Ebi-Ten features inexpensive Japanese fast food.
Every time I pop by the VPL....I sometimes make a pit-stop to this little restaurant just next to Starbucks. Parking is expensive....one quarter I believe its 5 minutes..one dollar get you 20 minutes. As you step in...there is limited seating on the right and the back. The food cooler is to the left and the order cashier is right ahead of you. If you decide to have lunch at noon on a weekday there's a good lineup out the door as most people order takeout like myself. Dinner time is semi full as they close pretty late....10pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays till 9pm. Every item on the board menu is under $10 bucks so budget eats but limited selection. Service is fine for what it is...they take the order and you take a number.Lol
My favorites: rice bowls and tempura....Combo A Ebi-Ten bowl (2 prawn and 1/2 veg tempura, teriyaki chicken pieces on a bed of rice with mixed greens and Japanese mayo)$8.95....Combo B the Mega bowl same as above with mabo-tofu (spicy ground pork and cubed tofu)$9.75.... No. 1 teriyaki chicken on rice with salad and mayo $7.95 ....No.2 ten-don (6pc temp on rice) $7.95.....No. 4 katsu-curry bowl ( deep fried panko breaded pork cutlet and Japanese style curry on rice with shredded cabbage)$8.95.....the 6pc prawn tempura $6.75 or the $4.75 assorted tempura ( 3-prawns and 4 veggies).
Taste?? Tempura (usually made to order) comes out hot crisp and non greasy!! .They have this little machine.....drop battered prawn or veggie on one end...gets fried in the middle for a minute or two and comes out on the other side..automatically get picked by a convoyor belt on to a draining area. Pretty Cool. The teriyaki chicken are thigh meat pieces marinated in sweet soy...good stuff. Mabo-tofu is their version on a Sichuan ma-po dish....not bad..could use more hot bean paste. The pork cutlet is crisp and tender...the curry sauce is mild sweet heat with bits of shredded pork. I do have to admit I have tried their California roll and udon noodles...Roll was small and borderline mushy....passable. Tempura udon No.9..the tempura outshined the noodles and the base...inbetween grade here.
All in all... quick and cheap meal but pick the right one. They take cash, debit and I can't recall..credit cards. Thanks for reading.
Food: Very tasty. I had one of the combos that came with udon and tempura while my hockey buddy had the chicken teriyaki bowl with salad and tempura. We were both very satisfied and glad we stumbled upon this place before heading off to the game.
Service: Not much. They call your number and you pick up your food at the counter. You seat yourself and you clean up after yourself.
Ambiance: Reminds me of a McDonalds. Tables were dirty and I had to wipe mine down before eating. Not much there either.
Will return for that quick bite to eat before a game since stadium food is expensive and fatty. Recommended.
I was near the big library and I saw ET. It looked tempting, so I went in. The colour scheme and overall setup was like a Yoshinoya, but it wasn't. I had a quick California roll and gyoza. The Cali was average, but the gyoza were very authentic. I liked that the place was clean and the staff (who seem to be mostly Japanese) were polite and efficient. I also liked that it was very cheap. I was out the door and smiling in no time. Next time I will try more items.
Good for a bite.
No, you're not going to mistake this for anything but a fast food joint. But at least it's leagues better than McD's and the like. You go in, order your combo and you get out. Sure there's room to lounge in there if you want, but you know, it's a little joint for fast food.
All the workers there seem super friendly and happy, always a good sign. And boy, they are fast. Like Wendy's fast, if not McD's fast.
Hey, it's rice bowls and noodles, good warm comfort food (at least if you're from Asia). It tastes good, reasonable quality & quantity. What's to go wrong? A destination it's not, but a great place for a quick tummy filler.
Four awesome words to describe any lunch place. For less than $10 you can be full and love the location. Staples like tempura, rolls, chicken karaage, gyoza are all here. Limited menu but I always go for their chicken karaage and rolls with a soup. That'll keep me sated and happy. I love the staff, all nice friendly Japanese students, gives this place the authentic feel similar to eating in a joint like this in Japan.
This place reminds me of IKEA. Plastic chairs, big posters with pictures of the food with the prices...go there and you will see what I mean.
Overall, the fod is decent. It's also quick and cheap, so it works of you need a quick bite. I like the fast food concept, but I always feel bad that I have to throw away my dishes when I am eating in....
This used to be my first choice for a quick lunch, but the food seems to have gone downhill recently.
The california roll was disappointing, tempura soggy, chicken terriyaki tasted like it has been in the fridge for way too long - a big surprise, considering how busy they are.
I saw them offering a new dish, Mapo tofu or something. Took me a while to realise it is actually the Ma Po Tofu - the spicy meat and tofu dish in Chinese cuisine. Did the original owners sell out to a HK company?
It's cheap, it's fast and its run by Japanese students. Food here is really cheap and for $10 you can fill up on a great meal for lunch or dinner. Also a great place to get a snack before the Canucks game. I always stop here when in the area and wanting a quick meal.
Although I have never been to Japan, this is the kind of place I would imagine people in Japan going to for a quick bite during lunch. The decor is chic, modern and bright. The service is enthustiastic and friendly. You can tell this place is run by ethnic Japanese people because of the quality of the food. The tempura is light and crisp, not like other places where the oil has been recycled for god knows how long. Everything has a light, fresh taste to it. I have yet to dine at a restaurant run by actual Japanese people and be disappointed. As a rule of thumb, I avoid any Japanese restaurant without a proper Japanese name in it (what the heck is Sui Sha Ya??? That's Chinese!!!) or tacky names like "Samurai" in it.
I've been going to this place for over 7 years now. Always consistent and tasty. If you are looking for a plain, no suprises, and inexpensive meal, this is the place to go. Their menu has expanded throughout the years to accomadate new tastes.
The food is absolutely authentic. The whole kitchen is run by Japanese employees. I have ordered a 6 California rolls with shrimp tempera and teriyaki chicken. The California rolls had a larger portion of avocado.I personally think that more avocado means they care about providing the best food to customers. Some places offer cucumber as a substitution, which I find those California rolls to be very fake. The shrimp tempera has yellow crispy outer skin ( uses fresh oil). Their shrimp is very fresh, which is determined by the sweet taste. The teriyaki chicken is very delicious. The only thing missing is a bowl of rice :)
The service is very efficient. After ordering, it takes about 5-7 minutes to get my order. There is always seats available because people are very quick at eating and leaving.
Considering its located in the downtown area, the price is pretty reasonable.$10 with food and drinks. It doesn't look like there's a lot of food from the combo selections, but I just couldn't finish it. The food is very filling.
I highly recommend to those who wishes to try the authentic Japanese food!
While my friends and I were shopping downtown, we stumbled upon Ebi-Ten. I tried the Teriyaki Chicken Udon Combo. It tasted yummy and I loved how the noodle texture is chewy. The soup base was a bit too salty from the teriyaki sauce. The combo was a good deal with the expected downtown prices! My friend had the tempura udon combo and her soup base tasted perfect. My other friend had the Tempura Rice bowl but didn't like the mayonnaise in it.
I love how reasonable the prices are. The store is run by Japanese people and the food tastes authentic. Service is quick and friendly. The next time I go downtown, I'm coming here for lunch.
The tempura alone is worth the trip to Ebi Ten. I love it. I like the bento box/combo with the chicken teriyaki, tempura, and Cali rolls.
On the one hand, you're better off taking the food home to eat as the ambiance is kind of fast food-like and there aren't many tables, but the tempura doesn't stay crisp if you wait, so I end up munching on it on the drive home.
I love this place, I usually get takeout because the tempura is outstanding. The value is pretty good for what you get, and the staff are always super friendly and efficient. I come here quite a bit, the ambience is not that of a nice sit down place, so I wouldn't recommend it for a quiet dinner or anything, but as fast food goes, it's tops!