A Japanese bistro on 4th Ave in Kits. 40% off happy hour special after 7pm. This restaurant is closed and is now called Blue Star Japanese Bistro.
My gf and I drove out into the area for dinner earlier this week. I was avoiding Richmond for some inexpensive sushi so we took our lumps and gave this place a try.
The menu had the usual items, and common with the area, included several "westernized" rolls that incorporates ingredients like cream cheese. We had our fill with some rolls, nigiri, oyster motoyaki and spring rolls. The rolls were of expected quality as was the nigiri though I found the rice too easy on the rice vinegar, if it had any at all. I didn't try the oysters, but my gf mentioned that they were overly rich and buttery, a different style than what she normally sees. The spring rolls were basically a Vietnamese style - made sense as the restaurant was Vietnamese run.
Servers are friendly but do not do checkups or top-ups (unless you ask) but are quick to clear dishes.
The space was clean, with a rather interesting pseudo-sky, but was dim, dim, dim.
Middle of the road is all I can say.
After stopping by at least 6 other restaurants on a Monday to find them all closed, we were famished by the time we reached Kishu at about 8pm. We ended up here because it was the only Japenese place open this area on 4th that wasn't either extremely busy or closed. We originally wanted to eat izakaya style at either Yugi's or Zakkushi and were a little bit let down from having to settle for regular Japanese. We ended up having a fantastic meal!
We ate and ate and ate until we couldn't any longer. It was great to take advantage of the after 7pm specials where most menu items were 40% off! My girlfriend and I each ordered about 3-4 items each for under $35 including T&T. Everything came hot and fresh. I couldn't believe the size of the yakiudon - eventhough the chicken in it was most likely leftover terriyaki chicken pieces, it's tasted good and was under $5 - what a steal!
The service was also really good - the servers were really nice and kept coming by with tea refills.
I couldn't finish most my food and asked for it to be wrapped up. To my surprise the next day, my yakiudon was neatly packed in a box with separately contained seasonings and soy sauce. To some people, this is not a big deal. But to me, when a restaurant does little things like this (especially when you order everything off a discounted menu), it really impresses me.
I wonder if their other locations are this good.
Had dinner here last night - thinking it was going to be a quick dinner. Arrived just after 7PM, and was seated right away. Came to take our order as soon as we sat down, and we weren't ready. I knew that was going to be a mistake because I knew they won't be back for a while. And I was right. At least 10 minutes went by before they came back. The restaurant was busy but with 3 wait people, that shouldn't have been a problem. Because after 7PM, certain things on the menu is 40% off - so we ordered an order of Prawn tempura, vegetable tempura and 6 different types of sushi. It took over 15 minutes for the tempura to come and over half an hour for our sushi. For a moment there, I thought they forgot about us. We asked for tea twice and got it only once. The food is decent here but the long wait, is not worth it. We will go somewhere else. Also if they know they're going to be busy after 7PM, why not hire another person to help with the sushi making???
First time my girlfriend and I went is before we moved to Kits. We were going to California Sushi in Coquitlam, a really amazing place. But Kishu star is NOT. Our nigiri salmon had salmon that was dry, wrinkled.... the service sucked but with sushi places, it's always pretty good, or pretty bad. The sushi didn't feel fresh at all, the rice was hard. We went a second time to give it another try as fluctuations in Vancity are common and accepted.
Nah, it looks nice inside, but the service and food quality will keep me away, forever.
It's 40% off certain items on the menu and that is what makes this place a cheap and cheerful place to eat.
Sushi is excellent as the turnover is high and the quality of rice is quite impressive for a cheap sushi joint.
I stick with the soba noodles in soup as it is one of the few Japanese restaurants that actually serve the buckwheat noodle type of soba. I am partial to tempura but the batter here is too doughy and the veggies are mostly starchy ones.
The service is mediocre: when they bring your food they pretty much drop it on the table without acknowledging you and have practically turned away before you can say thank you! Tea refilling is poor.
Ambiance is not the greatest ... feels like a cafeteria and when it gets busy it gets LOUD!
I wouldn't pay full price for what you get but at 40% it is quite the deal and doesn't hurt your pocketbook.
The wife and i decided to go out for Japanese but didn't want to spend a lot of money. This place looked inviting from the outside and was welcoming inside. The false sky and the mirror wall made it look a lot bigger than it really is.
The food was pretty standard for average Japanese food. The 40% off after 7pm was also inviting but only included a very limited amount of items that are already fairly cheap. Not much to gain here with this deal.
The service is the reason I am taking the time to write this. It is poor. When we went, the restaurant was nearly empty. We saw our food after it was prepared waiting to be delivered to us. It was sitting there for quite a while before the waitresses brought it over. There was no reason for the delay. When we couldn't wait any longer, we simply got it ourselves. They didn't seem to care.
We will not be returning.
This is the third time Ive eaten at Kishu Star, we go there because of the 40% off after 7pm. I ordered a glass of $8 VQA red wine, and when it arrived at the table it was in a tiny little port glass. I told the waitress I wanted to return the wine as I wasn't happy about paying $8 for 2-3 sips of wine. She said that wouldn't be possible and called the manager, who had an equally bad attitude and said it was not possible to return the wine, despite the fact I hadn't even tasted it.
The sushi was good, but I wont return due to the bad hospitality of both server and manager. Loss of business for them Im afraid.
if you're craving excellent sushi, and not looking to be rushed with hurried service, kishu is the best option in kits.
and to clarify kishu star's bright red salmon - it is coral red because it is sockeye salmon, the highest quality salmon available. it seems "pickyjerk" is more familiar with the orange atlantic salmon - or worse, the barely orange farmed variety found at dubious all you can eat joints.
Food >>> When you eat in, it's pretty good. The ingredients are always fresh.
Service >>> Sometimes the waitresses are in bad moods and seem more preoccupied in looking hot and having the latest manicure than serving customers. It's ok though, if they don't want to be friendly, I save money on my tip. But I do get irritated when they screw up my order, like last time I went there. They brought me some random combo and then made me feel like it was my fault that they fucked up. The waitress goes "So you didn't order this? ... do you REALLY want to change it....????" and tried to make me feel bad...Of course I want to change it, I didn't fucking order it.
Value >>> These are totally normal sushi prices. It's better to go after 7 pm and get 40% off certain items on the menu if you want to save a bit, but possibly wait a little in line before being seated.
Ambiance >>> I have always liked the ambiance of Kishu Star. The lighting is mellow, and the table aren't all pressed against each other so you feel like you have privacy even if you aren't seated in a booth. They always play the same cds though.
I've been here numerous times and it's pretty good considering all the bad sushi joints out there. Nothing special or different on the menu. Basic japanese sushi and dishes. The decor is not too bad, i'd call it casual sushi dining and the service can be a hit and miss. It all depends on which server you get that night. Overall, if you're looking for something casual, quick, and yummy then this is the place to go.
Not the best service but the sushi is consistantly good! We go there regularly to take advantage of the 40% off after 7. Now that they have gotten to know us the service has improved. And although the service isn't great you get your food right away. Highly recommend it. They have the best donburi I've ever had.
There is amazing sushi, and then there is everyday "I don't want to cook" sushi which is great, but not amazing. Kishu Star is a great solution for the latter.
After 7pm an array of items are 40% off, and lately it seems I go here almost once a week after 7 for a gut busting good time with friends. Their spicy sauce is made in house and delicious!
BUT! Be warned- the service isn't great. This is just part of the deal. They don't mess up orders or ignore you but you'll probably have to ask for a glass of at least water twice.
The service was slow and the staff were not friendly. The avocado rolls were brown and mushy. The waitress tried to say they were out of season but there was a couple pieces that were fine. They should have told us before serving it! They messed up the order and brought out Chicken Yakisoba when we are vegetarian and ordered the vegetable Yakisoba. They didn't seem to care either (and were actually considering charging us when we had 2 bites!). They gave us rolls we didn't order instead of what we did order, as well as giving us stuff that belonged to someone else (if we didn't say anything they wouldn't have noticed or cared). This was by far the most disappointing Japanese restaurant that I have been at, and I will not return.