Downtown Sushi Bar is a Japanese restaurant on Davie Street.
After half an hour of walking down Davie Street trying to decide where to eat, my friends and I decided to try Downtown Sushi Bar. I've been here before when it was an awesome pizza joint with great calzones, too bad it's no longer there. I know, we could have gone to Samurai, but why not try something new and maybe discover another great restaurant. Well, although there were quite a bit of people eating here, it was no Samurai. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't terrific either. One friend and I both got the all-day terriyaki box for $8.95 which consists of 6 pc. Cali roll, salad, tempura and chicken terriyaki on rice. Not a bad price at all, but I've had better. My other friend ordered a bunch of little things. Salmon sashimi, gomae, ebi sunomuno and a yam and avocado roll. She commented on a nice tasting sunomuno, but had a very bad review on her sashimi. The presentation was excellent: a vibrant red meat with virtually no visible fat. But the taste was where it lost points. She said it tasted gritty and sort of artificial. She used her chopstick and gently pressed down on one piece and it effortlessly gave a clean break like she used a knife. A little weird.
The service wasn't horrible, they were quite nice actually, but they don't seem to like to smile a whole lot. And when we got refills on our tea, it wasn't hot.
I would come here again, but only if I was starving and can't wait in line at Samurai.
Why are people comparing this sushi restaurant with another 2 blocks down the street? It might not be the best sushi in town but the prices at Downtown are excellent and the food is freshly made to order. As far as service goes our server was exceptional, welcomed me back (I hadn't been there for over 6 months) and very professional throughout the meal. I like their daily specials and lunch boxes. Maybe for $7 a person my expectations are more realistic than others.
I REALLY like this place. It's no Tojo's, but it's a lot cheaper and user-friendly. The Nabeyeki Udon is a treat, try it! Service is great, really friendly. I always went at around 2:00pm which was nice since it wasn't that busy at that time.
I used to be a regular dine in/take out from here but not anymore. It seems after the renovations, the prices went up and everything else went down. I hadn't dined in for awhile and took my boyfriend thinking it would be good but was embarrassed to have suggested it when they brought us dirty plastic cups for our water and tea (we had to ask for clean cups) and plastic dishes. The food was okay but our salmon sashimi had ice crystals all through it & there was a long wait in between food where he had to go up eventually to ask our server if they had forgotten it as she wasn't checking on her tables. Definitely disappointed.
I'm not a sushi expert so I cant really comment on the food - I dont have any complains on that front; my major gripe with this place is the service. No eye contact, no pleasantries, ignored half the time. I went in to get some takeout once and eventually when someone noticed me standing there, menu in hand and an expectant look on my face, I was treated to a petulant stare while I gave them my order followed by a hand reaching out to take my credit card out of my hand after I pulled it out of my wallet. No "Thank you, that will be $X - are you paying by card? Please come this way to the machine."
The following is something you will not hear at this place:
"How are you?"
"Table for 2?"
"Please take a seat and I will be with you in a minute"
"You are welcome"
"That will be $X please"
"Is everything ok?"
"Can I get you anything else?"
"Thank you and come again!"
"Would you mind coming with me to the credit card terminal - it's over here"
I understand that english is not the staff's strong suit but there is no attempt at being friendly. I've never seen a smile from any of the staff there. Opening hours are somewhat erratic too.
I used to be a regular at this restaurant for a few years. The food was always fresh, the service was good and the prices were reasonable.
They made a huge mistake when they renovated by putting the prices up ($6.95 for adamame) , reducing the portion size and quality. I went when they reopened. Boy was I ever disappointed. My salmon sashimi was soggy, the portions were very small and the service was terrible.
I never went back!! There are better sushi places down the street! avoid this place at ALL costs!
After reading some of the reviews here I decided to give this restaurant a try. This turns out to be a big mistake. My boyfriend ordered one of their boxes (chicken i believe) and it arrived at our table after 2 minutes..we both appreciate fast service, but that seemed quite suspicious. His rice was probably one of the worst ones he ever ordered in a restaurant, definitely NOT japanese rice. My food (sushi combo) arrived 12 minutes later (my boyfriend had almost finished his food) and the california, bc, and dynamite rolls tasted bland and boring. They seem to put avocado into every roll and the avocado was already half brown and not fresh. Our Las Vegas roll arrived after we had both finished eating and again, the only thing I could taste was avocado.
We also never got tea refills even though we asked for it twice.
Yes it is cheap, but its really not worth it. There are many many better places in Vancouver.
I've only visited this restaurant 3 times in the past, all for take-out, and i've never run into any problems, with service or food. Tonight I ordered a negitoro don to go. It's not on the menu, however they do make negitoro rolls and cones, so to make the rice bowl version is a cinch. The waitress puts the order in, I pay, and all is fine and dandy until they show me the completed order, and here's where the problems began. They separated the rice and fish into 2 different containers. Why? They have take-out bowls so there was no reason for them to separate the 2. Here's the next thing, the fish they gave me were big slices of toro. Period. Not minced toro w/ green onion, just toro by the slice. I question the sushi chef, and he seemed VERY confused, but i mean negitoro is so straight forward, and they have it on the so i don't know why he was arguing in the first place. Next, he tells me the reason they separate the rice from the fish was because the rice was warm, and that if they put the fish directly on the rice, the fish would get cooked. Um, Excuse me??! Did he just say they use warm rice to make sushi??? GAG! I ask him straight up, is this the rice you make sushi with, and he says, yes. He tells me sushi rice SHOULD be warm, which is laughable. Sushi rice should be room temperature. I ask him, then aren't you afraid the raw fish will get cooked in your sushi rolls, and he didn't understand my logic, even though he JUST said the exact same thing. He argues with me about how the rice should be warm and that any sushi place who doesn't use it is bad quality. Are you freakin kidding me? i've been to japan and i love sushi, and i've never had a single warm sushi roll in my life. I know I probably sounded rude and arrogant - i am a waitress myself so i don't consider myself fussy at all. But when people don't do things properly and can't even comprehend the basic rules of something, I have to speak up, because it's unacceptable and a shame to the culture they are representing.
I was looking for a place to grab some food (it was about 11pm) I didn't have a lot of time since I work graveyard so I walked into this place and the lady there crossed both of her arms over her head and said we crowsd. As I left the place I looked at their hours of operation and I noticed it said they were open until 11:30pm. So off I went. ON another night I decided to call them around 11:10 to see if I could drop by and get some sushi to go and they were open and what do ya know? I asked to make sure there was NO wasabe but after getting my order I had a nice blob of it in my order. I did get one of their menues and noticed that the hours of operation say M-Thurs open to 1am F-Sun open to 2am The sushi itself was ok so I ended up going there a few nights in a row. Then, tonight I go there at 11pm (a night they say they are open until 2am on the menu)and what do I get? The lady with the arms crossed over her head. If the manager ever reads this, please change the hours of opperation on your door and menu to " We really have no idea, whenever we feel like acting like we are on family fued" They've lost a customer cus they are a dime a dozen. Maybe if their food was outstanding I'd put up with crap like that. So sorry...NEXT!
This IS THE BEST sushi place in Vancouver. I seriously can not eat
anywhere else , it is soooooooooooooo good.There food is always
presented so nicely. They have an open kitchen so you can see that the
chefs handle the food
very clean. , plus service here is THE BEST. The girls are fast and
very friendly.Always fresh, always great tasting and the staff is SO
friendly. Love this place! you have to go there to try the
SUSHI,yummy,i love it so much,,the price is ok,the foods is fantastic!
The sushi is fair to good. They have some creative rolls. Everything is a decent price. However, what stands out here for me is the friendly service. The women here remember me and the friend I usually go with every time we stop by, even if we haven't been for quite some time. Once I had a roll I really didn't like and even though I'd already eaten about half of it they took it away and made me something new for free. There is no ambiance to speak of, but for a quick cheap bite or for take-out this is a decent choice.
I have eaten at this place about 5-6 times. But only because it's down to business, lunch-type, good sushi kinda place. I usually order the Rainbow Roll and some Sashimi along with a couple of other things. It's good. It's always consistent. But I don't know where some of the other people ate if they say that the service was great and "with a smile", because it ain't Downtown Sushi Bar! Now, I can look past the "Your order!" or "What you want to eat!?" They're foreign, fine. But I don't think that the fact that this young girl will NEVER look anyone in the eye and instead even look away with annoyance written all over her face when handing someone their take out and saying "thank you, bye" has anything to do with her being foreign. I mean, literally... You should watch her, it's pretty amazing. 15-year-olds give that look to their mothers when they are going through their "I hate everyone" stage.
Believe me, their service is always poor. It was only slow once, but the rest of the time it's no bullshit, plate on the far side of the table, "here's your sushi" kind of service. I never tip well there. And I ALWAYS tip well. I pay the price of the meal, and that's my version of "compliments to the chef". Gratuity one has to earn!
I had a nice time there. Fish was so fresh and rice was nice and soft.
Especially, the House roll was great. More importantly everything is so much cheaper than I'd expected. It was big enough for lunch. Also that place is in a really good location. I think it's worth a try.
I love Downtown Sushi Bar. Sure, it's not the best sushi, but it's always consistent, and the service is awesome (their delivery is also very quick!).
Their rolls aren't too big (a pet peeve), their fish always tastes fresh (it never has that nasty, frozen taste to it), their other dishes (edamame, gomae, tempura, teriyaki, etc...) are always good and decently sized, and did I mention the service?
Their prices are quite good - especially for their pre-determined combos (of which they have lots to choose from) - Special House Combo rocks (2 pieces of each: salmon & avocado, tuna & avocado, smoked salmon & avocado).
If you're a sushi-snob, don't waste your time here, but if you like decent sushi, consistently made and service with a smile, it's a great neighbourhood place.
Downtown Sushi Bar on Davie is a very casual and laid back sushi bar. Offering great tasting sushi at low prices. Definitely is a local type of sushi bar, a lot of locals like to order take out. I work at a hotel on the other end of downtown and a guest wanted to know where a great but casual sushi bar was that they could order for take out. I gave them the number for downtown sushi bar, they delivered to the other side of downtown. She enjoyed it so much that she ordered deliver from them for the remainder of the 2 weeks that she was staying in the hotel. There is a large window that they open during the warmer months and it's fun to people watch. Do not go to this restaurant if your expecting a romantic, high class restaurant, this is a fun and laid back experience.
I go to this restaurant at least once a month and the staff is always friendly. They always give me a warm greeting and the food is good. It's not the best ever but, it good, quick, cheap, and convenient. I rarely eat in but, everyone I ever took there was pleased. In fact i'm placing a pick up order right now. :D
Everytime I come to DT Sushi, I receive the BEST service and consistantly GREAT food! I pretty much only eat sushi from this restaurant because the fish is always fresh and of quality. Vivien and her staff may not be trained in fine dining, but they do know how to make their guests feel at home. Everytime I come in or call in to order, they remember what my order is AND my name! What other place can do that? And there has been a few occasions when the owner has thrown in a free thing or 2! I've tried almost everything on their menu, and then some (creations by their chefs) and have never been disappointed. I will eat until they have to roll me out, you can't stop when the food is so fresh and well-prepared! Of all the restaurants in Vancouver, I will take my friends and family to DT Sushi when we are craving some good Japanese food, and not places like Blue Water Cafe or Samurai.