Combine of traditional Japanese food And New "Izakaya" style fusion dishes with a great atmosphere.
I loved the wild salmon! It appears that this place uses only wild salmon. The dressing for the side salad was not too bitter, and the miso soup that came with the combo had lots of seaweed and tofu. Everything tasted very fresh.
Friendly servers refilled our cups constantly. I like how they bring the machine to you when you pay with a credit card - I hate it when you have to go to the cashier to pay.
Very good value combos!
It was decent.
Being on Oak Street, the location isn't exactly convenient, but it's well worth the trouble! I will be back!
Food is really good. It is better than JapOne restaurant which was here previously.Price has to be adjusted for some items ( But i don't mind paying for such a good food). Interiors are simple. One of my favourite Japaneese place. I wish they have one in Coquitlum, I shall visit them again
I was surprised how great the food and ambiance was, despite loud and polluted Oak Street being right outside the window. Once you step in, order, and take a bite though, you come to realize why you need a reservation here on Sunday nights!
The food is well above par for the price point - especially the sushi. The rice has that yummy sweet flavour that a lot of sushi restaurants seem to have phased out. It was also the first time that I've ordered three rolls and had to leave one of them behind (I'm a big eater too!)
The Yakisoba was delicious and had a unique smoky flavour - and the portion was more than enough. My spicy tuna roll was great since for one, the spicy sauce wasn't BBQ-flavoured or any of that Americanized pizzazz; second, the chili sauce was actually mushed into the tuna, rather than just slathered on top of a regular tuna roll, which so many lazy places seem to do. I also got a Futomaki roll (vegetarian - and it had egg in it, finally!) as well as an Alaska roll (with the reddest salmon on top you ever saw!)
I definitely think this is an authentic Japanese-owned sushi place- and if I'm mistaken, well then, I've been fooled (and I just don't care!)
I come during the lunch hour quite frequently since they have great lunch specials. I normally get one of the bento boxes and it will definitely fill you up. I usually go with Bento Box A which includes miso soup, chicken teriyaki, 6 pieces of gyoza, green salad, gomai, and 6 pieces of dynamite rolls which are not tiny cheap rolls. It is always fresh and I am never dissapointed. The price is even better. $9.95 for all of that and I always have leftovers. The waitresses are always super friendly and quick. They also have other sushi roll combos and rice and noodle dishes reasonably priced as well. This place is always busy during the lunch hour so call for reservations if you're with a larger party. A must try!!
We recently tried this place fo the first and second time. We ordered take-out both times. First off the food is prepared by Japanese people. You can not always say that about a Sushi/Japanese rest. in Vancouver. The first time we ordered a combo dinner #6. There were 3 different rolls in the combo; Dynomite( yam and prawn inside,) a california roll and a ebi maki roll( whole shrimp and avacodo.) Included was miso soup. The cost was $8.75. A little high priced then other places where I have had a simular combo though totally worth it for the quality and size of the rolls. We also ordered cream corn croquette. They were wonderful! There were 3 large croquettes that needed to be cut into 4 small pieces since they were so big. We also ordered ebi sunomono salad. It was good. They have sunomono salads that have ebi, crab and octopus all together. We would like to try one of those sometime. They are $4.95, so they would be worth it when ordering only a roll.
The second take-out order was the combo #6, a veggie roll and agedashi tofu. Again the quality was excellent. I have heard from other people that they also have off the menu specials that are for eat-in only as well as lunch combo specials. We will have to try the this rest. for lunch sometime.
Went there today for lunch with the Mrs. The Mrs. ordered lunch Box A (chicken teriyaki, gyoza, dynamite roll, gomae, etc.). There was a little too much sauce on the chicken teriyaki. The gyoza didn't taste very good. The dynamite roll was fairly small, but the favor was decent.
I ordered the Box C (beef teriyaki, california roll, misc sushi, chicken karaage). The beef teriyaki and karaage were pretty standard stuff. The california roll was quite small and had too much mayo. The sushi tasted quite fresh, however was a little warmer than I like it. If I could give the restaurant a 2.5 for food I would have given them that rather than a 2.
Service and ambiance were pretty solid. I may consider going back to try some different items.
I have been to Applause about 5 times now and have left satisfied each time.
The service is pleasant and polite.
The restaurant is clean as are the washrooms. Tables have enough space about them and chairs are solidly comfortable.
The rolls are always fresh tasting and the wasabi has a good kick to it.
Overall, I would have to say it ranks up there with Shiro and Toshi's in terms of value, pricing and freshness of sushi.
My favourite roll is the Caterpiller roll and my friend always orders Lunch box D.
This restaurant took over what was once JapOne. It has retained much of its predecessor's ambiance. The bento boxes are on the $10+ range, but that's also due to a larger serving size.
Expect a nice, cozy time and enjoy your meal. Whether it's take-away or having lunch or dinner there, the service is somewhat on the slow side. On my few occasions of visiting here, the fastest take-away was 45 minutes (for a single dish), and eating in took at least 40 minutes for the food to come out.
I've been dining here for about a year and the standard has gone down a lot compared to when I first started going. Example is the B.C roll. I used to love ordering it b/c they were the few restaurants that had crisp salmon skin, however lately the few times I've tried it the skin has been soggy and gross. Last week went with my friend and both ordered lunch combos, and the Salmon Nigiri turned out nasty and fishy (and this wasn't the first time I've had bad fish there) Today I also ordered a beef terri don for my bro and he commented that the standard has gone down, and the cut of the meat was not very good...very rubbery and nasty. The service there, is ..well abit slow. The waitresses are polite but it can be hard to flag them down at times. Overall I will be avoiding this place for awhile. Hope the standards improve .....
I've come here a couple times with the parents since its close to their house and have been very happy each time. The food is very good and the fish is very fresh. My favourite dish is probably the miso eggplant though...I've had this dish at a few different places around Vancouver, and its up there with the best of them. The only complaint if I were to be picky would be that I think the tempura has a little too much batter so I would take off some of the batter before eating it, but it is still very good. The best part about this place for me is the customer service though. Each time i've gone, the service has been extremely fast and the servers are very polite. I will be visiting them again in the future.
I live in this area and saw this location's predecessor totally miss the target demographic with a half hearted attempt at an izakaya. This reinvention sticks to the basics of sushi and sashimi which is more suited for the marpole area.
If you are to compare apples to apples this restaurant is a solid 4.5 in the sushi eatery category. Their sashimi and sushi are way above average for their price point. Their rolls aren't standout but I would say it's difficult to judge quality of fish based on rolls as other ingredients mask the taste and the fish gets all chopped up. It's when you get the sushi that you notice how much better their fish is than any other sushi restaurant in the same price range. Their tuna sushi is only 1.25/ piece and it is as good as 2.75 tuna sushi that i've had at other higher end japanese restaurants. For 1.25 it's a steal. The tuna is flavourful, the appropriate temperature and melts in your mouth. Almost all other restaurants in this price range serve hunks of square cut tuna that has a much rougher texture and a bland tasteless flavour. I would describe the latter as almost meaty which i used to believe raw tuna to be. Good tuna should have the flavour of toro and a similar consistency. This place kills it.
What else is good? Their saba (mackeral) sushi and their uni sushi. Uni is also one that tends to be poorly done in mid-ranged restaurants (Probably due to lack of turnover) and can often taste fishy. Their's has been consistently fresh.
Their sushi is genuinely priced quite cheap and if you do a quick comparison you find that it's even cheaper than the sashimi- whereupon with most restaurants it's the sashimi that is higher priced.
Thinking about the sushi makes me want to go back (and I've been there the past 2 days in a row)
The rolls? They're fine. If you're judging sushi based solely on rolls then I'm gonna venture a guess that there is a price conscious aspect to your valuation. This place has average sized rolls so you get a fair value but it'll never be as cheap as say.. samurai (If you're into that kind of stuff)
I frequent japanese eateries as it is one of my favourite foods to eat. And when I say it is my favourite food I mean that I eat out everynight at either my favourite haunts or somewhere new. I found that it is next to impossible to compare japanese cuisine unless you pick a couple of common food items on the menu that most japanese places carry. I chose the chicken udon, ebi gyoza, and the california rolls. I rated these items on the basis of size, quality of ingredients, and taste. Although I didn't care for the chicken udon, I found the chicken to be boiled and tasteless, I did love the ebi gyoza. It was perfect. The shrimps are not small and missing tails, nor are they smelling like last weeks catch. I also loved the california rolls because they are made to order. A lot of places will leave you feeling ill when you leave but not once in the 48 times have a felt sick (and i have a weak stomach). The servers are extremely friendly and always remember a face. When you leave there is a thank you from every staff member working as they pride themselves on customer service. All in all I find that this is one of the best places to go whether its a date, or just friends hanging out.
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