A popular Japanese restaurant next to the Roundhouse in Yaletown.
They offered more choices than I expected for cooked & raw. Some items were a disappointment while others were surprisingly tasty. The toro was pretty good, though too bad they offered bluefin tuna but didn't have it in toro form. The "live" saba that one of the sushi chefs recommended when I placed the order for saba tasted quite fresh albeit a little more on the lean than I'd have preferred. The uni is okay but the ikura has obviously been sitting to the point of being quite dry & chewy and didn't want to "pop" in the mouth. The skin of the egg/roe was so thick & dry & warmed that it felt like eating a sheet of dead skin tissue. The maguro/tuna w/ some kind of pureed potato/radish mix paste was quite bland & disappointing while the chef recommended Honjin tuna w/ mango dressing was quite good. The negitoro roll, though more negi than toro, had a nice balance of flavours.
Mostly fresh fish for the raw stuff while the grill items were huge disappointments. The black cod was nearly dry but it takes a lot of effort to dry out that fish, so it was still okay to eat, however, the grilled mackeral was too dry for us to finish, so that was left to waste--didn't even bother packing it to go.
Though it seems the chefs & the servers & the management are Chinese, they seem to offer mostly fresh fish w/ service that's slightly less professional, but still ok for the most part. The prices are pretty good, too. They certainly don't seem like what you'd expect from the Yaletown area. The restaurant is actually larger inside than I had expected looking in from the outside. I also like the location, right by Urban Fare! It's usually not that difficult to find street parking nearby.
This used to be one of my favourite spots for sushi, but the past couple times I have been there, the service was WEAK. I am only giving the service a 2 because I recall the service being good there before this. I am hoping that my recent visits were just an anomile. My recommendation is to sit at the bar where you will never get bad service at any sushi restaurant. If you do, then you really know there is a problem.
The sushi here is good. The portioning is perfect as far as I am concerned; not too big, not too small. I don't like big jumbo sushi, that is for weirdo cheap skates. The seeweed is of decent quality and not too chewy.
I am going to go back here in the next month or so, I hope the service is better.
The best dishes included the crab salad, which was very well done, it was flavorful and with crunchy bits of deep fried wonton skin i think, mixed with fresh crab meat. I really enjoyed the gomae, gyoza, and the sunshine roll which was imitation crab meat, cucumbers with smoked salmon and slices of mango on top. The deep fried scallop roll is good too! The beef and salmon sashimi was okay. Do not get the yakisoba, it is tasteless and greasy. The deep fried banana with ice cream of choice was decent. Overall I would say it was a good meal!
Both the Honjins in Yaletown and North Vancouver are great sushi places. For the last three years, I have gone in at least weekly and have had consistent service and exceptional food. I highly recommend ordering off the special board because that is what's freshest and best. Slabs of fresh red tuna and wild sockeye are two favourites of mine. I was once accidentally served tuna tataki which has since become a standard. Occasionally, I will order take out lunch and the combos and bento boxes are great value. My teacup and belly are constantly full here. I sit wherever they put me and the service doesn't waver. I think they're going to start calling me Norm.
Great value lunch menu. Lot of fresh sashimi and variety. Dinner on the other hand, i feel, is expensive. I'm always flabberghasted when i get the bill. I mean, it's good food, not fantastic, and they are very imaginative/creative with some of their parings of ingredients. I recommend the sunshine roll, tempura, chicken wings and the dessert.
The servers are a mixed bunch, generally the longer more established ones offer you great service - are always on hand, and know when to approach. The younger ones - well they perform the basic requirements of a server.
There's a reason why we don't go to this sushi place for lunch. The service is slow and negligent. The sushi and food is decent but the many sushi restaurants around the area still beats it. It is a comfortable place for a sit down and for ok food...but if I want to have good quality at a good value I will go to Sushi Maro or any of the 3 that line up Davie Street around Richards street.
This place doesn't have much of an ambience but the food is GREAT. The sunshine roll is absolutely fantastic. The service is quite fast and the price is okay. They really have a lot of different choice of rolls that are spectacular. Other that the table being too close from each other this restaurant is excellent.
Our second visit to Honjin confirms our first. Nothing special here. The sushi was so-so, not worth a 3rd visit. Service was average, not overly attentive, but not that bad either. Ambiance is plain, but clean. In general an uneventful, uninspired dining experience.
I've been to Honjin's twice already with different guests and both times I left very satisfied with every dish we had ordered.
Honjin's was recommended to me by a fellow 'foodie' that loves good food. He suggested I get 2 rolls as they were his favorites: Honjin Roll and Yaletown Roll. The Yaletown roll is a larger chopped scallop roll wrapped with a thin egg wrap instead of the more traditional seaweed. This was the only thing that I did not like. Although the egg flavor did not overpower the roll it didn't really add anything to the taste. The Honjin House Roll is a great roll. I'm not sure what goes into it but it has it's own sauce that comes on the dish and it hit the spot.
I'm also a huge fan of Beef Sashimi/Tataki. I believe that Honjins has the best Beef tataki at the most reasonable rate in the whole city. They only use the best beef perfectly seared and sliced with the correct amount of sauce and all 3 garnishes. The meat literally melts in your mouth.
The final dish I would like to introduce you to is the baked Crab. Honjins has a whole section of dishes that come from the oven. The dish consists of bits of crab meat mixed with a tasty mayo baked in half of a crab shell.
Finally the Sashimi, Sushi, and other rolls we ordered always used the freshest fish, perfect sized pieces, and well decorated dishes. For those of you who know, they also serve sashimi with the minty leaf as it is done in Japan. The roe is fresh (I had the tobiko) and it is the actual flying fish roe instead of a replacement like masago (smelt roe).
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who hasn't already been. The service has never been a problem there. Your tea is always full and it is service by committee so you can grab any server that comes your way. If you go please write a review as I think they deserve a better overall rating then 3.
I friend of mine kept telling me about Honjin Sushi, and how great it is and that the Canucks and all these celebs eat there. She took me to Honjin for a birthday lunch. First the place has a clean nice looking interior but we had to wait quite a while to get seated at the bar. I ordered a couple of rolls and cones. When the rolls came they were fairly small and tasted just ok. When I compared the prices to the food we got, it wasn't worth it. Just because the address says Yaletown, and it's across from Urban Fare dosen't mean it's some upscale eatery, especially since there's about 2 Sushi restaurants per block down here. If you read this, go and try Juno on Davie and Seymour instead for the best quality sushi! The only claim to fame this place has is a picture of Schwarzenegger behind the front desk. Don't waste your money and taste buds here.
I must have eaten over 50 times at this Sushi place to get my fix during the past 4 years. While the service was never great, it is has become increasingly annoying. They spill green tea, or the tempura sauce half the time because they don't even look at the table when they're "dropping it off". In particular one gal that seems to really dislike her job. If you're not happy woman, why don't you do us all a favour and not work in service anymore?
Then lately, the prices went up, the portions went down, especially on their Lunchtime Sashimi special. There's plenty of other Sushi places within 500m of your location. People, don't put up with their rude & careless behaviour anymore. I'm done with them.
Say what you will about Honjin, their sashimi is the best value in town. The tuna and salmon are indistinguishable in quality to Blue Water, but at half the cost. The patio is also fantastic in the summer, and parking is free if you grab something from Urban Fare across the road.
My favourite thing to order is an off-the-menu special called The Yale. It is a tasty medley of the kappa roll, 1 inari pocket, 1 tuna nigiri, 1 salmon nigiri, and of course the house salad with the dressing on the side. Delicious.
Honjin Sushi has never failed to impress me. From the delightful flavours in it's creations to the hospitable waiters and waitresses. Whenever I feel like eating sushi, Honjin is the place I always go to. I would definately recommend the Yaletown roll and the Sunshine roll as they are my personal favourites.
As a neighbourhood joint, I think Honjin's pretty good. When I go there I'm always happy with the quality of dishes I get. The sushi's consistently good and fresh and the same goes for the service. The servers are always gracious, welcoming and warm to me.
All I know is that when I have a craving for sushi at a mid-range price, I can rely on Honjin to make me happy.
I recommend giving the Rainforest roll, Yaletown roll and Roundhouse roll a shot, they're really tasty!
I wish I had good things to say about this place since it's in a great location but It is far from a good or decent dining experience!
Me and my husband used to dine here regularly even though the food was never really up to par, there used to be some really nice servers at one time. Unfortunately the owner has left young, unprofessional, rude and extremely disrespectful people to now run the show.
We ordered the boat special which we normally do and an additional chicken teriyaki. The chicken had so much fat on it I wonder now after the entire experience if it was done deliberately. The fish was not the freshest but this is the norm. for this place. We didn't bother to complain about the food since the service staff wouldn't care either way.
The service was extremely horrible! It started when the waitresses (girls) kept walking by our table and offering to refill our tea's and giggling about something that we had no idea what they were laughing at. Then they went behind the front desk and were pointing at us and talking, they must of told the rest of the staff (2 more young waiters, 1 young "acting manager" and 1 more female") about whatever seemed to be so funny. We ignored this and continued eating and assumed they were being typical immature staff who have obviously no clue about running a business. What happened next really drew the line! One of the waiters walked by our table and turned to where the tea pot was and made the face, the sound and the action of spitting inside our tea pot!!! He turned around to see if the immature waitresses saw him do it and sure enough they were standing there egging him on and they all started laughing!! We asked for the manager and he must of been around 19 or so, and he was also involved with the earlier giggling and gossiping going on in the front. He apologized and said they were just "playing"!!! The girl waitress continued to walk by our table and would purposely stop at our table and just start scratching her head over our food! Very unsanitary!
Needless to say, after dining the 4 of us all experienced stomach cramping and of course followed by the usual food poisoning. I can only imagine what they did to our food in the back and the worst part is it seemed so deliberate as though they didn't care. I plan on calling the health inspectors and notifying them about this restaurant and the complete disregard to patron's health and not to mention feelings. I still cannot believe we paid for the bill, we should of walked out rather than submit ourselves to all of this abuse.
I do not recommend this place to anyone, not for food and especially not for service. There are many other sushi restaurants on Davie and Richards that have so much more to offer. I/we will never return!
went for lunch special and it was truly disappointing experience. Sushi wasn't fresh at all and they didn't really clean the fish as I found some black stuff on the sushi:( Also, worst service i've ever had:( we had to ask at least twice to get the stuff we wanted. The waitess didn't even bother to look at us and respond. The Udon we ordered smelled really strange too. I went to this place because it had very good reviews. guess i was wrong...There are better place to eat sushi...
Well, I've been a regular for about two years now. The ambiance leaves much to be desired, but I find the sushi great…at least the three types of rolls that form the staple of my order. Try the "Round House", "Caterpillar" and "Yaletown" rolls (yes, I know...very original names). They are a wonderful departure from the mundane (god awful "California" et al) rolls you find at your run-of-the-mill Japanese eatery. I agree with the previous poster that he service can be "WEAK" at times, but on average I have found the staff fairly attentive (seldom have to ask for a refill of tea or sake).
I have been a regular at Honjin since the day they opened in Yaletown (we used to frequent the N.Van location) However, over the past year and half we have not been back....It all started when we ate there last summer - and spent the next 2 days in bad due to bad sushi (I have never been so sick in my life). Needless to say we decided to try it out again - and the quality of the fish has gone downhill. So we decided to order more cooked food - and it was no better. Since then we have not been back - and probably will never go back.....