Ebei features a consummate All-You-Can Eat menu for lunch, dinner, and late night. The lunch and late night All you can eat menus are highly recommended for bargain hunters.
Food: just like any other AYCE place but they do offer a much wider variety of items to choose from. I was quite surprised to see a soft shell crab roll on the menu. All items were satisfactory to quite good. The only thing that was really disappointing were the agedashi tofu and pig tongue (which I didn't have but my siblings said was atrocious).
Service: non-existent. We bussed our own table by placing the used dishes into a bucket that was located outside our little room. Difficult time in flagging down servers. It's one of those places where it made no sense to tip.
Ambiance: quite cramped and the fact that there was a bucket outside our room was kind of odd.
I don't think I'll be returning because there's just so many other AYCE places that are more easily accessible (traffic was terrible and finding parking was an adventure) and have the same quality of food for either the same price or even cheaper.
Food: Average food, what you expect at AYCE restaurants.
Service: It's okay, fast service
Ambiance: Here is where the problem is. Me and my friends were sitting in one of those booths where you have to take off your shoes. MY SOCK WAS STUCK TO THE FLOOR. I had to practically peel it off! The floor was so sticky! Disgusting! The washroom also needs improvement.
Will I come back? Maybe, but I will definately not take my shoes off!
Mrs. C and I were organizing a family dinner and I realized we hadn't been to Ebei for a couple of years. Since this place is cousin E's favourite sushi joint, we decided to head in and do some AYCE. The restaurant hadn't changed since my last visit, and it was tidy enough, including the w/c. Service was okay, but they use paper order forms instead of PDA’s. That is so 2001!
We had a variety of sushi, sashimi, and hot dishes. All were good, and as with my last visit the beef ribs and the fish soup deserve special mention. I also liked the fact that the dinner menu included unlimited sashimi. I guess it ought to for 22 bucks a head. As for value, it depends on how much you can eat. I don’t think they made a profit on me this time...
An okay choice.
I came here for lunch yesterday and this place is garbage. Sushi fell apart really easily and tasted bad. The Beef and Chicken Teriyaki was drenched with Teriyaki sauce and tasted microwaved. Food came fast but waiters are not very social and one lady tried to take my plate of bbq short ribs away and I only had one piece. Overall typical asian ran japanese restaurant, weak service, poor sushi, and definitely not worth $11.95.
This all you can eat Japanese restaurant is quite solid in terms of food quality and selection. For an additional $5 more, you get more sashimi selection, including; salmon belly sashimi, geoduck sashimi, uni sushi, amaebi sashimi, bbq black cod and rack of bbq lamb and more...which is quite the deal! They offer a fish soup that is very tasty, other than the miso soup. I would definitely recommend Ebei for all you food lovers with a stomach for Japanese all you can eat.
I've been here twice now and I have to say they have a lot of items to choose from :)
Aside from Shabusen, who is the king in both quality and options, I'd say this place comes in, slightly above Fish on Rice imho, 2nd.
Since this is an AYCE place, I do not want to critique it like a fine dining place.
The best thing you get here is service. For AYCE, service is top notch, humble and fast.
2nd highlight is the price. Decently priced and the food comes very fair and solid.
3rd highlight are the choices to order from the menu. This place has alot to choose from and since I'm a sashimi lover, I like this place - they aren't the type who only have tuna and salmon for your information!
I would come back to this place in the future for sure.
For all u can eat japanese this place is solid. Food is fresh and about the best quality u can expect from an all u can eat place and it is always busy but the service is usually good. I would recomend it if you are in the area and hungry.
We just came back from lunch at this place. The sushi rice was tasteless as well as their chicken karage, spicy teriyaki chicken roll is probably the worst. The chicken knee and salmon head and belly was ok, what I like most is their salad (lots of dressing), their sashimi is just ok. If the rice is not good then it will ruin your experience. The price is $11.95 and that doesn't include sashimi, you have to add $1 for 6 pc of Tuna/Salmon sashimi. There's just a lot of inconsistency with their food
Overall, I probably will not return just because for the same money I could go to a better place like Robson Sushi, Fish on Rice (free soda and more selection), and Tampopo (great TORO sashimi).
Decided here to come with the whole family including mom for the special day. Even though we had made a reservation days before, it wasn't much help due to the busyness of mom's day.
Food: Pretty typical japanese AYCE, but missing some vital items that was on the dinner menu. All the food was good enough for lunch, nothing special and nothing horrible at all.
Value: Lunch menu was at $12 a head so it was pretty good deal for a lunch AYCE, the bill came to $70 including tip for 5 adult with full stomachs.
Overall: All and all a pretty enjoyable experience. 7.5 out of 10
Went here for late night AYCE. Went in here and was greeted in Chinese; which was already a negative. Chinese run Jap places usually dissapoint me, and this was no exception.. miso soup was just warm, rolls were ok i guess; but i like my dynamite rolls to have FRESH shrimp tempura............not premade ones......gyozas were warm, the teriyaki beef was the hottest dish we had but it seemed like it was microwaved and ALSO precooked. I think all the food here is premade and "heated up" or at least was made hours ago. THE OYSTER MOTOYAKI was not even warm......it was COLD. The best thing about this place was the mango pudding lol......Will not waste 29$ again for 2 ppl here AGAIN!
Pros: For the price, you get a lot of food. And the food (a la carte during the lunch hour) came very quickly. Servers were efficient and certainly seemed intent to get you on your way... which is also a negative.
Cons: Firstly, the restaurant is very small. One can easily feel claustrophobic. Add to that the abhorrent state of cleanliness... sticky feel on the rust stained floor, window coverings that are covered in dust, empty bottles in cases piled at the front door, bathrooms in a deteriorating state, signs posted with scotch and packing tape... I could go on...
As for the food, the quality is mediocre at best. The beef was overcooked and tough; the maki sushi was poorly made; the salad was watery, even the tea was little more than hot water. Finally, to add insult to injury, when presented with the bill there is a printed `reminder` that the staff expect a 10-15% tip. Very tacky and I for one will tip if and only if the service warrants it. The `reminder` was the nail in the coffin. My first clue should have been the fact that the staff of this Japanese restaurant spoke Cantonese.
If you want quick, cheap food to fill you up on a lunch break then by all means. However, if dining out includes an experience over and above the cuisine then take a pass on this one. I for one will remember that there are so many other great Japanese restaurants in Vancouver and will give them my business before I go back to Ebei.
I haven't been to this place in a couple of years so I've decided to pay a visit last sat due to a birthday party. And i just have to say that this is the worst all-you-can-eat restaurant I have ever been to. The sushi had an extra layer of rice wrapped around it (what a cheap way to make you full) and the rice wasn't even good. The texture was dry, which made it difficult to swallow...the vinegar in the sunomono tasted like it's overdue..BLAH..Then there is the service..my goodness...we waited around half an hour for another darn pot of tea (with TEA BAG? what happened to the brown rice tea!?), not to mention our sushi cones NEVEr came, and the waitress just ignored us even tho she saw my friend waving at her. We were a party of 8 so the tips were included on the bill. I was tempted to argue with them to give me my money back because I felt like they did not deserve that 10%. However, I think this review serves justice.
AYCE joints in Vancouver tend to get busy, but I tend to be able to avoid a wait by going to Ebei.
I also like the food here best. While they have gotten into the habit of pre-making high demand items, like cali rolls, their Nigiri is still always super fresh and great for an AYCE place.
The place is super consistent, which is really important to me. I hate it when I have a great experience some place only to come back and have it be sub par the next time. I've been going to Ebei for a while now and nearly always had a solid experience.
I also really like their ika karaage!
p.s. Walk a block to save parking!
I've gone to this place a few times for their late night all you can eat to satisfy some nighttime sushi cravings. After 3 tries I don't think I'll go back despite it's convenient location, the food quality is really that poor.
It's cheap and it's all you can eat, so I guess cheap food goes along with it, but really. As mentioned, they overstuff their sushi with rice, and the rice itself is dry and unappetizing, which totally ruins whatever kind of sushi you get. Their spicy sauce is far too salty, I suppose in an effort to get you to drink more water.
The only item I really did like is their ebi sunomono, but how do you screw that up.
Oh yeah, there's also NO sashimi at all on their late night menu. I haven't really been to any other place for late night ayce so I'm not sure if that's standard, but I do think it's beyond lame.
Went here the other night after visiting Oakridge. Knowing it was AYCE, my expectations weren't high. We were just hungry and there isn't much else nearby. Service was initially prompt, but lacked any personality. After ordering we were warned about having to pay for any food not eaten (like other places). Once our food started coming it became clear that our order was cut back as many items were either smaller than what was requested or never arrived at all. Also, I have never seen sushi with so much rice in it in my life. This is the oldest trick in the book. Anyway, we got what I expected. I haven't got a clue as to why people are giving this 4 stars and why anyone would sit in line for this (like we did). Samurai across from Oakridge is very busy too, but there is a good reason for that (by far the most generous portions)
I've been to this place so many times ever since I moved to Vancouver in 2002(?). It's AYCE. so of course it doesn't servce the best Japanese food. But it's good enough for a quick sushi crave. I love the food, epecially for lunch and late night, it's so cheap people! If you go to a food court and order a wrap, it's almost about the same price already. Service is not too bad either, sometimes they miss a few items but if you ask again, they always bring it over, no small talks or attitudes. The only thing that bothers me is probably just their space. So small, too small. I hate tiny tables for AYCE! Anyway, overall, i'm going back again and again to this place.
tried, tested and true. ive been here more than i can remember, and every time i eat here its stil good. the dinner menu is so worth the money and its not even expensive for what u get. as far as AYCE places go, this restaurant i recommend. lunch menu is half of what u get for dinner but for $11 go for it!
I've been there several times but only for their late nite. On weekends, they charge an additional dollar. The menu is not extensive. However, whatever you order, they come quickly and the cooked items always seem freshly prepared. They take reservation and is definitely recommended for the weekends. Service is ok but sometimes you have to make an effort to catch their attention.
Went for the deluxe all you can eat sushi dinner with my husband and a friend, and I must say that the moment we came in, I knew we were in for a huge disapointment. There was a room right by the entry way and they had dirty dishes and buckets just sitting there. Not exactly what you want to see when you are about to eat. I wanted to leave, but my husband was really hungry and wanted sushi, so I agreed to stay. The place was dirty, and the floors were sticky. We waited for a table for a good 30 minutes (we did not have reservations), and when a table finally opened up, the waiter asked us if we minded sharing a large table with another party. I told him no. Could not believe that he wanted us to share a table with someone else! Anyways, we were finally seated. My friend found food bits in his tea cup - found that incredibly gross! He asked for a new one. The service was pretty quick, however the food was not that great. The sushi was mediocre at best. Food that were suppose to be warm (ie, mushroom and oyster motoyaki, soup) were at room temperature. My husband did mention that they do serve the best beef tataki he's ever had. We also had fresh oysters, which were pretty good (can't really go wrong with fresh oysters now, can you?). I only ate two pieces as I did not trust the place. It's been almost 24 hrs now and I'm ok. So, in a nut shell, would I go back to this place? Hell no!
I work in the area and we go to lunch here about once a week. The servers know all of us and take very good care of us. We also use them for our work functions.
The food is plentiful, the price is reasonable, the service is quick and efficient which is what you want when you're in and out for lunch.
They are also very quick with all the take-out if you preorder. Try and get there before 1pm as the local school break for lunch at that time and this places get hit!
We've also used the booths and are too busy having a good time to notice the sticky floor (we've also never taken off our shoes!).
Overall, a decent place and I'd go back.