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2.5
  • Food2.5
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  • Reviews9

Ohako Sushi

1414 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H1H4
Tel: (604) 732-0112 Order Online
Fax: (604) 732-3664
Neighbourhood: Fairview
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • A Japanese and sushi restaurant on Broadway and Hemlock above Macs. They have an all you can eat menu that is 12.95 from Mon - Thurs and 13.95 the rest of the week. If you want sashimi and some extra menu items, it costs 20.95.

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Tearing my hair out!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 11:31pm [Dine in]

I took my wife to try the AYCE, and it was a frustrating experience. First we were given a few menus. They have some slightly pricey a la carte, and they also have all you can eat. After checking the AYCE menus, we quickly realized there were two classes of eater. There is the $21.95 menu (lots of choices) and the $15.95 menu (less choice). There is no $12.95 menu, despite what the description above on this page says. Also, no late night discount menu (we asked).

We decided to sit at the back of the bus, and ordered from the cheapo menu. Unfortunately, the servers kept bringing unordered items, and forgot items we had ordered. Since they made us fill out sheets of paper to indicate the number and type of choices, I don’t see how this could happen. When we politely complained, the servers just nodded and smiled and said “sorry, you want tea?” Attempts at communication in both English and Cantonese were equally futile. Pointing at the pictures on the menu didn’t help. I think my blood pressure went up a teeny bit…

The food, when it arrived was actually pretty good for the most part. The fish was nice and fresh, the sashimi was limitless, the sushi (nigiri and roll) was tasty and even the lowly sushi rice was great. I would stay away from the beef teriyaki roll though, because it was literally made with deli sliced beef, like you get at Safeway. Yikes! The BBQ and tempura items were tasty, and you could get shrimp tempura, unlike at BC Sushi.

The final outrage was when they charged 7% GST despite my protests. After I drew some diagrams, they relented and charged 6%. For that I gave a generous tip. Let’s just say the service was friendly but dim-witted. As for ambience, it was fair, except that most surfaces had little splashes of sauce, and the carpet had bits of food on it which is unpleasant when in socks.

The shame of it was that the food wasn’t too bad. Oh well, plenty of fish in the sea…

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Quantity, not quality
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 3, 2005 - 9:54pm [Dine in]

Go to Ohako to scarf. The quality is what you would generally expect from an all you can eat-ery. The service is generally good; they don't screw you around and pretend you didn't order certain things or say they are out of the expensive items like some other places. The menu is fairly limited if you don't go for the sashimi option. Unless you like eating 30 pieces of tuna nigiri, you may want to go for the extended menu. Avoid the cones as I have noticed the seaweed can sometimes be on the chewy side.

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Not Worth a Return Visit
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 2, 2006 - 12:41am [Dine in]

OK - I know it's New Year's Day - there would be a crowd, and I shouldn't have high expectations of an all-you-can-eat menu. No problem - but the service really sucked! The moment we walked in the door, the woman who "greeted" us sternly told us that "There are no tables. We're very busy!" When I asked her how long the wait would be, she responded, "One hour. Forty Minutes". "One hour and forty minutes?" I asked. "Forty minutes" she answered. She told us to sit at the sushi bar. We thought about this, then another employee pointed at a table behind the sushi bar, and said we could sit there. OK - fine. They seemed pretty confused, as if they've never experienced a large influx of people at dinner time. More than once, we were told "We're very busy tonight!" Yes, I realize that; don't give me excuses, just give me decent service! As soon as we sat down, a server tried to give us miso soup, insisting that we ordered it (we didn't). She showed up later again with more miso soup, telling us that we had ordered it (we were still waiting for someone to take our order, so no, we hadn't ordered the miso soup). We were finally able to order a bunch of stuff - most of our order came, but they forgot a few items. We were pretty much forgotten, and had to ask for more tea and water. The food was OK, but nothing more. We've had better food at other all you can eat Japanese restaurants. Creme caramel is the dessert on the all you can eat menu, but the portions are tiny. We were given big soup spoons to eat it with, accompanied by the explanation that they had run out of spoons because (guess what?) "We're very busy tonight!" I think a better all you can eat experience can be had at BC Sushi (formerly Yukiyama) at Broadway and Arbutus, although I think BC Sushi is a bit more expensive, and their menu has changed a bit since they changed their name - don't know what's up with that.

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ugh!
By eilaw of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 2:35am [Dine in]

There's nothing really positive to say about this place. The buffet service was horrible, with the waitresses seemingly becoming more and more reluctant to bring out ordered food after we were there for more than 30 minutes.

Sitting near the register, I overheard her remarking to a waitress to see if another table had leftovers so they could charge a fine.

Food is mediocre at best and the restaurant simply exudes old and tired.

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Fishy scallop cones and lots of flies
By omnibus of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 23, 2007 - 1:20pm [Dine in]

I went there in a group of 10 the past Thursday evening for AYCE. The restaurant was pretty much empty as it seemed like there was only one other party there.

The smaller menu ($16.95) had enough variety so we went with that menu rather than the $21 something one. The tuna and salmon sashimi were fine but the chopped scallop cones were terrible. It seemed like some people got decently fresh scallop whereas other people (like myself) got terribly fishy scallop. It was disgusting and I had to throw it out. I was looking forward to the beef tataki but when I saw just how red it was, it scared me. I know it's supposed to be red but I've never eaten it THAT red before. The guys in my group ate it though and seemed fine afterward! The chicken udon soup had a bad flavour. I've never had (supposedly) Japanese soup taste so non-Japanese before. And it was oily. The gomae ae was salty.

I give this place a 2 for the food rating just b/c the other items like tempura, salmon/tuna sashimi, and rolls were fine.

There were flies. The tables were sticky. Some of the seats were dirty and some had parts of the cushion missing. My friend's napkin wasn't even from the restaurant (different pattern) and had someone's pen writing in it.

Service - slow and bad. Each time we asked the waitress for something (napkins and tea), she looked as if she didn't understand and was SLOW bringing it. Especially the tea. Speaking of which, when we asked for more tea they just brought us hot water, assuming that the tea leaves leftover in our cups would be sufficient.

All in all, I'll never go back.

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Worst All You Can Eat
By Looking4food of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

Went out with the family for AYCE. We heard rave reviews from friends for their AYCE menu.

Food: The selection from their expensive menu was pretty good, but the food was bad. The sashimi was old and mushy. The shrimp smelled off. Their noodles were soggy. Their tempura was greasy and cold.

Service: They lost/forgot our order and we had to remind our waitress several times, then reorder. The serivce was so slow. We had to ask 3 times (different people each time) for tea.

Never going back there again.

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Great food;great service!
By Dave_Vancouver of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 31, 2005 - 4:14am [Dine in]

It was quite busy tonight when i was there with my friends. The food was fantastic and the waitresses were very sweet and cute. The one who spoke fluently English was the nicest waitress I've had for quite a while! She explained the all you can eat menu, which was a great deal, in details so that me and my buddy could order what we wanted. Both the sushi and hot food were amazing! I would definetly go back sometime soon!

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Better, Much Better
By GastroGene of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

Went twice in two weeks for dinner. There are new servers and they are very good. The food has improved and the service has improved as well. This restaurant has been here for a long time and there is a good reason for this. The food and service has been consistent, not great but not bad either. Other sushi shops in the areas have come and gone but provide good food and service and the masses will come.

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Pretty Damn Good
By r3coil of North Delta (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

I have eaten here multiple times from last summer to last week.

Upon entering, you are either told to take a seat or they seat you at a table. They have some nice secluded rooms which you take your shoes off when stepping into.

The atmosphere is nice as you are pretty low to the ground and it feels fairly authentic.

You are handed a slip of paper will all the options for All You Can Eat and you write down the number of orders next to each one. For sashimi, it is a little but limited and you can only have 4 pieces per person. Unless you are REALLY into sashimi, you may want to pay the extra for that menu. You can ask for another slip of paper if you finish and are still hungry.

The food is generally quite good. They aren't stingy and everything seems fresh. The only thing I would advise against is the beef teriyaki as it isn't very good here but you can't lose with AYCE.

The service is a little bit spotty here. Depending on who you get serving you, there is a bit of a language barrier. They also seem to forget that you ask for certain things. For example, we had to ask for water 3 times before we finally got it. We also had to ask for wasabi a couple times as well. These really aren't big issues but I can imagine that this problem is compounded when the restaurant is very busy.

Overall - Go check it out. The food is good and the atmosphere is nice.

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