Take out and sit in sushi cafe in the heart of downtown.
I come here for lunch fairly often despite the low rating because it's close to my work, it's fast and it's cheap. I always get "Today's Special 1" which consists of 4 rolls, or 16 pieces of sushi.
The quality is definitely lacking but is actually tastier than some other fast food sushi places downtown. The biggest issues I have with the food are:
1) rolls fall apart so easily
2) "Today's Special" is never properly refrigerated per food safe standards. When I order it, they just take it already-made from the counter, beside the register and put it in a bag. I know they have a lot of customers and the turnover is so high that refrigeration isn't necessary but still... something about raw fish not being properly stored worries me.
Still, I haven't gotten sick yet and the price is right at under 7 bucks for a very filling meal.
Service is not great, and it would be nice if there was more order during the lunch rush. For example, it would be great if they separated lines for pre-orders (those who called in) and walk-ins who haven't ordered yet. I was waiting in a long line and finally when it was my turn, a man jumped the queque because he pre-ordered (but still took another 5 min. for them to serve him).
Ambiance is your average fast food sushi joint.
Will be back but will also explore other options.
I found this place when I was going to Granville skytrain station. Good inexpensive sushi place with daily specials. I got a california roll, chicken teriyaki roll and yam roll (16 pieces) for $5.95. Take-out style, but you can sit in the restaurant, and they offer tea that you can pour yourself. Been a few times, and would definitely visit again when I'm in the neighbourhood.
Located behind the Bay, this is one of the better take-out sushi places in downtown for lunch. They offer a wide range of sushi including rolls, nigiri and sashimi, all for a decent price. Their udons are delicious and for $5.25, it's a steal for a huge bowl noodles. They also have a huge selection of well made Korean favourits such as bibimbap and bulgogi. To get the freshest sushi, do not order the pre-made sushi rolls. They've been sitting on the counter for awhile, although I have to admit it is much quicker.
The sushi here is simple - it's fresh because it's so busy, and cheap because of the volume (or farmed?). It tastes good but not delicious, but you can't expect much from a fast food sushi place. I trust them for a good, non-soggy seaweed, fresh fish sushi lunch.
Once, however, I was asked to wait 25 mins for my sushi order, because they couldn't keep up with orders. However, that only happened once. The other times, the waits were usually <10 mins.
Not the best in town, bet I have been back several times. The taste is overall good and consistent.
Not a big fan of eating in as the place is a bit windy with the front door repeatedly opening and not the best ambiance overall.
Great spinach gomae!
Went there for lunch, got chicken bento and some assorted sushi with miso soup. All food was pleasant, and pretty much standard when compared to the regular Japanese food joints. I wanted to order sashimi but after seeing how small and thin they are I decided to skip.
I was waiting for my order about 18 minutes, and other people were complaining about them taking at least half an hour to complete an order. So if you want to go there for a sort lunch, go else where.
While I was waiting I was able to see all their kitchen and cooking since it is an open kitchen concept. This is where I knew I would not be coming back again.
1. The whole staff in the kitchen looked like it was their first day in this restaurant. Cooks were reading "stickies" and notes with regulations in the kitchen. Line cooks were all very inexperienced, and took extremely long to put all the dishes together.
2. They have a conveyor system of preparation, where all of their cooks touch your dish before it is put together.
It seriously grossed me out.
Chicken, prawns, sushi, and the rest were all handled by different people with their bare hands numerous times. I was thinking about leaving at that point.
3. By the time all those cooks put the dish together it is already luke warm.
Bottom line: Regular Japanese food. Skinny sashimi. Very long service, and big gross factor on handling the food.
OK, first, I'm a sushi/sashimi junkie. I tend to try to find cheap, fast, and good sushi places. We probably have more of these than anywhere else in North America. It's dirt cheap but sometimes you eat dirt.
I do go to the place a lot but:
1. It can be busy. If you are in a hurry at lunch, the lineups can be a killer. The food is produced fast (earning top marks in the "fast food") side most other times than peak.
2. The premade specials are great for the lunch rush but they need to refrigerate the stuff. It's not that hard is it? Do that or put times on the production so you get a sense that it's not an early batch (I don't think it is but there's no checks).
3. The sashimi is fabulous for the price and the sashimi bento is the best value in town in my opinion.
4. What turned me off (for about 5 minutes) was seeing the main chef one day leave his station (during a non-busy period), walk to the garbage in the customer area, change the bag, bring it near the back, leaving there as he promptly resumed making sushi (my order). Now, come on! I was speechless. If my friends did that, I wouldn't let them off the hook for years! If they do this in front of customers, god knows what they do when they aren't looking? Hopefully the visit by the VCH health inspectors will bring the point home.
But hey, as I said, I'm a junkie so until I find a better cheap place, I'm still going back. I knew a restaurant expert once (one in the business) and she *never* went to restaurants because she knew too much :-)
A great place for a quick lunch. They have the best and cheapest spicy chirashi don I've ever had. They serve the sashimi on a bed of salad and sushi rice with a hint of sesame oil and spicy sauce on the side. Mmmmm so good. I also really love their gyoza, which are very big and juicy. The rest of the food there is decent for the price. They have a large selection of bento boxes and some korean dishes. Sometimes the wait for the food can be long if you go during lunch hour, but they are getting better.
I am surprised to see some poor and sub-par reviews for this place. I don't say this lightly, but this is easily my favorite sushi restaurant in the entire city. Their sushi is always so fresh and delicious, with hearty rolls and thick sashimi. Plus their deals cannot be beat. I always order the "number one" special, which, although varying in exact composition, always consists of around 15 pieces for about $5.75. A better deal is hard to find, especially considering the quality!
True, they make you wait to be served, and their "take a number" system is a bit old-fashioned. But at least you know your food is being prepared with care, and it will taste all the better once you receive it.
Honestly, I can't say enough good things about this place. I always take guests from out-of-town here, and they always leave as happy as I do. I very rarely go to other sushi places, in fact, as this one has kind of left me spoiled.