Robson Sushi is a Japanese restaurant featuring an all you can eat menu. Free delivery after 5pm within the West End.
It had been a long time since I dined at Robson Sushi (about 7 to 8 years or so). I was downtown and decided to re-try it.
I was there during the dinner hour on a weekend - so the price jumps to $16.95. I had a small beer with my meal.
The food was poor quality for the price charged. The rolls were poorly made, stone cold and with dense, not-very-flavourful rice. They were also cut so thin as to be difficult to pick up. They appeared to be left overs from the lunch service. The sushi/sashimi was a little better - but not very good quality as the fish had only okay texture.
The chicken karrage was passable. The spinach in the spinach salad had poor texture and the sauce was almost tasteless. The terriyaki beef was so-so only. I was really looking forward to the bbq beef ribs - but they never came, which brings me to the service...
The service was okay at first, but like another reviewer mentioned - aside from the waitress, I was served by mutes. I was sometimes brought the wrong food - and had to alert them before turning away after it was plunked on my table. Some of the items I ordered simply never arrived - including the bc roll (which was fine as their rolls were bad anyway...). What really irked me was that I ordered the bbq ribs right from the onset because I remember really enjoying these. I waited. I waited. I inquired about the ribs. The waitress said, "Oh, we cook those all at once. They are really popular. It's coming still." I waited some more. I waited some more. When the waitress asked if I wanted another beer (after sitting there for some time with no other food in front of me or coming from the kitchen), I advised her that I didn't buy her explanation regarding the ribs (which never did appear). She seemed confused and said she'd check. After waiting some more, I just went to the counter and paid the bill (which was approximately $24 including tax). This is one of the few times I did not leave a tip (where I usually tip 20% when I dine out). I felt ripped off. I was charged extra for the dinner hour and extra for the weekend. I was given poor value as I was simply served left-over lunch items.
I will never return.
Ended up here as there were not too many choices on NYday. The dinner AYCE is about $15, a bit lower than other AYCE but not worth it. First the sushi rice did taste right, a bit too hard. The rolls were premade and this showed up in the soft dynamite rolls. The sashimi cuts were small and tasted average. The cooked items: oyster motoyaki was tough, deep fried items were greasy, the ramen looked disgusting (small bowl of brown noodles and grey soup).
Service was quick and we got everything ordered. The place was just OK but the washrooms were bad. I would avoid this place.
One more thing, their tea tasted like DIRTY FOOT WATER. Not like I know how it tasted like but it was NASTY!! I wasn't sure if it was green tea or some dirty floor cleaners leftover or what. I'm starting to not make any sense. My stomach is still very upset about this.
$9.99 for AYCE? I couldn't believe my eyes. Into RS I ran with Mrs. C right behind me. A word of caution: that price is only during lunch and at night after 9:30.
We were seated in a tiny booth and our server ambled over. Sadly, he could not understand English or Cantonese. Or so it seemed. We pointed and grunted at him, and he indicated his understanding. Food arrived shortly thereafter.
I know it is AYCE, but the tiny portions are a bit frustrating. That said, the sushi is good if not outstanding, and they do have sashimi (but you only get 2 micro-portions). The service is not great, but this isn't Tojo's, is it?
I wouldn't say it was super hygenic either, but it wasn't too scary, and after all, the main attraction is price and unrestrained eating.
This place will not rock your world but if you can put up with the obvious shortcomings, you can get full here.
Try it if you are short on cash...
I wish I had read the reviews, before walking in, I would have gone to another place that could serve decent sushi.
I found the servers were attentive, they took my order quickly, my food arrived and came around to fill my tea frequently.
As for the sushi, the cucumber roll was tasty, but fell apart easily and talk about tiny pieces. The salmon & tuna nigiri had a dry taste, along with being smaller than usual sushi places. I didn't like the futomaki, skimp ingredients, thin slices and didn't taste that great. The dynamite roll was tasty, but tiny pieces and found the chicken wings on the dry side.
I found it wasn't that busy for a Friday around 1pm, for their lunch special $9.99 plus the cost of my cocoa cola, my bill came to $12.00.
I didn't like the skimpy, tiny sushi, and with so many other places to eat, as Tanpopo on Denman and I love Sushi in North Van, I doubt I will return for another visit.
Everyone reviews on here is right...I hope my next spot, I will read the reviews.
Went to Robson Sushi a couple of days ago for lunch and I can relate to other reviewers; terrible service, my server was talking to another server while writiing down my order, no wonder she missed a couple of items. Food was OK and that's about it. Its a shame because there are about 6 new Korean and Japanese restaurants nearby and sooner or later this one will close and the owner will regret hiring anyone who walks through the door and thinking just because he's on Robson St he'll survive.
After a long walk enjoying the sunshine yesterday, girlfriend K and I came here for late night sushi - they had AYCE for $10.95 after 9:30pm. We weren't all that hungry and didn't even order that much, but for the same price as we would have paid elsewhere, at least there was variety. So where should I start?
Ambiance - the dining room wasn't bad at all, nice set-up. But I was actually scared eating here. I went to the washroom and expected to see rodents because it was soooo dirty. There was hair on the seats, lady products in an open g-can, it was just scary dirty. When I returned to my seat, a napkin was on top of the eating plate. I literally had to peel the napkin off as it was stuck to the plate by remnants of previously un-washed off food. Needless to say, I didn't eat off that. My tea cup had a stain on it, like they hadn't wash it ever, just rinsed. How can tea leave a brown stain??
The service was neither good nor bad. One thing I had to mention was that I went to the washroom right after being seated and when I came back, the server was standing at the table and said, "ready to order?". I didn't even get a chance to look at the menu!
Majority of the food was really salty. The one good thing I really appreciated was that the portions were small, so if you didn't like what you are eating, you didn't feel bad wasting a big portion. The food I guess wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really good either. Everything came to the table instantly, which means everything was premade. I was a little surprised to see veggie samosas on the menu. The "dirtyness" of the place kept lingering throughout dinner, so I didn't feel like eating much.
Price wise this place is the opposite of Tojo's. As for the food everything , with the exception of the deep fried chicken wings gets a sold "mediocre". The sushi has a somewhat of a "been lying' around for a bit out back" sort of taste. The fish is most definitely not of the highest quality.
Came here yesterday at around 2pm, their AYCE lunch goes until 4:30pm. Food came fast after ordering and to say the least , everything was just passable. No ooh's or ahhh's. I did find the chicken wings very tasty. They come two wings at a time and actually ordered more. The spicy tuna cone was also not bad at all and had seconds on that as well.
The place looks worn and a little on the dirty side. Bathrooms need a make-over badly, at least the men's.
I must give credit to at least one of the servers. This girl was very friendly and somewhat chatty. The two male servers, one I believe is also the manager of the place, are mutes. Not a peep. Food did come fast when ordered so I give them marks for that and they did seem to appreciate the business with a nice "thank you" as we left.
All in all, it was sort of what I expected for AYCE at ten bucks. Simply an outstanding value, not really sure how you do it in this day and age even with this quality of food and it looks as if prices haven't changed in years. That being said my partner and I won't be rushing back down to Robson Sushi anytime soon.
It was a truly "mediocre" experience in almost every way, don't expect anything more. A great place to fill up your tummy after you cash in your pop cans.
Thought I'd give a more objective view of this place than some other reviewers. The all-you-can-eat is good for the price, and comes pretty darn fast. I had to be in-and-out of the restaurant in 45 minutes and I could have left in half that time!
Food - Tasty, but pre-prepared and 'not-so-fresh'. All-you-can-eat comes lightning quick.
Service - Waiter ordered food from his palm pilot. First time I've ever seen that. Food came out about 90 seconds after it was ordered. Fast food style!
Ambiance - Japanese-type seating, but still, only a half-step above food court-type ambiance.
Bottom Line - Decent all-you-can-eat food for the price. I'm a satisfied customer and wouldn't mind giving them repeat business.
$9.99 lunch on weekdays; $10.99 weekends. Would choose to go somewhere else for dinner, but for lunch I think they have a great selection. Excellent avocado rolls and Alaska rolls. The seafood motoyaki is quite greasy- wouldn't recommend. I think for the selection & price, it is hard to beat (at lunch). Sometimes the service is very poor, but the last few times it has been pretty good.
They are kind if you are kind with em, like everywhere.Ok sometimes they don't add everything you ask for yet it is quite a nice place to go because the food is fresh and fine. Never had any problems with it, gets on your table easily and fast.
I have been eating at Robson sushi for over five years now, and I have to say, I am not sure why this place gets such bad reviews. I have eaten at many, many sushi restaurants that are disappointing, and I don't consider Robson sushi to be among those. The prices here for all you can eat are really good, and I've always like the food I've ordered here. The service can be a little slow when they are busy, which is normal. I think Robson sushi has outstanding food if you consider how much other all you can eat places charge.
Your typical Chinese-owned/staffed-trying-to-pose-as-Japanese restaurant.
Food is so-so. Some of the dishes are awful (tuna sashimi), while others were decent (the cones). The main problem is that they are inconsistent (one of the biggest no-no in the restaurant business). If I order the same items separately, the first might come fine, but the next one is likely to be somewhat different from the first one. Also, the pace at which the dishes come out is chaotic.
Although I haven’t experienced the same the same service level as the others, I think I have seen what they are referring to. Also, they might take a while to check on you (to see if you want to order more) or even to fill up your cup of tea.
Will I drop by again? There is a slight chance I might if I happened to be in the area. But, otherwise, there are a lot better sushi spots in Vancouver.
This is seriously the cheapest all you can eat I've ever found and it is pretty good considering the price. The service is not fantastic, but the sushi is always fresh and good and most of the other items are decent too. If you're in the mood for sushi but don't want to spend a huge amount of money - this is a great way to go all you can eat.
I went here awhile ago for the all you can eat and I wish I didn't!
First off, I asked in advance if there was anything vegetarian on the menu, which the waiter said there was. So I went for it and there was barely anything!! He told me to get california rolls... uh hello what vegetarian eats fake crab?! I asked if I could get chicken teriyaki without the chicken (so just sauce and bean sprouts) and he said no I could only have tempura. I didn't want tempura but then it showed up at our table and we sent it back. He came back, threw it on the table and got mad and sneered "I THOUGHT you wanted VEGETABLES!" and explanied that if we didn't eat it we'd be charged for it. We also got some gyoza, which I don't think were cooked and were bright green. When we asked why they were so green, the waiter told us they were dyed to tell the veggie from the pork ones. MMMM. Apprently the only veggies they had were onions, cause that was all that was in there (o and they came without sauce). The ambiance is fine I guess, if you ignore the fishy smell (and not the normal suhi place smell...unfresh fish smell) and drunk 20 somethings on their cellphones.
Yeah, no thanks.
I visit this place often. For all you can eat for under $15, it is very worthwhile. What you order almost always arrives promptly, and the staff have always been helpful and quick. I always have my tea and water filled consistently.
The rolls are a little bland but they are still fine. The veggies are crunchy, the tempura is light. The gyoza are delicious!
There is no flawless all-you-can-eat Sushi restaurant, and there are much worse (Tanpopo on Denman is overpriced and you get only 50% of what you order!). It is rather unrealistic to expect top of the line service for what this is: a solid stuff-your-face place for budget-conscious eaters. You are paying for unlimited food, they know this. If I were to order a-la-carte each item I eat when I am there I am sure I eat much more than the price charged, so I am happy.
I recommend it fully!
A friend and I were looking to get some AYCE sushi and she suggested this place. She said she had gone before and remember it being okay.
As soon as we saw how empty it was, we should have taken that as a red flag and got out of there. The service was okay, the waitresses were nice but it took a while to flag anyone down to get the bill. Not really what you'd expect considering there weren't many tables that night.
The ambiance was okay, a lot of room to spread out. The restaurant looked clean. That wasn't really my main focus though...
What baffled me was the quality of the food. It was pretty weak. My chicken udon had one small piece of chicken, a few noodles, and the broth just tasted like water. The slices of sashimi were no bigger than the size of a stamp... AND they limited your consumption of it. The selection was okay, but overall the quality was poor. Even though it was pretty cheap for dinner... we only decided to order one round. Yup, that bad.
Unless I hear about any changes they're making... I will stay far away. I suggest you do too!
I wish I had the reviews before going to this place today. I had a friend visiting me and she had heard about the sushi in Vancouver. I decided to try this place. And I made a terrible mistake deciding to try the AYCE for lunch because I thought she could try different types of sushi and tempura.
The service was unfriendly. The waitress just gave us some chits of paper and didn't turn up for a while after that. The cooks indicated to us that we had to write down the numbers. Then finally she came and took our order and for some reason was unhappy right from the start. Some of the things like tempura wasn't delivered to us. When I pointed it out to the waitress, she denied it. Then I asked her to show me the slip of paper and there was the number. All in all, bad food and unfriendly service. I'm never going to visit this place ever agin and I'll warn all my friends who regularly try out sushi places not to go there.
There were a lot of tourists at the restaurant and I was wondering what kind of an impression they would take back of Vancouver if they were all treated in this manner.
My friend didn't want to leave a tip. The waitress had the cheek to ask us if we were expecting change to be given back, to which I promptly said "yes".
Hope this place closes down soon.
Do not go here. The service is not great and the food is awful. I went here with my girlfriends from Toronto and when our waitress served us our food she practically threw our plates on our table and walked away. She didn't give us our water until we asked for it a fifth time. Please go someplace else.
They definitely do not appreciate regular customers. Sashimi and sushi was old and since we could not eat it, we were told that we are waisting food and made us pay regular price for it. They could use some nicer and friendlier staff. The Miso soup was extremelly salty and we had to ask many times for tea before we received any. We will look for another place that welcomes regular customers and appreciates our business.