Minato is a sushi restaurant on Broadway at Oak St.
We ordered from here for delivery last night and all in all, it was pretty good. The value was the best part as we ordered about 6 rolls, gyoza and miso soup and the total was under $30 including tax, delivered. The salmon maki was wild. The delivery took under an hour during prime time delivery period which I think is pretty good. I think we will order delivery sushi from Minato from now on.
I wasn't impressed. Though the ika karaage was good, everything else was standard. Too bad the prices felt above standard for the fare.
Quite surprised by this joint. The sushi rolls are bigger than average- two rolls were more than enough for me. Prices are not the most inexpensive, but good value for the portions and quality. Staff were surprisely attentive- tea was refilled a few times which can sometimes be lacking with other like sushi restaurants. Would definitely go back.
Since this is not AYCE, of course the ingredients are much better. However, if you're looking for authentic japanese food, this is not the place. the food price will also be a bit higher on average of 2-5$. The portions, however, are very generous but I can find same portions elsewhere as well for less the money.
Taste wise, not very japanese and the menu is nothing to rave about. I had the dinner box and my girlfriend had the tofu steak. At least they should accompany the tofu steak dish with a bowl of rice, like most japanese restaurants. the dinner box, at $16, was a bit pricey for my wallet but the portion, as i've stated, is enough for the average joe. beware though that this place uses sauces alot especially teriyaki. they think japanese food is basically teriyaki on rice.
service, kind of slow but i can understand since i went during dinner hour and the place was packed. waitresses are attentive and not rude or sloppy. however, expect delays when u order drinks because they forgot my order 2 times.
overall, i'd return for casual dining out but definitely there are better japanese places for the same price or less. maybe vancouver just has a higher rental fee lol...
Used to come here quite often starting last year. Something has changed and not for the better.
At first we thought ownership but was told that it is the same owner for the past 6 years.
Went there with fiancee, and his son and daughter. Had the assorted sashimi, gyoza, chicken kaarage, vege tempura, spinach gomae, chopped scallop roll, spicy roll and minato roll and salmon kama.
Gyoza was excellent as was the tempura and spinach gomae. Salmon Kama was dry. Sushi was okay. Rice wasn't quite right. Not dry enough. Rolls were made properly, they just were missing something. No wow factor whereas in the past they were wow. Sashimi was good. Although we have never seen it served with not just shredded daikon but carrot as well. It was tougher to see just how little you got perhaps. 2 salmon, 2 tuna, 2 squid and 4 pieces of other fish with a little masago. Not bad but not the best. Daughter had oyako don which seemed okay.
Probably not at the top of my list for Japanese in town in the future. Don't even know if I would want to go back for mediocre. Better than the AYCE but not too much better. Hope this was just a bad night.
Service was good and food came fairly quickly.
Minato is a good neighborhood sushi place. The food is good, although there have been a few misses, and it is served in a timely manner. Last night the scallop cone was my standout fave. The tuna sashimi was also very yummy.
Frequent this spot regularily when in Vancouver for lunch and sometime dinner. Bar none... the best Spicy Roll in all of Vancouver. It's about the taste of this one. Try the Salmon kama as well. Donburi are good but I personally think that the sashimis are there best value and fresh as the turnover here is quite evident. Always recommended here for traditional Japanese. Have been going there for almost over 20 yrs. Best Japanese on the block without "Tojo" prices.
I order to go sushi every week from minato, good quality, fair price, fresh and fast. Spicy tuna sashimi is the best. Home made spicy sauce. I belive no other restaurant can made it. So good!. The new item, Sunrise roll and the Lava Roll are very good, I would recommend House Salad too.
The waitress are very friendly. Everytime, when I order sushi to go, they will bring me a cup of nice tea. Minato is my favorite restaurant. I order from them over 10 years. Thank you!
I almost always get the same thing -so for what I order, this place is totally addictive.
I usually get a few pieces wild salmon nigiri and a spicy tuna roll then whatever else -i've tried lots as I have been there so many times.
The salmon is always fresh and good size pieces especially for wild. The spicy tuna roll is what I crave on a regular basis. the sauce has almost a spicy peanut flavour -again the tuna rolls and sashimi are good sizes of fresh fish-which is my main reason for eating sushi -so also why i give this place a rating of outstanding.
The other things on the menu that I've eaten are not bad at all, but average for what we can get in most sushi joints -still good.
Service has always been friendly.
Ambiance is fine-definatley good enough to eat there, but I wouldn't spend an evening there.
I've probably been to a gazillion jap restaurants around the lower Mainland and Minato is definately the one that I go back to the most. This place is NOT overpriced considering the firm quality of food they deliver everytime. It's not your cheap AYCE joint or your inexperienced White sushi chef making thrown-together pieces of rice. If you want delicacy and quality then go to your Tojos (which is overrated) or ShiruBay/Guu (more authentic Japanese food) but if you want some good Americanized sushi then Minato is def a good choice.
I love their Mixed sunomono, Spicy Minato Roll(which has little pieces of fried batter on top), House Roll, and Assorted Tempura. Their salad looks good too but I'm the type that refuses to order a salad at a Jap joint.
Parking' snot hard to find, you get reimbursed if you park in their parking lot, if not you can sometimes find spots on the street or next door at the Rugby's parking lot.
If there's a japanese restaurant that you want to enjoy, this is a good one. We've been coming here for years.
Food: Very good.. Don't expect SUPER SIZED SUSHI cause it's not those cheap Samurai's or farmed fished locations. Do treat yourself to the wild salmon, a few cents more will go a long way.
Service is good with the experienced servers.. They'll reply quick if you need them.
Ambiance: Just fine.. can sit at the bar or sets.. Sit near the front. in the back, it's a little uncomfortable running into people coming out of the washroom. ..
I'd come back again.. and will certainly recommend to others to come too.
keep u the good work.. BTW.. parking out front, they'll reimburst you. cool.
I've been ordering delivery from Minato for almost a year and it has been extremely consistent and always good quality. The food always arrives within an hour and it fresh and delicious:) Ordering from here is becoming a weekly tradition in our house. The rolls are big, rice is cooked perfectly and I always receive exactly what I order. Ordering sushi can be hit or miss I have found but I definitely reccomend Minato!
I've eaten here once or twice... The first time I just stopped in for a tuna maki roll.
The second time I brought a friend out for a meal as it's quite close to my work.
I thought the food was alright, I've been to plenty of Japanese restaurants and I thought the
food quality wasn't spectacular. The service was not that great, it took them so long to take my order,
and I was one of three tables in the restaurant. I get that they may be busy with take out, but dine-in customers
should take priority or so that's what I was taught when I was a server once upon a time.
The cleanliness was a bit questionable. I've seen the waitresses deal with money and go straight into handling
food items. That was part of the reason I've gone elsewhere for lunch.
The overall restaurant wasn't bad, the weird signs with written deals or offers looked kinda tacky and took away from the what would have been a nicely, decorated restaurant.
A few great japanese restaurants I've been to is the Oyama on Kingsway and Royal Oak, and TanPoPo in the Westend.
I didn't know it was possible to still get bad sushi in Vancouver. I am writing now with a horrible aftertaste in my mouth from the unfresh sashimi and waiting for the inevitable stomachache to come later tonight.
We came here on a Tuesday night as other favourite sushi places Toshi (was packed as usual), Michi and Shiro were closed for the night. Remembering the sushi here was not too bad many, many years ago, we decided to save ourselves a long drive elsewhere and give it a shot.
We should have known better looking at the terribly dirty sink and the sad looks on all the waitresses and chefs faces that any passion for the food left this place years ago. The tables were sticky and the photos in the menu completely uninspired. We ordered an assorted sashimi and several rolls. The rolls, if there is anything at all good to say, are monstrously huge, putting even those at Samurai to shame. I suppose if I still had the metabolism of a teenage boy, maybe I might give this place another chance. However, we opted as well for the assorted sashimi platter, a couple of ikura nigiri and a miso soup. The miso soup came out lukewarm, bordering on cold, tasting like an instant mix.
The sashimi platter was most appalling; we have never had to spit out our sashimi at a japanese restaurant. This was a first. The tuna was brown and the snapper tasted like it had gone bad. The rolls were not as horrible as the sashimi as the rice probably masked some of the flavour.
As we left, the waitresses were eating their dinner at the table right in front of the front door, and it wasn't even japanese food!
The worst part was our bill came to almost $50 after tax and tip. For the same money, we could have had an excellent meal at Toshi, Ajisai or Shiro. I have had bad japanese food, but at least it was cheap.
We will never be coming back to this restaurant and we advise you don't bother either.
The sushi is good, though the rolls can be very filling, so careful with overordering! Consistent good quality.
Better than other AYCE sushi places even if you end up paying more, it's worth it for the quality of the food - both sushi and cooked dishes. So of you're looking for a regular place for sushi this might be it. And it also has a lot of cooked Japanese dishes on the menu in case not everyone's in the mood for raw fish, plus a few vegetarian option aside from the veggie rolls, which is also nice.
The place is clean though it isn't very pretty, but since it's quite big you have a very good chance of getting a table. But if you live closeby it's probably better to order takeout or delivery.
Service is very good. The food comes out super fast and isn't lukewarm or anything. The waitresses are polite and always have a smile.
If you're ordering takeout or delivery you can be sure that your food will be ready in about 15 minutes after you order, the rest will be how long it takes to get to your house, which I think is pretty impressive.
The only 'but' I have is that I once ordered chirashizushi and the octopus and squid were too hard.
The lunch bentos and combinations look really good, though I haven't tried them yet.
**1/2 overall actually and I keep hoping that I can bump them up to at least a 3 star. They have some very good things on the menu, the waitresses are very courteous and friendly, it's a cute place and the seafood in the sushi is always fresh. Our favorites are actually the tempuras, either with or without seafood. The lunchtime bento box is also very nice with chicken teriyaki, a sushi roll, rice, and a few tempura vegetables. Both of these choices are not only scrumptious, but a real bargain. However, the negatives are: Uneven service - food sometimes served just luke warm. One person's order comes out, while other orders do not come out until the first person is finished. In the food department the udons and other soups are a bit flavorless and watery, the donburi dishes are missing something and the sushis, while always using the freshest of ingredients, are not very creative. Yet, I'll return because it's close to where I live and, well, I keep hoping.
My friend and I went there last Sunday. Since we're in a hurry, we decided to go for take out. The food took about 15 minutes to make.
My friend ordered a chopped scallop roll. It turned out that the sauce inside the roll had a strong green onion flavour, which we both thought it didn't taste good at all.
I had a chirashi don (sashimi with rice), and found it to be ok. However, the rice had more vinegar than average.
After dinner we went to attend a fundraising event. And when I got home, I had a stomach ache. I don't know if it was caused by the food at Minato, but is very likely.
I have to disagree with the "overpriced" comment from an earlier review. I have been going to Minato Sushi for about... oh gee... 15yrs now. I keep trying other places, more schmancy and romantic but I keep returning to Minato. While the other places may have better ambiance and presentation, ok, most do, Minato serves really good food at reasonable prices. I highly recommend their Minato roll and their green salad and ... well just check it out!
Lost in the back of a parking lot, nevertheless with a charming decor. pleasant background music. Food is varied a you can't really pick something bad. The mayonnaise is sometomes a bit heavy, but the fish is fresh. Attentive service and delicious green tea ice cream.
Good value for a 15 $ meal!
Minato used to be one of my favourite places to eat and take out sushi. However, there must have been a change in owners because the quality of food has definitely changed recently. The udon noodles aren't quite what they used to be anymore. I think they changed brands or something because before, they used to be translucent and slightly chewy - the way I love them! Now they aren't anymore. Overall, it feels like there has been a change in the quality of food, but I can't necessarily put my finger on it.
The restaurant also used to have a more authentic feel to it, but hearing some of their workers speak in Chinese takes away from it (I myself am Chinese). Nonetheless, I keep coming back because they're great for take-out and I love their Vancouver Special rolls. Service is still friendly.