Oishii Sushi incorporates the traditional roots of Japanese cuisine with western and West Coast influences using only the highest quality ingredients.
'Oishii' roughly translated means yummy. That is a good description of the food at this unassuming sushi joint. I tried some of the roll sushi, and also some of the nigiri sushi choices. The fish was top quality and fresh, and the sushi was very good. Not overly ricey (is that a word?) and just bite-sized. They always seem to have some unusual fish on special. Once they had tuna imported from Japan. Last time I went they had salmon belly which I admit was only mildly exotic ;)
The sushi chef and the hostess have an encyclopedic knowledge of sushi and the food is a lot nicer than you would expect, given the rather cheapo décor. I think the tables are salvaged from the Hawaiian Village restaurant. A good place to eat sushi, with a chef who punches above his weight. Try the caterpillar roll.
I know that they recently opened up a new restaurant, and I haven't seen the regular sushi chef there lately. They've been trying to keep up with new trends, offering more variety of rolls at higher prices. But I think they haven't kept an eye on quality control. Last time I went we tried a few of their inventive new rolls, and for the price...I think $10 a roll, it was incredibly small and not that interesting. It wasn't bad, just...puny and boring. There's a lot of other places that offer creative rolls that are price-y, but also large and filling, and really worth it. I'm kind of disappointed since I've been coming here for awhile, and I've always been impressed with the simplicity of their menu and the freshness of their food. But it's not really worth it, they need to keep track of the quality of their dishes.
I was hungry after a long day of work and ended up doing a pickup order since I had one of their menus laying around at home. I ordered the California Roll, Chopped Scallop Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll.
I found the rolls ordinary and nothing worth raving over. The tuna was fresh but the nori (seaweed) used was stale; like chewing through a plastic wrapper. Oddly enough the other rolls were a little better but still a gave my jaw a nice workout.
There's quite a few small sushi joints on that street and this one certainly hasn't set its bar high. The place and people are nice enough so I won't mind coming back for an encore.
Most sushi joints want customers to order their in-house "special" rolls because they're supposed to be unique & more expensive. Well, I made the mistake of ordering something other than my usual list of rolls when I got takeout the other day.
Four ingredients are listed in their Dragon Roll: avocado, unagi, cucumber & prawn. Except in my roll, there was NO cucumber anywhere to be seen! That's 25% of the ingredients missing... I paid $7.50 for a roll that was almost as skinny as a salmon roll. That in itself should've been a sign to the chef that something was awry... What a fricking ripoff! Their takeout gomaae was a disappointment, lacking in sauce & flavour, but at least it was a decent size. Other stuff ordered was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Service is okay when you're dining in, but with takeout, they tend to try to save pennies everywhere.... there have been several times when I opened my takeout bag to discover I wasn't given chopsticks or napkins. Makes them look bad. And the only person who smiles in there is the chef.
Ambiance is not very "Japanese". There are a few specials on the walls, but nothing that screams 'authentic'... Really hate the 'Hawaii" tables that they kept from the previous restaurant that existed here before. Booths are really hollow-feeling, & it echoes when you talk in there.
A little advice, spend a bit of $ on furniture if you want your restaurant to be really successful. Also, make sure your rolls are done properly... this is a "sushi" joint, isn't it? When customers feel ripped off, they tend NOT to return.
I've had the opportunity to work on a school project over the weekend recently and had them deliver food for 3 nights in a row!
The party trays have plenty of food at inexpensive prices for that quality. I had the chance to sample much of the menu and haven't been greatly disappointed. Only the saba sashimi got a little sick after having so many pieces in the party tray. The prices are decent, especially for free delivery!.. Its great when they know you by name and address, and they remember that you've ordered 3 nights in a row. Service doesn't get full marks because one time I waited over an hour for an order, usually its 30 minutes. I guess they should hire more kitchen staff.
Haven't actually eaten in the store so don't know much about ambiance. No choice but to give it a 3. Although I've been inside to pick up and see that they don't have many tables.
I went here with my sister for lunch the other day. We got service right away from the very friendly staff. Although the staff were nice, the food is another thing.. The prawn tempura was very small and not very filling. But the alaska rolls were very generous with the filling. The miso soup,oshinko rolls, and the gyoza were absolutely delicious! The ambiance wasn't very good. They clearly used tables which clearly stated "Hawaii". There wasn't really any japanese feel to the restaurant,unless you count the many japanese sushi posters on the walls. But, I would go to Oishii Sushi again, since it's in the neighbourhood.
Went there for lunch a week ago. Their oysters are greatly priced, and their overall menu is acceptable. The food is acceptable since there are not that many japanese/sushi restaurants in that area.
Location: Hard to spot if you don't look carefully.
Food: The sushi is what you would expect from a regular Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. The sushi roll is decent size. Try the teriyaki sauce, it is really good.
Service: Staff are really friendly.
Price: Good. They have lunch & dinner specials under $10. $20 can get you a large party tray + 10% off for take out.
me and my cousin ordered some take out for lunch .. had the lunch specials and some sashimi.. the lunch special (which was only 6.95) came with terriyaki chicken tempura and a california roll. the rolls were very good but the terriyaki chicken was so small i was quite surprised when i opened the take out box. the tempura was ok.. nothing special except their shrimp tempura were really big ... (long.. however a shrimp would b measured) in fact .. the tempura were much bigger than the chicken!
anyway the sashimi there is quite good. but it was just like any other sashimi i've had.
the waitress was very nice when i went in to pay. very friendly
restaurant was a little small .. but it had a nice feel to it .. felt very comfortable.
my cousin did not like it at all .. (mainly because of the small teriyaki chicken)
There is a new Oishii that just opened up on Denman St in Westend Vancouver. They took over from a previous Sushi place that was an institution in the Westend for over 10 years. I think they are trying to pass themselves off as a higher-end Sushi place. However, the laminated (plastic) menus and old scratched up tables inherited from the previous restaurant seem to distract from any "higher-end" feelings.
I ordered the spicy tuna sashimi from the regular menu. The waitress instead insisted on and recommended the red tuna. We have never heard of red tuna before so we were intrigued. I asked her why she was recommending it. She said it was way better. I asked how it was better and she couldn't exactly tell me. I asked her if the taste was better and she said no. But she said it was definitely better. So I said OK.
The sashimi came and we ate it. It was good just as fresh sashimi should be. The real surprise came when the bill arrived. The sashimi I initially ordered was $10. The bill that came was for $25. When I called over the waitress that had recommended it I asked her why she didn't tell me about the price difference. She looked at me with a clueless look on her face. I turned to my girlfriend and asked her if she heard something I didn't. She hadn't and was as shocked as I was. Obviously for a customer to expect to be told about a 250% price hike is shocking to the wait staff.
Of course I got upset, stood up and went over to the waitress that looked like she didn't have sh** for brains. Unfortunately she had a clueless look on her face as well. Suddenly all the waitresses and the sushi chefs all had the exact same clueless look on their faces. It didn't occur to anyone to come and apologize for the misunderstanding. It didn't occur to anyone that if you make a recommenation that is 3 times more expensive then what the customer originally ordered this "price change" should be clearly communicated. When I finally went to pay the waitress taking my money said to me, "next time we will tell you about the price difference". I responded, "there won't be a next tme". It was almost funny to see the amazement on her face followed by "ohhhh".
Clearly I should have been happy about being ripped off. And only because I dared to complain I was promised not to be ripped off next time. I guess this is their idea of a loyalty rewards program!!!