Kushi Box serves Japanese comfort food including classic charcoal BBQ items.
It's tiny. Really. I'm not sure if there is even 1 chair in there. This is strictly a take-out place, which fits in perfectly with the area.
There is no sushi to be had here, rather just some grilled items and oden. On the surface, this is a really promising concept. Basically there is grilled meat on a stick, so how can you possibly go wrong with that? It's hard. What is missing is the execution.
First, the good stuff. Yeah, it's tasty food and the quality is pretty good, much more than you expect from a place like this. Did I mention it is tasty? No complaints here. It's "fast" food, but it is also fresh. It's not instant, you do have to wait for them to cook as you order it.
What's not so hot:
The limited menu. If you've been to Japan, you know there's more to it than this and the menu seems dinky. One stop and you'll probably already try everything. Elect for the rice combo and you get a bit more food, but not necessarily more variety.
Then there is the pricing. I'm kind of on the fence about it. I mean, for the rice combo, it's a bit higher than "food-court" prices, and the volume is a bit lower. On the other hand, the quality is quite a bit higher. It's also pricier than a BK or McD's combo meal too, but then again, it is also much tastier, healthier, just overall so much better.
There's really nothing new to sample here if you're a foodie. It's a great place to stop by for a quick snack. Would I go back? Hmmm....well, I keep an eye on their menu, but after the 1st time, I've pretty much tried all they have, so what's the draw?
Didn't blow me away this place. It's the casual takeout version of Zakkushi which I've always come to love, what's not to love right, meat on sticks! This place is tiny, much like previous reviewer, there are 3 chairs but they are for you to sit and wait for your take out, there are some chairs and I think a small table outside but currently its too icy to sit out and dine. So twice I've been. First time, I took out their P-toro with half boiled egg. I loved it, it was flavourful although a tad cold. And the half boiled egg was done perfectly. The rice was extremely flavourful. Today I took out their chicken meat balls on rice with a side of 3 piece karaage and miso soup. Right off the bat, this was better than my 1st experience, the rice now has a sauce and the chicken meat balls with tender. The sauce could use a little less salt but I didn't mind really. The miso soup was do-it-yourself-mix-water-with-power type which imho, is sad. I drank it still cuz it was part of my combo but having to mix my own soup is tres sad. Having said that, I enjoy experiences like this and hope to return to try their mega box next time, that one promises everything!
Quality-wise the Food is good, much better than any Fast Food place like McDonalds, and better than most of the other take-out places that are nearby.
I had a Spicy Box with Karaage and overall it was good. The portion size was a bit small for the price ($8.49) compared to something like a Shawarma platter, but it wasn't something that left me hungry afterward so it still rates a 3. There isn't really much more to the meal other than Chicken and Rice, other than two tiny pieces of pickled radish that were thrown in, but it was still enjoyable.
The service was good. I was in and out within 5-10 minutes, and it was so fast that I was half-expecting the quality to suffer. The staff were pleasant and there is nothing I can really criticize in this regard.
It's hard to rate ambiance as it's primarily designed as a take-out place. There isn't really anywhere to sit, so they could improve on this by perhaps setting up a table and chairs outside.
Overall I think I would try Kushi Box again. It is a nice change from the other lunch spots on Robson, although it's a bit expensive for me to eat there frequently.