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Kingsway Sushi

3665 Kingsway, #110
Vancouver, BC V5R5W2
Tel: (604) 433-6388
Neighbourhood: East Side
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Buffet
  • Features: Television
  • Hours: Mon: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5:30PM - 11PM, Tue: Closed, Wed - Thu: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5:30PM - 11PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5:30PM - 12AM, Sun: 11:30AM - 2:30PM & 5:30PM - 11PM
  • Kingsway Sushi features a menu of classic Japanese cuisine for lunch, dinner and late night. Enjoy a la carte menu options or all you can eat.

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For AYCE and a big crowd was surprised how good service was
By eating good food of Vancouver (128 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

Came here with some friends this weekend.

I usually don't want to go to AYCE sushi joints; as I tend to fill my self up too much, but we went anyways.

This place is a bit more expensive than regular sushi places that I have gone to, but found the taste and quality was better......and for the first time did not have missing items, or items that we didn't order be brought to our table (I think other sushi places bring items to our table that we didn't order on purpose) and also surprisingly; didn't have to wait too long at all for our food and there were a lot of us.

So if (or when) I do go for AYCE sushi again......This will be the place

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Quite possibly the best option for Japanese AYCE
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 3:24am [Dine in]

Three hungry souls met up for some smorgasbord dining recently. We opted for the regular menu over the deluxe but by no means were the choices second rate. All of the usual items are found here and more; we tore through the choices over several rounds.

Dollar wise, you're paying nearly $10 more for something regularly known for its cheap fill, but what a difference in quality. All of our items were made to order, coming hot and quick. No single dish ruled our flavour palettes but the quality paralleled something you find outside the a buffet strip; we ordered many dishes multiple times and the consistency stayed true. The nori used for the cones and rolls were some of the best we've had in memory; a crisp snap without the jaw gnawing.

Service was at a frantic, yet fairly friendly pace. No more than a minute after our order was taken, some hot dishes had already begun to arrive, and came hot. A couple of missing items and slowdowns at the end but otherwise something we didn't expect. Even a few checkups were made when passing by our table.

The space is clean and bright, with lots of stretch room.

Not a particular fan of all-you-can-eat, but this one has me sold.

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Good sashimi, reasonable prices, decent service
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I had one of the best salmon sashimi here for the all-you-can-eat catagory. Other sashimi was fresh as well. While the regular ayce menu ($20) didn't have some "deluxe" menu ($6 bucks more) items that other ayce places feature, it's still a good enough selection and also offers some unique items such as the flame hawaiian sundae roll. The oyster motoyaki was very good as well. All in all, a solid experience.

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Let's hope they keep their standards
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 16, 2007 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

I have to completely agree with chasiubow's review.
This is a very good place to have good AYCE (and the words "good" and "AYCE" doesn't normally go well together). The place is clean, servers are friendly and the food is good and interesting. I really hope they keep it this way and other AYCE restaurants follow in their example.
Although their menu is not as extensive as some others, they keep their menu offerings exciting and I think that's what makes a difference. The have offerings such as sushi sundaes, deep fried scallops, sole teriyaki, and baked tapioca pudding (order in advance as it comes piping hot straight out of the oven).
My only complaint is their teriyaki sauce - strangely thick and too saucy. Also, their tonkatsu is not your usual.
Servers were very friendly and even though they are very quick in clearing dishes and asking for more orders, I didn't feel rushed at all.
Definitely return for some more "sundae"!

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What AYCE Should Be
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 10, 2007 - 10:41am [Dine in]

I tried this place over the weekend with 5 hungry diners and it was very good. This place is a sister restaurant of Richmond Sushi and some of the staff from that place are here. The restaurant was very well appointed, and quite clean, although I didn’t like the abundance of curtains on the way to the w/c. I had one near collision!

The service was great, and the servers kept coming over and asking if we wanted more. They used the standard PDA’s, so the food got there quickly. The price was right for AYCE, and the food was good. The hot foods were hot and the sushi was freshly made. I also noticed they used ceramic dishes, not the usual cheap plastic. It’s the little things that make a difference to a dining experience, and this place got most of that right.
KS reminded me of what Richmond Sushi was like when it first opened. The menu is almost the same, except for the preparation/quality is much better. I just hope it doesn’t go downhill.

Also, I found free underground parking which was a huge bonus.

Recommended!

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Great value for lunch
By hungryfordinner of Vancouver (125 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 28, 2008 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

Food: The food was quite fresh and quite delicious. The oyster motoyaki actually had big oysters in there! The chopped scallop roll is delish! The kimchi is always a must-try! The ebi sunomono not so much..

Service: Quick and friendly service.

Value: Don't order the 'best value lunch', always order the regular lunch menu, which is $11.95, just $2 more. You get a LOT more variety this way (nigiri sushi, oyster motoyaki, ebi sunomono, etc.)

Ambiance: This restaurant is very clean and well kept.

I will DEFINITELY return for lunch! Dinner is a LOT more expensive (double the price almost) so I will probably only come here for lunch.

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Not good enough for us to return
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 26, 2007 - 3:35pm [Dine in]

Came here for a quick snack. We ordered regular menu. We had miso soup, spicy tuna roll, salmon sashimi and something else I don't remember. All I remember was we didn't finish the food. I think it's because it didn't taste fresh or taste as good as I thought. I saw other ppl have all you can eat so I guess maybe they're better. But if regular menu is not good, how good can AYCE be?
The service was good, our teas are constantly being refilled but that's about it. I will not come again.

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Efficient so so Sushi
By Kujibo of West Vancouver (127 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 12, 2007 - 4:04am [Dine in]

Saw the positive reviews and finally got a chance to try dinner at this place.

The business seems to be designed around efficiency. They are constantly asking you for more orders, clearing your plates, and bringing food quickly. It is a bit overbearing at times as they are actually hovering waiting for you to take the last piece or asking you to move something to get a plate. But I will give props to the owners for running a tight ship here even if it comes out a bit strange.

Most of the food was "ok", particularly the fried foods and sashimi (they have sockeye salmon). However, you can sense this place is just one premade assembly line. The tempura was a bit cold as I imagine it's been sitting for a bit too long. The sushi was the most dissapointing. It is a bit old and mushy tasting. Some of the ingredients aren't great quality either. I didn't order any more after a few dissapointing rolls.

So the food is not great but I'll say it is what it is for the sake of efficiency.

Comparing this to Fish On Rice down the street, I much prefer the food at Fish On Rice. However, this place is run infinitely better than Fish On Rice is now which has gone really downhill in the service area lately.

For a $26 dinner I expect better quality food and I know I can get a much better sushi meal for that price so I won't return for dinner. However, for a cheaper lunch price this place is probably not too bad a choice for low end food given you should be able to get in and out quickly.

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Surprisingly good service at an AYCE
By Gidge of Vancouver (93 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 12:32am [Dine in]

I don't expect much when I visit an AYCE. Actually, I try to avoid AYCE at all costs and only go to one if coerced. Last week, I was out vetoed and found myself at Kingsway Sushi, operated by the Top Gun Chinese restaurant group. There was a 20 minute wait and I was surprised to see large parties waiting past 7:30pm. Clientele was diverse, lively, and also very young. Median age: 25. The waitress was prompt and came by several times to take additional orders and to refill on tea. The coolest aspect was the ordering. Servers enter your order directly into a wireless handheld device that connects to the kitchen and within seconds (yes seconds), your first appy is served to you. One major qualm about AYCE, quality is always secondary to speed. In less than 10 minutes, 80% of our order is stacked onto our table and we're on a sprint to consume as quickly as possible to clear room for the next wave of plates. The enjoyment factor diminishes with every non distinguishable bite. The only dish that was memorable was the beef tataki. Not japanesy at all, but nevertheless tasty. Sushi rolls were pre-made and the sashimi's were of lower grade cut. To reiterate, I don't expect high quality food from AYCE so at least this place met my expectations. The service, unlike Sui Sha Ya, was darn efficient and the server did not miss any of our dishes. Value was on par with other AYCE around town ($23 pp) and presents an easy solution for large parties. Bill splitting is always so much easier with AYCEs. Ambiance is fairly clean and modern looking. I didn't check out the washroom so can't comment. Overall, not a bad choice for those impartial to AYCE's. I'm not converted but won't seriously blast this restaurant either.

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Solid AYCE Restaurant
By Balmy of Burnaby (52 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 3:25pm [Dine in]

Came here with two other ppl for $13.95 AYCE for the late night special. Food was was you would expect from AYCE. The same item (oyster motoyaki) was missed in both rounds of ordering. We had to ask the someone else to get that order through twice. Items usually get missed anyways so no big concern. Food came quickly. Some of the items were cold and I assume they were prepared earlier (e.g. tempura). Tea was refilled without asking. Good service. Friendly staff. Solid value, Good ambiance. Clean restaurant.

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Best AYCE in town
By jennko of Vancouver (86 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2009 - 2:48am [Dine in]

I came here last night for dinner with my aunt and her son for dinner and we all had the AYCE for $28 per person. I have not been to lots of AYCE places here, but I've tried Ebei, Shabusen and BC Sushi. I think that the selections here is really good compared to others, I mean they have good quality sashimi like Mirugai (Geoduck) and Amaebi (small sweet prawns) which are both my favorites. They also have some special items like scallop pearl sushi ( I think that's the name) that's pretty good too. For the cooked items they have great black cod that was very juicy and buttery, the beef tongue was also very good. I would definitely come back again when I'm craving for AYCE, maybe in a month or so. I think it's very good value for the food offering. The service was also very good. We have servers coming all the time if we needed more food and the food come within 5 mins upon ordering.

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Solid All You Can Eat Japanese Restaurant.
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 21, 2008 - 3:54am [Dine in]

At this all you can eat japanese restaurant you get solid quality sashimi and most important hot food as well as fast service. I was impressed with everything I ate from the ebi sunomono, sushi and cone rolls, bbq beef ribs and salmon belly! The oyster motoyaki is not that great but decent. The sashimi was really good! Surprisingly the dessert was very good, the tapiaoca dessert taste exactly like how a good Chinese Seafood Restaurant would serve it. It is indeed one of the better "All You Can Eat Japanese Restaurants" in Vancouver! The wait for a table during dinner could take a LONG time, so be prepared!

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Good service, decent food but limited AYCE menu.
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 9, 2010 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We were originally going to go to Top Gun Sushi in New Westminister for dinner, but was shocked to find out that they went out of business, so we decided to go to another Japanese restaurant in their same chain. We were a large group, so we made a reservation in advance. We were seated prompted when we got there, got our tea and everything right away. Pretty decent service for an AYCE place.
The food came pretty quickly, and our orders were correct all the time. The food was decent, nothing outstanding, but I was pretty disappointed to see that they only have BBQ salmon cheek on their lunch menu. I miss the BBQ black cod and the grill salmon head over at Top Gun Sushi. Although they didn't have too much to choose from, they do have some pretty interesting and creative sushi creations.
Overall, not too bad.

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Not good.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 5:33am [Dine in]

This place is about two mins away from my house. I went there once, and not ever again. They had poor service when I went. I only went with two other people, small orders and they somehow still managed to mess it up. Their udon was too salty and the rice for the sushi was too sticky.

Not going back.

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Decent All You Can Eat
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

Recommended. Good value for money, especially for lunch. Been there several times. Not the freshest, most authentic Japanese I've ever had, but not bad. I think its run by the same people who do Richmond Sushi and Robson Sushi, as they have the same PDA ordering system.

Food - Pretty good for all you can eat. I always enjoy their dynamite, alaska, and tempura rolls. Edamame for appy and Mango pudding for dessert always rounds out the meal nicely.

Service - Fast and prompt. Especially for lunch, this place is a well oiled machine. Orders taken quickly, food arriving over the next 3 to 4 minutes.

Ambiance - Ikea furniture. Not so authentic for a Japanese restaurant I think. Nice sushi bar though. Always nice to see the chefs working hard.

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It's not bad...
By Bobeater of East Vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 5, 2008 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Apparently, it's the same owner as in Richmond Sushi. The big rich asian guy all dolled up in his gold rings and necklace while wearing a cheap suit in Richmond, well he owns this place too.

The Food: It's not bad for what you paid for. It's another cheap AYCE sushi join with a different selection of items. The "Salmon Salad" is not bad, Salmon and mayo on top of rice. Kinda goes down easy. There is a okay selection as your usual is present. Sashimi is there not quite as fresh as it supposed to be, but what can you do it's cheap AYCE. Mango pudding is the only "good" dessert there.

The Service: It's not bad for what you paid for. The last time we were there we got a "rude" smirk from one of the "managers" even tho I didn't get anything from him. According to my friend who was complaining to the owner, he was being "snobby" to us kids. Well, according to me...we were being like kids as we began building a tower with our mango pudding cups.

The Ambiance: It's not bad, for the noise level as it is quite a big floor. It's on the ground floor of the building that use to house the great sandwich shop (now it's a starbucks). On the corner of Boundary and Kingsway, it's not a bad locations (The nearest competition is Fish on Rice (Kingsway and Willington). The new and bright light and fresh paint indoors and the tinted windows outdoors make it look fresh.

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Average all around...
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

I haven't tried a lot of all you can eat sushi places, but this is one of the better ones.

The food there was served quite quickly, and service was surprising quite good. Waiters and waitress' were quite well mannered.

Value is not cheap, but no considered expensive compared other all you can eat places.

Ambiance is just a regular asian restaurant. A little bit better than cafeteria style.

Food is not great quality, but for the price you pay, I think it is very decent. And the variety of the deluxe menu is quite extensive. Their beef tataki is very fresh. I would definately go back.

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Solid AYCE, one of the better options - super consistent
By ratrod of Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 5:07am [Dine in]

The biggest measuring stick I use on AYCE places is consistency, and this place has it in spades. Every time I have gone the nigiri is fresh! They run a decent late night menu as well. It's also laid out well so it's not too crowded or loud, which is nice.

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Very solid all-you-can-eat place
By pompey of Vancouver (41 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

This was my second time here and I was equally satisfied. The food was pretty good and the service was fast. I think the after-9:30pm prices went up a bit compared to the first time I went there. Anyhow they had a good selection to choose from. I think our favourite was the short ribs and the baked oysters. Other than that, this is a decent place to go to when you're very hungry.

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Restaurant manager shooting his mouth off....
By awesomekevin76 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 6:11pm [Dine in]

I go to this restaurant every week with my co-workers for lunch because it is closeby, and we go there once a week. So, we are regular customers.

Now, the food is all right, which is another reason that we keep going back. One of my co-workers loves a particular dish there. That is not the reason for this review.

The reason for the review is that the last time I was there several days ago, I paid using cash. I normally paid by credit card and would always tip 20% or more. The last time I was there, I paid cash because I had a lot of 20's in my wallet. I guess I left a smaller tip amount this time because whenever I punch in the numbers on the pad when paying by card, it was easier for me to enter the right tip amount. Automatic, you can call it.

Since we all paid separately, we took turns and I was the last one in my group to pay. The manager put the change on the little black tray. When I left the tip after getting change this time, I didn't think much of the amount and left whatever of the coins I thought was sufficient, and proceeded to head toward the exit. As I walked away from the counter, I heard the manager telling one of his staff in Cantonese, "That is so cheap" in obvious reference to the tip.

Now, if you want to make comments about customers, in this case a regular patron, you should do it out of earshot of that customer. Besides, I always tip 20% and I guess the coins and the change I didn't think much of when I left what I left as a tip. For the manager to be shooting his mouth off like that, is not acceptable.

I will not come back to this restaurant because of that kind of attitude. As a return customer that visits every week and leaves a standard tip every time except for this last time, it is insulting. I will take my business elsewhere and give those other restaurants my money. If my co-workers wish to go back there, they can do so without me.

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