Hime is a classic, simple Japanese eatery that offers generous lunch and dinner specials.
I posted a review here yesterday and I have no idea why it was removed. No matter, here it is again.
Food: The tuna was really reallyr really fishy. I'm not sure if it was a result of it not being fresh or not being properly prepared. It just tasted off.
Service: There were no quality checks, and the service took awhile. There were many servers and not that many customers, so I don't know what the problem was. We were served cold (not even lukewarm!) tea when we arrived. The second refill of 'tea' turned out to be plain boiling water.
Value: This is the category that deserves 0 stars. The food was grossly overpriced. The dinner box that was ordered was to contain teriyaki chicken, gyoza, california roll, prawn tempura. The result? 2 cold gyozas and 5 tiny miniscule pieces of chicken. I have never seen such an empty dinner box! I could get the same thing at Kitsilano Sushi for half the price! We also ordered a party tray, which consisted of 1 california roll, 1 dynamite roll, 1 salmon roll, 1 tuna roll, and 10 sushi nigiri. When it includes nigiri, you think a variety of nigiri. Nope! We got the cheapest ones: 3 tuna nigiri, 2 salmon nigiri, 1 octopus nigiri, 1 surf clam, 1 tamago, 2 ebi. How's that for value? Everything was extremely overpriced.
Ambiance: Please, please, PLEASE make some changes to the sitting arrangement so that it's not so squishy.
The quality and quantitiy of the food should reflect value. This restaurant does poorly in all aspects.
I've been here multiple times, and the food and service has always been consistent.
Food - the fish is always clean and flavourful. A big plus for me is that the sashimi is not a giant chunk of fish, as it is in too many places trying to offer "good value" by spinning out gigantic portions--it's just not appetizing. I tried the Fresh Roll to satisfy my avocado craving--they were generous with the avocado and the sauce on top was really tasty.
Service - service is friendly, genuine, and prompt. The waitress always greets you when you come in, and thank you when you leave.
Ambiance - the restaurant is small and cozy, but I've always gone after lunch so crowds are never an issue. The space is bright and clean, and the decor is cute.
Value - a good place for quality sushi with moderate prices.
I've visited Hime a few times and all times I have found it to be a pleasant experience. Their unagi don is tasty and filling, as are their chicken teriyaki don and udons. The sashimi is fresh and tasty, and the tempura batter is crispy and light, not overly greasy like I have found some other places to be. The sushi itself is quite good as well; the last time I went a couple of the rolls' seaweed was a little bit on the chewy side, but for the most part they were quite nice. Ambiance is cozy and small, and the entire restaurant is usually served by a single waitress. Definitely on my to-return-to list :)
If you are looking for Japanese restaurant with quality food but not too pricey, this is the place. I tried out lunch and dinner there a few times. I am quite satisfy each time. The food quality is good. Their appetizer Sashimi is fresh and price is good with the quantity given. Waitress is friendly. They renovated recently. It's a small place but looks bright and clean. I also like the music they play at the restaurant.
Went for dinner with another friend, didn't had any expectations. Passed by the restaurant many times, never got to try it out. It was a last minute decision, and we arrived at 8:30pm. They close at 9pm.
Food & Value:
Ordered their Chirashi and Toro sashimi for myself. My friend ordered avocado roll, vegetable tempura, chicken skewers and miso soup.
The sashimi plating was just average, or below average to some points. But they do have the standard wasabi, gari, and daikon shreds. Just the way they cut the fish and stacked them together didn't look to appetizing. Which doesn't help when I was starving already. The chirashi, in my opinion, wasn't worth the value. It only had two pieces of tako, tuna, salmon, tai, and one piece of ebi and tamago. When I think of chirashi, I think of scattered, and variety. Maybe some ikura and/or masago on the bottom wouldn't be too much to ask for?
Most of my friend's food were cooked, and they do look better than what I had. Their tempura was good, so was the chicken skewers, but the skewers only had 4 cubes of chicken breasts in total.
Also as I glanced around the menu, I noticed their nigiri sushis were on the pricey side. For that price, I would expect very good sushi, but since I didn't order any, I can't comment. However, from the way they cut the fish for the sashimi and chirashi, I don't expect the fish on the nigiri would be much different quality.
We were greeted as we walked in. The restaurant at that time only had another table. Our water was refilled half way through the meal. But our waitress never asked how our food was. They did, however, took the time to plate things down on the table instead of leaving it at the edge. Which I think for a restaurant in this area is quite rare. But it may also be due to the fact that they weren't so busy. One thing which bothered me though, was that they didn't take away our paper chopstick wrappers. They were on the table throughout the meal and sometimes underneath the plates.
A rather small restaurant, but nice decor and everything seems to be in good to perfect condition.
In general, I don't mind going back to this restaurant, however, it would be on my "last resort" list.
Heard this place was good, finally got the chance to drop in just before 6 on Valentine's Day. There were two other parties seated. The staff seemed busy with takeout orders.
Well, while we were looking at the menu, they decided the restaurant was closed and turned the sign on the door. We were still served, but parts of the order were forgotten.
It was a strange experience. People kept arriving and being turned away. The phone kept ringing and they'd answer and say they were closed. Then I heard them tell a caller they were out of food, and that resonated with what another reviewer said on this page. Seems like something odd is going on there.
I have to say that the food was really very good. The quality of the fish was very high and all the food was skillfully prepared. Hime is a lot like a lower-end family-run sushi restaurant in Japan. They emphasize the basics. It's not a place to go for an Extreme Fusion Combo Roll. In fact the staff may be Japanese, but they spoke Korean amongst themselves.
I would go back on the strength of the food, my wife would stay away because of the service and weird vibe.
Hime upgraded about a year ago, and the new menu is just delicious. It was always pretty good food at great value - now the prices are up a bit, but the food quality is too. We love sushi, and eat there by choice on a regular basis.
Miso soup is excellent, gyoza is great, and the Chicken Donburi is consistently tasty. The *best* dish we have had so far is the house Dynamite Roll - literally mouthwatering.
The new decor is relaxing, clean and more sophisticated (but traditional). We take the kids their all the time!
My boyfriend and I stopped in here for lunch and we were surprised at how good the place was!
It looked like it was newly renovated and the place was clean and chic. The menu looked really new too.
We ordered two lunch boxes and a Dynamite roll. The food was good and the portions were really generous. I will definitely make this place my regular sushi fix joint.
I am a sushi fan and I can tell the difference between good sushi and boring, tastless cheap sushi. This place offers great tasting, affordable sushi in KItsilano area so far. With good staff not over doing the friendlyness facade.
Do not let the one previous review fool you. Running out of sushi rice is most definitely a sin, but in all my years of going to Hime Sushi I have yet to see it happen.
As a self proclaimed sushi critic, I have eaten in over 100 different sushi establishments in the lower mainland. Without question, Hime Sushi is #1. Their prices are reasonable, their service is friendly and their food is priceless.
The wild salmon nigiri and sashimi is second to none. In addition, their tuna is never "slimy" and they make what is quite possibly the best Dynamite and Spider roll I have ever had. Always easy on the mayo and warm to your table.
Try out Hime sushi, now located on the south east corner of W. 10th Ave and Sasamat. You will not be disappointed.
We're big Temaki fans and Hime is our second choice. We've never had a bad "fishy" experience here. Service is quick, friendly and genuine. The lunch value is great. We're fussy sushi fans and Hime has never let us down. Not sure what the one star rating is all about but this place is well above the mark of usual cheap boring, falling apart sushi eateries where your roll is slapped together. The fact that it's always basically packed at lunch speaks volumes about how good it is.
Girlfriend wanted to go here and since it's a new thing I went along with it. Their prices aren't necessarily the best, however I'm always up for satisying beautiful ladies and I've never had a bad experience with getting them sushi. For a small sushi location, they do quite well. Especially considering they give you the option of a miso soup for no extra charge when purchasing sushi over there. No custoamry free orange at the end helped this time coz I wanted us out of there fast and to my place.
I'm also not a fan of how they have some items at the door with no prices on them (such as extremely over-priced peas).
All-in-all however, it did the job
Hi Ordered a Miso Soup, California Roll and Salmon Sashimi.
Miso Soup was fine. The California Roll was good, a little more sesame seed than I would like though. The avocado in the roll was starting to brown and could have been fresher.
The Salmon Sashimi was reasonable. For its price point I was not dissapointed.
Service was quite good. My waitress was attentive and polite.
Ambience in the place is lacking and the seating was a little cramped, however the restaurant seemed clean. My bill came to around $16, I felt this was not bad considering my order and the food quality.
Would eat here again.
At work we order takeout a lot from Hime for lunch. It's always full of people when we arrive to pickup our order. The quality of the food is just superb. It's basic sushi but prepared properly. Portions are decent and well priced. I think it's Korean owned. The waitress is cute and always quite friendly.
On my way home from work, I will often phone Hime up and order my usual. They are very quick with making the food, and it is really good. The fish is fresh, fresh, fresh!
Thank you for a great restaurant, and I will continue to enjoy Hime!
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Our first meal at this restaurant was not especially memorable - regular sushi at reasonable prices in a pleasant but not especially ambiant little restaurant.
The next time we went was awful though; in need of a sushi fix and our regular Point Grey haunt having closed for the evening we headed in and ordered some edamme to nibble on and drinks, whilst we chose what sushi and noodle delights we would feast on. The menu has a reasonable choice, and lots of combi offers too, so the choosing process can take a while - especially for people like us!
But when we ordered the waitress informed us that they had run out of sushi rice!!! We just couldn't believe that this could happen, and that they had failed to let us know when we first got there! She was just really matter of fact about it and not really at all apologetic - and when we said that in that case we didn't want to eat there after all, she just brought our bill over to us - they didn't even give us the drinks and beans as complimentary, despite the fact that we would never have even sat down if they had told us about the lack of rice!
Shocking really, we would never venture into this place again - a shame really as the food and prices are quite good.
If my wife was not Japanese I would not have known, but apparently every single employee was Korean. Despite that fact it was a good lunch experience. The food was not solid along the board. Some highlights however would be the tempura, which was outstanding. The beef teri yaki was also very good, as was the sashimi. The sushi however would have only rated as decent. Between the 4 of us we had 3 different bento boxes, kappa maki, unagi negiri and tamago nigiri. The value and ambience were acceptable, certainly not exceptional, but we did not feel ripped off or uncomfortable.
The service however was outstanding! If I could give them 4.5 stars I would. The moment you walk in every staff member welcomes you. That may change as they get busier during the shift, as we were one of only 4 tables, but it is a nice touch. The waitresses were very attentive without being obtrusive. Finished dishes were quickly whisked away after a quick check to make sure you were done. Tea was frequently refilled as was water, and neither had to be requested! The food came quickly, but not so quick that I'd be suspicious about it being pre made. At the time of leaving the entire staff thanked us for comming, absolutely excellent service!
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