My friend and I happened to walk into this restaurant Saturday night. It was so busy there but it was worth the wait to try out their brown rice sushi. I had brown rice sushi somewhere else a couple of times. They were not as good as white rice sushi. I didn't know how they did it here in Iki. Iki's brown rice sushi tasted even better than white rice sushi. I also loved their yam fries. We really enjoyed their service and food that night.
Unfortunately, ambiance/atmosphere is the only thing I can say "good" or "ok". Food is mediocre, service is so-so, and everything else doesn't impress us (four of us went to the restaurant). Sushi was not authentic (I am Japanese). Some ingredients of food taste like fast-food. Yam-fry was only ok, no different from those of other restaurants. I would not go back again nor recommend to anyone to go here...
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This restaurant is one of the rare places with very fresh and delicious sushi. The food and detail is impeccable, a work of art for a decent price. It was unfortunate that the same attention did not go to service and ambiance, it was as though cutlery needed to be transferred from one place to another and another...very noisy. I am sure it was just the night I went, and this may be the exception rather then the rule.
I absolutely love this restaurant. It is increadibly well priced and the brown rice sushi is some of the best I've had in Vancouver.
I especially love the star and crispy mango rolls. If you get green tea, make sure to get the brown rice green tea (genmaicha), as it is much better in my opinion.
Iki is not at all pretentious, but it does not look tacky either. The outside does not make you want to come in, but the inside is very nice. It is comfortable and cozy, without any real theme in the decor making it feel almost like a friend's dining room, rather than a trendy restaurant. This is a place I have been going to several times a month for the last two years and I am still in love with the food. I take everyone there I can and no-one has hesitated to return on their own.
Iki is a great find, and easy to get to. It litterally is the 99 Bus stop on East-bound Broadway at McDonald.
I have eaten here time and time again.
The food is always consistent and offers a modern and healthy twist.
Their lunch specials are affordable at more or less $10 and Iki offers brown rice sushi and other wholesome options.
If you're feeling like taking a break off your diet, their yam fries (rather yam strips) are quite tasty coming in a tempura batter with a balsamic reduction and spicy mayo.
The decor is quite lovely and the the staff is without fail friendly.
If you're around the West Broadway / Macdonald area I definately recomment trying them out.
My friend and I had been here before several weekends ago, and were happy with the food so we decided to return for a late lunch. Now, the service wasn't great then, but at least it was sincere. Today, our waitress was practically ignoring us. One of the gentlemen who worked there (a cook?) ended up serving us for the most part. Strange, considering the place wasn't particularly busy at the time.
We both ordered lunch boxes: my friend had the salmon; I had the misoyaki black cod; we split an appy of agedashi tofu. The tofu came first, but we had to wait to eat though, because the waitress neglected to give us chopsticks or plates. We were unable to get her attention. The gentleman brought us the rest of our food in short order, along with chopsticks and napkins. The food tasted all right.
However, by the time we left (about 45 minutes later), I was feeling a bit queasy. About five minutes later, I wasn't feeling so well. My friend felt the same way. Two hours later, we're both still feeling it.
Based on taste, I would have given the place a food rating of 3. But since we walked away with mild food poisoning, I'm only giving 1. Sorry, I won't be back.
A great new addition to the list of Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. Owners take great care in creating a truly enjoyable dining experience. They greet customers warmly and provide a wonderful ambiance with modern decor mixed with traditional touches. The service is attentive, yet not intrusive, allowing you to fully enjoy the company you are with. The menu is mixed with such a variety of items (which are all delicious!), that it imperative to come back again in order to experience all the dishes. The highlights are the multiple versions of Maki (sushi rolls) and the creative cooked dishes, like Isobe Age, which is almost impossible to find anywhere else. The chefs take such care in preparing each dish like you were their only customer, and the fish, etc. is so fresh! They often have a Jazz quartet on Friday nights, which also lends to a great overall dining experience. Banzai!!!