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Bentei Sushi

2893 Grandview Highway
Vancouver, BC V5M2E1
Tel: (604) 436-0890
Fax: (604) 568-0741
Neighbourhood: East Vancouver
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11AM - 9PM, Sun: Closed
  • At Bentei sushi, you can dine on the freshest and finest Japanese Cuisine at reasonable prices for eat in or take out.

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it's ok
By hungryjo of Vancouver (174 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 5:38pm [Dine in]

I often crave for sushi but I do not want to go too far from my house. It's either this or Riz. I go to Riz regularly and wanted to give this place a try. There's always parking available at night. I've been here 3 times.
First time I went, I noticed that it's owned by Japanese people so I was a lil relieved.
One thing that I didn't like was that they're nicer to Caucasians. I'm Canadian born Chinese. When I went in, they said hi, which is fine by me. But then a Caucasian stepped in and they'll go hi, how are you? In a very enthusiastic tone and a big smile on their face like they're made out of gold. I hate being treated differently.
The food is decent. I normally have miso soup, salmon sashimi and toro nigiri. The miso soup was average. I've tried better. The salmon sashimi is sometimes good and sometimes mushy. The toro is fresh.
Service is ok. The server always ask me how the food is.

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Not bad, but not Fab
By mapia of Port Moody, Greater Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 10:43pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here 3 times now, more out of convenience than for anything else. I have to say, the sushi is actually pretty good. But the prices are too high for what you get, especially considering the prices everywhere else. Having said that, an extra 50 cents for an oshinko roll is not going to bankrupt most people. Don't go out of your way, but stop in if you need a quick bite and are nearby. Try the dynamite and house special rolls.

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Don't even go there
By kalena86 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 21, 2009 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

I used to go here on a regular basis back since 2006 until the owners changed.

Not knowing the owners changed, I ordered my usual items but the lady kept correcting me on what they had which was odd.

Went there and picked it up.

Vegetable udon (wanted the Bentei Udon); soggy noodles, strange vegetables and bland taste. Could not finish it.

BC rolls; too big, too many strange vegetables in it, smothered in teriyaki sauce that was too garlicy.

Salmon rolls had green onion in it...are they trying to enhance the taste?

Chicken teriyaki; the chicken was too fatty and it was rubbery.

Never felt so ripped off with such poor quality food. Yes, they have improved on the atmosphere but it is not worth going here. Its sad the they shares the same name as the Broadway Burnaby location which serves good quality food. Its sad that its been sold to new owners who don't know what Japanese food is like.

Save your money and take a trip out to the Broadway Burnaby location!

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Tiny lil place
By Pucca of Coquitlam (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 7:36am [Dine in]

Food was alright. My sister loved their dynamite rolls, but who wouldn't love dynamite rolls, right? nothing really special about their food and I would expect it to be a little cheaper for the quality of sushi they dish out.
Service was nice though. Our server always came back to refill our teas but was never smothering like some other servers.
It's a tiny little sushi place and it felt like one of those tiny little sushi places where they have mass produced chairs that you can get at Costco with some cheap tables.
I would go back if I didn't feel like having McD across the street and they actually had more than two parking stalls, which are always filled up.

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Not worth your $$
By Food-luver of downtown Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 16, 2010 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

I used to go to Bentei when it was still Japanese owned I remember it being quite good.

I know they have changed ownership and was VERY displeased with the food. I was craving sushi and it's close by so I decided to do a take out order. I chose the Tekka maki and salmon maki.

The tuna and the salmon in the Hoso-maki-zushi were TINY!! I really mean TINY!! It looked the size of wasabi that is usually in the maki sushi.

I couldn't even taste the tuna or the Salmon in the rolls because the lack of fish. I couldn't beleive my eyes! I showed it to my mother and she laughed. We are Japanese. She said "It looks like the scraps we would throw away" . The tuna was all stringy and when i opened the roll, the fish was about half the size of the diamter of a pencil no joke!! The fish didn't even reach the other side of the roll. so basically the size of the eraser on a pencil.

I will NEVER go back there again. Not worth your money at all. The worst sushi ever! I wish i took pictures. I thought it was a joke!

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Got ripped off!
By m1ke11y of N. Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 10, 2011 - 7:25pm [Take-out]

You do not get what you pay for. When I checked the take out boxes it shocked me because it felt very light. I order the assorted sashimi and I love sashimi, The tuna (maguro) was 1/4''x 1''1/4''x 1''1/2'' thick 4 pieces.The salmon, (sake) was the same but there was 2 tiny extra pieces 1/4''x 1/2''x1/2'', god knows why?
Also 4 pieces of raw prawns (amaebi). 2 pieces of scallops (hotategai) about the size of a nickel and I swear it was cut in half to make 2 pieces and that was it. Value $13.75+ sale tax. I could have put it all inside of a squash ball, you know the little blue ones.
I also ordered 3 pieces of salmon roe, (ikura) value $1.95 each. $ .45 cents more than anywhere else and it was the first time I could see the rice through roe and one order of spinach, (gomaae) value $2.95 which was the only thing good but half the size of anywhere else.
Excuse the details but I felt it was needed
I am a sushi lover and there is not many places in North Burnaby that do not know my face and it's not because I always tip a looney or 2 for the take out. I always go to Sushi Town. not giving them a plug here because they don't need it they do well. I live close to Bentei's and used to go there before The previous owner was good but I thought I would give them a try today. I will never go back!
Mike

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Do yourself a favour
By dribs of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 1, 2009 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

And skip this restaurant. I think I could have made better sushi myself. We ordered the Yam Tempura and it was extremely greasy. Negitoro roll was pretty much just rice, I couldn't even taste the tuna or green onion. Gyozas... mah, seemed dried out on stop and soggy on the bottom. And the Tuna and Salmon Maki lacked flavour. I most definitely won't go back there again. Too bad my regular restaurant was closed, this place is more expensive and the food was the worst.

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Worst Japanese food experience
By espressomatic of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

Not sure how such a dive has managed to stay open so long!

Salmon Kama was hard fried on the outside, raw on the inside with fluid blood!

Gyoza were old and oily, the skin was rehydrated and chewy ~ but the server insisted that he SAW them being made fresh.

Teriyaki sauce likely came straight off a store shelf, and it wasn't good either.

Chicken yakisoba resembled a stir fry, served on a warm metal dish ~ not sizzling. After a few minutes, the moisture from the vegetables turned the whole platter into a soupy mess. Gross.

On account of the salmon kama, the entire meal was taken back. I ordered the assorted tempura. These tempura pieces were cooked in a batter coating more appropriate for pub-style fish & chips. To make matters worse, the vegetable pieces were old and partly dried out.

Sushi rice was too sticky, the sushi pieces themselves were loosely packed and fell apart upon attempts to pick them up with chopsticks.

These people take no pride in their product whatsoever, and should be ashamed of the trash they serve. Properly prepared dishes can be had for less money in the West End and the West Side.

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Not the same as Burnaby location
By FoodLove of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Just to warn you all that this restaurant has recently changed ownership. It is not the same as the Bentei Sushi on East Broadway in Burnaby. The menu has really changed and their prices are higher. I much prefer the old owner. I would suggest driving a little further and going to the Burnaby location where you'll get the original Bentei Sushi menu and quality.

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Skip It.
By macbin of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

Girlfriend and I tried this because it was conveniently located, and we left feeling disappointed. Can't say it was a disaster but it was probably my worst sushi experience, not that I'm a connoisseur. The food was lacklustre and the service likewise. Not much else to say. We might try it again just in case it happened to be an 'off' night.

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Expensive, not worth it
By higherme of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

wow, I don't think I will go back there for lunch again! First, the order took SO long to come. There were many take-out orders and the chefs were too busy preparing for take-outs instead of the dine in. We ordered a chicken teriyaki lunch box. Their so-called terriyakki wasn't teriyaki at all. I have never seen terriyakki chicken made with onions, red and green peppers and green vegetables. It didn't even taste like Jap. teriyaki chicken =( more like stir-fry chicken.

We also ordered one Unagi cone, which took forever to come. I don't think their chefs know what they are doing. After a while, the waitress came to tell us that they made the wrong order; they made Unagi roll instead of a cone. Another thing was the chopped scallop roll = no scallops. it was more like california roll with bits of scallop stuffed at the bottom.

Overall, the environment imrpoved since the last time I went there which was last year. More decorations more Jap resturant styles. I think they changed the owner. There wasn't a california roll + miso soup special for $3.50 anymore.
Food was horrible this time as mentioned above.
Service is okay. They apologized for our long wait for food and wrong orders, and offered the wrong order to us for free.
I think the food is expensive and not worth it.

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good for take out
By CalicoGirl of WestEnd (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 10:34pm [Dine in]

Eaten here a couple of times, but prefer to get take out or delivery.

Quite enjoy their tuna nigiri (sorry about the spelling) and the pork gyoza are really good; however, not too keen on the Kapa maki here - the seaweed tends to be dry. Food is made pretty quick which is nice.

The older lady never seems to smile or make conversation and sometimes have to wait a while to place an order or have empty plates cleared.

It's a nice bright room, but nothing special, an average Japanese restaurant.

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No good any more
By Rex of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 20, 2010 - 8:48am [Dine in]

I used to go there to have a lunch when I worked at building nearby and the food is not bad for a quick lunch.
I visited my former co-workers so we decided to met at there. I found out that the restaurant had changed the ownership, the old chef was retire? We ordered some sushi and rolls to share, The salmon was OK but the tuna and ebi were too soft (seems like a day old). We couldn't finish all even we were still hungry. So sad that the food was no good anymore and good luck for the new owner.

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