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Aoki Sushi

1888 W. Broadway St
Vancouver, BC V6J1Y9
Tel: (604) 731-5577 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano

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Underwhelming food
By thecritic of Vancouver (374 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 5:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Sushi
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 29, 2008 - 9:36am [Dine in]

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.

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What were they thinking?
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 11:17am [Dine in]

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.

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Vancouver's Little Sushi Gem
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

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.

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Total rave
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 5, 2009 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

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.

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Just like any Japanese-owned..?
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 10:55am [Dine in]

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.

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Good Cost Performance!
By NNN of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 12:25pm [Dine in]

We ordered an appetizer and some sushi rolls.
Agedashi-tofu was good and I was happy with the portion too.
Highly recommend their Negitoro-roll (Chopped tuna and onions).
Overall, portions are big and good cost performance.
Shop people are very friendly and super nice. Won’t ruin your mood like other places.

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All Around a Solid Player
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 4:58pm [Dine in]

Ok, I've been here a few times. While it's nothing special, it doesn't really disappoint either. It's a work horse, everything is good, consistently. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I know when I go here I will enjoy the food, the service isn't amazing, but it is efficient.
I like it here, and I would recommend friends to go here, but I'm never amazed or impressed by anything-but that's the price you pay for not taking risks!

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Love the Spicy Tuna
By SONofFOOD of North Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 30, 2006 - 11:16am [Dine in]

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.

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Fresh sushi, great service
By hbelle of vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 12:24am [Dine in]

My bf and I who are both sushi lovers decided to check this place out since i got pretty decent ratings. We waited for about 15 minutes, which was fine -- service was good as the chef and both waitresses were so friendly and kept telling us it would be just another few minutes. A nice variety of dishes in their menu. We had the Godzilla roll (deep fried sushi with whole strawberries on the top - too filling and too much sauce), Sunshine roll (very bland and kept falling apart), agedashi tofu which was good, and tobico which was fresh. The chef's wife is one of the servers and she was so friendly and attentive as was the other server. Complimentary mini appetizer and mini dessert, which were nice.

Overall, fresh sushi but you can find it elsewhere, wonderful service, OK atmosphere but a bit squishy, and it was so stuffy in there. I'd go rather go to other sushi places in Kerrisdale or downtown.

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the good stuff
By gracie of kitsilano (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 31, 2006 - 10:11am [Dine in]

There are so many what I call "fast food" japanese restaurants these days, often not owned and operated by Japanese chefs, but Aoki Sushi is the real deal. You can guarantee that the quality and preparation is up to par because the chef is japanese. The sushi is yummy for a reasonable price...if you're looking for GOOD sushi, not gourmet, this is the place to go!

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Content and worth the drive
By food charmer of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Best Vegetarian Sushi in Vancouver
By sushiman989 of East Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

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.

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Absolute best quality-value ratio of any sushi place in Vancouver
By guitarpj of Dunbar (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

First off, let me tell you that I lived a 15 minute walk from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo for 3 years. I know my sushi. While Sushi Aoki may not be trendy or even "nice" inside, it's clean and that's all that matters when you consider the food. All I can say is FRESH AMAZING FISH!!!!! If you want to know the true awesome-factor of this restaurant you need to get away from your California and BC Rolls, and rolls in general (not to say their rolls are bad, far from it), and get into the real stuff. Sushi Aoki has among the best saba (mackerel) and uni (sea urchin) that I've ever had. Their hamachi (yellow tail) is top-notch, and their Aji is delicious. I'll just go out and say it, they have better fish than most places that charge twice the price. If you want to get a taste of what I'm talking about try their Chirashi bowl (the regular is huge!). For 14 bucks you get what you would pay 25 for anywhere else. Their assorted sashimi plates are two-thirds the price of what anywhere else would charge and way better! Why this place doesn't have a line out the door during all their opening hours is beyond me. Aside from fish their raw oysters are incredible (1.85 each?! are you kidding me?!?!) and are a must try. I haven't gotten much in to their hot food as I'm always drawn to their raw stuff but their Prawn Gyoza are great, and their bento boxes are the biggest steal of anywhere in town. Do yourself a favour and go to this sushi restaurant! What is more, ignore any bad reviews you see as the people who wrote them were either disillusioned by bad service (it CAN at times be slow, but it's worth it!) or have absolutely NO IDEA what they are talking about. Just keep in mind, they are no longer open for lunch time. Now what are you waiting for?!

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Fresh Sashimi and Sushi ever tasted
By LikeSushi of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 - 3:19pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Sushi, Great Service.
By darrrrr of Downtown, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

I first came here on a recommendation by a friend. Since then we've been back many times because it's so good.

The service is very good for a sushi place, and the prices are reasonable. You can find cheaper places, but the portions are generous and always taste fresh.

My favourite is the simple avocado roll. LOADED with slices of ripe avocado, so delicious.

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Aoki Sushi - still my favourite!
By dish245 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 9, 2007 - 1:37am [Dine in]

I use to live around the block from this restaurant, so I use to eat almost every week. After going in a few times, Aoki and his wife recognized me and my boyfriend, it's really delightful to see their faces light up when they see regulars.

The place is a bit pricer than other sushi places, but then you see the huge pieces Aoki-san cuts for nigri sushi and sashimi. Their menu is huge and they have a picture for almost every item they sell, so this place is also great for first-time sushi eaters.

Highly recommended.

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Good things come in small packages
By p_trick of Kitsilano (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

Sushi Aoki is a small, cozy, friendly sushi restaurant. The sushi chef and staff are all very friendly and seem genuinely glad to serve you. Sushi is always fresh and the rest of the menu is extensive. Spinach gomae is delicious; yakisoba is some of the best in the city. Service touches like the complimentary salmon taster to get your mouth watering and a slice of fruit at the end of the meal just add to the friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Very good neighbourhood sushi place
By cfoodfem of East vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Friend took me to Aoki Sushi. Seemed like a typical little sushi restaurant but the menu is quite large, staff are very freindly, and the sushi chef is great. Food was good, service was good... celebrated a birthday - they took photos and had copies printed right then to give to us on the way out.

They know how to take care of their customers... good food, good service, attention to little things. If you are near by and crave sushi, definitely check out this little place.

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Under new ownership
By tasteofvancouver of Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:14pm [Dine in]

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.

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