A popular Neighborhood Japanese Restaurant on East Vancouver - Kingsway.
Just left the restaurant 10 mins ago.. Had such a bad dining experience that I had to write about.. Came in and was dropped off some menus by a young rude waitress who was actually eating at the next table next to ours.. She was eating and serving us at the same time.. Every time we needed something, she walked over grumpily, as if we were interrupting her meal! Ordered a few items, requested raw oysters without sauce and it came with extra sauce.. No offer to fix it.. Ordered ebi mayo... Never even came! Bento box was average.. Not bad but not do great either.. We were done our meal and were waiting for the bill.. Ended up walking to the front to pay.. Same server rung in the bill and gave me my change by leaving on the table instead of handing it to me even though I was standing in front of her! Since the service was so bad, I refused to tip.. Believe me I done at 5 star restaurants and I tip 20% before tax... When deserved. Worse of all she short changed me! I had to ask her to recalculate and when she did, gave me the difference back.. Did she think she was gonna keep my change as an automatic tip? Will never dine here again.. Only thing good bout this place is that it opens late!
i always like this place because it's late hour (the food order ends around 1:30-2:00am) perfect for a night owl like me! they are not the traditional japanese restaurant but more of izakaya type.. they have large selection of appetizer like dishes and they are all pretty good. their sashimi are not bad either... honestly i didn't really expect good food since its more of a drinking lounge and the staffs are chinese, but they were surprisingly good. the place closes at around 4-5ish and it's always packed with young asian ppl drinking and playing games. if you don't like the loud drinking atmosphere then don't go but it's a good place to go with your friends for a late hour food and drinks. their sake in a light blue bottle is pretty good. the pumpkin croquett(some kind of deep fried cake) is my favourite.
Ohukuya has a great menu for a non-japanese owned and operated buisness. I was surpised with how tasty their izakaya-like dishes were! One thing that TOTALLY turned me off was some restraunt patrons were SMOKING. Not only that, they were playing drinking games... totally ruined the experience.
Food is tasty, fresh and creatively done. Always a treat, and on budget.
The hours are good, for those who eat much later in the day/night.
Roy (the manager) is awesome, always there in the midst of the action. He'll easily tweak your order according to your whims.
I got no complaints besides that they need larger washrooms perhaps. Or a larger place in general. Would recommend Ohukuya to my friends and family.
SO my order was one chicken teriyaki, one beef teriyaki, a few rolls, miso soup and an order of chicken wings.
We didn't get the chicken wings but was charged for it. I made sure to call and they said they'd comp it next time we ordered. It was satisfying for the sushi fix and it's very few and far between to have Japanese delivery.
You can tell they don't care much because the food was ok and delivery took an hour and fifteen minutes.
I only first went here because we had late night sushi munchies and was pleasantly surprised.
The sushi is awesome!
Service is a little slow and it is kind of a dump, but it is some of the best Japanese I've had.
Thank you to the guy who made the comment about cooks smoking, you made me laugh. Just so you know, 90 percent of cooks smoke, so if it freaks you out that much you shouldn't be eating out! Lol.
I don't smoke and yea its gross but its reality. And cmon, this site is to talk about the food and restaurants, not smoking!
I live across the street from this place, in an apartment building and I used to walk over to get dinner sometimes. The food was never particularly great, but the moment I saw not ONE, but TWO of the cooks smoking in the back, I walked out. It is clearly a very dirty place to eat. The employees play late night drinking games and smoke everywhere. The smoke comes in direct contact with the food because it is an open kitchen (not closed off by doors)... it was so disgusting.
Not only that, the service:
The boss took 15 minutes to acknowledge me. Another 30 to make the food (which was basically a few rolls of sushi) and it was take out, yet he still asked for tip. Yep, he ASKED for tip. I would never touch this place again, no matter how convenient it is!!!
Discovered this place looking for a late night snack in East Van. It's a friendly little joint which feels like a place you'd want to hang out in, play some cards, have a few drinks and of course some food. And the other patrons were actually doing so. But even at that it's not a seedy pub-like restaurant at all. Instead it's well-lit, clean, quiet, casual, & welcoming. The servers were friendly and offered suggestions enthusiastically.
The selection of robata is fairly large, but the selection of sushi is pretty standard, albeit limited. The a la carte & combos were all decently priced; my boyfriend and I had udon, 2 pcs salmon sushi, 1 california roll, chicken terriyaki, tempura, miso soup, & salad for less than $20. The food is pretty decent as well; it's a lot better than most places that offer similar fare at the same price. I'd say the cooked food here is probably your best bet.
It's in my neighbourhood so I'll definitely come back when I want some food and some good times.
The owner, and host, of this restaurant must be experienced to be believed. Let me put it to you this way: my tip was larger than the food bill. My girlfriend and I felt out of our depth in this traditional Japanese setting, expecting the usual Western Sushi restaurant, so we were delighted to stumble upon this gem. The host went out of his way to provide us the eating experience of a lifetime. We were unfamiliar with everything on the menu, except the Sushi, so the host took us in hand and made a few suggestions regarding dinner. He arranged everything for us, and what an arrangement! With each new dish we were ohhing and ahhing. So much more exciting than the usual sushi fare. Each dish was fantasitc, and beautifully presented. The host was incredible, and ran his ass off in his efforts to please his customers. Incredible food, good prices, and the host was second to none. My suggestion: skip the Chinese, and head for The Ohukuya!