Owner Perry Wong knows how to gather a combination of overseas and local talent to produce a consistently fun, hospitable, and value-driven Japanese Sushi joint - leaving many first time visitors (and returning customers) pleased and very satisfied.
Before an afternoon of shopping, my friend and I wanted to grab a quick and light bite to eat. Having walked by Oysi before many times, I finally got to try it.
The restaurant was nice and clean, they serve hot tea with plenty refills. Unfortunately, our meal was neither quick or light. Obviously, we could have chosen our food more wisely, so the "light" factor had nothing to do with the restaurant - no blame to them there. However, there was only 1 cook working there this afternoon and our meal dragged on for about an hour. I ordered a lunch box of the regular fare - cali roll, tempura, chicken and rice. My friend ordered bits of things. Most her meal came and was done with before I got mine. Our server apologized many times and I would have given the service a 4 if it weren't for the long wait.
The food: an $8 sashimi gave about 6 slices of small salmon sashimi which was a little expensive. Another expensive dish of ika karaage gave a small dish of over-done squid bearing a burnt and slightly sour taste. The sushi rice was over-cooked and filled up the stomach very quickly.
The pros: An excellent menu selection and friendly service (got free scoop of ice-cream to compensate for long wait).
I've been eating at Oysi Oysi on and off for about 3 years. I stopped going last year when the place began to go downhill. Recently I heard they had made some changes, so I gave it another shot. Wow, was I impressed!
The menu is completely redone, and the food is better than when they first opened. I had a few kinds of sushi and the tempura shrimp. The tempura was fabulous, but I was disappointed that the California roll used fake crab. My salmon and tuna sushi were both great with nice fresh fish and good preparation. My wife had the summer special which featured soba noodles, steamed egg Japanese-style, and mixed tempura. She told me her food was awesome, especially the soba.
The restaurant is nicely decorated and the servers are friendly and efficient. They actually remembered my wife and addressed her by name, even though she was absent for a year.
Oysi Oysi was on the skids for a while but they have turned it around. I will be back.
I hadn't been to Oysi Oysi in eons and decided to give it another shot. I remember it being bad a few years ago, although I can't remember why now. The ratings from a year or more ago seem to reflect that.
Overall I was pretty satisfied with my meal. The food was all very tasty. I recall it was more traditional Japanese / sushi place before; now its gone more izakaya style and it works. My only gripe would be that its a tad expensive but I assume Alberni Street isn't cheap for commercial space.
If I'm in the neighbourhod and looking for sushi or izakaya, I would return.
I visited Oysi Oysi last week and happily discovered that they have re-vamped their menu. Their tuna sashimi is fantastic. As is their inventive and varied selection of rolls and appetizers (cooked). My food is consistently excellent.
I always have wonderful service from the owners and their long-time servers. I agree that sometimes their service is a little inconsistent, but on the whole, better than average. And you can't beat the prices.
This restaurant is definitlely worth a try.
I've been coming to Oysi-Oysi for years and I've never had bad service. The servers are always friendly and courteous. The food is fresh and flavourful. They have the best motoyaki's I've tasted. Their agedashi tofu is delicous as well. Their sushi and sashimi taste fresh and never has that old, fishy smell and taste. I've never been disappointed that's why I keep coming back. The friends that I take there become repeat costumers as well.
One of, if not the best sushi Restaurant for its value downtown!
The service is great, very friendly, the owner walks through to greet you and make sure everything is perfect!
The food is fresh and the prices are wonderful!
Highly, Highly Recommended!
Great food and outstanding service. They make me feel at home each time i drop by. Always a new dish on the menu, and if you ask your server, there are always a few great dishes off the menu. There are many places that serve these types of dishes around town, the two things that set this place apart are the service and their creativity. Salmon carpaccio and the inagi tempura roll - try them!
We dine here probably 3-4 times a month. Very solid, local sushi place. The food is always fresh and delicious. We always receive a warm welcome, helpful friendly service. This is a good spot for casual dining. We have brought may people here that have loved it. Very good food, even better service. Solid!
Oysi is the best place for lunch because they have a great lunch menu. There are alot of combos for less than $10.
I usually get the Oysi combo for $8.95 which includes prawn/yam tempura, sashimi, BIG plate of beef teriyaki, rice and miso soup.
Even though they are very busy during lunch, the food always comes fast and the service is excellent.
So, Oysi Oysi is definitely not Togo's and probably isn't even the best sushi you can find downtown but ultimately it is one of my favourite places to eat. I live right around the corner and probably come here about once a week. The gentleman that owns this place and his staff are wonderful: You're always welcomed warmly like an old friend, the wait staff are attentive and sweet and the kitchen fast. I've also been there a number of times and had them bring us out dishes of free ice cream at the end of our meal--just because. From the photos of friends' children and families near the cash to the cozy ambience and comfortable banquets this place is just as comfortable as being at home.
The food is solid and fresh, and the one time a friend wasn't crazy about the House Special roll she'd ordered (with lobster--I will admit this one can be dicey) they were very concerned with her uneaten portion and took it off the bill without her even having to ask or return it. I recommend the chicken teri roll and their tempura is always spot on. I've really never had anything here I didn't like, and we've probably ordered everything off their "Specials" sheet at one time or another. The last time I had a dish with garlic clams and they were awesome.
I really can't say anything bad about Oysi Oysi. Good, filling, fresh sushi at reasonable prices and they treat you just like you've gone home to Mom's house :)
I went there yesterday with a client from Santiago Chile to show him some typical Japanese food items. He was expecting to eat only Sushi. We were both pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of Japanese food items.
They covered all the bases; pre-meal snacks like eda mame and sunomono, main dishes including many rice bowls, tempura, bento boxes, sushi by the piece or in reasonably priced combination sets. They also had all the regular Izakaya fare like kara-age, yakitori and gyoza.
There was a huge selection of very nicely priced cocktails and beers (both domestic and imported), as well as both red and white wines, a good selection of non-alchoholic drinks like coffee, black tea, juices and pop. The green tea was all you-can-drink and came quickly when we finished a cup.
I read the reviews before going and want to say that if you haven't tried Oysi Oysi for a while, try it again. I got to speak Japanese with real Japanese servers (one from Kyoto!) who graciously explained food items to my non-Japanese speaking guest!
We even received two complimentary ice cream for what THEY thought was an order that took too long! It was a bit tardy but we realized that what we ordered was to be eaten separately even by the Japanese themselves. We didn't have to wait for it while there was nothing to eat on the table at all!
I also had a bottle of Gekkeikan sake at a very reasonable price of $4.50. We had miso soup and a bowl of acceptable white rice (a little dry on the top) before and with our meal. Our bill came to a very acceptable $42.50, we added a good tip and it still came out to below $50.00 for the both of us. Good Job Peter! (The Owner)
Ordered sushi for lunch with my partner. Worst sushi of my life.
First piece was a little less than fresh. It went downhill from there. If you like warm, soggy, fishy tasting sushi, this is the place for you!
Wow! I have been hanging around downtown many years, whenever I passed by this restaurant, I didn't have the urge to go in. On Christmas eve, I met a new friend. When we talked how fusion cuisine is the trend nowadays, and gave ratings to different restaurants, he suggested that Oysi Oysi is a must go, and he himself goes there at least once a week if he's around town, and he's never been disappointed. That is how I fell in love with Oysi Oysi.
The manager and servers are warm and friendly. After dining in for a few times, I discovered they have many other specially high grade sashimi and new dishes that are not in the regular menu, you have to ask the server for they reserve all these goodies for their regular customers. Many unheard of fishes freshly imported from Japan and the quality is super (of course more pricy is expected).
Today is the sixth day I dine continuously here, when they are very busy and can not provide prompt service, they will periodically giving an apologetic smile at you from afar.
More over, I have tried some other non Japanese dishes like wonton soup, fried noddles, fried rice etc., and I was not disappointed. For sure I will bring my husband here when he is back.
My family loves to go to Oysi Oysi Restaurant because they have a wide range of food variety for me to choose. Also, their food is great with reasonable price. Moreover, Oysi is willing to pay for my parking ticket at the underground parking lot which I don't have to find parking at downtown area. Cool!!
I dined at Oysi Oysi once in November of 2004, and intend never to return. It was one of the few sushi restaurants in that part of downtown open in the evening, and that's about all it had going for it.
The service was abysmal. I waited for nearly 20 minutes after being seated before even getting a welcome, and future visits from a server were nearly as slow.
Worse, when my meal was finally brought, I discovered that my tuna sashimi, served in a dish by itself, was not only completely frozen, but the slices were frozen to each other in their arrangement on the dish, indicating that the tuna had been pre-made hours before and placed in a freezer. When I mentioned to the waitress that my tuna was literally frozen to the plate, her response was, "Still?" -- indicating that she was well aware that this was standard operating procedure and didn't even have the tact to hide it.
Perhaps Oysi Oysi has shaped up since then, but in a city as full of great sushi restaurants as Vancouver is, I have no reason to risk going back.
maybe this is just because of their location that they charge lil bit high for the food. the overall food was standard for me. i ordered a combo. the house roll was a good one, but then the mixed tempura disappointed me. there were about 5 or 6, only 2 of which were prawn tempura. i was hoping that they had yam tempura as well, but apparently not. the other ones were only filled with hard veggies, such as green bell pepper (which i hate), etc (i don't remember exactly). portion was small, taste was okay, the udon soup consisted only noodle (not even veggie). service was pretty good. the waitress never forgot to refill my tea and ask me whether i was okay.
Wow, based on previous reviews, this place must have changed a LOT in the last year. I just recently discovered it (three or four months ago), but am now a regular for lunch.
The service is prompt and friendly, the food is always fresh and fast and the prices are significantly lower than most downtown restaurants.
If you haven't been there in awhile, try it again. You won't be disappointed.
Ate lunch here today, (usually try do about every 6 weeks) and was not disapointed.
For $8.95, you get miso soup, tempura, sashimi, beef teryaki and rice.
The tempura was right out of the oil, hot crisp and fresh, the sashimi was great, and the teryaki was good.
Always great service and good value for downtown.
The place has very big menu, but if you stick to maki sushi (rolls), you will not be disappointed. Chopped scallop roll is one of the best I had in a while. My wife really liked battera sushi, which are rather uncommon in Vancouver. Stay away from "fusion" appys though, I suspect they are actually experimental dishes, and some experiments are not very impressive.
I used to love having lunch here but I haven't gone back since the following incident. I had ordered their regular lunch combos and when the older gentleman (maybe he's the owner) brought the california rolls in my order..he accidentally dropped one of the rolls on the table. I expected to have him apologize. I'm sure any restaurant patron would be surprised to have the waiter ask the patron to pick up the roll and place it back on the plate. Well, that's what he did. He proceeded to tell me that he didn't want to use his fingers to pick up the roll. He expected me to just eat the roll that was on the table.
All in all, prior to this incident, I visit this restaurant regularly. However, despite their warm service and appropriately priced food, the incident was enough to make me think twice before visiting this restaurant again.