Kadoya serves sushi, sashimi, appetizers, rice bowls and noodles, gyozas and spring rolls, tempura, teriyaki, combos and boxes. Well known for their creative rolls.
I've only been here once, but can't wait to go back again. Their specialty rolls are truly special and mouth-watering. Really neat textures and combinations. We also had the special of the day, some sashimi, of which I forget the specific name. Nonetheless, it was really, really good. The food comes fast, but the service had to be reminded to refill our tea and to bring the bill. I believe they have some 7.95 specials after a certain time in the evening, but I'd definitely suggest trying some of their more unique stuff.
It's a really small place, with nothing extraordinary about the ambiance, but I enjoyed it. In any case, the sushi's the highlight worth trying!
An outstanding take-out option for sushi as the restauarant is very small and crowded during lunch, try for dinner to eat in.
Warning** incredible sushi** best on Davie St. with LARGE portions- wow!
If you want take-out you should call in advanced or you could wait taking up your precious lunch time.
Kadoya Davie was my favorite to dine Special rolls.but! the food getting worse and also service is awful and just hated it. They made mistake and they were talking in behind something in chiness.. So I told my friends who just went to Denman Kadoya and they had just great dinner even though owner is changed in Denman Kadoya. I was fool to try just usual taste had several years but I guess its not bad idea which try new things..My friends just told me go Denman even far way from apt... I heard Denman Kadoya is geting better and better service.
I have eaten at this restaurant at least 100 times, and on average I would say it deserves no less than 4.5 stars out of 5 on all counts. Being a loyal customer has benefits, and I have never been served anything that wasn't fresh, plentiful, and fast by a team of very hard working people who take pride in what they do. The truth is I have observed the same level of effort extended to all first timers, and even the occasional rude bad apples, but everyone is allowed an off night.
While I usually opt for the vegetarian fare, my loyal sushi companion knows no limits and indulges in whatever the chef recommends, frequently resulting in spectacular presentations and the very best in fresh. I've been there by myself, with my friend, a party of 6, and a party of 14 and was amazed each time by the incredible speed and service of the friendly staff.
I think a major consideration for this restaurant is timing. If you want good food fast go in for the lunch or dinner rush hour or grab take-out, but if you want to go and linger over starters, sashimi, sake and specialties make a reservation for a mid-afternoon feast or later dinner.
They are opening a new location overlooking English Bay (Davie & Denman) that promises the same great food, but hopefully with a better view, (sorry Davie location - the menu on the window is a little much).
It's not unusual to find a line up to get into this small restaurant, but trust me it's worth the wait. The ambiance isn't really there and the tables are so close it feels like your eating with complete strangers next to you, but other than that this place is awesome!!!
Their specialty rolls are great prices and the quality of fish and freshness is always there. The paradise roll and spicy tuna roll are my faves and a definite recommendation. I've been to sooo many sushi restaurants around this city and this place is delicious!
This is one of my favorite sushi joints. Their offering of unique rolls is unrivaled, such crazy flavour combinations that actually taste amazing. Their special rolls are a lot bigger than a normal roll so keep that in mind if you are trying it out for the first time. My favorites are the panda and princess rolls, definitely a great value as well. When I used to live a couple blocks away I would go to Kadoya at least once a week and on one occasion I actually forgot my purse! It had my wallet, camera and cell phone in it and when I got it back it was returned with everything intact. I am so grateful to all the staff members for helping me out in my time of forgetfulness. Overall, a great sushi place, budget friendly with awesome staff :)
I have been to Kadoya many times. I've eaten in and taken out. I have also been since they renovated, and it's really pretty after dark. The handwritten signs have moved to the back area and left room for a new, funky feel out front.
I love the fusion rolls and agree that they are large. I also agree that many of them taste quite similar, so sharing one or two fancy rolls between friends will do. Their regular spicy tuna roll is also fabulous.
Yes, it's cramped...and in downtown Van that is not going to change without losing seats, so it's just something to deal with. The service is often rushed, but it's just part of the Kadoya experiance.
I hear the owner is a sweet caring man that takes very good care of his staff, unfortunately, this does not always translate into good service.
This is a fabulous place to try out some interesting rolls. Be adventurous, you really can't go wrong.
Tried Kadoya for the first time last night and I'm already craving for the house rolls again. I went in expecting the service to be so so and for them to rush at the end, but personally I'm one of those people that likes to get my bill as soon as I'm done eating, so I'm ok with the rush. You just need to make sure you don't give the impression that you are getting ready to leave if you still intend to pick at your food for a bit.
Over all the service was fine though, no bitchy servers, and I did end up asking for water. The friend I was with goes often and says that they have some bad servers there ruin the reputation for the rest of them.
I say that because of all the people who want to dis Kadoya because of their "special" rolls which apparently aren't really rolls in the japanese sense. There are a number of sushi joints in town that have them, but I think they are more of a tourist attraction than anything else, but I certainly wouldn't necessarily judge the quality of their sushi on the fact that they choose to have these mega-rolls in addition to all the other stuff on the menu.
When it comes to deciding on sushi places in vancouver there are so many and so many are mediocre. I always turn to the sashimi to see how they are doing and if we want to get into the Kadoya/Samurai debate I think Kadoya wins hands down. Samurai's obscene portions are the reasons people seem to go there, it's certainly not for the dingy digs or the not-so-stellar sashimi.
So if I'm on Davie, for me its Kadoya, they have great fresh fish, and if it means that the person serving it to me does it without actually looking at me and smiling a sickly sweet "hey there, how's it goin'?" kinda smile that's alright by me (I think I actually prefer it that way).
This is a small gem in the West End. Others have already mentioned the specialty rolls, which are beautiful to look at and tasty - essentially they are sushi rolls with creative combinations of items within and on top of the rolls themselves. The regular sushi rolls (esp. spicy tuna) and sashimi (spicy tuna again) are excellent as well. The wait staff are well intentioned and highly observant. It's true that they can be a bit sassy at times, but it's a busy place (exceedingly so at times) which has to be taken into account, plus sometimes patrons themselves act in an overly demanding, overly entitled manner which just makes thing more difficult all around. The prices have gone up over the past year so it's not as good a deal as it used to be. Ambience is bare bones: the place is small, tables are close together and though it's not exactly quiet, the noise level is manageable and it's easy enough to have a lively conversation.
I have been to Kadoya a couple of times already, and I always order their specialty rolls. I think they have the most innovative rolls that can't be found anywhere else. Although some combinations are a little questionable in my opinion (Snow White Roll- coconut shavings and rice doesn't seem right), most of them are pretty good. They do a great job with the presentation of the rolls as well.
This place has got to be the best value in the Westend by far....
Their sushi is delicious, and the rolls are generous in size. I can't get enough of the Chop Chop Scallop roll or the Spicy Tuna. Best menu is the specialty rolls though... creative and delicious! I'm a guy and I can only eat 2 rolls when I'm there since the rolls are so big. For me, a meal there usually costs around $7, $10 if I have a specialty roll. Only thing I can't comment on is the cooked dishes as I haven't ever had one from there.
The service is pretty good, the girls in there are quite busy but they always have time to come over and check on how things are and top up your green tea. I don't really know which nationality they are, and I don't really care since the sushi is great and their service is solid. Only thing that is annoying is that the dining area is very cramped... but then it seems that most places down here all have that problem.
Like I said, best value in at least Davie Villiage, if not the Westend!
My friend and I dropped by the restaurant last month. The service was very rude; they had zero respect for their customers. I could even hear the waitresses gossiping about us; they probably thought that we don't understand Chinese. The food tasted aweful and the specialty rolls had a lot of color dyes on them, which is not healthy at all. Avoid at all cost.
Surprising that this restaurant gets as much attention as it does. The restaurant is decorated with signage previous customers have left behind boasting how amazing it is.
The reality is that the food is just alright. If you're looking for oversized rolls with a lot of (pretty warm) rice, and if not smothered in sauces or mayo lack presentation altogether, this is definately the place to go.
The waitresses leave me with mixed emotions, some are very charming making up for the others who are monotone and sometimes rude.
I would visit many other sushi restaurants before going out of my way to go to Kadoya.
If you're seeking traditional sushi that leaves you satisfied and feeling great, move on. If your cup of tea is wasting half of your rolls because they're so huge and full of rice, and soonafter feeling bloated, this is the place to go.
You don't come to Kadoya for the service or the space, you come here for the sushi. Everytime I've been to Kadoya, yes I'll admit it's been cramped and minorly uncomfortable, but all is made up for with the food. Their creative and elaborate rolls are AMAZING, and the portions of their other dishes are very satisfying. Hands down some of the best sushi I've ever tasted.
As for the reviewer who was complaining about the authenticity - if you want real Japanese sushi, go to Japan and get ready to shell out the big bucks for some standard raw fish.
OK, I was in the area and was looking for a bite to eat a little past the lunch hour and strolled by. I noticed the menu and reviews posted on their window. I also noted that it seemed quite busy for after 1pm on a Thursday afternoon. The reviews were positive of course, and one had a headline "Edible Art" which is what sushi is supposed to be. Please the eyes, then the tongue. Anyway, I didn't read the entire review and walked in. I should have turned around right then and there when I noticed that the music was Chinese rather than Japanese. I still decided to give it a chance as I know some sushi chefs who aren't Japanese trained in Japan or were trained by Japanese chefs. I was by myself so was asked to be seated at the sushi bar for which I am grateful because I noted the cooler and general prep area was quite dirty and disgusting. I did note that the chef was quite adept at making sushi (the various cuts he was making and his technique). However, I decided NOT to order any sushi and ordered chicken katsu curry instead. I waited for about 15 mins before my meal arrived during which I drank their diluted green tea and read some of the many pieces paper extolling the great taste of the sushi. My food arrived and one look (and smell) told me that it was off. The biggest beef (or in this case, chicken) they used Chinese curry rather than Japanese curry. This affects the taste (and smell) and look of the dish. This is not to say that it tasted bad but rather very different from what I expected and am used to. Secondly, Japanese curry is supposed to have chunks of vegetables like carrots and potatoes. This curry had shredded carrots and no potatoes (at least none that could be discerned). At least the chicken was well breaded and was crispy as it should be. A minor quibble is that it should have come in a deep dish and with a spoon rather on a plate with a fork, but that only tells me that they are definitely not Japanese.
not a bad place for sushi. Its pretty good food and decent pricing. The service is a little lax and needs some improvement, otherwise its fine.
The place is REALLY tiny though, so dont go there if you are a bigger kinda person
There definately is alot of good things to say about Kadoya. This place has sooo much more than sushi however if raw fish or seaweed isn't your thing. I was told about Kadoya by friends and have sinse been there numerous times. As far as the poster who said "best sushi in BC", you had better eat out more because although good, nicely presented and well priced, it is far from best. The 3 things I just mentioned however make this hidden gem in the west end a definate must go to place if Japanese is what strikes your mood. The service however is pretty terrible. A dining room the size of my closet and eye contact is hard to make. Hands in the air screaming may be the only way to get through to the servers! Make sure the first time they visit your table you order EVERYTHING you want for the whole night!
After class one day, my sister and I decided to check out Kadoya on Davie. After checking out some pics of the restaurant from my friend's blog, I just had to go and try the sushi. IT WAS SO GOOD! We got the Canucks roll and the Maple Roll (7.95 each). Both were delicious and huge - 8 big pieces each. Then we each ordered a sunomono which was not worth the 4$ each. Small and you had to choose ONE of prawn, tako, kani, and clams. Just make it yourself at home, it's so simple!
We went around 6 pm on a Thursday and it was not packed at all. However, it did get filled around close to 7 when we were just leaving. I don't enjoy the tight seating spaces, but then again, they had to make use of the small restaurant. The restaurant is kinda easy to miss, right across from celebrities on Davie. Check it out!
Hands down to Kadoya!, This is the only sushi restaurant here in the lower mainland that I keep coming back to. Their specialty sushi rolls are fresh, huge and very tasty, I especially like the maple roll, rainbow roll, dragon roll...actually i like all of em, and can't get enough of 'em. Their prawn tempuras are good too, as well as the gomaee...
My only critic is that the place is so small that your literallly elbow to elbow with the other customers; And because theyre always extremely busy, sometimes the servers forget to refill your tea or water. Also, expect line-ups during lunch and dinner time.