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Sake Maki

1414 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC V5L3X9
Tel: (604) 568-3632 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland

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By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 8:24pm [Dine in]

Was craving for sushi and this is the only place that looked decent.
Came here for lunch and the place was 1/3 occupied. There was only one server. The music in the background was some Mandarin country music. That's when I knew the owners are not Japanese. It reminded me of Kadoya (in downtown) and I didn't like that place. (I realized that it's probably the same owners/friends as Kadoya from reading the reviewer below).
I had the lunch special E for $5.95 w/ cali roll & spicy tuna roll. It took a long time to arrive but at least it tasted decent. I noticed that my server was nicer and talkative to Caucasians. And I'm Chinese and polite! I asked her for water and she didn't say ok or not.
When it's time to pay for the bill, I gave her $10 and she never came back. She just left the money beside her cash register and continue on handing food to customers. She did that at least three times until I had enough and walked up to the register. How hard is it to give me the darn change? It's not far away.
Don't ever wanna go there again.

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V. Good Sushi on the Drive
By CoffeeKid of East Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 5:59pm [Dine in]

Been to Sake Maki four times now, and all visits (2 dine in, 2 take out) provided excellent rolls, and I was impressed by the quality of the hamachi, tuna, toro, and salmon in nigiri, sashimi and rolls. They have some inventive chef rolls, some better than others - I like the Alberta roll with tempura tuna on top, teriyaki beef and avocado.

They also have some inventive saki cocktails - most are good priced, some seem a tad high.

The food prices are excellent overall, including the $10 dinner meal choices, and the individual nigiri and sashimi pricing. Rolls are long, with 7 pieces cut usually. The Chef choice rolls are even bigger.

Downside is, the place still has much of the former Greek restaurant's design and aesthetic, and service is a tad spotty. I didn't get my salad last time I ate there (ordering the $10 meal), but the rolls were so big, I didn't miss it.

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Best Sushi on The Drive, hands down, by a windfall.
By WBuckWalter of East Van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

The title says it. My wife and i have been three times, just to make sure. And we're sure, by comparison to everywhere else on Commercial Drive that Sake Maki surpasses all other Sushi restaurants by leaps and bounds.

Went in for lunch today and sat by the window, which was great for people watching and enjoying this sunny September day. The restaraunt is clean and inviting, and they've got these really stylin' sushi serving plates on the tables with matching soy sauce containers. Good vibe from the staff and a nice room, so for where it is, I rated the ambiance as Outstanding.

We each ordered an Asia Lunch Special. For $6.50 you can choose two items from a list.

I ordered the Teriyaki Chicken Roll, and The vegetable Gyoza, while my wife ordered the Spicy Tuna Roll and The Yam Tempura Roll for her two choices. We also added a Volcano Roll which we picked from a great looking menu of specialty rolls.

Each roll was incredible from presentation to finish. Every dish was very fresh tasting and extremely flavourful. We enjoyed the attention to detail like the fact that the Yam Tempura Roll has avocado in it.

The Volcano Roll is basically a scallop roll with Salmon on top and is drizzled with a black sesame sauce. It tasted incredible and "melted in your mouth."

The Vegetable Gyoza is fresh and had a perfect dipping sauce.

This was also the best Spicy Tuna Roll I've ever had. The texture was perfect and the taste was amazing.

The Chicken Teriyaki Roll was fresh, delicious, and there was care put into it inasmuchas there were quality peices of chicken used in it. Did I use the term inasmuch as correctly? I digress....

All in all we payed $21.95 (before the wonderful HST was added on, which brought the bill to $24.58.) Pretty amazing value for such high quality food.

To sum up, this place stands far above the rest, and this is evidenced by their basic rolls (spicy tuna roll, california roll, etc.) which are in a class of their own and don't feel or taste "stock" like most other joints.

This is our new favourite and we're lucky that it's just around the corner from where we live. Or maybe that could be dangerous....

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I love sake maki!
By tilly of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

Oh I love sake maki, it is so good! It always satisfies my sushi cravings, which are often! |The service is always good, I think they are starting to know me, since I have been there 8 times in the last two and a half months.

I recomend it to anyone who wants good sushi with slightly warm rice and perfect fish. The toro is to die for and I think that every time I get it somehow it gets better!

If you are on a budget get the dinner or lunch special that are like 9.99 for three options, that is always filling and satisfying!

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Chef's Sushi All The Way
By danobi of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 5:55pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple of times during lunch hours. Usually a pretty good crowd so you may have to wait a little.

Tried the dinner combination the 1st time, where you can choose three items off a list they have. I found it was ok for 10$, filled me but the taste wasn't really there.

Went again a couple nights ago, and tried their special chef sushi this time. I have to say, I was blown away by how much tastier they were in comparison to their cali roll and chicken teriyaki roll (or other typical rolls). If you like japanese mayo, be sure to try their special rolls, as they're unique with up to...20 different choices?

The service was OK, took forever to wave anyone down for tea. The spacing is nice for a small restaurant.

Will definitely revisit for the chef sushi.

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Nice Change
By marys of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

I've eaten many times at Sake Maki and have never been disappointed. The owners (also the servers) are friendly and accommodating. Angel knows that each time I come I would like water as well as tea AND I start with edamame, no questions asked. I've tried many of the special rolls and a friend and I ate together one evening. He had a dinner combination and he could barely get up from the chair following the meal - it was so ample and good. It is a welcome change from the two filthy so called Japanese places across the street. The place has been totally renovated with the exception of some vestiges of a previously owned Italian (nope, it wasn't Greek) restaurant. The bathrooms have been completely redone as has the paint, the floor, the kitchen AND the "bar". Congratulations to the new owners. I'll be a regular for sure and I'll take friends there.

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Probably the best reasonably-priced sushi on the Drive
By Silvermink of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 3:38pm [Dine in]

The sushi here's been really good every time I've been, and the tempura's great too - I especially like the rolls that combine the two, like the deep-fried spicy tuna roll. The "cooked" stuff is only so-so - last time I had the sukiyaki don, which was okay but was let down by a fairly bland sauce, and my partner had yakiudon which was pretty middle-of-the-road too. That said, I've mentally excluded those from my "food" rating and probably won't bother ordering them again.

Service is pretty average, though I do give them points for being quick - even when it's been packed they've been fast. Pretty good value, too; dinner for two of us was a moderate $40, but we ordered lots of food and ended up taking some home.

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Favourite Sushi spot in the city!
By Epicurious-er of Point Grey (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2009 - 2:15pm [Dine in]

I know a great meal awaits me every time at Sake Maki. They usually have one server on during the day which can cause a small wait, btu aside from that it's lovely. The rolls are solid, the tempura is always delicious, and they have the nice pickled ginger that actually LOOKS like ginger (instead of that nasty aspartame-ridden pink crap!).

Also have a decent drink list - sake mojito is tasty.

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Great sushi, amazing sashimi
By clementinebleue of Commercial Drive, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

The service at Sake Maki can be hit and miss- the waiters are usually very nice and helpful, but they can be forgetful. They have very interesting special rolls, and the portions are huge for the price.

The sashimi, especially the sockeye salmon, is unbelievable. For the price, this little gem cannot be beat. I guess that's why it's busy pretty much every night of the week..!

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the food is good, but the delivery is a joke and a scam
By candicejohnson1984 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 9:30pm [Delivery]

We ordered with these guys through what used to be called "yummyweb.com" and is now "just-eat.ca". It's a great service, where you can see which restaurants are near you, which one deliver, their hours, their menus, etc, etc, etc. Use it all the time and it's always great. It also is cool because you can do all your ordering online, which is submitted to the restaurant. It gives you your total, your delivery charge (if there is one, based on your location) and your estimated wait time.

Well... after our "estimated wait time" was surpassed by 15 minutes, we began to worry that they maybe hadn't received our order (as they always call to confirm that you did in fact ordered, and we realized that we did not receive this call this time.) So we gave them a call and they confirmed that the driver was "on his way". Then she proceeded to tell us that we were actually going to have to pay an extra $5.00 delivery charge, because we are based in Burnaby. We informed her that she was wrong, we are in fact based in Vancouver, and only a 12 minute drive from the restaurant (their driver would prove this to be correct when he showed up at our home) but she was having none of it. Fine, we said. We would pay the charge, but we don't approve of their tactics.

Now... we are 30 minutes later... almost a whole hour after our estimated delivery time, two hours after we placed the order, we are hungry, we are cranky, we are upset with their business-dealings (we went back to the website and it's plastered all over that they have "FREE DELIVERY OVER $25.00", which is clearly false) and the driver is still nowhere in sight.

Disappointed. I have eaten IN their restaurant before, and the food is good and it's priced fine, but this whole experience has turned me off of their restaurant as a whole. Since when did a business owner saying, "I'm sorry... my mistake... let me make it up to you" go out the window around here??? Instead it's, "I'm going to give you the worst service possible and then demand EXTRA money from you, above and beyond what I quoted you!"

Unacceptable.

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a little bit disappointed
By Aby of Victoria, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 3:30am [Dine in]

first 3 times i have been there was March or April, i was very impressed. and few days ago, i went back sake maki again with my friends. we felt a little bit disappointed.
Food: we ordered 2 chef's recommendion roll which were volcano roll, honybe roll, tuna sashimi, and 2 hamachi sushi. the chopped scallop on the those two rolls were not fresh and the sushi rice was a little bit half-cooked. also, tuna sashimi even still frozen, and the lady(boss) told us to leave the sashimi aside and eat it after few minutes. we waited around 10 minutes to eat that sashimi, but still feeling very cold. and the hamachi sushi looked very weird and funny.
Service: the waiter was very nice, professional and attentive. my friend told me that guy already worked there very long time, and he was the best sever at Sake maki. {What what a pity was we forget to ask that guy's name}. well...finally, we decided to give him 20% of tips.
Verdict: the food quality should be improved.

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Sake Maki Virgin
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

We had the in-laws in town and wanted to go to Kadoya, but we had spent the day on Commercial Drive and were hot and tired and not wanting to drive downtown and wrestle with traffic and parking.

We had been told that someone connected to Kadoya had opened up shop with similar rolls on Commercial, so when we walked by we figured we would give it a try.

We had a late lunch, but despite the time most tables were full. It was a weekend and a nice sunny day, so the Drive was packed.

Our service was kinda not great, but nothing terrible or tragic to report. The decor is rather poor, despite it being such a new place, but certainly not bad.
I can see the place looking shabby in a few more months, as it seems to not be getting much cleaning.

As for the food.... the most important part to me....it was great. The spicy tuna roll was fabulous and even better then Kadoya's, as it had cucumber added into the already great combination. We had several of the special rolls and they were all great as well.

I was almost upset not being able to try more food off the menu, as they had some fabulous combo's with great prices.

I intend to return, so I will re-review if my opinion changes. I'm looking forward to trying more of their menu items.

I give the special rolls two big phattass thumbs up!

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Excellent Sushi
By foodygood of downtown, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 2, 2009 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

They have fresh and creative rolls at a reasonable price. Sad to see them leave the downtown core, but worth the drive to Commercial. Great lunch specials and the Crunch Roll is the best thing I have ever tasted. If you are dissapointed with sushi on the Drive this is a hidden gem. The staff are very friendly even when the place is packed.

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Rolls are Wacky at Sake Maki
By foodmakesmehappy of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

Call me biased, but I like my sushi made by Japanese folk. All of my favourite sushi joints are run by Japanese proprietors, and the quality of the food is consistently tummy rubbing yummy. My litmus test for passable Japanese is how well the miso and green tea are made. At my faves, these are never too watery, nor MSG-y. Sake Maki is not Japanese-run, but with their creative and oversized Chef's Roll's, it don't matter who runs this joint. I've been there five times and each time, it's been all about the Chef's Rolls. If you love sauce the way I do, and love your sushi just as much, this restaurant is it.

On this menu of over 20 different specialty rolls, you can have yours filled with many things raw (like tuna, salmon and scallop - often in combination) and spicy too if you like. Each of these rolls could stand alone as they are. However, the roll is then topped off with another ingredient to add an extra dimension to each delectable morsel. The toppings range from wakame seaweed to tempura-coated yam. Yum. If that weren't enough, a succulent sauce is drizzled all over the top. These vary from gritty black sesame to smooth and peanuty. Wacky, wonderul, and quite beautifully presented - they taste great. There are vegetarian options also, such as the Gomae-Ae roll filled with deep green spinach, and they are as flavourful as the non-veg.

The wait staff do leave a little to be desired, though once in awhile, the chef makes a brief appearance as a server, and he is top notch. But for the amazing value of $7.95 for each of these rolls, it makes the lack in service easier to dismiss. I am usually a sucker for good service though, so hiring some trained staff for front of house would definitely elevate the experience. And however amazing the rolls, the green tea and the miso could use a little work.

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Not Edible
By LKitty of East Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

The chicken in the chicken teriyaki was brown and disgusting... the sauce was flavorless, the tempura had a hair in it, and they forgot our miso soup. The rolls were OK, but not work the price. Everything was overpriced. I considered calling and asking for my money back, and we are not picky eaters. This is one of the worst meals I have ever paid for.

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Excellent rolls
By kellyoyo of East Van (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

The service is very unpracticed -- servers seem to only have the barest idea of what they're doing. However, they were attentive with our water glasses and they were pleasant enough, so I can't really say the service was poor. It was just... unprofessional. Presumably they'll learn.

Chicken Katsu was overly breaded, but the sauce was tasty.

The rolls were fantastic, though, and worth every penny. Two of us filled up for $25, making this our new favourite sushi place.

They also offer local delivery on orders over $20.

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Decent sushi for a good price
By spudwil of North vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 3:54pm [Dine in]

A friend and I were there on a Monday night and although it was almost empty when we walked in, it was full and busy by the time we left. Obviously a very popular spot. We ordered some sashimi and 3 rolls but when the bill came, we weren't charged for one of the rolls. Turns out they had a special on so that brought our bill down to $24 including HST, which was quite decent considering we were both full. The Vancouver Roll tasted a bit fishy to me, but the other rolls were quite good. The food was well presented and inventive. The tataki nigi was a bit disappointing as it should have been warm having just been blow-torched but it was actually cold. The service was solid and they were happy to keep refilling our cups with complimentary tea and didn't mind that we lingered long after we finished eating. I would consider this a little "hole in the wall" gem. Nothing fancy, but good for sushi on a budget.

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Delicious
By sbutchart of East Van (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

The food here is fantastic. The chefs are doing an excellent job, as sushi of this calibre has been missing on The Drive. Everything I've had there, from the sashimi to the udon, has been great. The food's fantastic...'nuff said.

The service, however, is atrocious. Upon our arrival, we were told to wait for a table even though empty ones were available. During this wait, the server cleaned OTHER tables, had a drink of water, and disappeared into the back. When he returned we were given a table that was empty the entire 5 minutes we were there.

Ordering proved difficult as well. Changes were requested for a roll, but now he was in such a rush that he missed changes that had been requested, even after he repeated them! The same roll was remade twice, was still worng when it came to the table.

All in all, a great place for takeout or the delivery service they offer. But you'll never catch me eating in again!

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so off
By njy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

I'd been to sake maki several times before, and it had been good, not great, but reliable. However, the last time my boyfriend and I ate there, it was a brutal experience. I had ordered a sashimi bowl and he had ordered a veggie platter. A half hour later my dish arrived, but it wasn't until nearly 50 mins after ordering that my boyfriend's food came to the table. While I waited 20 mins to eat until his dish arrived, nobody is the restaurant seemed to notice and it wasn't until i flagged the waiter down that he kind of in a dismissed sort of tone told us it was on its way. There was no apology for the time delay and when my boyfriend's dish finally arrived, the sushi was a sorry excuse for food, as the rolls crumpled apart when he went to go pick them up with his chopsticks. After yet again flagging the waiter to get our bill, I went up to pay and mentioned to him that we were very dissapointed with the time delay. Had he told us in advance there would be a wait on the food, we would have not minded. His response was that they did not know they would be getting so much take out that night. I'm not sure what that has to do with the patrons in the restaurant, who are sitting and waiting for food.After working in several restaurants, my assumption is that normally the sitting patrons would have priority over take out. He finally went to go talk to his manager, who angrily went over to the computer monitor and printed a new bill which he handed to me, with a 10% discount-practically an insult at this point. I won't be going back there and don't suggest anyone else to bother, unless they are wanting to be treated this way.

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Great Sushi
By cookielovesmilk of Commercial Dr., Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

We finally made it to Sake Maki, and we were glad we did.

The restaurant is small, but nicely decorated. I wish it had a real sushi bar so we could watch the chef make his crazy rolls.

While I tend to prefer traditional sushi, the over-the-top chef's rolls are quite impressive. Yeah, they're american-style, full of fried bits, and have chili sauce glooped all over them, but they're a sight to behold.

Luckily, the chef also excels at more traditional favorites. The tekka maki was excellent and we enjoyed a delicious selection of nigiri. The rice was perfect!

The service was quick and friendly. We left fat and happy, and only dropped about 25 bucks total. So it's quality for value. A new favorite.

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