Little sushi joint near Thurlow and Davie. Has a variety of rolls, as well as different cooked menu items, including robata.
The one thing I can say about this place is that the value is definitely there. I usually try to stick to cooked items (noodles, dynamite and cali rolls, agedashi tofu) and I've never been disappointed. The quality might not be the greatest but the amount of food you get for the price is incredible! The service can be a bit rushed, especially when they're busy, but I guess I understand that.
It's not fancy, but it's a phenomenal amount of pretty fresh sushi served quickly by a friendly staff for a low price.
The pieces are huge. Gigantic. One piece is at least 2 anywhere else. They do enough volume that the sushi is almost always fresh, though sometimes not so much, though also sometimes melt in your mouth. It's not Tojo's, but if you order Combination A you'll have a big tasty meal, and maybe have lunch for the next day. Teriyaki, tempura, etc. is pretty standard fare, so if you're not there for the sushi you may not be so impressed. The sushi rolls are ridiculously big, and can be hard to eat. My girlfriend doesn't like it because it's too much food. I love it, so I go with buddies instead. Two huge meals along with a pitcher of beer and a large sake ran, I believe $42 with tax and tip. Just get a combo and it's $8-12.
There can be a long line, but only at peak times and it usually moves quickly. Either way, once you're seated, the service is fast and extremely coutreous. At fancy restaurants, order a water and you get a dirty look, here they bring water and tea off the bat and refill it frequently. For a value place, that's going the extra mile.
It's not a fancy joint, and there are a couple of uncomfortable tables. But the staff are upbeat and patrons are relaxed and fun, not snooty diners. You're more likely to strike up a conversation with a neighbouring table here than most places.
Know what you're getting. Big, pretty fresh, fast, unpretentious, big.
Out of all the good Japanese places on Davie street why would you go to this restaurant? We were rushed in, asked 3 times in 2 minutes if we were ready to order when clearly we weren't (being on the first page of the menu after all) and felt pressured to get in and get out as fast as possible.
We placed out order and literally straight away our tempura came out. Clearly it was sitting out the back as it was already soggy.
Not nice at all.
It's true, the sashimi is massive but bigger does not mean better, the pieces, which I agree are nice and fresh, are the size of your hand!
Next came the worst part, the Rolls. We ordered teh Unagi & Cucumber rolls & the chopped Scollop rolls. They had clearly been made hours in advance and the rice was so dense and globby you literally couldn't taste the small amount of Unagi, Scallop etc inside them. They were all shoved on a plain old plate, no presentation what so ever.
After being spoiled for choice further down Davie towards Yaletown this was a disappointment. I will definitely walk that extra distance to get better service, better food & a much better experience.
I went here tonight with my boyfriend after his roommate told us it's her favourite sushi restaurant. We got there and there was a line up. Usually that's a good sign. We were seated pretty quickly because we didn't mind sitting at the counter. We ordered and the food came pretty quickly. Our server was an older Japanese lady. She was cute.
The food was alright. The rolls were pretty good but we both found that they were cut waaaay too big. The tempura was not very good. They didn't use the right type of batter for tempura, because it looked more like fish and chips than shrimp and yam.
The restaurant itself is quite tiny. There is nothing really special or memorable about the decor. In fact, all I remember is a little clock on the wall that had nigiri pieces in the place of numbers.
I guess you get what you pay for, but personally, I don't think I'd go back, unless I was toooooootally starving.
The guy next to us had oyster motoyaki. I wish I had remembered to order that. It looked pretty good.