BC Sushi, fomerly called Yukiyama, is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant on Broadway in Kitsilano. They also offer an a la carte menu.
If it weren't for the fact that its so close to UBC I doubt I would even be stepping foot in here. Sure, its all you can eat, but if you are leaving still feeling hungry, the name kind of defeats the purpose, amirite?
The occasion for coming here was after school lunch. I don't remember the quality of the food being so bad. The sushi is very low quality and I don't even have very high standards when it comes to an AYCE place. My salmon roll was badly done and had way too much rice for my liking, just to fill you up I suspect. The nigiri was an even bigger disappointment.
Not so sure I should continue compromising quality over quantity, just for the sake of my wallet. Health comes first?
I patron here periodically with my cousin and some of my friends. It's pretty good food and the service is a little bit better than other AYCE sushi bars that we have gone to such as Sui Sha Ya where serivce there is average at best.
Anyhow, the staff here seems pleasant and friendly and though at times they may forget or simply not bring all items that we requested the last time we came (Last Tuesday) they didn't forget a single item (and we were a party of 4)...that was unusual, but nice
I noticed that they have a pretty good menu actually which great selection (of course it's menu A, B and C) so pretty much for AYCE everyone is entitled to Menu A, and then I think to go for menu A and B costs and additional $5 (Prices are different depending on what time of day you go....I think the most I paid for AYCE was about $23 including taxes...Menu A and B) but seriously for AYCE it is a good deal especially if you are a big eater. and they have lots of good food. My favourite is the tonkatsu, the chicken Karrage, thier BBQ wings and thier salmon...ALL TASTY and more. If you like Japanese and alot of it, I would definatly come to this place, and I notice the service is better than Sui Sha Ya.
Value? Well as I said before, it's all you can eat, so unless you are as thin as a stick and don't eat much, for around $20 to eat as much as you want warrents 5 stars for Value. I'm telling you it is very good food
Went for the AYCE,and decided to go for the ABC menu,whch is the top priced choice. You can have A, A and B,or ABC,at 3 different prices.
Got seated right away,place was busy. Was nicely surprised by the selection on the menu. The Dragon roll alone was a nice change.
The roll selection alone is huge,and covers all kinds.
Over all,the food was good. However,the Ika Karrage came out tasting of burnt oil.,and the Kaki Pon had a strange aftertaste.
The solid hits for me were the deep fried spicy prawns,the dragon roll,and the Amaebi sashimi.
The only real complaint is the common one for Sushi joints. They never bring all that you order.it took a really long time to get all our items,and of course you have a time limit.granted,they were busy,but it would be nice to get everything you ordered within a reasonable amount of time. It took an hour to get our fried items.
Definitely a place i will return to.
I tried the late night AYCE sushi and had a mostly pleasant experience. The selection was pretty good, and the food was better than average for this sort of place. The calamari was particularly noteworthy, as were the chicken wings. And the sushi was good, too.
The restaurant was full, and the servers were working really hard to keep up, so I have no complaints about the service. The hot orders were a bit long getting to the table though. As far as ambience, it wasn't great. I also found grease on my plate and a bit of sauce on my napkin before the food arrived. That was kinda gross...
Overall, I would say this place is good value for the money if you aren't too picky. It brings back happy memories of Bino's, and its a lot closer to home than Richmond Sushi :) .
Food: There was an extensive all you can eat menu but we were in a hurry so ordered a la carte. I liked how the tempura had a lot of crunchy batter and wasn't at all soggy. Chicken teriyaki was good but you can't mess that up. The california rolls were kinda mushy but were still ok. Sushi was good (wasn't frozen like a lot of other "japanese" places).
Service: Food came very promptly and we were given drinks right away. However, they forgot my miso soup and ebi sunomono and we had to ask for it in the end. We got an extra miso soup out of it but never received my ebi sunomono. They are also so concerned with clearing plates quickly that they'll start doing the whole clean up bit while you're still sitting there. A waiter dropped some plates on some customers behind me cuz he tried to grab too many at once... :(
Ambiance: Very typical. Nothing special.
May go back if I'm in the neighbourhood and need a quick bite for cheap. My bf and I were able to get full off of $24 after tax! Of course the all you can eat is much more expensive (20 or 23 per person depending on what all you can eat menu you choose) but no need for it when you can get full from just the a la carte menu which can end up being much cheaper.
The service was good for an all you can eat-ery. We were served promptly and always received exactly what was ordered which I have had a problem with somethimes in other all you can eat sushi places. The food came out fast, almost too fast. Like it was sitting on the counter waiting to be served. Sure enough, the hot dishes were cold. The sushi was not fresh. Overall, the food was just plain bad. I am probably being generous with a food rating of 2. I will not return.
Went for a snack after a hockey game and found that the late night AYCE was a better deal than ordering a la carte. I don't know when it starts but it was on at 9:30. A standard menu for $11 then you can expand and include sashimi and some other things for $4 more. The standard was pretty good with lots of sushi and hot items. Sushi was good and fresh as well as the rolls tried (scallop, cali, tuna). Gyoza were good as well. The bad part was the oyster motoyaki, it came in a tin dish and there were no oysters, just small bits of scallops. Service was fast and efficient. Would return for a late night, but don't know if it's worth a full price.
I hadn't eaten all day and while out with a group of friends, one of them suggested this place. Thinking back I could've done without eating but at the moment we all obliged.
It was still busy at around 10:30pm when we filed in, and the front staff told us that AYCE was doing last call in about 10 minutes. There is no order sheet so we just started barking out dishes to order. While there is a good selection to choose from, the food standard here just passes as edible. The rice on the nigiri, cones and rolls were mostly hard, while there were a few pieces where it was as soft as mush..thawed? The chicken teriyaki tasted burnt, but didn't look overdone, yet the batter was not fully cooked either. Those chicken wings had that 3 day old poultry smell and taste, but came out hot. The pollock in the california rolls were a suspicious near paste consistency, and those gyozas, it plain tasted strange. Most of the dishes appeared to be made in advance and left to sit before served.
Service is the absolute minimal, they tossed our dishes on whatever space was available at the table and will lean across to do it. A missed a few orders, but they do clear empty dishes quickly, I was able to get an extra set of chopsticks immediately, they refill waters (no tea, though) and we even got a couple of thank yous on the way out. From beginning to end, we were done and had left in less than 50 minutes. Record time.
The space looks clean from the wait area, but some areas are claustrophobic, our booth complete with greasy table and with broken bench seat and all.
This place is for those with little to no discriminating taste, so don't eat here and gripe afterwards if you anticipate paltry on your plate. It meets the need to feed the hungry for cheap at the cost of (substandard) quality. It didn't make me sick..frankly I felt great afterwards but I doubt I'd be back.
We normally dont come out to this part of town, let alone for sushi, but we were in the area and my bf had heard about this place so we decided to give it a try.
Food: we had the all you can eat lunch. the menu had a pretty wide selection. typical chinese run japanese place quality. the menu says bbq corn, but it's more like steamed corn.
Service: food comes out very quickly. plates cleared and water/tea refilled quickly. the service there is more about efficiency than anything.
Ambiance: nothing really stood out. nothing really special.
Overall: if i'm in the area again, i wouldn't mind coming back. be prepared to go for a walk after all you can eat tho!
After a friend recommended getting take out from here, we read that they had AYCE sushi. We were a bit wary after reading the reviews on Dinehere.ca.
When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, it was busy, but not packed. We were seated promptly.
The AYCE menu has a decent number of items for the "non sashimi" area. The extra cost for the Sashimi didn't worth it for us, as the list of raw items was quite sparse for lunch.
Overall the food was passable. As you would expect with AYCE, you get smaller pieces of fish, and more rice with everything, but the rolls and nigiri were well formed and appetizing looking, which isn't always the case for AYCE. As with many non-Japanese run places, they don't know how to make proper sushi rice. There's not even a hint of sushi vinegar in the rice, which makes the rolls a little on the bland side. Still edible though.
The Service was suprisingly good, considering the poor reviews from others. Our empty plates were removed promptly, and our tea cups refilled quickly. There was always a waiter around to take our order when we wanted to add additional items.
The ambiance was just fine. The restaurant was somewhat modern, and seemed relatively clean.
Overall, it was an experience to try, but we probably won't be making any special trips to visit BC Sushi again as there are many superior places to eat.
Came here with some co-workers after work one nite. As one of us was craving sushi and being quite late this was the place they picked. Well the service was okay and the sushi wasn't very good. You could tell that they use very cheap ingredients and low quality fish, not fresh at all. I would not recommend this place to anyone, just not good quality.
This place is a really good one if you love fish. I do, so I love BC sushi
Their rolls are OK, I like their selection of different kinds of seafood such as octopus (generous portions), grilled mackerel (so so good) and, importantly, unlimited sashimi at lunch! Take that Tomokazu and Shabusen! But really, if you love sashimi you are really gonna get your 15$ worth here.
However, you probably wont be getting everything you ordered (in fact, I have been like 5 times and have still never gotten my butter octopus, somehow)
BAD sunomono, no gommae, good tempura, bad noodles.
I would say that BC sushi is somewhere in the middle of Tan Popo and Shabusen. The service was excellent and very friendly. We had the all you eat lunch which offered some different selection from other all you eat outlets. I would have to try them again for dinner before I made a real decision. Great value for the price.
tried this place out with a couple of friends on a weekend night because i was starving and i felt after this place did a good job of satisfying my hunger.
the food is average, you can taste that the sushi is not the freshest out there like some of the other japanese restaurants nor are most of the other dishes on the menu. there is no limit on sashimi which is good and their deep fried scallops are pretty tasty. for what its worth, the food is overall solid.
in terms of service, there isnt any. waiters and waitresses are there to take your order and after that, you are basically on your own. grab your own refills, grab your extra napkins, and whatever else you need.
ayce pricing on a weekend night was around 15 or 16 bucks, cant remember. that is an alright price but there are cheaper prices around town (just have to find them).
the ambiance is just like any other japanese restaurants. the environment is loud mostly with all the talking from all the other customers. that is expected with an ayce place.
bc sushi definitely took away that hunger, i ate til i could no longer eat. however, that is all it did.
Every time I go into the restaurant, I'm reminded of the many breakfasts we had here in its' former incarnation (Bino's). We have dined here a number of times in its' current state. For some reason, the quality has gone down a bit since the name changed from Yukiyama to BC Sushi. When we first ate here over a year ago, the service and food were pretty good for the all-you-can-eat menu. Never tried the a la carte menu. Recently, however, the service has been kinda hit and miss. We have sat for quite a while without any service, and while our first orders would come out, ordering a second round would usually result in many missed items. Their Seafood Motoyaki used to be really good - now it's a lot smaller, and not as flavourful. I might give it another chance. I noticed they were advertising all-you-can-eat breakfast a little while ago....wonder what that involved? Don't see that sign up anymore!
This has become our regular take out sushi place in the neighbourhood, after trying a few others around Broadway/Arbutus/4th. We usually only order the basic rolls: California, dynamite, spicy tuna, etc, or terriyaki don, but it's always tasty. The food is always ready quickly and we've never had any screw ups with the orders. It's not GREAT, but it's consistently quite good.
Late evening meal for me and my girlfriend in July 2011.
We weren't made to feel important while waiting to be seated - so much so we thought they'd forgotten about us. Once seated our table and plates weren't properly clean, this is a simple expectation wherever anyone eats out... Wasabi was already on the table (how long had it been there? I want mine fresh with the meal), we didn't order sushi but a curry and noodles. Chicken in the curry was mostly gristle and very poor cuts of meat (seriously cheap), rice was not freshly cooked (very bulky). Beef noodles were acceptable.
Service was way below average - especially slow.
We left disappointed and will not go back.
Been here a couple of times with a group of 4-6 but never got around to putting a review in.
Food: Overall, I would say the food is solid. The edamame I ordered came out cold but on the other hand, the tonkatsu I ordered came out hot and tasty. There isn't a real big selection of food, but it's worth the price(11$-12$).
Service: Average. Sometimes I would have a hard time communicating in English to one of the waiters or waitresses for more tea refills, napkins, or food orders.
Area: Don't expect too much from an AYCE restaurant, they're not always "clean". Make sure to double check your plates and tea cups before using.
A good place for late night AYCE.
I have been a long time AYCE Sushi fan. I have been coming to BC Sushi since it was Yukiyama back in early 2000. I have seen it change from a great place (Yukiyame) to BC Sushi, where it was good, then changed ownership and was TERRIBLE and then changed ownership again, I think around 2008-09 I think.
I am a HUGE eater and have eaten sushi all over Vancouver and Japan. First off the sushi is OK, not great, but OK.
People complain they don't get their full orders. That happens at any AYCE sushi. It is to try to get you full to save costs. The next reason why it takes so long? it is so your stomach gets full. I have studied the human body extensively, and there is basically a window that you can put a lot of food into your system to a certain time, and then it starts to realize it gets full. This is why your first order is VERY quick, then the following are usually slower. The service is not great, and items are routinely "forgotten" from your order.
To all the people who gripe and complain saying it is terrible and will never go there again. Please remind yourself. you are PAYING $10.95!!! COME ON PEOPLE. I just went to Handi on Dunbar for 4 people, not even eating that much,with 5 beers total, the bill was $140 after tip. You get what you pay for. You are paying $11.30 before tip on menu A, you are going to get $11.30 worth of service. How is the service at Subway? Pita Pit? McDonalds? And don't just say its good because you get it fast either!
If you want EXCELLENT service and GREAT sushi, go somewhere else. Go and pay $50 p/p or more at Tojo's to get full. But don't come to AYCE for $11.30 and then have the Audacity to complain and say it was poor quality and poor service.
If you have ever run a business, or worked in a restaurant you would know these things. Each AYCE person only nets around $5 p/p sometimes less, after paying staff, paying rent, paying for food and paying all other bills. So please, the next time you come to an AYCE sushi place, shove your face as full as you can, pay $11.30 and then wonder why the service wasn't that great, maybe cosider not being so cheap and going to a more expensive restaurant. I can understand all the complaining if you were paying $20-$30 p/p...but you are not! It's like flying 1st class or Business class, compared to flying on a Cargo plane.
Overall, the food is decent for what you pay. Service, about what you would expect from someone making minimum wage and CHEAP UBC students or whomever leaving 10% or less for a TIP.
Since writing-off BC Sushi three weeks ago, I've meant to submit my own review. Tonight, having ordered from it's neighbour, Temaki Sushi, I have been reminded of why I should never have given BC Sushi more than one opportunity to keep me as a customer. (I'm sticking with Temaki. MUCH better!)
If you've read other reviews about BC Sushi, you'll have noticed the consistently-shared opinions of others:
* terrible service.
* incredibly rude owners & servers.
Believe it. People have not exaggerated.
I work in a nearby office, where many colleagues order from BC Sushi due to their economical AYCE fare & generous bento boxes. Sometimes, we dine-in (the noisy, shabby digs). Other times, we order for pick-up. Since December, I've probably spent about $200 at BC Sushi, both dining in and taking out.
Every single time: rude service, dismissive owners/servers, whom seem to treat their customers like a herd of cattle. No "please", no "thank you", no smiles, no warmth, no acknowledgment of returning customers, being grunted at on the telephone, and just ... an over-all lack of consideration.
Upon my final experience there, picking-up a take-out order, I was treated as though I had "interrupted" a conversation between two young, Asian women (conversing in Mandarin or Cantonese). Upon "interrupting" them to pay for my order, they continued-on their conversation, looking at each other, grabbing my cash, and plopping my change onto the counter. No "please", and definitely no "thank you". All while the older woman (owner?) stood there ... ignoring me too.
As I stepped-back and said, "You're WELCOME! Rude!", they were too busy chatting to each other to even notice my obvious, emphasized comments. They had my money, so why should they care or listen, right?
Returning to work, pissed-off, eating my "so-so" order, I read others' reviews here, printed several pages, and highlighted others' comments about "terrible service" and "rudeness". I also wrote an accompanying letter, stating my disgust, letting them know that I would not be back.
After work, I walked back to BC Sushi, and presented a yellow envelope (my letter & those reviews) to the older woman, enforcing that I'd ordered from her business for the very last time. She played stupid, asking myself, "When did this happen?"
Hello! She'd stood right there, next to the rude girls, a mere two hours earlier. She didn't recognize me, probably hadn't noticed their blatant rudeness (because she herself is, at times, rude too) and offered a weak apology.
Nope. Not going back. Their sushi isn't anything to write home about, the restaurant itself (old booths from Binos, dirty, noisy, tacky) is extremely unappealing, and no self-respecting person should ever patronize a business with such rude, ungrateful, dismissive owners/employees. They don't deserve to receive my money, nor does ANY customer deserve such unacceptable rudeness.
Temaki Sushi: I've been a customer for five years. Excellent people, good sushi, warm, inviting, clean ... everything that BC Sushi never has been, nor ever will be.
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