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Kadoya Japanese

1063 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1M5
Tel: (604) 608-1115
Fax: (604) 608-1113
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 10PM
  • Kadoya serves sushi, sashimi, appetizers, rice bowls and noodles, gyozas and spring rolls, tempura, teriyaki, combos and boxes. Well known for their creative rolls.

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Sushi with a fabulous flare - not to miss!
By lainewool of West End (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 1, 2006 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

Kadoya Japanese is a small restaurant on Davie with a magnificent sushi chef who has developed an entire range of new sushi combinations. His wall is covered with grateful praises from happy diners such as me.

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Slow and inattentive service, but great sushi!
By americangraffiti of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I love the sushi at Kadoya; it's creative and delicious (particularly the Queen roll). Unfortunately, the service could be much better. Both times I have been to Kadoya the service has been extremely slow (we waited about 45 minutes the last time before someone finally took our order -- and we asked twice if someone would be coming by soon). The staff also failed to refill our tea until the very end of the meal. I recommend Kadoya, but with the hope that we will see improved service in the near future!

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Did I like it? Not sure.
By sblessley of Vancouver West End (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 10:17pm [Dine in]

Reviews of this place tend toward "imaginative" sushi rolls. Gotta give 'em that. I ate there for the 1st time tonight, at the sushi bar, so I watched a lot of other peoples' meals go out. Now, I've been to Japan many times, and to many an authentic Japanese restaurant whether in North America or Japan itself. This isn't... exactly... it.

The review that convinced me to add my own read in part "if you want real Japanese sushi [go to Japan]". Well, yeah, see your point, but you need only cross the street and go west one block for authentic, inexpensive food -- Samurai Japanese Restaurant. Went there first but it was packed and the sushi bar was also full. Thought I'd try somewhere else.

Back to Kadoya. The first thing I noticed at the 'bar, was that none of the staff was Japanese. Cantonese, I think. That said, the sushi-chef was a man possessed. His moves were smooth, he was compulsive about cleaning his work surface. On the other hand, twice I was struck (literally) by flying things -- water(?) once, tobiko (fish roe) a 2nd time. I don't think it was an amuse-buche.

Here's the reason for my conflicted rating. I had unagi donburi -- basically eel with its classic sweet sauce, on a bowl of rice, with a few pickles ("umeboshi"). And it was fine. Not the most elegant presentation, but solid food that tasted like it should have, at a fair price.

Meanwhile, I'm watching possessed-sushiya make Kadoya's signature "rolls". They aren't exactly rolls i.e. makisushi with nori on the outside. Not exactly nigiri either: flattened oval sausages of sushi rice with a slice of fish atop. More like mountains of rice with "stuff" on top. I've always thought of sushi as mildly-flavoured rice as a vehicle for delivering (mostly) fish to your mouth.

The rolls are a work of art -- but not necessarily culinary art. The ones I saw go out were squirted with multiple sauces -- one clearly mayonnaise, another perhaps the sweet sauce that goes with eel. Then... eeew! Piles of multi-colour fish roe. I'm fine with fish roe, but these got blobs of red, black and green coloured roe. Gaudy.

This isn't sushi, in my opinion. If you're looking for fusion, maybe this is it.

One more thing: a number of reviewers have complained about the service, but my visit was on a Saturday night -- peak time. The waitstaff were working very hard, but I never felt neglected. I'd say they had 3 or 4 waitstaff -- more than enough for the tiny dining room. Can't fault them for that.

Kadoya one be on my list of places to return to soon. It wasn't that it was bad, it just wasn't that good. I think Samurai is better food, better value. I must whine about them for a moment, though: they've dropped their "Dead Frog" draft beer. I quite liked it.

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nice japanese place marred by inconsistent service and cluttered room
By lush0000 of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

Been here many times and must say the Spicy Sashimi and the Sakura Rolls are my favourite. Generally, any of the rolls from the che's special menu is a satisfactory meal. Portions are generous (for this side of town) and prices are reasonable.

My problem with this place is 1) the cluttered room, filled with about 3 too many tables, along with tacky ratty paper on the walls, 2) the inconsisten service. Service is fast but I have found it to be varying from downright rude to adequate. Your meal can really depend on the waitress you get.

Also, this is just getting picky but many of the tables felt sticky and I'm also disgusted by the number of doctors who come to this restaurant for a meal in their white/green medical coats and their medical equipment hanging around their neck. Isn't that just plain unsanitary for someone who works in a hospital? They are picking up germs everywhere in their clothes.

Anyways, a good place to go to have a quick and satisfying lunch with friends.

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Arrogant & Unfriendly
By Segismundo of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

Kadoya is off our list of favorite restaurants for good.

Lets start with the only positive thing about this place. The chef, even to the best of my knowledge not Japanese, is better than the majority of Sushi chefs he competes with in Vancouver. He gives every roll a special something you don't find in other restaurants.

However, he can work as hard as he wants, the 100% female server team ruins all his good work. Do not expect service. You are not welcome here - except during the moment you show cash or your credit card. These girls get argervated when you ask for water or tea.
The servers can even be called rude at certain times. When you finish the last bite and your chop sticks might not even touch the table - be sure someone is behind you and removes your plate. They even do this when you are the only guest during lunch time. We certainly don't like it.

And yes, I guess they save money and don't have a cleaning lady. The floor is more than dirty.

If you wanna enjoy your lunch or dinner, than this is not the place to
go.

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Better make it take-out
By NurseGal of langley (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 5, 2009 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Went to lunch with 3 friends, had some fabulous food. The rolls were amazing, unique, great selection and menu, just outstanding which is saying alot for the number of choices for Japanese food in Vancouver. Prices were reasonable, not cheap but decent for the quality of food you get. However, right from when we got into the restaurant, the servers acted like we were bothering and inconveniencing them. We got 3 menus, asked for a fourth, got a ton of attitude as if it were a huge annoying request and it all went down from there, asking repeatedly to refill our drinks, slow service, almost rude in attitude, just atrocious.

Upon leaving, we'd decided if we don't get service, we don't tip, we had no gratitude for the treatment we received. As we were getting up, the server came over and accused us of not paying, when we argued, she said there was a "service fee". We argued again, saying there's no service fee mentioned in the menu, and then she said "tips, 10%, it's mandatory". Once again, we're only a four person table, and the menu did not say anything about mandatory tipping. Then she says, "it's the law!!" We're local, not some poor tourists who may not know and think they're breaking the law for not tipping an abusive server!! She made a HUGE scene in the small restaurant, we were so shocked we just left. Something VERY wrong is going on if she thinks it's appropriate to treat people like that and then get mad when she doesn't get a tip.

I loved the restaurant, but will never go back unless for take-out, to avoid the miserable treatment, I'd suggest you do the same.

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We take money you get disrespect!
By jelton1 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 8, 2009 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Used to really like this place, great sushi with lots of unique dishes. The service is just awful! Waited an hour for food then 15 for the bill. 15 minutes for a bill when there is like room for maybe 30 people?? Anyway, bill comes. I throw down the company credit card because its a staff lunch. Then I am told they cant take credit card, only cash and then asked me to go to the bank machine up the street! Uhhhh maybe you should tell me that before i sit down, otherwise I'd go somewhere else. Left to go get cash but didnt come back nor will I ever. Avoid this place unless you like being treated like a number and not a customer. Kadoya has a lot to learn about how to treat people.

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Not Worth the Aggravation
By foodie265 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

Kadoya is in my neighborhood and I have been eating there periodically ever since it opened. Unfortunately, success seems to be going to their heads as the quality of food and service has been going down hill ever since.

Profit is obviously the overriding factor for the owners. The satisfaction of the customer in no way comes first. Parties of two are told to wait even though tables for four are open. They would rather inconvenience a loyal customer than risk having an empty seat. Servers are rude and curt when asked to do something as simple as refilling a cup of tea and the table is cleared and cleaned before people even have a chance to get up and put on their coats...(gotta move those people through).

The food is typical of what can be found at other sushi restaurants in the neighborhood and really doesn't stand out. They might also want to consider running a mop over the floor every once in a while.

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