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Kentizen Fusion Lounge

88 W Pender Street, #2029
Vancouver, BC V6B6N9
Tel: (604) 771-0301
Fax: (604) 682-5676
Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Fusion, Japanese
  • Price: $$$$ ($45 or more)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
  • Japanese fusion restaurant and lounge located inside International Village (Tinseltown) on the second floor beside the food court. Spacious, floor to ceiling windows, beautiful decor and huge bar. Occasional live entertainment. A la carte and buffet menus available.

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Better food at food courts
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

Went for dinner there due to their ability to accomodate a large group. Food is what you would find in a chinese smorgasboard in chinese/western restaurant in a small town in rural BC. It's the deep fried, stir friend food that you can't really tell apart. Not really fresh buffet as the turnover is not there. Sushi as well with mostly rolls, no sashimi. For the dinner price of $20+, no comparison to Japanese AYCE. Better off just going to the food court in Tinsletown or T&T across the street and eat there. Service was minimal and the place looked like a large hall.

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Where's the fusion?
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 12:22am [Dine in]

I was excited to check this place out since the decor was VERY inviting. I had the buffet dinner at about 8pm on a Sunday.

Food: They had Alaskan King crab legs which I thought was a nice addition to the buffet (unfortunately some pieces were REALLY salty.. but still..) Lots of shrimp, sushi and hot Chinese food. Some of the hot food looked like it was sitting there for a while, but the beef short ribs and pasta that I did try were good. The sashimi wasn't as fresh as it could be, but it was ok.

Value: for just under $20 per head I thought it was fair, considering other AYCE japanese places are roughly the same price or over, without Alaskan king crab legs or unlimited sashimi.

My confusion, though, is where the fusion part of the restaurant exists. Basically, this is a restaurant that serves both Japanese and Chinese food. From the outside I was expecting new dishes that mixed the two in an innovative fashion, rather than just having two types of menus. I think their name should just say "Kentizen Japanese and Chinese Cuisine" ... then it would be less misleading :D

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A Pleasant Surprise
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 1:01am [Dine in]

I was a little nervous and felt intimidated because this place is huge and gorgeous! And I thought the food would cost me an arm and a leg, but it DIDN'T!
I came here on a Saturday night. Once I stepped my foot in, I was greeted by a nice gentleman which promptly seated me by the vast windows. If only this town was not bombarded by condos, the view might've looked more appealing. The service was awesome; I practically had 2 servers constantly cleaning my table, refilling tea and replacing dirty napkins. They have regular menu items which is Jap or Chinese and Sushi buffet. I had the regular menu while other 3-4 tables around me had the buffet. I assume they have a large selections of sushi, etc. But I don't eat much so I ordered Miso soup, sashimi (which you can half order it) and a roll. The miso soup was in a big bowl which contained seaweed, tofu and green onions. Quite good. The sashimi was pretty good served in a decent size. Not in thin slices. And the roll was average. Overall, the presentation was nice and the food is average.
This place is beautiful so I think it'll make a wonderful lounge for drinks at night.
I would like to go again and will recommend this place.

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Not worth a second try
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

A group of 8 of us dined here over the weekend expecting a big buffet with salsa dancing to follow our meal that was to start at 9pm as told by the person taking our reso early that week. When we arrived the restaurant was super dead, maybe 5 other tables total. Once seated we waited and were greeted by a manager who mentioned to us that "he's not supposed to be working tonight so that's why he's wearing jeans", we thought that was random but didn't really pay any attention to his pants.
After waiting more than 5 mins for a server to come by to take our drink order we decided to go up to the buffet.
It was the smallest buffet ever, minimal selection with a small variety of sushi, sashimi and warm dishes. The rolls were obviously pre made well in advance which made them crunchy and dry, the sahsimi was a little suspect so most of us avoided it which is a shame because we all enjoy it. For $22 a person I was super disappointed - the minimum effort that was put into preparing the dishes was not worth the money, they should be charging around 12 bucks for the dinner buffet.
The ambiance was also disappointing, we asked several people working when the room starts to fill and the dancing begins; some had no idea what we were talking about and others said they think it may be on another day. In the end we didn't stay for the show - if there was any.
Overall the room was big but oddly lit with bright spotlights in some areas and dim lights in others. The music was very sombre and quiet; 80's and 90's love ballads making it very boring and sleepy. The service was slow and the servers were uninformed and forgetfull.
Everyone agreed that the room and food were nothing special. The crab legs were cold and soggy, the rice was crispy and over cooked, the sashimi was opaque looking, the veg were good but how can you screw up steaming veggies, the gyoza's were warm on the inside and rubbery on the outside; although the short ribs were quite nice. The list goes on and on on how everything could have been good but just wasnt. Also all of us were surprised that they didn't have miso soup which was odd.
In the end we all decided that it was worth a try but not worth going back.

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Pretty good buffet
By panda of Burnaby (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 12:56am [Dine in]

The 3 of us wanted to try out this new all-u-can-eat buffet for $22, so we made reservation for Sat. nite. Beautiful restaurant with a dance floor and DJ equipment setup. The manager told us that they have salsa dance at 9:00 p.m. We arrive at 6:30, had we known that, we could of came later.
The food was great! Good quality hot food, I must say. I love their deep fried wings, oyster motoyaki, fish and their sauteed prawns were huge. I also tried out their cold buffet, spinach gomae were excellent, I like how the sauce was on the side. Their rolls was ok, I prefer rolls made by Japanese instead of Chinese sushi chef. Edamane and cocktail prawns were in abudance and fresh.
Overall, a nice presentation. The only quirks I have is that their plates was so small. Their so-call plate was a blue narrow rectangle glass plate, its very hard to pile the plate with food or else it lands on the floor.
I only rated the value of food a 3 because the buffet did not have miso soup nor dessert. Green tea ice cream would of been nice.
My friends got their money worth as they went for the sashimi.
Will come back again. Hopefully, their quality of buffet won't go downhill, like the Grand Buffet.

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review earlier ... was a good deal for lunch
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 9:01pm [Dine in]

I have been here more than a few times now.

I love Salmon sashimi and each time I came I really enjoyed it.

came here in mid december, they no longer give Salmon or Tuna sashimi, just those thinly sliced salmon pieces on rice .... could eat 50 of those ( of course without the rice) and it would be equivalent to 5 piece of sashimi before.

Value is still good for lunch, but it is no longer Outstanding.

W/C still clean, some parts inside were broken/worn, but still okay.

Ambiance is outstanding, clean, lots of room.

Service is good also.

Won't be coming here as much now .... no sashimi.

BTW, they still validate parking.

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Avoid at all costs!!
By collystrings of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

If you're looking for a cheap, fast eat, then this is the place for you. But I recently dined here for a big birthday bash and the food was alright. I didn't really expect much though. But the manager was absolutely HORRENDOUS. He was rude and unprofessional and if there was a higher management to complain to, I most definitely would have. He tried to intrude on everything, telling all the party guests he could not handle their issues until after the party and drinking on the job. He is absolutely disgusting and I wanted to sack him right on the spot.

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Never Again
By Diner 1 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

Never again to this place! The place or AMBIANCE is OUTSTANDING for party but the FOOD and VALUE is POOR, the SERVICE is WORST.
When you book your gathering here, make sure to tell the manager not to get drunk or else your party would be a disaster! The MANAGER (kenny) is DRUNK, when confronted he'll just tell that he just had a sip of liquor? What? For Kids party?
The manager sometimes stand as an Emcee, It was totally disorganized. He will tell you to cut the cake without blowing the candles? he don't accept suggestions,he will embarrass you in front of visitors when you do so. It's better to get your own emcee because the manager is a party POOPER! That's the result of taking just a sip of alcoholic beverages!
Make sure that you have a guest checklist or else he will add to your account! Imagine having extra visitors!

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diner BEWARE!
By goodfood please of kitsilano vacouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:26pm [Dine in]

We ate at this restaurant after a movie. The place did not feel inviting (a room atmoshere that could be interesting but seemed worn down). We should have listened to our intuitions. When the food came it looked old and unappetizing. My boyfriend sent some of what he ordered back and didn't eat all of what he kept. His sushi was dried out. My yakisoba seafood looked like spaghetti out of a can....very mushy and reddish. The seafood pieces were small to miniscule. The manager was rude when I complained about a food hazard problem. While this food was inexpensive, the whole experience made my stomach quesy. I would never eat here again.

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offers free parking
By jammed of sunshine coast (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 18, 2009 - 2:12am [Dine in]

bring your parking ticket to the restaurant to get stamped for free parking.
went to the lunch buffet on a week day. the assorted sushi was ok. i found the rice a bit hard. they were filling empty food items quite quickly.
i found the chinese dishes to be better. there was approximately 15 hot dishes that were pretty good for a buffet style.
the dishes are small which is good for some bad for others. i found the service was good for an all you can eat place.

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Horrible
By mobyfanY2K of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 11:44am [Dine in]

First of alll, let me tell you that as soon as I entered this so called "restaurant", I was greeted by a pair of rude and inconsiderate hostesses. As we were sat down, I felt as we were rushed to order. I chose to eat from the buffet. Eating here was a bad decision. The food had odd smells, the sushi was horrible and worst of all, I got food poisoning. Diarreah was the least of my worries. I had to be hospitalized with shellfish poisoning and nearly died.

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Yummy...beautiful....hidden gem.
By quigley_me of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 9:42am [Dine in]

This place is very nice, beautifully decorated. The buffet is quite good, great choices, a bit overpriced for a buffet but if you can eat alot then you really get your moneys worth. They have sushi, prawns, a few types of fish, king crab, mussels and the list goes on... I think its a great place to go with a group of friends or a quiet romantic evening with a date/loved one.

I will be going back to this hidden gem.

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AYCE Dinner Don't Go
By jodygilbert of Mission (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

The dinner is not worth the price, and some of the food was very bad. Over-all it was a disappointing experience that I will certainly not repeat, and I urge others not to bother in the first place.

The sushi selection was small and the rice in the maki and nigiri was chilled indicating that they were made in quantity ahead of time and refrigerated. Cold rice is terrible. Sushi rice should be at room temperature. The rice also tasted like it was just plain rice without sushi su. The sashimi was just salmon and tuna but was of moderate quality.

We noticed some people were getting mussels and crab legs and other things that were not on the sushi layout or the hot food signs. We asked and were rather grudgingly told about other options. The mussels and crab legs when we got them were completely bland and watery as if they had been thawed in cold water and left to soak up as much as possible without being drained. We also had some sautéed chicken with assorted vegetables that was terrible. The chicken had obviously been boiled ahead and left to languish in the fridge or perhaps even frozen to be warmed up with some very stale vegetables in an overly salty sauce. The teriyaki salmon was also terrible; it was the most disgustingly fatty salmon I have ever had and also had that flat stale taste that salmon gets just before it starts being obviously rotten. The tempura prawns tasted like they had been cooked in old French-fry oil at too low temperature, allowing the very heavy oil to thoroughly penetrate, saturate, and remain in the batter.

We had some Hunan beef stir fry and beef with zucchini that was nice.

I don’t imagine they will be in business much longer. We were there about 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on a Monday, and it only got to about 10% full, max. Word seems to be getting around.

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$10 lunch buffet :D
By luminaire of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 2, 2008 - 3:11am [Dine in]

This is located on the top floor of Tinseltown and the lunch buffet runs from 12pm to 2:30pm

There is nothing very fusion about the dishes, but there is definately enough variety for lunch. Common items include tuna/salmon sashimi (gone very fast), standard sushis (veggie, cali rolls, egg/shrimp/squid nigiri), shrimp dishes (cold or part of stir fry or kebabs), veggie tempura, meat satay and kebabs, black bean beef stir fry with snow peas, fried rice and noodles, sichuan seafood udon, curry chicken, fried chicken wings, veggie potstickers, pork gyoza, and some spinach. Not much for dessert except for jello and cantaloupe/honeydew pieces.

Waiters constantly take away plates and refill drinks (get a glass not the teapot or else its extra i think). Tons of room to move around and has a relaxing atmosphere.

There are problems though. For one, they dont replenish the food fast enough, especially the sashimi. Also, the plates are completely ridiculous. This is a buffet and the last time I checked, they're for hungry people who push the limits of calorie consumption. With that in mind, the plates they choose are 8cm by 30cm...

At least you get some exercise walking back and forth.

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rude, rip off
By joerg of Vancouver, Downtown (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

The food is sub par. The servers were rude. The prices were too high. When I enquired about the extremely loud kitchen vent blasting out of the back of the restaurant directly into the front of the apartment building behind, I couldn't believe what I was told. Apparently, the owner is not concerned about the residents affected by the noise, and smells, only with his business. I will never return, and urge others to avoid this one.

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Deceiving Liars!
By ChatterBox of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:22am [Dine in]

Upon rave reviews from friends who loved this place, my boyfriend and I decided to go for dinner on a Monday night. At 7pm, we were the only customers there and for the longest time, it remained that way which was quite depressing for peak dinner hours. For the price of the buffet, you were allowed to order anything off the regular a le carte menu. Crazy deal, right? NOT! The manager came and took our order and frequently stopped us in between as to say, "Quit ordering so much." When we selected the expensive items on the item, we were told they were unavailable, illegal to be shipped to Canada (yes, they said that!) or not fresh. Basically, they didn't want to waste their expensive items to AYCE diners. One item that caught our eye on the menu was this deep-fried dynamite roll (prawn tempura inside California roll). We asked what was inside and the manager explained it was prawn tempura. My boyfriend said, "Ok, we'll have this" (pointing directly at the picture). We eventually got the tempura part, but not the roll. When we asked about our order, the manager said our order had indeed arrived as we had gotten our prawn tempura. We explained that we wanted to try the deep-fried dynamite roll and the manager had the nerve to say there was no such thing on the menu! When we referred back to the picture on the menu, the manager explained that it was just a deep-fried California roll, all said while clearly there was a deep-fried prawn tail sticking out in the picture! WHAT A LIAR!

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AYCE Wedding Luncheon
By Century_Dragon of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 6:20pm [Dine in]

First time there w/ the family this past Saturday for a wedding luncheon. Easy to find which was just right next to the Food Court at Tinseltown. The tabes were set for 8 people, with lounge armchairs for patrons.
The food was fairly good w/ sashimi, rolls, skewers, lemon chicken, hunan beef (pretty spicy...yum!). While it was a WEDDING luncheon, we didn't have to pay for tea, pop (the 7-up was flat...yuck!--asked for a Coke in exchange) or coffee, the alcoholic drinks were on the pricey side...for a Caesar $8 and a Sapporo beer $7.
We'll be coming back some time soon for lunch on the weekend to see how it is without the party atmosphere.

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AYCE buffet - great price, ok quality
By Pica of Richmond (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 12:48am [Dine in]

Read through some of the previous reviews and kind of agree about the fact that there's nothing too "fusion" about this place other than a fusion of chinese fast food & japanese AYCE.

Having said that, Kentizen's lunch AYCE buffet is only $10 per head - and they have unlimited sashimi (salmon & tuna), rolls, and other cooked items (fried noodles, gyoza, even shish-kabobs). The price of $10 per head is merely $2 more than if I go to Pacific Centre and buy fast food there, but I can actually sit at Kentizen in a ballroom like setting and have a decent conversation with my lunch buddies.

All in all, I'd recommend this restaurant for its value. People who go to Kentizen should lower their expectation of the food here - yes, it's not great japanese food, but at $10 in downtown for a buffet lunch with sashimi, the food is reasonable & reasonable relative to the price. People looking for a full meal should definitely go.

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Very relaxed and actually quite unique
By wootup of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 5:34pm [Dine in]

A lot of people have posted surprisingly negative, and in my opinion, undeserved reviews about this place. We had a party of about 25 people and were taken care of very nicely by the staff. The food was good and the ambiance has a bizarre but relaxing feel to it. It's just a very large, non-pretentious place. The value is very good.

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not what they claim to be
By liliana of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

We went to Kentizen based on a friend's recommendation that Kentizen has a great fusion buffet. Upon being seated, there were only 2 other customers in the restaurant - no one else came into the restaurant during our entire meal.

The hostess took us to our table and told us that we could order items off their list. It took forever before someone finally came to bring us tea. When it came time to order, the server told us that several of the items we wanted wasnt avaible that day because they were sold out or that some of the ingredients were illegal to import to Canada. WTH? if that's the case, take them off the menu.

As we ordered items, the server told us that we could only order 5 items at a time. What was really disappointing/upsetting was that the other pair of customers were ordering off the same menu as us (we could hear them) but their plates were MUCH larger than ours. When i asked the server she said "oh, they're regular customers so they get a better deal."

Sushi was really old - crispy rice pieces and the fish looked old. Some of the rolled sushi we asked for like the Rainbow Roll and Phoenix Roll were brought out to us, but they just looked like California Rolls. When we asked about them, the server said "yeah, it's Rainbow Roll and Phoenix Rolls." We sent them back and asked for the real rolls to be made for us. Again, California rolls were brought out. At this point, we decided that the server really didnt comprehend what we were trying to explain to her so we gave up.

The AYCE menu had Japanese items and Chinese items but no fusion cuisine to be seen. This was really disappointing because we were hoping that there would be some cool items.

Seeing their online menu in advance would have 100% deterred us from going.
http://www.kentizencuisine.com/kentizencuisine/page-3-0-eng.html

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