Budget Japanese restaurant by the Vancouver Downtown Central Library. Dine in / Take out. Signature Dish: Sushi.
Monday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Chose this place because we were going to an event at the library and it's pretty much "on premises". Have had sushi takeout but first time for dining-in. Both my dining companion and I found the food mediocre: in my case, the sushi rice seemed completely unflavoured (sushi rice is prepared with sweetened rice vinegar and represents probably 60% of the flavour of the combined rice/fish). Service was spotty - only one server for the whole restaurant (which isn't that big). Think I noticed different prices from the printed menu to what was on the wall. An order for miso soup never arrived and no mention of it, but the server scrambled to take it off the bill, attempting long-division to "undo" the HST portion of the soup.
All in all, disappointing.
I've went there because it was closest to the Central Library. I regret not walking further to have my lunch at ebi-ten instead.
I ordered a combo of $5.99 with udon and sushi. The udon's bowl is large, but the udon & the food is less than half of the bowl. The food is extremely salty, so I was lucky to have bought a water bottle that day. The udon is less than half the package you get from superstore, and its about $0.49/one package.
As for the california rolls, it looks like a big roll from the top, but if you turn it around, the bottom looks like a direct opposite. From the bottom, you can hardly see any fillings than when you look at it from the top. There are not a lot of avocado, but there are traces of it.
I am not sure if this location provides authentic japanese food since most employees speaks korean....
Sushi originates from Japan, so its to you to decide.
Its definitely not expensive, but the food is absolutely less that what you would see from the picture posted outside the restaurant. As for the quality, there are large rooms for improvement, at least portion-wise.
I've been coming to Kamiya Sushi for over 4 years and the food improves every year. However, one thing they defintely should fix is their front door, it's just so hard to open espeically during winter season when they keep the door shut due to the cold. But other then that it's a quality and satisfying restaurant, and furthermore it's quick espeically when you're in a hurry. The service is great with smiles and the waitress create a satisfying atmosphere for customers, with smiles and quick services. They have specials that are decently cheap, and the quality is top notch. I recommend ordering from the cashier rather than picking up the to go sushi's because it's defintely more good and fresh! There sushi's are great, yet when I'm hungry and require a fullfilling meal, I always select the chicken teriyaki that comes with rice with a bottle of snaple. It's delicious and it no doubt fills you right up. Moreover, their prawns are money in the bank. It's fresh, crispy, and amazing. So Good! The prawns are big too, non of those small little tiny ones. Just the ther day, I asked the waitress why your sushi taste so good, she told me that their rice from the sushi is hand made rather than used from some sort of sushi machine. I guess it's more fresh and the quality up there. This place isn't the biggest restaurant out there, but it gives you always a quick, pleasant, and satisfying meal. Always!
Furthmore, it's right outside my work and plus the library so it's a great location to have a quick, pleasant meal.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone and especially poor students who go to this restaurant thinking they will get a cheap meal. My wife and I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki Special, Udon special, and Gomae. Chicken was old and tough, and tasted like it was really old. Udon was not that great as well. And Gomae, how do you mess up Gomae but apparently they can. They just covered the darn spinach with brown sauce, it just tasted like *beep*. We asked for tea and they even CHARGED us. The bill came to $18.00 and I think we could have gotten a better meal at a T&T for half the price. I would not recommend this place and there are way better VALUE japanese restaurants in that area.
I've been coming to this restaurant for a couple of years and I have never been disappointed. The staff provides excellent customer service-- as soon as you walk in you are greeted by a very pleasant lady I assume is the owner, even though she is usually standing by the till a ways away. It's true that it is fast food, but nonetheless it is very satisfying and yummy. All the cooks are also very friendly and greet you with a big smile when you leave. Mind you, they all know me because I frequent the place, but it didn't take them long at all to recognize me. The waitresses are always very attentive, one of them gave me and my boyfriend matching key chains from when she visited Korea, and another one made a point of remembering the dishes that I like to order. The usual, "Did you enjoy?" from the owner when you pay at the till always makes me smile , mostly because she says it so nicely and with a huge smile on her face. The only thing that I don't like is that they charge for tea (65 cents or something). They do give you hot water refills, though, because they give you a tea bag. Also, their miso soup is not very good at all. I do thoroughly enjoy their donburi dishes, spicy tuna rolls, the best avocado-veggie tempura rolls ever, and their gyozas. Also very clean!
I have been to this restaurant a few times. It is a decent place for a quick lunch at a very low budget, especially for those who are pressed for time at work for lunch hour. It is a "fast-food" restaurant, so do not expect top quality Japanese food, everything is instant and you pay what you get for. There is not much ambiance at this place, but then again, it is meant to be a fast food place.
I do advise that diners DO NOT CONSUME THE RAW FOOD here. My colleague suffered food poisoning from the raw sushi from this restaurant. They also forgot to serve half of my lunch portion. I ordered a Combo C (California roll and Udon), and they served me only the sushi and quickly shoved the tab onto the table to usher me out.