I was craving for sushi today and my regular sushi bar which I frequent was closed on Sunday so I decided to give this sushi joint a try since it is walking distance from my place for take-out. Boy what a mistake! The selection offered here is pretty decent but the quality of the food is definitely not the freshest. It is your typical Chinese owned Japanese restaurant.
I was greeted as I walked in and was given a cup of green tea. I quickly browsed through their 4 page menu and was struck by the vast selection.
I ordered their "make your own sashimi combo" which consisted of 3 different sashimis. The sashimi cuts were quite skimpy and a bit tasteless. I chose the salmon, toro, and tai for my selection. The salmon and toro were alright but not the best and the tai was just way too oily and fishy.I couldn't even push myself to eat the last 2 pieces the of tai sashimi.
I also ordered the "make your own combo" for the rolls and cones where it allowed you to choose 3 different items off their menu. I chose 2 spicy chopped scallop rolls and 1 spicy chopped tuna roll. The taste of the rolls were comparable to the average generic AYCE quality. The scallop had a bad after taste and the spicy tuna had a funkier fishy taste. Again, freshness is not their forte.
To recap, if you want fresh sushi stay away from this place. Their selection was quite modest but the quality is not there. I will definitely not come back for take-out.
I came here around 1130am for a Sunday lunch with family. We were the only table there at the time, but it gradually filled to about 50% capacity when we left around 1pm. I guess Richmond people just eat late. This place has changed hands many times and it looks like this place just re-opened under new owners.
Food: We went with the deluxe lunch menu that was $13.95 + $1 for weekends. It included AYCE sashimi, so we thought that was good. The fish was fresh, and the stuff were all hot. Particularly good were the sashimis, the yam tempura and the chicken karage. The miso needed more flavour and some of the non-traditional AYCE foods were subpar.
Service: There was one incompetent young lady who just kept on looking at her feet and ignoring our request. But there were two males servers that were quite good, changed our plates, etc. We did have a bowl of miso spill on someone's jacket, but they were apolegetic.
Value: As a good-will gesture for spilling the soup, everyone got free pop and ice cream, for a total value of $4 per person. That is why I rate it so high for value. Otherwise, the pricing is exactly on par with the competition, so no complaints.
Ambiance: Standard Chinese operated AYCE sushi place. Clean, but ultilitarian.
Overall, a good alternative for AYCE if you are tired of the existing locations. Just set your expectations right, and you'll leave full and happy.
We had 6 people and each paid a $20 bill. We counted the money twice before giving to the waitress. The cashier machine had a little girl watching show on an iPad. After minutes or so, waitress came back and said we were missing $20. How is that possible... We checked the floor and else where for that bill and we couldn't find it. At the end, just gave her an extra $20 with reasonable 10% tip and leave the restaurant.
This is my fourth visit in the last 2 years and it will be my last.
Also, sushi didn't taste as good as before after changing the chief.
This place has changed ownership a lot recently and Happy Sushi has been around for a few months. Always walked but ever really had a reason to go in. Used to frequent Oshii Sushi quite often since it was so close to my house. This new place is pretty decent though. There's a bunch of specials posted up that aren't on the menu.