the name of the game here so you're not be schmoozed by the waitstaff - which is a predominantly good thing since none look awright.
The title says it all: Good Food @ Decent Price. I'd recomend this spot for anyone looking for some decent Japanese food at a reasonable price. The service is friendly and the overall experience is warm & inviting.
Restaurant has been open for two years + and the food is consistantly good. I could eat here almost daily and recommend the Box A and the Phoenix Roll. Fun to sit and watch at the sushi bar. Take out service is fast if you walk in and order. In house dining is relaxed. The people are friendly.
My wife and I love going there for Bento boxes...it doesn't look like much from outside, but their price and quality are excellent. Their sushi combo special always fills me up and is a delicious feast for the senses. The service is above average and they are always very nice. We'll keep on going back.
Me, my friends and workers and wife are all sushi monsters. We only enter and frequent the very best in sushi from Japan. I LOVE Tokyo Sushi. I go there once a week - sometimes even twice. I go there by myself. I love spending some time alone and relax while waiting for my sushi. Or I take my wife and we order top garde salmon skin, salmon, tuna and shrimps. The service is GREAT and fast. The fish is always fresh and the sushi is delicious. The prices are ok, not cheap but hey the value of freshness is there. The staff is very kind and they often give me a orange for free dessert. It is Japanese asian hospitality. It's the best sushi I ever tried in Vancouver and beyond. Read my other sushi reviews.
It's too bad. I'd heard good reviews but the food was dismal and the place looked dirty!
From the beginning, it was clear that my friend had little sushi experience outside their comfort zone.
I had a salmon roll, dynamite roll and two pieces of ebi nigiri. They hadn't cleaned the ebi so i refused to eat it but they wouldn't take it off of our bill!
I won't be making the trek back to this place ever again.
Their sushi tastes pretty good... I like Ebisu in Richmond but can't drive all the way there from Surrey. So glad I found this place. I'm a vegetarian... I find their portions really small, compared to other places. Prices are a bit high as well but oh well, it's worth it (I think). Seems like a clean place to me and I've been inside. It's a nice and quiet place to sit down with your friends/family and enjoy good sushi.
Firstly, and perhaps not that important but, for anyone picky on the topic it is not run by Japanese (which is actually fairly common in the lower mainland).
Moving on... My boyfriend brought me here last week after mentioning he'd gone here numerous times and enjoyed it. He'd brought other friends here but the real test was me as I am a tad hard to please when it comes to Japanese food. Needless to say, actually felt bad for him, because I could tell he was embarrassed at how badly this place failed any expectations:
We ordered a gyoza to start. Not only could I tell the preparation was wrong but one bite in and we both knew it was undercooked - the skin was still powdery and dry on the inside, and the sauce was bland as well.
Then our sushi arrived. My boyfriend ordered a salmon roll and salmon nigiri and I could tell by looking at the colour of the fish the quality was sub-par. Even if it was atlantic farmed (which I'm assuming it was) the colour still looked really pale and off.
As for me, the proportion of fish to rice on my nigiri was bizarre - I have had over sized slabs of fish before, but the miniscule balls of rice which accompanied the fish just felt odd. I have never experienced that before, and I didn't like it.
What else I didn't like was the dynamite roll I had ordered. The presentation was pathetic (I actually took a photo!), crab spilling everywhere, sea-weed not rolled properly, un-proportionate slices all jammed up on one side of the plate.
Above all, the rice had the mashed potato effect... Literally there were some areas on my roll so smashed in together you could see blobs and finger indents. GROSS.
SUFFICE TO SAY... I will NOT be returning.
During my break while studying for exams, I came here
Food: the tuna nigiri had weird smell and odd color? the tempura felt like it sat out in the cold for a long time, some of the vegetables in their rolls(ie. avocado, cucumber, etc) looked not fresh at all.
Service: the waitresses need to serve more than talk amongst them selves.
Value: For the amount we paid for un-fresh food it was not worth it at all. I would have rather gone to superstore and buy a box of cereal.. because that is MUCH better than food here.
Ambiance: nothing special. just same ol' restaurant style
PS. I had to use the washroom very frequently for the next few days
I was introduced to this hide-away by a co-worker, and I have become a consistent consumer. The food is fresh and always amazing. The service is wonderful and the people are very very friendly. It's rarely been packed when I've been there, but it does have a steady stream of patrons. I eat there 2-3 times a week both in-house and to-go. I recommend the Avocado Rolls!
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