Hi-Nippon is a sushi restaurant on West 4th.
Hi-Nippon was the first sushi place we visited in Vancouver over 7 years ago... At the time, we were living in Ottawa, which is a sushi wasteland... Ottawa's sushi joints are overpriced and the fish is the leftover stuff Montreal can't sell... Anyway, now as then, we were impressed with the freshness of the ingredients, the light and crispy tempura and nice, intimate ambiance of this little spot... My only beef was the cucumber maki wasn't rolled properly and came apart... We left stuffed to the gills, with a doggie bag to boot for less than $40 bucks...
When we're in Kits, we'll definitely drop by again.
This restaurant offers the basic sushi fare but is overpriced.
I have been several times and have never been impressed with anything other than the inflated price. If you are there after 7 pm (which I am sure many of you are) I recommend just going to Kishu star a few blocks away.
Apparently very popular, probably due to its location.
Hi-Nippon is one of the many japanese restaurants around the kitsilano area. This place has mediocre food, mediocre service, and a mediocre decor. It's not a great place I'd recommend people to go to only because the prices are average, the food is average, and the place is average. There are MANY other japanese restaurants around the area that offer the exact same thing. The service has been slowly going downhill as well. The last time I went for dinner, I waited for almost an HOUR for a sushi box.
We ordered two "special" rolls, one deluxe sashimi, ika nigiri, ikura nigiri, and saba nigiri. The rolls were recommended by the waiters, but I found they weren't as good as the nigiri sushis. The presentation of the sashimi wasn't 100% authentic, but still a good presentation. The rolls on the other hand didn't live up to the picture that was on the menu. It was rather plainly plated. Nigiri sushis though were very good, I think I'll only order nigiri sushis next time. Although I don't see a wide variety of fishes for nigiris.
Standard service plus a here-and-there detail comments. Overall, the servers were friendly.
The rolls were definitely not worth as much as they charged them. The nigiris, however, were much better priced.
Standard small japanese restaurant decor.
All if not most staff in the restaurant are Korean. I think I'll pay more visits to this restaurant in the future.
My boyfriend and I live in the neighborhood, and have tried many sushi places. We love going to Hi-Nippon, and always get great food and service. The sushi is well presented on the plate, and tastes great. We especially enjoy their sashimi, bbq eel roll, beef teriyaki roll, and house specials. They did a renovation a number of months ago, and I’m not sure how the place was before that since we only started going after the renovation.
This is a very small restaurant that seats diners closely. Our family of four were seated at a table for six that was divided in half by a partition--thus there really was only room for three of us. When the other side of the table was free, the partition was not removed to give us more space. Our waitress seemed overwhelmed by the number of tables in her section; our empty plates were not taken away and our tea was never re-filled. To make space at our table, we stacked our dishes on top of each other. We could not catch the waitress's attention for most of the evening, except to pay the bill. If it were not for the fresh sushi, we may have had a totally poor impression of this place. Definitely, this is no place for large groups.
I have been here several times within the past couple of years. Its only average, nothing more. Maybe because every time I went, it was jam packed and busy, so I first had to wait to be seated (at a dirty table), wait again to be given the menu, and wait again to make an order... But the food here is decent, I love how they use sockeye salmon instead of regular salmon. And one more thing, a few months ago, a new little waitress started working here. My friends and I were never pleased with the service until the little waitress came along! She was very polite, and had a beautiful face. It was very pleasing to be waited by her, and for the first time, my friends and I walked out of the restaurant happy. She stopped showing up recently, and the restaurant is back to its mediocre fix. Some servers here seem polite, but others look like they don't have the urge nor desire to work.
They call it black rice and it actually looks purple once it's cooked. This option is available for $1.00 more and is well worth it. Eight pieces with generous portions of avocado filling. The purple rice/avocado roll combo is delicious. I was shocked however when they made it with a rotten avocado and two of my pieces had dark brown rot. I took a bite of one piece, gagged and spat it out on my plate. I took it back to the kitchen told the cooks how bad it tasted and lectured them on how they should never serve sushi with rotten avocadoes. They said sorry and the waitress returned with two extra pieces, to their credit. The service was good, although the waitress was not friendly, didn't smile and didn't make me feel welcome. Nevertheless, I would go back again and hopefully they will have learned their lesson.
I've been here many times for dinnner and the food is consistently good - the sushi and sashimi are fresh and the tempura is awesome. There's something about the way the food is prepared here that makes it better than a lot of other places, it tastes authentic and carefully made.
The service is pretty slow though so if you plan to go for dinner make sure you have time and patience. The servers are pretty attentive but I think the kitchen takes a while to get the food out.
This is one of those places that will leave you satisfied if you just happened on it - it wouldn't be a restaurant that I would seek out. I had the sugoi roll - crabmeat, tamago, yam tempura, salmon, avocado, cucumber, tobiko on top, w/ the chef's "special" sauce while my friend had the chicken teriyaki roll/california roll. It was pretty tasty, but not very well presented, and almost sloppily put together.
My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat the other night with our Entertainment book in hand and eventually ended up on 4th. Weighing our options, we decided to go into Hi-Nippon because sushi in Vancouver is always good. The place looked pretty average inside and cramped as mentioned by others.
On the back of the Entertainment book coupon, it states: "Specials excluded; Sushi/Sashimi combo's [sic] excluded" We thought that was fine; we will order some non-combo rolls, or sashimi, or donburi. When we actually opened this menu however, they have a note saying that coupons are excluded from being used on sushi or sashimi, not just the combos. We decided on donburi and a bento box and waited about ten minutes for the server to reappear for our order. Only then did we find out about even further restrictions! You are not allowed to order any dish that contains any sushi or sashimi on coupon (ie. no donburi, some bento boxes excluded).
It was ludicrous. They eliminated >90% of their menu. What was the point of even offering the coupon? It is extremely dishonest of this restaurant that we did not find out about all the restrictions until the second that we were ready to order. I hope you do not end up wasting your time like we did.
I've always had an enjoyable lunch or dinner at Hi-Nippon. The trick is to sit in the booth, and if that’s not possible then go somewhere else when it is busy, which is easy because the neighborhood is full of restaurants.
The restaurant has two sections, one contains ordinary tables and chairs, and the other had traditional looking booths where you must remove your shoes before sitting down. If you eat here you must absolutely sit in the booth otherwise you’re missing out on the experience.
I recommend booking ahead because Hi-Nippon is almost always jam packed. And for good reason. The food is great for the price, best I've had in Vancouver no less.
The staff are very friendly but obviously overworked because there ever only seems to be two waitresses for the large number of tables. The tables are kind of packed in, but its understandable considering the popularity of the place.
Like I said, the price is great, the food is great. Pick a time that isn't going to be so busy (such as 5pm or around 9pm) and you'll have a great time. I wholeheartedly recommend.
When you are hungry and looking for a quick dinner sushi is always the way to go. We walked by Hi-Nippon and it was reasonably busy, about three quarters of the tables and booths were taken. We were seated right away with tea and menus. The ordering went quick and my miso soup and agadashi tofu arrived promptly; they were great. Then there was the long wait for our rolls.... and our waitress nowhere to be seen to ask for more tea. Once we got the rolls we were pleasantly surprised as they were all 8 pieces instead of 6 but they were no better than average in flavour or freshness. After finishing our meal it again took forever before a waitress came to get the bill. Instead we could see them by the kitchen area massaging each other...
Went here again tonite after sayin the last time(again) would be never again!! We have come here over the last year, out of sheer convenience or desperation due to it being located across the street from us, and left everytime saying"WHY??" Well this time will truly be the last we go(for real this time). My first complaint is the service, or lack thereof. Indifferent, sour faced girls who look like they hate their lives. I've never felt like tipping more than 2 bucks here, and other times have left no tip at all. Second, the food...ugh! I've read mostly positive reviews here and cannot understand why? My only thought is that the masses out there are satisifed with average or even sub-par food or their taste buds are so deadened by the typical processed crap diet that most people eat..but anyways- my issues with the food are:
1) HOT RICE on sushi!! there's nothing i find more revolting than biting into a piece of cold raw fish and having a wad of hot,sticky rice squish in my mouth-unacceptable and has happened a few times to me there
2) the rice,again, has a strange, funky flavour that leaves an after taste and is way too sweet
3)fish not fresh and clean tasting- it always has just a slightly "off" flavour and texture to me
I guess if you like all the deep fried stuff and teriyaki sauce, this restaurant will do, but this is NOT Japanese food...its poor quality Chinese food fair food at best. I guess I'll go to sleep tonite listening to my stomach groan in protest trying to digest this filth i ate once again...
My boyfriend and I are new to Vancouver, moved from Toronto a couple of months ago, we love sushi! so we were very excited to try it out here. Tried many places in Vancouver and surrounding areas since being here and Hi-Nippon is by far the best we have had. The prices are very good, we average about $35-40 for dinner,( 3-4 rolls, wild salmon sashimi, 2 miso soups, and edamamae )
We highly recommend ordering the rolls with black rice, it is a dollar more but well worth it, much healthier and better tasting than white ( didn't know what we were missing!)
As far a service goes, we think it is pretty good, typically Japanese restaurants are not known for there service, Hi-Nippon is an exception, friendly and on top of things! Great restaurant.
It does get pretty busy, not just weekends.
Sitting in the booths is best, no shoes, more comfortable.
No all you can eat, since eating here we no longer want/need all you can eat, much better quality, and enough food to fill you up for a good price with out over doing it :)