Japanese restaurant in the 2nd floor food court of H-Mart, a Korean grocery store at the corner of Robson and Seymour. Offers sushi, udon, Japanese curries, and donburi.
I tried the food here today, and ordered a vegetable combo. The service was quick and the people were friendly. They seem to have a wide selection of food even though it's a pretty tiny place.
Okay, so the sushi is really good. The combo came with a yam tempura roll, avocado roll, and kappa roll (cucumber). Oh, and it came with a miso soup too. I found it super tasty.. but a little too much rice on my yam tempura rolls. The miso soup is great! It tastes like it's actually made with raw ingredients, unlike the other Japanese places where it kinda tastes like those instant soup mixes.
My problem is.. I feel like it's overpriced. I paid a tad over 6 dollars and it was pretty small portioned. So yeah. Other than that, I really liked it. I didn't have too much of a problem with this cause both my boyfriend and I walked over to the E-Mo Noodle place right next to it to order. It's nice and big, and I found it very yummy. Had the ramen with spicy sauce and black bean noodle. But then.. I haven't had a lot of Korean food experience other than home cooking at my bf's house (he's Korean) and one other restaurant. So don't take my comment here seriously.
After I saw so many good reviews for this restaurant, I have decided to try out this restaurant. I have ordered Sushi Combo B which included two Salmon Nigisi sushi, two Tuna Nigiri sushi, and salmon & tuna roll each.
It was good but nothing was special. After eating at so many Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, I found it very ordinary, and price was rather high (maybe because they are the centre of downtown location?).
Sushi combi was $9.16 after tax including miso soup. The amount was not good enough I am afraid and for take out restaurant, the price was bit too much to ask.
Nigiri's sushi rice were a bit bigger than the ones in other Japanese restaurants. Fish on top of Nigiri sushi was normal size.
There was no customer besides me, and I was expecting faster service but the sushi came out after 7-8 min. I thought the chef was taking too long.
I know, I know. It's in the 2nd floor food court of a Korean grocery store. But the owners and staff are all Japanese, and the sushi they create in their tiny space is very, very tasty. I've been there a dozen times and keep coming away from it impressed. For the sushi they use just the right amount of vinegar in the rice and just enough wasabi for a good kick (many places around town seem to have forgotten wasabi entirely).
And beyond the sushi, the rest of the menu is excellent too. I've had both the curries and the pork katsu don, and they're as authentic as anything I've had in Japan. The staff are friendly and the prices are a steal for the quality you get. You may have to wait a bit because everything is made fresh, but it's completely worth it. I honestly can't think of a better place for sushi downtown. You may get bigger portions elsewhere for less, but it won't taste as good as this.
Korean owner trained in Japan married to Japanese woman; they know how a "real" sushi should taste like and they deliver - this is as close as you can get to the sushi you'll find in Japan. Perfectly sized, high quality, consistent. I'll eat there any time I have a chance - a real treat in the ocean of super-sized mediocrity!
I love eating here for lunch or dinner.
The sushi is so fresh, so tasty, the cashiers are very sweet ladies and are extremely friendly and efficient.
You should try Chirashi, katsu Curry, and Bento Box.
I'll try Spicy Chirashi next time.
I'll definitely be back...looks like I've found a new favorite for sure!