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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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Favorite Late Night AYCE
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:10am [Dine in]

The price is good for Late Night all you can eat. The service is quick, the food comes out fast and is pretty good quality for AYCE. For the price, it makes it my favorite for Late Night. We come here once a week because of that.

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AYCE Can Be Good
By schrutefan of East Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 12:00am [Dine in]

I had the pleasure of dining at Kingsway Sushi last Friday night with a group of friends. We ordered from the standard AYCE dinner menu which was about $20. For some reason they charge 50c for ginger which is ridiculous, but they forgot to add it to our bill. The various menus are available on their website, so take a gander if my review interests you.

I don't really notice ambience myself (I focus on the food) but the restaurant was clean and nothing popped out to me that seemed misplaced or discouraging. The larger tables are in separate rooms (with no door, sort of like a nook), two tables per room.

Service was fairly good. The waiter takes your order using a PDA device, so it's probably best to have one person take charge and do the ordering reading down the menu and counting hands rather then having random people shout at the waiter. We received are food promptly, though they occasionally missed an item or two. It was still far more accurate than most AYCE joints I've been to. By the end of the night however, it took 10 minutes before a waiter would take our order. During the last half-hour the manager kept peeking his head into the nook, presumably to check if we were ready to leave yet. It seemed like they wanted us out of there, but we weren't budging til we got our last call. We arrived at 6pm so by that time it had gotten quite busy.

The food surprised me in two ways. First, it was actually pretty good, especially for AYCE. And secondly, there wasn't anything bad on the menu and we sampled pretty much everything. I can't count the times I've had AYCE where the tuna was half-frozen and/or turned to mush in my mouth (I usually avoid tuna for AYCE because of this), but it was pretty good here. The sashimi was unlimited (salmon, tuna, red snapper, and surf clam) and of fairly good quality. The snapper and surf clam were less chewy than most places.

We had a lot of deep fried scallops and shrimp which were delicious but after awhile it became a bit too much. There wasn't a whole lot of light items to help cleanse the palette - just miso, edamame, green salad, and sunomono (no gomae which I was craving).

They had an interesting set of "sundaes" on the menu - basically roll sushi with unique toppings. The tuna salad and creamy salmon sundaes were topped with a scoop of basically sandwich filling - it tasted like canned stuff to me. The scallop pearl sundae had chopped scallops and a lychee on top - very weird, but somehow it worked. The hawaiian flame sundae had chopped tuna with bits of pineapple in it.

Items I particularly enjoyed include the teriyaki new york steak, salmon belly, beef short ribs, lamb chops, and chicken wings. Mango pudding was on the menu for dessert and thankfully it wasn't watered down like most places. We treated ourselves to a second helping to finish off the night.

It didn't surprise me to find out that Kingsway Sushi is part of the Top Gun group, I very much enjoyed the few times I dined at Top Gun. Overall, I think Kingsway Sushi is a perfect balance of quality and price for AYCE, at least for dinner. I will definitely come back if the opportunity arises.

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disappointing late night
By lemontea of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 12:21pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times for their deluxe dinner ayce and i loved it. Even though it was a bit expensive (comes to $30 (tax and tips included)), i enjoyed their amazing sashimi selection and fast service.

So i decided to try their late night ayce. We made reservations at 9:30, arrived at 9:20 and there was a huge line up for late night ayce already. Then at 9:30, we were seated according to our arrival.

As we looked at the menu, we were quite disappointed that the sushi selection was quite limited. It only had tuna/salmon sushi for nigiris and a few rolls. They don't even have cones ! =( Their hot food selection was limited too. We ordered chicken karrage 3x and it didn't even come. Their chicken on a stick was kinda gross, it tasted like it had gone bad. The only thing me and my friends enjoy was the deep fried scollops, sprimp balls and udons. The tuna/salmon sushi were paper thin. Our bill came to $16 per a person, which i thought was a bit pricy compare to other ayce with more sushi/hot food selection.

After our dinner, we all went home and enjoyed our time in the washroom. lol

Their late night ayce was quite a disappointment for me. I strongly recommend going to their deluxe dinner ayce but DO NOT go to their late night.

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Decent AYCE
By truereview of New Westminster (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 19, 2008 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

I've been here twice now for late night AYCE. Food is pretty good, same selection as Richmond sushi but no wait! I like the new decor and the servers are pretty friendly. Only problem I've had is late night starts @ 9:30 but we were harassed for last call at 10:15. The restaurant is supposed to be open until 11 so that was a little bizarre. Other then that, a good all-you-can-eat in Burnaby.

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won't go there again
By Soous of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

I usually don't bother to try a restaurant again if I didn't enjoy it the first time but I did. Which just confirmed my original opinon. The sashimi was terrible. It did not taste fresh. Most of their stuff is deep fried and everything taste the same. They try to hide the poor quality with sauces. I went for the all you can eat dinner. I left the restaurant hungry. I refuse to eat that crap that they try to pass off as Japanese. I shouldn't have gone there again so I guess it's my own fault. I went for the company. It is not worth the price.

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Solid bet
By leigh of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Our party of 5 came here for lunch today. There were a few people ahead of us, but we were seated in about 5 minutes. They have 2 menu choices for lunch, a 10.95 one and a 12.95 one. The 12.95 one includes sushi, both menus do not have sashimi.

Food was decent and it came fairly quickly. Tastes the same as any other AYCE place. The sushi seemed to have slightly more rice than other places, but still good. Tea was quickly re-filled without us having to ask. The person taking our order was patient since we had several questions to ask.

Ambiance was okay, it's a larger place that has an open seating area. Large windows all around, which let in natural light. Seemed to be clean all around. Tables were cleared and cleaned in a timely manner.

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Great AYCE
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 4:30pm [Dine in]

This is a place that I go to when I want to chow down on sashimi, with an emphasis on quantity not quality.

Ambiance: Not much to comment on their decor - typical Chinese owned Japanese place.

Service: The food comes very quickly - a lot of the times, I find myself having to re-arrange everything for the server so all the plates will fit. The servers themselves are not that pleasant, as they take your order without acknowledgement, then plop your food down. It's usually just apathy, but I have had waitresses that look downright pissed at having to do their job.

Value: There are varying levels of what menu you and your (WHOLE) table can order from - I always get the most expensive, which is $30 per person. This allows you the most options, like geoduck, hamachi and fresh oysters. You can bump it down to $23 for a wide menu as well, that has most of the bells and whistles. The cheapest is about $14, though unlike the former two, that menu does not contain unlimited sashimi, which is what I think makes this place worth the higher price tag.

Food: For AYCE, the quality is actually pretty good, and consistent. I mean, sometimes you can taste some residual defrosting of the sashimi, but I can deal with that. They have more varieties of sashimi than most AYCE places I have been to, like wild salmon (the lean red kind, compared to the marbled orange one), red snapper, and sea bream. They have tasty beef tataki that comes with some mashed pickled plum, and great unagi on rice. Their deep fried items are surprisingly good too - chicken wings, squid and tofu have all come out crisp and hot, though shrimp tempura is usually pre-made and soggy by the time it hits the table. They have grilled food like squid, steak, short ribs and salmon cheeks, so it isn't just raw stuff. I would stay away from sushi rolls though. Aside from being filler, they aren't well made. Get urchin, unagi or sweet shrimp nigiri though. They have baked tapioca pudding with black sesame on the bottom for dessert. It's baked in a dish just for you (watch out, it gets hot!), and is way better than their other dessert option, some rather bland mango pudding.

All in all, I enjoy coming here for unlimited sashimi and some decent bites, and variety. A bit of a steep price tag, though if you know how to eat (which is to say a LOT), then you can definitely get your moneys worth.

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Decent Japanese AYCE
By foodock of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

We decided try Kingsway Sushi to try their All You Can Eat Deluxe Dinner and were quite happy with what we got. They take your orders on a electronic order pad and it seems to speed up the process in getting your orders.

We tried a nice selection of options and founds some nice items on the menu. The spicy tuna sashimi was quite tasty, but it really wasn't that spicy. Still it was good. The same could be said of the spicy tofu. They also had something called a salmon cocktail roll, which was quite good as it had a nice smoky taste to it. My mother especially enjoyed the short ribs, which had a nice marinade to it.

It is a bit pricey, but with the selection of sashimi, it made it worthwhile. It was $28.95 for adults and $18.95 for children (4-9). I believe it is a little higher on weekends. I think the price for children was a little high as the lone child at the table did not even eat that much.

Overall, we did enjoy the meal and will be back. It is probably the best option for all you can eat on Kingsway. The other place down the street in Burnaby pales in comparison.

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Don't go there for Lunch!
By drew86 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 30, 2008 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I've been to this place a few times for dinner and it's one of the better AYCE restaurants at cheap prices.

But that's not the case for lunch.

They jacked up the price since opening so it's now $12/person> Even worst, in order to get sashimi, you have to opt-in to an extra $4/person.

Now comes the food. The maki & nigiri sushi are great, although I would like to see more choices on their lunch menus. Other than that, there's really nothing to look forward to. Fried shrimp balls are disgusting. Gyozas are greasy and cold. Terriyaki sauce seemed like straight from the bottle without cooking it into the food (eg. fish, pork, beef).

The service is great, as from past visits. The food is delivered to the table incredibly fast, probably because most of the dishes are prepared already. One thing that ticked me off was that we ordered 20+ pieces of salmon nigiri sushi and finished them all except for one piece of rice. The waitress came to clear the table and warned us not to waste food otherwise they'll charge extra! I mean come on. It's not the 1st time I went for AYCE. It's not like we finished all the salmon and left out all the rice. Talk about being bitchy.

Also, one thing to warn all of u. DON'T DRINK YOUR TEA TOO FAST. I know this sounds totally hillarious, but they keep filling your tea cups, probably with the intention to fill your stomach with tea rather than food.

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Decent experience, though inconsistent
By Azusa of Burnaby (38 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

A friend of mine has a really odd craving: once in a while, she wants some sushi and it does not matter if it is the real stuff or some place ran by Chinese people. So, I was the "volunteer" to go with her to try Kingsway Sushi since it was near her place. When we arrived (around 1:30 p.m.), we were told last call will be at 2:00 p.m., since they close at 2:30 p.m. That's fine, we thought, we should have ordered everything we wanted to eat by then...

The oddity was that the place was not packed full, given it was a weekend. Was it timing? We didn't care so we started ordering a bit of almost everything in the menu. As expected, most of them were pre-fab/pre-assembled so it was more on the lines of picking them and serving them. Despite knowing that fact, my friend thought some of the dishes were quite good. The so-called shrimp ball (it was more of a shrimp fritter) was a hit to the point we ended up re-ordering several more pieces. Most of the sushi was similar to most of the other AYCE places, though we agreed the tai sushi (snapper) was a winner. Some other hot dishes were hit or miss: tempura was almost room temperature and not crunchy, chicken teriyaki was literally two pieces (not complaining here, I am sure they did it that way so people won't end up wasting food), oyster motoyaki was hot and served in a shell and the seafood motoyaki was an oddity due to its curry sauce. We only had one more chance to re-order (last call was actually around 1:50 p.m.) and re-ordered what we like most from our initial "sample".

Service was OK but more on that later. Ambiance was also OK, given that it is "new". In the end, we received our bill and paid on our way out. Stomach full, of course.

After all that, my friend convinced other people to try it. So we went the following weekend and a bit earlier to ensure we would be able to re-order if necessary. This time, however, it was a bit more full and, as a result, service suffered. Despite we were seated pretty quickly, nobody dropped by to take our order. In fact, we had to make signals to the people behind the sushi bar. Since we knew what to order and given the drop of service level, we decided to make a huge order. Everything arrived (surprise!).

Overall, the place is OK, if you know what to expect from an AYCE, specially, if you had been to Richmond Sushi or Top Gun (New West). The question now is how long it will take to go downhill (of course, being sarcastic here, since the reviews shortly after they opened were quite positive). On the other hand, if you want the "real" Japanese stuff, though, look somewhere else.

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Absolutely Horrible
By ChrisHannis888 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:04pm [Take-out]

The only reason why I went to this place is because it's close to work. Anybody who says that it's fresh obviously didn't see the mass of pre-made rolls on the counter which is clearly visible from the area where you pay. The rolls have a tonne of rice and not much flavour. This place is gross and hopefully will go under so that something better will come along.

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good service
By Ophelia of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

The place is clean with pleasant seating. Each dish is well proportioned so you don't feel like they are shoving too much at you each serving. I really like that because most of the AYCE places serve too much at a time. Kingsway sushi have attentive servers and the food comes quickly for the most part.
Unfortunately I went at dinner time Saturday night or I would have liked my bill more haha
It was a little too much when I paid $15 for a child who barely at a California roll.

I was very pleased the fish was cold and fresh. All the meat was well cooked and tasty. Dynamite rolls were interesting. I never knew they came with tempura prawn inside them. Yummy anyway.

My group unanimously said that the food was good and would go again. I want to try their lunch menu next time.

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One of the better Top Gun Group
By andresbuy of Coquitlam (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 1:18am [Dine in]

Went there for NYE dinner with a couple of friends, we had the deluxe menu ($31 after tax and tips). Overall food is good with many many varieties (lamb chop, ox tongue, geoduck, sockeye salmon, fresh oysters, sweet prawn [shrimp], bake pearl pudding, deep fried milk, etc). Definitely have to mention that their sashimi and bake oyster is absolutely very small. I would say their raw fish portion halved of what I usually get from other AYCE places.

Service is OKAY, as they seem to be asking you all the time if you guys are done for the night (maybe is their 2 hour limit OR there are still people waiting outside). However most asian restaurant would have the 2 hour limit where they would sometimes stop your order and make you wait wait wait and just leave in the end. That was the bad from yesterday.

I think I ate 50+ of raw altantic salmon plus other raw food and a couple dozen of oysters myself and over 200+ pieces along with the 4 other friends. One of the better Top Gun Group restaurants. Would recommend.

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Incredible Value
By ipcruz of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:29am [Dine in]

My son invited me for lunch and my two other sons and wife came with me. We were impressed by efficiency of the waiters and the speed that our orders arrived at our table. I went back to the restaurant several times, taking guests with me and they were impressed with the menu, the efficiency of the waiters and the price. For value and quality of the food and the service you can't beat the price.

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One of the Newer AYCE In Burnaby
By sushicritic of Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 3:28am [Dine in]

This is one of the newer all you can restaurants in Burnaby. The restaurant is pretty darn clean probably because its new. Usually new restaurants start out pretty good and they go on a decline from there.

Anyhow, the service is respectable. They actually stand there and take your order but I am not a fan of being pressured to order all you can eat items in a specified time period. I don't want too take a long time to decide yet they want you to be quick.

The food here is quite good. It has a decent selection of food items especially the Sashimi though presentation wise its not as good as other all you can eat restaurants.

The late night menu is quite expensive and the lunch menu is quite limited. The parking isn't very convenient.

I still come here because I limited choices in Burnaby.

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Worth a try
By thecritic99 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 5:57am [Dine in]

I tried the late nite special for $13.95. The menu is limited and there is no sashimi but in light of the price it's reasonable.

Sushi/rolls- The sushi was quite small and there was only salmon and tuna but the rolls are very good, which include the house roll, topgun roll, bc roll and the chopped scallop.

Hot food - It's hit & miss. The bbq chicken wings, ika & chicken karrage, stuffed eggplant are all good. The oyster motoyaki is hot and baked and so is the baked seafood with cheese, which appears to come with portugese sauce and not curry.

Not so good - The gyoza and the fried vegetables were cold. It seems like they were premade and just sat on the kitchen counter as it came really fast. The bbq corn was really bad, it was not fresh and mushy.

Service - Very good! Fast, efficient and friendly. Keep up the good job.

Ambience - Nice and bright with a new renovated feel. The Lcd tv idea is ok but it's only 32' and from where we were sitting, only one of us could see it and it's quite far away.

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Brand New AYCE Jap Restaurant.
By casanova78 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 14, 2007 - 12:37am [Dine in]

Parking - There are underground parking and about 10-12 parking spot onground with some of them reserved for other stores.
Ambiance - The restaurant is very bright and decorated with enough oriental theme to let you know that they put some effort into this place. Layout was very typical of the Chinese owned Japanese restaurant. I didn't find it very tight as one of the other reviewer has found. All the utensil and dishes were very nice and new.

Food - I am writing this now when it's all fresh.

Miso soup - Temp was just right, tastes authentic. Didn't feel powderly at all.

Green salad - Typical Sesame sauce with lettuce. usual.

Tuna and Salmon Sushi - They were pretty SMALL. They were NOT very thin like some of the other AYCE around Metrotown( You know the one ^^;) but never the less small. For Tuna and Salmon Sushi, the best I had was at E-Bei in Granville and 41st.

Alaska Roll, BC Roll - They were put together very nicely with generous portion of fish versus rice.

Spicy Tuna Roll - I wouldn't order anything spicy from this restaurant. They were not spicy. They were salty.

Chicken Yakitori, BBQ Short Ribs - They were sweet for some reason and salty. I almost never leave anything but I had to leave a few of these.

Cuttle Fish - They were very delightful. It's roasted just enough so that it's very chewy yet not rough. Pleasantly surprised after trying other BBQ from here.

Mango pudding - Very good. You can actually see the Mango flesh.

Service - Waitresses were dressed in Traditional Japanese worker's uniform (Not the Kimono). I think they are trained to clear the table ASAP. I believe that's where the other reviewer felt she didn't get any privacy and I totally agree with her on that. They were like a ball-boy at a tennis match. They were a quite a contrast to typical "avoid me why don't you" attitude of most AYCE place.

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Went for sushi..had to eat hotpot
By hungryman38 of Burnaby (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

I went to this place in hopes of getting a good sushi fill, as it is a AYCE place..or so i was told. When we arrived on sunday afternoon, we were taken to our table given a menu in japanese ( not to be racist in any way..but im white..my family is white, and as much ias i would love to learn the language, i just didnt have the time at lunch hour to do so)..
When i asked for another menu to look at the waitress who seemed very unimpressed that we couldnt speak the language pointed at the same menu at the miniscule font under the japenese which does have english ..pretty sure the font is about a 2 so hard to read, Anyways, i asked for the sushi menu and i again recieved the look of ugghh..we only have hot pot on the menu for today. Now i was unimpressed, but seeing as we were there we decided to try...when i looked at the price it was insane..69 dollars for the hot pot to share..but, seeing as we were already there and starving we tried it..there was no discussion on how to eat this with her..we did state we were hot pot virgins to attempt to get a laugh or something out of this waitress who must have had somene piss in her corn flakes this a.m., she was having none of this.
We waited for the food for about 15 minutes, didnt take long mind you, but it just wasnt worth the 95 dollar price tag after it was all said and done ( did i mention they charged me 4.80 cents for tea?). Needless to say I will not be going back for hot pot...or the service..especially the bitter hot water they called tea..i might go back for sushi, if they have it.

Before i see all the hate out there from all of you, i am not racist, i love chinese, japanese korean food. This place to me is just overpriced and not well staffed to make another return

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For all you can eat around Metrotown area
By nolabel of Vancouver - Kingsway (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 11:42pm [Dine in]

This is not the best place for all you can eat in terms of food, but packs a decent value.

The food is okay in terms of ayce. Service is decent and value during the weekday lunches are good. The place is not that clean nor has it been redecorated for a while.

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My Favorite AYCE
By hannerz of Cloverdale (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 28, 2009 - 10:00am [Dine in]

I miss going to Kingsway Sushi.

The host and the servers already recognize us. We always come here for the Late Night AYCE. It's good value. The beef teriyaki is good, the chicken teriyaki is even better because of it's crispy skin. Love the deep fried scallop and the sauce. I also always get the BBQ beef short ribs. The miso soup is also good.

I will go back soon.

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