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Irashai Sushi

2260 41st Ave
Vancouver, BC V6M1Z8
Tel: (604) 266-9332
Neighbourhood: Arbutus Ridge
  • Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Large groups only
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:30AM - 3PM & 5PM - 9PM
  • Irashai Sushi offers a large menu of fresh maki sushi and Japanese food with options to suit everyone. From traditional bento box meals to the large selection of fresh sashimi and nigiri. Irashai's expert chefs prepare your sushi cuisine quickly and present it beautifully so you’ll enjoy looking at our Japanese food almost as much as eating it! Irashai also offers fast and free local sushi delivery, as well as party trays for any event.

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Fresh & well-prepared.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 5:32pm [Dine in]

A good variety of cooked & raw choices on the menu. The service is adequate, the overall experience is a positive one though nothing really special.

I've been back a few times to see if there is something exceptional to be had here but it's just "not bad". Though they seem to not overstock on their ingredients, therefore, keeping the quality relatively consistent & fresh, it's still not worth dropping by unless you're in the area. It is, however, one of the better Japanese restaurants in the area. I'd have to say, I prefer Irashai over the sushi place across from Starbucks/Shopper's on 41st, and that "Sushi" somthing or other across the street by the crepe place.

They seem to be regularly offering bluefin tuna sashimi on their menu but then, not sure if it's because it doesn't get requsted as often as it maybe should, but it was definitely served still a little too icy while some pieces were half-thawed almost right, the rest were still a little too frosted when you bite down onto it. This is especially noticeable since the cut was so thick on each of the pieces--and this was supposed to be the belly part, but it was lacking the nice fattiness--or perhaps, it was too frozen to taste, but it didn't appear to be as fatty as it should when you look at it.

They only have one unisex bathroom at the back for the patrons to use which seems to be kept alright still--odour-free, etc.

I believe that they're closed Sundays and also in between 3-5pm or thereabouts daily.

The servers seem to accomplish their jobs adequately, but most of the time, they just seem hurried and rarely smiling, but still pleasant all the same--except for the one newer girl that just seems out of it.

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Yaki-Spaghetti, not Yaki-Soba
By latelier of SE Vancouver (69 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 2:22am [Dine in]

We arrived here for dinner at around 8pm in the evening and the place was clearly busy with its local clientele. I'm not sure if it's because they don't recognize us as being one of the "regulars", but as a customer, I sure would like to acknowledged, if not greeted warmly, at the very least, and not left standing at the door like some hungry idiot begging for a table. When one of the parties finally left, we went over to seat ourselves, only be stopped momentarily by a stern server, who gave a short "Just wait..." as she wiped the tabletop off. OK, sure, whatever. At this point, I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend my hard-earned coin here - but perhaps the food will make up for it.

Then the food arrived. First off, salmon sashimi ($10). It looked like what appeared to be, and had the texture of, wild salmon - it was fresh and tasty. Next, the "Crispy California Roll" ($4.75) - which we discovered was no match for nearby Asa Sushi's "Crazy Boy Roll". Irashai's version was a tiny California roll rolled in Tempura bits (likely left over from their deep fryer). To our disappointment, the crispy roll was stuck to the chopped scallop roll ($5), one of our sushi favorites. This gave the scallop roll an unintended crispy texture and tempura flavor (thanks to the tempura bits) - which would effectively ruin the delicate flavor of any scallop. Even more laughable - there was perhaps a barely visible sliver of scallop and a disproportionately biggish piece of cucumber in each roll.

And when we discovered that spaghetti noodles were used in our Yaki-Soba, and informed the server about it - she simply replied "Oh, we use spaghetti in our Yaki-Soba - yes" in a matter-of-fact tone. It was ridiculous and the equivalent of saying "Yes, we use macaroni in our Spaghetti and Meatballs...what's the problem?". When she was advised by my gf that the menu should more accurately describe this dish, she gave us a "Uh-yeah, OK....".

This is definitely the last time I'm visiting Irashai. To be fair, I had two excellent experiences here before their brief shut-down (due to renovations I believe). We'll stick with Ajisai or Asa sushi the next time we're in Kerrisdale.

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Hot Hot Hot!
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 26, 2006 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

I agree. Just because they are not of ethnic Japanese establishment, doesn't mean they are bad. I know some of non-Japanese sushi places that can surpass the authentic ones very easily. Please don't underestimate.

Anyways, their food is very hot. All of them are served right away, and the warmth is really addictive. I tried the Yam tempura fries....and they even had purple yam!! It was pretty interesting. Their green tea....was so hot that I couldn't drink it until later. The green tea is of good quality as well, as I can notice the difference in color. I had the nabeyaki udon, which did not have much chicken in it, but the quantity and flavour of soup was delicious. I enjoyed my visit to this place and shall come back again. I think this is the only japanese restaurant worth visiting in Kerrisdale. There aren't many anyways.

Service is quick, but the old hostess lady can't seem to calculate correctly....

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tough call
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I'm torn here between the great food and the mediocre service. They are super busy and the servers are run off their feet so the service is slow. Takeout orders are addressed before dine-in patrons, which annoys me.

Ambiance is... busy. Irashai is a small restaurant with a ton of traffic including dine in, take out, and lots of families with kids going out for dinner.

Prices are on the high side. When thinking back on the dining "experience" as a whole, the value just wasn't there.

All that being said, the Food. Is. So. Amazing. Fresh, delicious, innovative and well-portioned. Real crab is available upon request. Yum!

I would get take out perhaps, but probably would not dine in again.

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what is up with you, angry waitress?
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 6:50pm [Dine in]

Irashi Sushi is a good Kerrisdale restaurant with consistent, sometimes excellent food. The room is clean, the cooked food is hot and almost everything ordered comes promptly. So what is up with the angry waitress? She's the young gal with short hair and she has an aggressive and creepy attitude that is in such bitter contrast to the jovial, gracious older waitress that you feel like you are in a weird experiment. The problem is that the restaurant is so small, that both waitresses serve you - so you go through this weird Jekyl and Hyde routine where one is a complete darling and the other is like having a lemon forced into your mouth while you rip out a hangnail. Makes tipping a confusing and painful experience. Nice waitress brings extra napkins for the kids, mean waitress makes you feel bad for pointing out that she brought you a poorly-washed plate with gunk on the side of it, nice waitress smiles and suggests a special dish, mean waitress acts like she's being put out for a request for a glass of water...etc... But the food is good - all sushi and sashimi is better than average and the tempura is light and crispy. So lets all just ignore the hostile gal. cheers

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Overall - good but a tad pricey
By homercdn of vancouver east (17 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

Busy place during the lunch hour. We arrived at about 130- most were just finishing up. We got our table for 2 upon entering.
Ordered our regular fare of sushi:
pepper tuna (awesome!), unagi, yam roll and BC roll.
All were great. Service was good - water and tea topped up without asking.
Food arrived promptly and fresh.
I would recommend this place if you want good sushi and not just a fast food sushi.

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Average
By terrie of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 13, 2007 - 8:41pm [Dine in]

Just another average Vancouver Japanese food place. The service was slow and abrupt. Cooked food dishes are OK. Sushi is very average, not great, but not horrible. The tuna sashimi I had was half frozen. I did enjoy the deep fried taro scallop appetizer but left feeling somewhat unsatisfied.

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a big disappointment but what did I expect?!?!
By sushisucks of vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 9:34pm [Dine in]

My date suggested we leave but I was convinced our food was going to show up "any minute now." We waited for 45-60 mins before our food came. I'm not sure why I was surprised. We'd been to Irashi Sushi before and waited and waited and waited before asking that they pack everything up so we could get to the airport on time!! As well, I'd once sat at the bar for a quick bite and had to wait for over half and hour for a roll and a few pieces. RIDICULOUS! What is really frustrating about our meal this evening is that (a) the food wasn't all that good (my tuna sashimi was still icy-frozen, the nigiri pieces were minuscule, and the squid was over cooked, flavourless: BORING) and (b) the people around us were getting much better service. In fact the head lady was doting on the guests at the table next to us and kept brining them out special dishes. The couple on the other side of us came in 20 mins after us and got their bento boxes about 3 mins after we got ours. Very frustrating! Furthermore, there was no apology or concern on the part of the staff or owners. When I asked whether our food was ready or not the waitress muttered something about it being soon but didn't offer an apology or an ETA; nobody brought us a complementary dish of say edamame. And the same with the bill- no hint of anything amiss, no apology for the wait; NOTHING. I will simply not go back. There are so many far superior places to eat sushi in Vancouver-- like Toby's, Shiro's, and whatever that place is on Thurlow @ Alberni downstairs! My advice to the Irashi owners is to stop taking so many To Go orders... cut them off at some point or hire some more staff just for the take out orders. I get the feeling however, that they just don't care. They are doing good business in terms of making money and they'll just keep forging ahead at the expense of the eat-in customers. We'll you've lost me as a dine-in and take-out customer... oh and everyone I know.

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Better than many others....
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Well, they have the norimaki for the carb-conscious.
It's such a convenient place for a quick lunch with a friend, and it does get quite busy during lunch hours.

I like people-watching here, except that it's Kerrisdale, so after about ten minutes you realize this isn't really an ideal place for people watching anyway.

Food is solid, try to venture out of the normal California rolls and try some speciality rolls -- they're worth it.

This place is great because although the quality can't compete with places like Ajisai, it's a step up from a lot of other ones around the area but not at a hugely inflated cost.

Ambiance is good, clean, and service is unremarkable but reliable. Will come back but not on my own accord.

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texture of sushi rice very good
By butterflykawaii of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 7, 2006 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

This is one of only few places where the rice texture for their sushi is perfect for Japanese. My friend had told me about this place and said it is very good for their rice. The rice taste is good, I think it could have more flavour, but again, it is the texture of the rice that makes this place so good.

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Good, but expensive, specialty rolls
By MisterDiner of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I will often bring guests here because it is close and the specialty rolls are consistently good. The regular rolls are... well... rather ordinary and I would stay away from them.

The complaints from the other reviews generally have merit. If you come during peak hours, then be prepared to wait as the seating area is quite small. Also, do NOT expect great service... it is hit and miss.

And while I may have gushed about the rolls, they are not cheap.

Still, the meal is usually enjoyable here.

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Favourite
By rapple1 of Kerrisdale, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:41pm [Dine in]

Always popular, hence the line-ups and wait...it's our favourite neighbourhood Sushi place, out of the nine within walking distance...always see our neighbours & friends here...the portions and quality are very good, we never leave hungry.....the most important criterea is consistency, and they certainly have been consistent in their quality over many years.

those who complain, I just do not understand..this is certainly not Tojo's, nor does it pretend to be.

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Be warned: Horrible Service, Cramped, Mediocre food, Overpriced
By JOE123 of kerrisdale (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 1:59pm [Dine in]

here are some key points that lead to my review title:
1-waited about 15mins until i was even acknowledged (there were 6 of us and the restaurant is too small to excuse this from happening).
2-lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitress #1 greets me and tells me to wait (i am not complaining about the waiting but could you at least not look like i just told you i ran over your dog).
3-lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitress #2, who i think is the owner's mom or aunt, seems and sounded fustrated that we have not made up our minds within the first 5 mins of opening the menu and that she has to come back to us.
4-lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitress #2 voiced her dismay when we appearantly did not order sufficient amount of food to make serving us profitable (so i added a sake to the order).
5-food was so terribly mediocre (for those of you who have stated that this is the best sushi you've tasted, im sorry to hear that), and portions that are so very small that you can't possibly make the arguement of quality over quantity (i am not comparing the size to all you can eat restaurants, but rather sushi in japan and at other fine establishments like Seto here in BC).
6-prices was a good 20% more expensive than your average sushi spot, which this is (don't let the newly renovated decor fool you). I don't mind paying for quality if quality is what i get, but this obviously is not the case at irashai.
7-after serving us the food, neither lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitresses could be bothered to check up on us again even after attempts to flag one of them down to refil our tea (please be assured, we were courteous throughout the whole ordeal, so it was baffling us to receive such service).
8-lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitress #2 gave us the bill and stood there until we paid it. We needed change back as we had split the bill, but never got any change back (after waiting another 15 mins and with them starting to clear our table); I assumed lemon/black/angry/etc faced waitress #2 (assumed to be owner's mom) decided that thir service performance was well deserving of a 20% tip.

Conclusion-personnally i was offended by the service we got, coupled that with the horrible value, i would never come to this restaurant again. I would also suggest you reconsider when craving sushi when you are in kerridale; you may have better luck at Asa sushi (at least there you know what you are getting), or Ajisai sushi which is just as pricey but at least it's authentic.

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why bother?
By daisuke of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 11, 2007 - 7:05am [Dine in]

If you're desparate for sushi and I MEAN desparate, this might be an option for you. Maybe if you have no taste buds and haven't a clue about sushi in the city and you've gotten your chops from one too many all you can eat sushi places and chinese or other asian other than japanese owned sushi places, then you might like this place.

awful bland food, lukewarm sushi and crowded tables where you're can guarantee to have some loudmouth drop food pieces from his/her mouth while dining next to you and yapping to their eating companion. Yes, the tables are THAT close together.

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Hire Some More People
By EatMeYummy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 23, 2006 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here with my bf a few times, and though we are lured back by our taste buds (the tuna tempura roll is amazingly delicioso!), the service always sucks. It always takes forever. Through our keen sense of observation, we have noticed that all the girls serving us work really hard, but the sushi chefs are in la-la land. That bitchy owner-lady should fire and/or hire. I only get take-out now. It's the way to go with this place.

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Best Sushi in Town
By kitsman4 of kitsilano (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure I want to share this with the rest of Vancouver, but Irashai has been consistently serving the best sushi in town for at least the last couple of years. The owner is friendly and really cares about quality. It can be crowded, but is well worth the wait.

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Just don't go when I want to!
By Rosebud of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 12, 2006 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Great food, great value and friendly! Recently rennovated decor and menu has kept Irashai stylish and fresh. Lot's of people phone ahead for take out. Success has it's price for dine in customers who must wait in line.

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Kerrisdale deserves better
By FineDiningMom of Kerrisdale (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I really can't understand some of the positive food reviews here. Did we eat the same dishes???

The only positives that I can offer is that the place was clean and we actually had a friendly server unlike some of the other reviewers.

I had to give a rating of "1" for food because it was quite laughable. My kids ordered the yaki-soba and were astonished when they received spaghetti instead!!! What a joke. Is this authentically Japanese? Also, the sushi rolls are about half the size as other restaurants, but more expensive. And the taste was so just average. The sockeye salmon sashimi was ok, but again, the portion size was ridiculously small.

For the price that we paid that night, we could have had double the food at Aoki Sushi, which is actually run by Japanese chefs. Next time, I will forgo convenience and drive down to Broadway for better, authentic, and cheaper Japanese food.

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Tired of waiting
By chris84bloom of Vancouver, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 6, 2007 - 3:38am [Dine in]

The food is great. I'll give them that... but that's it. Their portion is not proportionate to the price.

Like other reviewers here have mentioned, there's a lot of waiting. If you're not that hungry and with friends you can talk to without checking your watch so much, this place is a good option to consider. I left once because I was so sick and tired of waiting. If Irashai had a quality service that could go with the food, I would probably wait... but they don't!

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Best in Kerrisdale
By onlytehbest of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Ive been eating here for sometime now. I must say if you are looking for quality sushi this is the place to come. They have somethign for everyone. From avacado nigiri to bento boxes to various noodle dishes. You cant go wrong. The fresh fish sashimi melts in your mouth.

Keep in mind that this is a small establishment and you may have to wait for a table. Some may say that the service is slow, but they never mention that everything is made to order. Its never prepared before you order it. The Goyza are the best in the city, and they take a long time to make becasue they make them right when you order them. Meaning they stuff them and cook them.

One of my favorite things about this place is their nigiri sushi selection. They have smoked salmon, and even avacado nigiri. great option when you dont want a whole role.

their hot food is also very good. alwasy hot and fresh.

Best time to go for dinner is 6pm if you dont want to wait. Lunch is busy as well, but typically you can always get a table with very littel wait.

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