This cozy branch of the Ebisu family features touches of classy Kamei Royale with flares of Ebisu Robson. Private rooms for dining & parties or relax in the lounge area for social drinking and watching sports. The freshest sashimi & sushi along with a huge variety of BBQ and cooked dishes make this place a must-try.
Wanting to grab some quick drinks and avoiding the DT mess we settled up here. This location is off the main street buried under highrises so perhaps consequently the interior looks a little drab despite the actual decor being pretty indicative of the other locations.
The menu was the biggest surprise, with many omissions compared to the Robson and even Richmond locations. This made our choices easy as there are few worth getting. We ended up with the thunder fries, some gyozas, a couple of rolls, various desserts and what we could muster up for drinks. Quality is on par but we felt a little shafted having been familiar with them. Tea appears to be extra too.
Service was organized and spry, probably the best of them all which was refreshing to see but was overall only good.
While the dining excursion met without disappointment Ebisu Broadway was hardly above and beyond.
I went to the Kamei Royal thinking it was all you can eat. Unfortunately, they had recently removed their all you can eat menu and the restaurant was now Kamakura by Kamei Royale.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the dishes; the food was fresh and the presentation was also good. I had the best chopped scallop cone in recent memory with exceptionally crispy seaweed.
The food was a little on the pricey side, I guess they are trying to compete with Tojo's down the street. They also have no cones on their menu and the waitress had to ask if they would make us chopped scallop cones which was kind of wierd. The hostess said they may bring back their all you can eat menu in the future.
Thought I would try Kamakura as I had not been there since it changed names. The setting is nice overlooking False Creek and since I was on my own I sat up at the sushi bar where you can watch the culinary skills of the chefs. I had the lunch special which was good value for $8.95. Three pieces of fried "white fish", home-made tartar sauce, greensalad and california rolls. The fish was lighly fried in breadcrumbs and tasty, I asked the waitress what is was, she said cod. No way it was cod so she checked with the chef and it was tilapia. Very tasty but the tartar sauce was like mayonnaise, the Thai dressing on the salad was good and the california rolls just average. However, overall it was good value and I'll be back some time for dinner.
Since they've changed to create a more finer dining experience, they've yet again changed their menu! Every item now, or just about, has a picture to go with it. :) A lot more variety offered in the cooked arena. During my last visit to Kamakura, I've thoroughly enjoyed their new menu save one item, the duck. It was overcooked to the point of resembling thinly sliced bbq duck from your local bbq butcher shop.
Service is always perfect. Overall, the food is tasty as always.
Decided to try this sushi restaurant after been absent from it since the good old days when it was a Kamei Royale Rabata. We were the first diners on a Friday evening at 17:30 hrs. This should give us as renew patrons an opportunity to size up the experiment.
We ordered the Deluxe Party Sushi, Royal Miyagi and drinks. The orders came promptly. The Party Sushi platter was loaded with lots of variety: California roll, tuna roll, BC roll. And sushi of surf clam, tamago, BBQ eel, yellow tail, tuna, red tuna, salmon, tobiko and ebi.
I have to declare this experiment as a failure, prices were high (way more than AYCE) and the quality of the sushi fish was (very) poor. We did not eat the tuna or yellow tail (I left my initial piece on my side plate because it had the smell and taste of warm fish). The tabiko had some of the eggs air-dried to the texture of crunch eggshells on my teeth. And the tamago tasted as if it had been left over from the night before (very wet and slippery).
Would I go back? I think not! There are way better places to spend our sushi dollars.
Went to Kamakura for dinner.
First, we didn't expect them to charge us tea, cause the waitress just asked us what we wanted to drink...thinking that like all the Japanese restaurants and being a customer here for the first time, we expected the tea to be free of charge. But it came to 5 bucks of a cup of tea which is kinda ridiculous, but oh well. I guess it was an experience.
Their yam tempura sticks are AWESOME. I love the dips AND its crispy and hot. I recommend that everyone try it. For entrees, I had the nabeyaki udon and it's pretty good. The delicious roll was good too, but I couldn't really taste the mango inside, which was a bit disappointing. For dessert, I had coffee jelly with green tea gelato. Their maccha desserts also looked really good.
I would definitely go back for some more! And the service was pretty awesome. The chefs are really nice too. They say hi even when I come back from the washroom...haha.
One word: Beef Enoki Robata skewer. Absolutely fantastic. Also, lovely version of a oyster motoyaki, except much more lighter and with miso, and tobiko. Will definetely return to try more dishes, including their sushi. Nice ambience too. Pretty waitresses a bonus ;)
We had a very large party (over 25 people) and they were able to accomodate us smoothly. First of all I appologize to the other tables around us because we were a noisy bunch. LOL! Anyway, the food was really good and complimented by the great service. I definitely would come back with either 2 people or 25 :)
I went to Kamakura last night to satisfy a sushi hankering that had been lingering for days. Upon our arrival we were seated in the weirdest little cabana-type room near the kitchen and once inside it felt like you were almost invisible to the rest of the restaurant.
We ordered a miso soup, a sushi boat, scallop cones, spicy dynamite roll, enoki beef and gyoza. Our miso soup came out immediately but that was were the speediness stopped, the rest of the food seemed to take forever.
I have to say that the food made up for any lack in service. The scallop cone was delicious, the dynamite roll was super tasty and the sushi boat was a good value.
I will venture back to Kamakura but I will be sure to refuse the cabana seating.
Value = Benefit - Cost. And we got good value. My family go there once a month and the food and service quality are consistently good. Unlike many new Japanese popping up in town, this one has real Japanese chefs, as well as servers.
Price is higher than your regular restaurant, but the value is there. All sushi were good. Made fresh. Try the robata items. Also, the beef tongue was very good and reasonably priced for the quality. It was served with a mini stone stove so you can grill the meat at your table.
And if you're a sweet potato fan, try the 'Thunder Fries", which is sweet potato tempura/french fry style. With the blend of sauces served, they were fantastic.
Will continue to go.
Our party of 4 were here over the weekend and had a feast! The food quality was great, the service was excellent, and I haven't even mentioned about the fresh oysters.
Food: Yam sticks with dipping, fresh oysters, oyster motoyaki, bacon-wrapped scallops, yakitori, sashimi combo, chawan-mushi, beef tataki, spider roll, dynamite roll.
Service: Excellent as our waitress always approached us with a smile and checked on us periodically for any requests.
Ambience: We were seated in a small 'hut' which was pretty cozy and private. It was an interesting touch for a busy restaurant.
Price: Good value for quality Japanese Food!
Overall: My favourite Japanese restaurant. I highly recommended it!
Brought the family here last Sunday for a birthday celebration. Despite having made a reservation a few days in advance, our party of 14 did not get seated in one of the sectioned off areas. My young daughter had a minor fit and our server was very apologetic and seemed genuine about it. So we sat along the bench and proceeded to order a large variety of things off the menu: sushi, robata, soup, salad, noodles, tempura, sashimi, even the thunder fries. Everything came out fast and fresh. Portions were sizeable. We all agreed that everything we ordered was very tasty. One of us found a hair in the miso soup, but it was whisked away and replaced immediately. The squid comes out with a personal sized flame grill that's fun to DIY.
Since it was my brother's birthday, I had brought a cake and two tiramisus. After we stuffed ourselves, the servers quickly cleared the tables and brought out dessert plates. Our server, along with two other servers, came around the corner bearing the three desserts with candles on all of them and began to sing Happy Birthday.
Not only was the food notably good, but how often does an Asian restaurant go above and beyond to provide excellent service? I've been to many, and I can tell you that it's pretty rare.
On our way out, our server made a point to ask my daughter how she liked the food and if she was okay with where she sat. They even washed out my dishes that held the dessert.
This place impressed us all. Great place for a large group. Next time I'll call further ahead of time and ask for a "room".
Food: "delicious roll" with smoked salmon on the outside, mango and avocado inside. also something else that I forgot but nonetheless very balanced combination. Beef carpaccio slightly on the frozen side but tasty nonetheless with the salad and mint leaves. Garlic scallops were quite forgettable but Yakiudon had good flavor and noodles that were cooked just right.
Service: better than the Yaletown location.
Value: just over $20 each person everything included sounds about right
Ambiance: we had our own little island. quiet enough to carry around good conversations.
My wife and I have been to the Ebisu on Robson and had mixed feelings. Ie, the food was good but the server was lacking.
We tried this one on Broadway because we were in the area. We basically had the same experience. The ambiance and set up of the place in very nice. We both ordered lunch boats with a variety of items in them and for the most part in was pretty decent. Sunomono, rolls, tempura, and a few pieces of sushi. Not great, and not bad either.
The problem for us was the service. It was non existent. The server didn't say more than a word or two the whole time to us. She seemed so angry and distant. She never said hello, just gave us the menus. We ordered. She never checked on us, how we're doing, how the food was. The only time we saw her was when she brought the food and spoke no words, and brought us tea. At one point I went to the bathroom and she walked by me and bumped me (although I think it was an accident). It was after one o'clock, so it wasn't that busy. I think she was just angry or hated the job. Since we were paying for it I didn't want her to ruin our lunch or else I might have said something.
Therefore, overall, the food was decent and the server was lousy.
terribly disappointed overall. high end look- the restaurant is redesigned with sushi bar in the centre circle and small table all around it, view from glass window is almost panoramic (but false creek view is blocked by apartment bldg across the street). HOWEVER, food was dry, sashimi was dry n not fresh (although they try to decorate with fancy look- rainbow, mango etc), my chicken kabob and beef mushroom kabob arrive dry and semi cold. the sauces sounds tasty in menu but really is plain sauce. only the tempura yam fries taste good but a little over deep fried. we spent over $40 between me and my gf on regular menu, disappointted they don't have all you can eat (used to have!), WILL NOT GO BACK.
I went to ebisu in Broadway location for the first time and it will be my last. We ordered tiger mayo, Vancouver roll, beef udon and chopped scallop roll. The rolls and tiger mayo was aweful and poorly made. Tasted bad. Not worth the price. Not appetizing. However the only decent dish we had was the beef udon unfortunately
I never intended to stumble upon Kamakura. Until we heard the dreaded words 'It will be roughly a 10-15 minute wait'. Then it was decided, we're going to see what Kamakura is like. And I was pleasantly surprised when we walked through that door. I remember when it was Sagano, with the kitchen in the corner. But anyways. The food. Fantastic. And it appears that they've recently hired some students from Japan to be the waitresses. I find that the little rooms have a feel of their own, but I don't recommend it to anyone with a long torso, like myself. My back ached so badly when dinner was finished. Though I'd have to say that the service and creativity did blow me away. The manager is a pleasant fellow, he smiles and talks to the customers quite a bit. And if you understand Japanese, you're in for a treat. The sushi chefs tend to swear at each other everyso often. Definitely a place to go regularly.
I went there last night, everything is just so-so. As a Japanese restaurant at this price range, I have many other choices, would not recommend it for crazy sushi-lover like me! The services is not to my satisfactaction, in fact we have been waited for more than 15 min before anyone can see us, they were busy serving other customers. And the freshness of sushi is just so-so, food not very delicious.
I've been searching for a new *favourite* sushi restaurant in Vancouver and I finally found it. For me the favourite restaurant needs to be high end, an awesome menu selection, high quality food and affordable... for me, that is. It's perfect if you're looking for a diverse menu of sushi including the more exotic and difficult to find menu items. Lobster and Mirugai (Geoduck) sashimi are usually always available. The live lobster is available at only 60% of the amount I paid at another restaurant in Yaletown. Live prawns are regularly available and the house specialties of rolls are quite exquisite. The restaurant has a good drink menu with daily drink specials. For desserts I had the dark sesame sherbert sundae. I never usually save room for desert and if you're like me, I suggest you try it. The menu also has photos for the less experienced sushi customers. Reservations are suggested and sometimes necessary, but for 1-2 people you're usually always assured a seat. The service has been good, friendly, but can be improved during their busier times. But you'll always leave having had an excellent dining experience.
My dinner date and I tried out Kamakura after its transformation from all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant, Kamei Royale.
We were struck with the dark, modern decor - the sort of atmosphere I'd associate with Guu or similar upscale restaurants. Seating is comfortable, whether you’re in a private booth in the back or next to the picture windows overlooking downtown.
After a memorable meal at a modest price (appetizers, sushi, robata and a bamboo carafe of sake under $60), we were enamored enough to dine again the following week.
The menu includes traditional rolls, nigiri, and sashimi (try the Delicious Roll); exceptional robata seafood and meat dishes and monthly chef's creations demand to be tried. Recently, we enjoyed a giant prawn served with a mixed mushroom motoyaki sauce and tender, tasty Maguro Zuke tuna sashimi.
I’m hooked on Buta Pon (pork cuts covered in a house prepared ponzu sauce)!
Other standouts include garlic pepper tuna tataki, a fun presentation of tempura sticks and dipping sauce and tuna sake with house special sauce.
The staff have a perfect understanding of the pace of your meal, whether you're in a hurry or savoring your meal slowly. The staff and management knew our names by the third visit. We've frequented other Vancouver restaurants for well over a year before being noticed. This attention makes coming back to a restaurant you enjoy all the more satisfying.
The Cambie and Broadway area is awash in a sea of same-y sushi restaurants, best suited for lunch or casual dining. Kamakura is something special, offering you a chance to get your traditional Japanese dish fix as well as indulge in some fantastic fusion flavors. Highly recommended whether you live/work in the area or have to venture a little further to get there.