A largely take-out Sushi establishment with enough space for quick and casual dine-in. Menu is focused on sushi and sashimi, but they also offer donburi and udon.
We wanted to try something new. I read a lot of good reviews here so I decided to give this place a try. Boy was I disappointed.
Food: We had the house, spicy salmon and veggie roll. Presentation was good. Taste was below average. Something didn't taste right, maybe it wasn't fresh. We couldn't finish everything which was rare. I felt gross half way.
Ambiance: Take-out style with 4-5 tables. Didn't feel comfortable. The chef was coughing without turning away from the preparation table, I felt so disgusted.
Service: Only came by to take orders.
Value: It's reasonable I guess.
I don't recommend this place. There are so many other sushi places to go to.
Solid sushi at this joint. The staple sushis (maki, nigiri, and sashimi) are quite consistently good. Only sub-par item is the Teriyaki which is very bland. Value-wise, it is quite inexpensive, and if you're ordering a bunch for take-out, you can use the discount/coupons on their take-out flyers. This place totally smokes Sushiyama on East Broadway - in terms of both quality and value.
I wanted to try something different than Zipang Sushi when I came to the Main Street area. Based on the solid reviews here, I decided to visit Ogenki. It was surprisingly sparse for a Saturday lunch. There was only one waitress but there weren't that many tables that would have prevented her to be more attentive. Most of the time we had to flag her down to refill our tea or clear the plates. The food was ok but nothing spectacular. What made this place worth going is the decent food at a cheap price. But if I want to the ideal combination of comfort atmosphere, quality food, and good service I would probably head to Zipang again
We received a take out Gift Certificate from a friend of ours to use at this restaurant ( of course we had to use it ). The Chinese made sushi was just okay, while we finished eating what we ordered the food really lacked any taste that would make us ever want to order from this restaurant again.
The guy at the counter didn't exude very good customer service skills. Very blah.
The layout of the tables and decor was very simplistic and spartan without making you want to stay and dine in. No thought in trying to add colour, texture, lighting etc. to the decor. This is an all too familiar failure with people who think that all you have to do to become a successful restauranteur is: "make food, sell food, get money."
Spend your money elsewhere.
I guess I'm a little spoiled when it comes to sushi. Having found great spots like Zipang or Ichiro in Steveston I guess my standards are pretty high. Ogenki is definitely a good value. Far cheaper then the other two places I mentioned. However, you get what you pay for. And what you pay for is just another Chinese owned and operated sushi restaurant. Yeah they serve raw fish wrapped in seaweed and rice...but it's done so much better elsewhere. I won't be back. Man, owning a sushi restaurant must be a tough business.
been there couple of times for sushi tray
never actually sit down and dine in
went there 2 weeks ago after they renovated
much better now :)
i had the toro sashimi, very fresh
the salmon belly is good too, i like the spicy sauce
ogenki roll is a must try
well, there are not much selection
but since is a small restaurant, can't expected too much
reasonable price, quick and friendly service, good food.. their salmon tempura roll and yam tempura roll are my favourites... shark fin salad is also nice. stay away from the teriyaki dishes though.
Our family has been coming for take-out, dine-in, and party catering for many years. The food is always reliable and the place welcoming and children friendly. It serves your basic sushi fare with no fancy chef's creations. However, we have been satisfied with their menu of fresh rolls, basic sushi, gyozas, rice and noodle bowls. My daughter and I love to share a half order of tuna sashimi, which is a generous portion. For parties, we have dropped off our own platters for them to arrange and fill with our orders. The food is good value and
satisfies big appetites.
Went a couple sundays ago. I have been a regular to this place since they opened up on Main street.The food continues to be extremely decent and consistent, while the service has not. The waitresses services has been on a steady decline. The other downside is the decor had not changed at all since day one. I did point these out to the owner of the restaurant and he had mentioned there may be a renovation coming. Hopefully a renovation in the waitresses service as well. I should mention, they are very friendly, just not very professional, but I'll keep going back because they do give a good value.
I get take-out from here about twice a month. I picked up some food about two weeks ago.
I have always found the food to be fresh. I order items like tuna sashimi, ebi sunomono, negitoro maki, tobiko, spicey salmon roll, etc. Not terribly adventurous I realize. I have never been disappointed with regards to freshness, serving size or taste.
The owner takes great care with his tuna items. I had a chance to talk to him about this when I used to dine at the counter. He is a big fan of tuna and I think it shows.
They offer a 10% discount card to frequent diners which helps, although the prices are very reasonable to begin with. I have not sampled their boxes.
Decor is likely pretty standard. Plenty of newspapers to read while one sips free tea while waiting to pick up an order. I think it is a solid member of the Main Street family of restaurants.
I've been coming here since they've first opened. I have to say that I'm loving the new rolls they keep inventing. My favourite still is the Salmon Tempura roll and the Genki Roll. Who knew that yam and cream cheese go so well together? The decor is alright, and the food value is pretty good. The service is going downhill though. The manager of the place use to be a waitress and the service she provided was excellent but now with these new girls, it's hard to try to get a tea refill on a slow day! After taking my order, I'll never see them again, even if I'm the only one in there. And you know what, it wouldn't hurt to smile once in a while.
Back again to this local sushi joint after several months away. Same ridiculously friendly staff, corny decor, and great sushi. 2 people, $20 bucks. Bonus points for consistency. Can't recall ever being disappointed here. The takeaway tray pile is getting treacherously high so business must be good.
Ogenki Roll is the best...Can't find it anywhere else. A choice of pork or veggie dumpling is good. deep fried tofu is good... Sishi and sashimi is solid.. All other sushi is solid and good taste. Although it's not like the one you can find at W4th Ave, it's bang for the $$.
Friendly services!! Good neighood restaurant.
We've been going to this place since it opened. For the first year or so the service was excellent, the food quality was great for cheap sushi from non Japanese people. However, in the past year it's been going steadily down hill. Especially since the owners have stopped working on certain nights and they have hired staff. The last experience I had with them will ensure we never go back. Watched the chef finish smoking his cigarette out front and then go in and make the sushi. The combo we ordered came with it's miso but this was not told to us, so when we tried to return the extra miso we had ordered she said she could do that but will give us a credit on file! Absolutely ridiculous. We will be searching for a new local quick, cheap sushi haunt.
ogenki sushi is one of vancouver's top sushi restaunrants...
notic i say sushi and not japanese because they specialize mostly in maki rolls and sashimi.
i am a regular customer and have been coming here for 3 years and not once have i ever left feeling cheated out of my money or a meal.
they're maki rolls are superb and extremely filling and favorites are definetely their specials which include 3 rolls and miso soup for just under 8$ and from my experiance is more than enough to fill a hungry sushi craver.
i am vegetarian so i stick to the designated veggie rolls *excepting their california roll which in my mind is how all sushi should be made*
whenever with friends there is only one sushi place i will more then willingly go to no matter the distance and after the meal we are always extremely satisfied.
my favorites are:
yam tempura roll
-and the favorites of my friends are
bbq salmon roll
salmon and tuna maki
... and many many more
if you are lookign for a great lunch deal i would definetely suggest ogenki or for dinner as well.
while service is depending upon time and how busy they are the waitresses are always friendly and willing to go out of their way to help although with only 1 or 2 sushi masters behind the bar it somtimes is a patient wait for food.
all in all this is my favorite sushi place and since discovering it i have been hooked!!
My only regret is moving away from this neighbourly Japanese restaurant. I come here when I need a sushi fix, and for some reason, their yam tempura rolls keep calling me. Efficient and friendly staff; nice bright, open space that makes you feel comfy (instead of most other sushi joints that try to maximize seating space by squishing you in close to another table). The waitress recognizes me after many drop-ins that I get a 10% VIP discount. Now THAT'S loyalty, and well-deserved. Consistency, quality, and well-priced.