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Komi Sushi

1100 Melville Street, #100
Vancouver, BC V6E4K2
Tel: (604) 681-3330
Fax: (604) 681-3381
Neighbourhood: Central

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Mediocre Food and Poor Service
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 1:03am [Dine in]

I"ve walked past this restaurant for a while now and decided to try it yesterday for the first time. The restaurant was empty at 8:00PM and we were the only guests there. It was very clean and so was the washroom. We opted to sit outside since it was a lovely summer evening. We were given menus and cups of tea within a few minutes and a small glass of water for the toddler that was with us.

We ordered the Scallop Motoyaki wich was good but was a bit salty. The scallops were not overcooked which was good. We also ordered the Agedashi Tofu which was disappointing. The tofu was not soft and silky underneath that crispy coating. it seemed they used firm tofu instead of silken tofu. The sauce didn't have much tatse except for soy sauce. We also ordred the Tempura udon. The broth tasted a bit bland and they didn't give us any dipping suace for the tempura at all. We ordered the BBQ Salmon Belly which was cooked perfectly and tasted really fresh. The worst part of the meal was the Caterpillar Roll. It was nothing but a glorified vegetarian roll for $5.95. There was no taste to it other than avocado. If i had known, then I would've jsut ordered a regular avocado roll and it probably would have tasted the same and would have cost much less.

The service was definitely lacking. Since we were the only cosutmers there it was surprising that no one even came back to ask how our food was tatsing and if everything was OK. The water glass was never refilled, nor were our tea cups. It was also bad they they never offered to give us share plates even if the server saw that we were actually sharing the food and the fact they they never gave us any dipping sauce for the tempura.

After this experience I will definitely not go back to this establishment.

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The worst sushi I have ever had
By sushi_11 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 7:15pm [Dine in]

I have travelled the world and Japanese is my absolute favourite. I eat at different Sushi restaurants every week and this one is the absolute worst so far in Vancouver. I do not know with such a big competition they can still be around. I assume lots of people working in the are just get a cheap lunch there not caring about the quality.
The sushi is horrible, quality is so bad. This restaurant is huge, and we were the only ones in there 1 table and I am sure they have 40 or so, and the service was so bad. She was preparing cucumbers rather than serving us or asking how it was. We ordered 2 rolls 1 I had to give back telling her it was not good that I know good sushi and it was bad, she keept on saying its good it looks good everything is good I kept telling her it is not good she ignored me, she asked me after all of that if I wanted to take it home. They did not deduct that roll from the bill. This is the worst service and the worst food ever, There are a million other great restaurants in Vancouver but this is by far the worst ever!! Trust me, you could not pay me to go back there!!

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Food isn't good enough
By whoelius of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 12:43am [Dine in]

This place is absolutely packed at lunchtimes with people from the adjacent Sun Life Building and escapees from the Bentall buildings. My guess is that most of them have either forgotten what a good Japanese meal is as a result of gouging themselves on this generic rubbish every day, or they just don't know where the better nearby Japanese eateries are.

I, too, have fallen into Komi a few times. The boxes have been bland - though with substantial portions, the sushi has never been anything but dry and the sashimi has only been bad. The unagi was respectable. There is also no option to alter the boxes at lunchtime. You can't, for example, exchange a dynamite roll for a california roll because, by their own admission, the boxes are preprepared.

When food is below the standard one would expect, service doesn't really matter. How well can one have bad food delivered to them? Well, at Komi, the food is, at least, delivered efficiently and sometimes that is by the toughest-looking man in the whole of Vancouver. He looks friendly enough and I don't feel scared that he'll plant my face into my chicken teriyaki if I ask for my coke with no ice, but he still reminds me of Bruce Lee.

The prices are what one would expect and restaurant is comfortable.

May I take the liberty of suggesting a sandwich from Mangez Mangez just next door?

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Good Portion Sizes but Quality Lacking a Bit
By TMV of North Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 8:26pm [Dine in]

The portion sizes are very large for the price, but the overall quality is lower compared to a place like Miyako Sushi. I had a NY Steak Teriyaki + Tempura combo, and the steak was quite tough, and the prawns in the tempura weren't exactly fresh.
The teriyaki sauce used wasn't that good as well. However, the portion was very large for $12.95.

My father had the Salmon Teriyaki and it was the same situation. A very large portion but the fish used was both farmed and not very fresh.

I didn't try any of the rolls, sushi or sashimi, and I'm not sure if I would. However, this place is extremely busy during the day, so I'm sure turnover is high.

Basically if you're extremely hungry and want Japanese food then it's a decent option, but Miyako offers better quality (and much smaller portions) for the same price.

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Do not waste your time!
By kellyg of vancouver (main) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I always try to go to a place twice before I give it a bad review. It was a waste of my time and money both times!

Service: The staff seemed too overloaded to crack a smile or even speak to me even though the restaurant was only 1/4 full. It took a long time to be seated and have anyone take my order. The glass or water I asked for right as I sat down came after my meal. No one came by to ask me if I needed anything or even delivered my bill. I had to walk up to the counter and ask for it specifically... both times!

Food: The gomae was horrid. more sauce than spinach and it was greasy. The rolls fell apart and did not taste fresh at all. The sashimi was frozen the first time I went and poorly cut. The miso was so salty it was inedible. ...and I like salt. Sushi should not be their specialty! I felt ill for the rest of the day on my second visit.

Ambiance: The interior had a bit of a funny smell to it. The outside patio had those cheap white plastic chairs you can get from Canadian Tire that were hard to move on the concrete and were uncomfortable for eating at the mismatched tables that were at the wrong height.

Value: If I had no taste and didn't care about the service or ambiance.... the price was ok for filling my stomach but I would recommend going to ANY OTHER sushi restaurant and pay essentially the same price for actually good sushi at a welcoming place. There are so many in this town there is no excuse for bad sushi.

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The worst sushi I have ever tasted
By samjang of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 12:42pm [Take-out]

I ordered the Komi bento box on the recommendation of the server. It has to be the worst sushi and worst sashimi I have ever tasted. And I've been to a lot of sushi restaurants. The tempura was not bad. The pork katsu was burnt and tasted overcooked. The rice was hard. The sashimi was not fresh. Stay away!

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How does this place survive?
By valueseeker of Marpole, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 6:31pm [Dine in]

I had been warned about this place before, but I went with a couple colleagues who said that the quality has improved in the last few months. It was lunchtime and the restaurant was fairly full. It was a fairly cold day and we were on a tight schedule, so we all decided to get tempura udon. The tempura was actually pretty good (prawns were large) and the batter crispy. The noodles and soap base were totally horrible as it had a mild soapy flavor to it....uggh.... As for the service, you are no better off than going to Hon's....Never ever again...

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Do not waste your time!
By kellyg of vancouver (main) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 18, 2013 - 7:32pm [Dine in]

I always try to go to a place twice before I give it a bad review. It was a waste of my time and money both times!

Service: The staff seemed too overloaded to crack a smile or even speak to me even though the restaurant was only 1/4 full. It took a long time to be seated and have anyone take my order. The glass or water I asked for right as I sat down came after my meal. No one came by to ask me if I needed anything or even delivered my bill. I had to walk up to the counter and ask for it specifically... both times!

Food: The gomae was horrid. more sauce than spinach and it was greasy. The rolls fell apart and did not taste fresh at all. The sashimi was frozen the first time I went and poorly cut. The miso was so salty it was inedible. ...and I like salt. Sushi should not be their specialty! I felt ill for the rest of the day on my second visit.

Ambiance: The interior had a bit of a funny smell to it. The outside patio had those cheap white plastic chairs you can get from Canadian Tire that were hard to move on the concrete and were uncomfortable for eating at the mismatched tables that were at the wrong height.

Value: If I had no taste and didn't care about the service or ambiance.... the price was ok for filling my stomach but I would recommend going to ANY OTHER sushi restaurant and pay essentially the same price for actually good sushi at a welcoming place. There are so many in this town there is no excuse for bad sushi.

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