Aoki Sushi is a Japanese restaurant on West Broadway.
The food at Aoki is exactly the same as I remember it the last time I was here a few years ago. Portions are larger than what you'd expect and reasonably priced. They are by no means jumbo but everything seems to be a little bigger than the places I usually frequent.
We ordered a few dishes including salmon and tuna sashimi, dynamite roll, spicy tuna roll and gyoza. The gyoza was watery and barely even pan-fried. The sashimi was good but one of my pieces of tuna sashimi had a bone in it, which is kind of nasty. The spicy tuna roll was just plain bad and was the premixed variety. Maybe I am spoiled and used to fresh chopped tuna with spicy sauce on top.
The ambiance is nothing to write home about and I find the electronic greeting machine a little bit creepy. The service was attentive.
Anyways, the food here is OK but with the plethora of sushi options in Vancouver, I won't be returning anytime soon.
Been to this place once before and had a good meal so returned recently. A Japanese owned sushi place which is somewhat rare these days. The chef is a bit ecentric as he wears some sort of mask on his head (hair). Only tried the sushi/sashimi and it was very good. Sashimi served in ice plates and salmon was wild. Tuna was soft and very good. Rolls were above average but didn't try any of their fancy rolls. Service was fast and efficient. Ambiance is the only down side with it being more like a cafe than a restaurant. Would go back.
If you've been to other Japanese restaurants like Shiro, Taka, Sonomama or Kibune, then you would know this place is bad. I agree with the previous comment that their karaage is horrendous. The batter was cakey and rubbery, very strange for karaage, and I know karaage is NOT supposed to taste like that. I've been there twice and recently was a huge takeout order. Considering it was almost summer, temperatures outside was about 25 degrees, since they have no a/c, it was warm in the restaurant which should have been a red flag as you cannot handle raw fish if its warm in your restaurant. The time is sits on the counter or in your takeout box before delivery or pickup is crucial isn't it. So I ordered cooked food only. I had to order sashimi for my spouse but while eating it, notice it was a huge thick chunk reminding me of Korean or Vietnamese owned places and not caring for quality over quantity. Still, I cannot stress about the important of fish handling in a sushi restaurant, it is raw for god sakes! I did not enjoy my experience here at all. I went there because it was close to home, but nah next time I'd rather waste gas and drive to Cambie or Cornwall to have fresher sushi that is supposed to. The ambiance here is quite odd, a little sad I felt, so much potential if they just spruce the place up, put in a/c, make proper karaage.
Hands down, Aoki Sushi is the place I go to for fresh, good quality sushi. I appreciate their use of wild salmon as well as their friendly and hospitable staff. They are run by a husband and wife team - and I've always been warmly greeted upon arrival and leaving. Excellent value for your dollar. Lots of creative rolls, (Mediterranean Roll contains pine nuts and sun dried tomatoes; the Aoki roll has shrimp, green onion in a mayonnaise sauce, the Caterpillar Roll has unagi, cucumber on the inside and is topped with thinly sliced avocado). I also like their Bento Boxes - Box A has California rolls, beef or chicken terriyaki (no rice, lots of veggies) 3 pieces of nigiri sushi, green salad, miso soup - all for $8.25). Service can be slow during busy times, and the layout is small and a bit cramped, but it more than makes up for ambience with its great food and warm staff.
We were just looking for an upgrade from Kitsilano Sushi, but we really hit the jackpot with this place! I admittedly am no sushi expert but I had the best sushi I've ever had tonight at Aoki. The tuna melted in my mouth. My vegetarian boyfriend loved his rolls as well. I recommended ordering the seasonal sashimi assortment, it was really good and presented in a bowl made of solid ice. And the prices are so reasonable! This place is definitely my new favorite.
I thought this place would be a wonderful find according to the previous reviews, but the only thing I found that was different was their presentation of food and maybe the sashimi was of better quality. The service was a bit difficult, as they could not speak English very well, but they were kind and accomodating.
Their food is good, but does not grab my attention in terms of distinctiveness. It is fresh, and it's basically any other Japanese-owned Japanese restaurant I know. The saba is recommendable. Their desserts are pretty good as well, I would try those.
Seems to be a popular among the locals. If I was a local, I would come here as well, but not drive an hour to see what the hype is about.
My husband and I used our deal find coupon today at Aoki Sushi. We've been to a lot of sushi restaurants and I would say this restaurant is better than a lot of the generic Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. My husband is extremely picky when it comes to Japanese cuisine and is a faithful costumer of Toshi on Main for many years so it was hard to get him to try a different Japanese restaurant. Overall he was very happy with the food. I was too. We loved the vegetable gyozas at this Aoki, definitely one of the better ones we've had. The burdock roll was superior! I also ordered a sunshine roll and a BC roll too which were both not bad. This isn't the place for ambience and authentic Japanese feel and decor but If you want solid sushi around the neighborhood, this is the one to go! They are open on Sundays which is good thing too! Will go back again if we're ever in the area.
Vegetarianism is a foreign concept in Japan so it's not surprising that there aren't too many vegetarian options at most Japanese restaurants. However, Aoki Sushi seems to have nailed it with a wide variety of rolls including pumpkin, purple yam, tofu, tamago (egg), gomaae and shiitake mushroom, oshinko and cucumber . They also make an awesome avocado roll which has avocado inside and thinly sliced on the outside. A work of art! I haven't tried the fish here but it smells like fresh seafood in the restaurant which is a good sign. The famous Pink Godzilla roll (kiwi and strawberry on a deep fried chicken roll with a variety of sauces) is interesting although I'm not sure all the parts work together. However if you eat them individually it's not bad but at $9.50 it's pretty steep.
Service has been good both times I've gone there and my tea cup was always full. I would definitely come back to this place for the vegetarian menu. Thumbs up.
I had already submitted a review for this restaurant, but it's been under new ownership since June I believe. Since then, I've eaten there twice and it's just not the same as the old Aoki Sushi. It still looks the same and there is the same menu as before but they no longer open for lunch. They also no longer serve the salmon mango roll - one of my old favourites. The food was ok, but nothing special. It was just your run of the mill sushi place and you can go anywhere for that. It seemed to be lacking something in comparison to before. The fish wasn't as flavourful as I remember.
Service was all right. The server was very polite though there was a long wait for the bill and we ended up just going up to the counter. Overall, it was just average and I'm not rushing to go back. I'd probably go only if I were in the area but wouldn't make a special trip. It's time to find another hidden gem sushi place since this is not longer it.
This is another good sushi joint along West Broadway, and I must say that my husband likes it more that I do. Don't get me wrong --- their sushi is good and fresh, but just lacks excitement compared to other sushi places I have visited. Their Tuna Sashimi is amazingly good as it just melts in your mouth. I also like their spicy tuna roll as well as the more mundane Dynamite roll. We never stay there to eat as the place does not look inviting at all.
Overall, I will continue to get take out from this place for their good, fresh sushi.
I've only ordered take-out from here a few times, and every time I do, I am never disappointed. My absolute fave is the Pink Godzilla roll. The portion was huge and very well priced at around $7. The fruit/chicken/tuna combination was really unique and quite tasty. The person who said this was awful just doesn't know what "good" tastes like.
As a sushi lover I have to say that SUSHI AOKI offers the best homemade "spicy sauce" around. Great taste along with spice that compliments all the sushi and sashimi it's served with. Try the SPICY TUNA DON, cheap, quick and tasy. You won't be disappointed.
I tried this one out yesterday with high expectations but I came out a bit disappointed.
While the price is very reasonable the quality and taste left much to be desired. The hamachi sashimi looked very reasonable at 12 bucks and they even served it in an ice or iced serving tray. But the fish itself was too cold and some parts were slightly frozen. The bowl of rice I had really disappointed me - it wasn't even Japanese rice and not even good rice. I had much better rice eating this morning at my favorite Chinese fastfood joint in Oakridge mall. The simmered halibut and the soft-shell crab were OK but the ebi gyoza was not good at all, together with the negitoro roll.
Aoki opened up a couple years ago and quickly has become a favorite in the office. From Hokkaido, Aoki-san makes authentic sushi using the freshest of ingredients. The pricing is a little higher than the suhi-roll-factory places which abound on Broadway but the food makes up for it in flavor & presentation. Its in a different class.
You've got to try their chilled Barley tea (complimentary) in the summertime, so refreshing, one wonders how people can drink steaming hot regular japanese tea when its 25C+ outside. Aoki has many unique dishes that it makes it worthwhile to try them all!
The only downside is the restaurant ambience... its an odd layout and I'm sure it was hard to work with... so seating capacity is small. The family-run operation has super-friendly staff that always look after you with the finest respect and attention and a smile! Aoki-san is eager to chat and talk about anything in his cute engrish. He quickly knows your favorites and chastizes you when you haven't come in for a while. Ooops...I'd better head over there!
New owners, big fail. Now, the fish isn't fresh, the food has lost its delicate authentic nature, service is quite slow, and I'm starting to feel nauseous after the meal. Unfortunately I pre-bought 2 meal coupons deals, might just toss the second one though because I really don't want to return.
The old family owned place used to be my favourite Japanese restaurant in the city... it's a MAJOR loss that it has changed so drastically.
The food here is always consistently good. I recommend the sashimi as it is generously sized. They have some really neat dishes like the Caterpiller Roll and all the sushi classics. We go here often and find the service always prompt and friendly. One of the better sushi places in Vancouver.
I have come to the conclusion that there are only two types of sushi restaurants in vancouver: either really expensive or quite expensive but with excellent quality like Tojo's or Miku on the one hand, and low quality sushi like all-you-can-eat on the other. It is pretty much impossible to find something in between.
I was hoping to find a mid-range sushi place, ie. not stellar, but decent quality sushi at not cheap but still affordable prices, and decided to give Sushi Aoki a try tonight. Let's just say that it was a sorely disappointed experience. Here is why:
The paramount benchmark for any sushi restaurant is the quality of the fish. (It's not whether the chef and staff are japanese, like some of the commenters here like to think. Even though it is nice if they were. By the way, Aoki-san is actually not japanese, for those who seem to be obsessed with a japanese sushi chef.) And on this count, Sushi Aoki failed miserably. One of the commenters said that he used to live near Tsukiji in Tokyo and gave a glowing review of Aoki's fish quality. Well, I can only say that may be he came on a good day or I came on a bad day, but the fish was simply not up to standard.
I only ate nigiri. (If you would like to eat Japanese sushi, try nigiri. However, considering the low quality of most sushi restaurants in vancouver it might be better to just stick with North American sushi, i.e. rolls.) Salmon was probably the only fish that was okay. Tuna, hamachi - my favourite, and tai were not fresh at all. And the worst was saba. It completely destroyed my appetite!
That said, there was a bright spot. At least the rice was warm. Now, to those who think that sushi rice should be cold, think again. Warm rice means that it has recently been mixed and stored properly. Cold rice means it is stale and has been sitting around or in the fridge for a while. Why on earth do you want to eat stale rice?!
In terms of service and decor, nothing spectacular but nothing to really complain about either, hence the neutral 3 star rating.
In conclusion, considering how much i paid, i would have rather paid a bit more and go to Miku or pay less and expect less and go to an all you can eat place. And that is exactly what i plan to do from now on. Good bye, Aoki!
I love the avocada rolls which are big and fresh. I usually eat Salmon Sashimi only but not Tuna Sashimi. However, the sashimi served here are very fresh so I can eat even Tuna sashimi here. I don't remember the name of the raw fish but it was good. It was served with shredded ginger, mouth-watering.
The service was polite; they only have one waitress. The place is small but cozy. You need to make a reservation to secure a seat, especially at lunch time. The chefs and waitress will greet you when you come in and say thank you in Japanese when you leave. Definitely recommend this place to others and will return later.
I heard about this place from a friend. She told me she went there almost every week, and I decided to have a try. It was a cozy place and the chef was very friendly and outgoing. My friends and I tried their sushi, noodles and Katsudon. The sushi was fresh and tasty. Their pan fried noodles are quite delicious. Love this place!
I had high expectations for this restaurant after reading all the glowing reviews however I was disappointed.
I ordered a chicken karaage combo box and a few other pieces of sushi.
The karaage was absolutely disgusting. Think fish and chips batter around chicken. If you have a craving for karaage, a good place to go would be Alpha.
Included in the box were 3 pieces of california roll. They seemed average. Not too big and not too small either.
Also included were salmon (farmed Atlantic salmon not the wild sockeye), tuna, and ebi nigiri. They were all average at best.
In addition, I ordered toro, saba, and hamachi.
The toro was really bad. It looked like regular albacore tuna and definitely tasted like it.
The saba was also not to my liking but I think this is more of a preference type thing. Personally, I love the taste of saba, but with all the garnish on top, I couldn't really taste it. I won't dock them points on the saba because some people may enjoy it like this.
The hamachi didn't really taste that fresh and tasted excessively watery.
I would say that the nigiri was average at best and left me unsatisfied. If not for the karaage maybe they could earn a 3 for food but it was just so utterly disgusting.
The service was actually quite good and I would give them a four, but they screwed up my friend's order so I will give them a 3.
The ambiance wasn't good but wasn't bad either. I would say it was good, but choosing between solid and outstanding, I would need to choose solid.
Overall, I gave a rating of 2 but I would really like to give them a 2.5 rating. The food wasn't so good, but the menu and service were great!