Mrs. C and I were craving sushi and we decided to give this place a try based on the solid reviews below. The restaurant was very simply decorated, but it was clean, including the unisex w/c. Service was fast and friendly, which was a change from some of the other Samurai locations. We ordered a variety of sushi including Cali roll, salmon and tuna roll, beef teriyaki roll, and some assorted sashimi. We also had some tasty miso soup. All the sushi and sashimi pieces were huge, and it was also quite fresh. Plus it was crazy cheap. We ate well for 17 bucks. Wow! Okay, so it wasn't fine dining, but for the price who cares?
I've had bad experiences at the Samurai location on Cambie so that tarnished my view of all Samarai locations. A few days back, an unplanned visit to the Fraser location changed my bias towards these types of establishment - quantity focused operations. Nigiri sushi and rolls are bigger, no massive, than most. Pricing is below the median so what you get is value, but not necessarily great sushi. I needed a quick lunch and for sub 8 dollars I was able to get my fill, variety, and nutrition. Getting in those omega 3 fatty acids is hard to do on a daily basis. Basic counter service where you pay at the front and they bring the food to your table. Minor hiccup was that they gave me a BC roll instead of a Dynamite..no biggie, I enjoy them equally. Ambiance is very simple, basic wooden chairs and minimal decor.
Thanks Samarai on Fraser for not serving me gross sushi or causing me food borne illnesses. I'll rolo-dex this casual eatery into my lunchtime roster.
Food: raw salmon and tuna was not very good. taste and texture was horrible. definitely not fresh or very cheap grade.
Service: there really isnt any...you order at the counter then pick up.
Value: large portions. i couldnt even finish my cali roll in 1 bite, but i'd rather have sashimi i can stomach rather than sashimi i want to throw away.
Ambiance: small little take joint with seating for about 5-6 tables of 4 or 2. quick in and out place.
I have visited this place approximately 5 times in the last year.
Each time was to pick up multiple party trays, I have tried the SAMURAI , SAKURA and the MAIKO trays.
On all occassions, I have phoned in earlier to ge the discount offer. It is 10% Discount when order until 1 Day before pickup.
5% Discount when order until 2 hours before pickup..
The roles are pretty good and a fair size. Never gotten ill eating these. The place it self looks pretty clean and the service is friendly.
Overall, not a bad place to come for party trays.
We do take out from the Fraser St Samuri Sushi because:
-The counter girl(s) are much friendlier, polite ( I still remember having to deal with ole-Sour-puss-middle-aged-Vietnamese counter person at Cambie SS ) over the phone & when picking up orders. We happily leave them a tip!
-The quality if okay, obviously not genuine nor of the highest grade of fish used; therefore we buy when the people we're feeding are not particularly sushi connaisseurs.
-As you may have figured out from the other posts the one main draw for this restaurant is the size of some of their sushi, REALLY BIG.
-The prices are reasonable given the size of rolls.
-The interior design and layout of the restaurant is not conducive for eating enjoyment.
To sum it up this place is fine for a casual take out meal.
The sushi at this place is delicious and HUGE. They have a variety of platters to choose from and a great selection on their menu. I always order for pick up as the restaurant is tiny and usually pretty full. I don't ever eat in but the service on the phone and when I pick up my order is always polite and the sushi is always ready on time, there are never any mistakes with my order. The restaurant may be small and the decor is not great but it is clean. I personally prefer clean to stylish. I definitely recommmend this place for people who have a big appetite for sushi. Watch out, the rolls are gigantic.
I get sushi from different places, so I always forget how big Samurai's sushi is. They're massive. For the typical prices at other sushi restaurants, Samurai provides bigger portions. There is hockey-puck sized pieces of rolls like the: Dynamite Roll, Alaska Roll, California Roll, etc. There is also huge chunks of sashimi. However, rolls like the Salmon Maki and Tekka Maki are average size.
I am no sushi expert, but I think everything tastes pretty good, even though their sushi is definitely not the best or the most authentic. If you mind is on sushi and your concern is quantity, then stop by.
This is not the same one as on 41st and Cambie. The same owner owns the one on Davie. The prices are higher as well than the Cambie location. Still, great Sushi with large pieces. This policy on this site to have a review of at least 200 characters is ridiculous!
As a regular visitor of the Samurai Sushi on Cambie Street, I was excited that they opened one on Fraser (closer to my house). The place is a little bigger than the one on cambie...the ambiance is a little nicer too..brighter...staff also seem to be friendlier! You can expect to get the same big rolls that samurai is known for. and of course, the great low prices. If you're looking for hot japanese food, dont go here... huge rolls and sashimi is their specialty. Great place to go for a quick sushi fix.
If you want to eat over-sized sushi, of questionable freshness, served on cafeteria trays, then you'll like this place. My 2 cents, is you can find at least a dozen other sushi places within 15 minutes, that offers fresher fish, and an experience more aligned with what sushi is all about.
That's my personal take of course, if you're super hungry, then this place might fit the bill, but it's not a food experience by any stretch.
I used to love this place ALOT. The portions are huge, it's close to home and they're cheap cheap cheap!
However, the last few times I've ordered have been a bust. I'm vegan, and I always ask for no roe, and I ALWAYS find tonnes of little eggs mixed in with my rice. I don't know if I pissed them off or if they just don't wash their hands enough, but I wrote it off as them just being to busy to not cross contaminate. The final time I ordered, the rice was so overcooked that it was a paste, and had been sitting around (I think out in the open) before I picked it up, as my rice paste was crusty!
I kind of gave up on sushi untill I tried some other places and found my rolls roe-less. I guess they were just to busy to clean the cutting boards/wash their hands. Good place if you don't mind roe, I guess.
We were in the area and the bf wanted sushi but we were in a rush. He decided he wanted to try Samurai sushi. While he waited in the car I decided I'd just run in and order something for him quick. The first thing I noticed was the very fish smell that could only mean one thing - the fish is not fresh. He wanted the 5 peice salmon Sashimi and avocado roll. The salmon was really fatty farmed fish which was disgustingly huge. Sashimi is supposed to be delicate but since it's not authentic Japanese you can't expect the same quality. The avocado roll was also huge. There was so much rice and so little avocado and it was pressed so hard together it was so dense.
This place is great if you are on a budget and not worried about quality but I would rather pay the money for better quality.
this is one of the best deal for your money places! We are always greeted when we arrived and thanked when we leave.
the food portions are HUGE and the quality is always fresh. the display of the food is appealing.
the staff are always friendly and helpful
Seating is a bit cramped and not a lot of seats available, but if you're looking for great take out, Samurai is definitely the place to go to!
I had no clue a 2nd location opened and it has been more than 5 years since I've ordered from the location on Cambie St.
First of all, parking will be extremely difficult for food pick up so my suggestion is to park at the bank on 49th and Fraser, then quickly run in!
I ordered the a tray that costed between $25 and $30. It had a good mix of everything. The rolls are enormous! Food was fresh tasting and there are no complaints.
I suggest you order at least 2 hours ahead for 5% discount or even better yet, a day ahead gets you 10% discount.
After reading a few reviews, my bf and I decided to try this place. We went and ordered the house rolls, california rolls and an order or sashimi. When we got home, we saw that the rolls were huge! It's so big to a point that I can't use my chopsticks... the sashimi was HUGE and thick and didn't taste like good salmon. The price is cheap and portion is big but I would not go back there ever again.
I am a regular customer at samurai sushi on Fraser, for a very good reason.
Being a sushi freak, their enormous roll size is exactly suited my needs. I usually order their maki C or a combination of other sushi rolls. Size is one thing but the quality is also present as the ingredient is always fresh. Here is something I learned about sushi place is that the busy one will always get busier because the shelf time for the fish is minimal as they always need to replenish with fresh supply.
No one can argue about the value, and if thats not good enough, the 10% take out special makes it even better.
The staff are very attentive and friendly, even though at times they get swamped with phone calls, in house customer, pickup customer. The manager did a great job on keeping everything together, and still do it with a smile.
Though ambiance is abit simple, and the restaurant is small. Still, its a nice place for me to sit at a sushi bar by myself or with a friend and enjoy some good food
this tiny restaurant is a great place for sushi. great rolls, the people always greet you. I mean all the workers there, including the chef. greet you when you come in, greet you when you leave. the food is incredible. I seems always fresh. I just discovered the cut scallop sushi roll. wow, that was incredible. and the yam sushi. never knew they existed. my favorite is the sashimi. always fresh. it is not a fancy place to take a date to, but it is great for take out or eat in with friends and family.
I only come here for pickup/takeout orders and each time, all their staff greeted me with a smile. On Halloween, they even offered candy to their patrons and lots of it! That's what I call service and all the staff seemed very happy to be there. Portions are huge, and I recommend their party trays for potlucks, get togethers, birthdays etc...you can't beat the price, service and portion size!
A friend brought me to this restaurant once, and I've went back a couple more times afterward.
It's nothing special. The restaurant was low on the decor and they use Styrofoam plates. I guess they don't have a dishwasher in the back? However, most people do take out, so I guess that's not too bad.
The food was fresh. Everything was fresh. However, they make their sushi a little bit different than the traditional way. I've noticed many different points they do something "wrong" so to speak. However, the food is a solid standard.
They have low prices. The lowest I've seen. Yet they offer a big portion of it. I always order a lot of sashimi and nigiris.
It feels more like a cafeteria more than a restaurant. You order at the counter, you sit, and the food is brought to you. The chefs behind the counter are a bit loud, they joke around and etc. However, according to my friend, they weren't speaking the nicest things. So if you know Vietnamese, you probably might not want to take your children there.
All in all, it's a good, fast and cheap place to satisfy that sushi craving once in awhile.
i ordered sushi to go from this place. it is one of my favorite places to eat. the people are very nice and even the cook greets us. i usually order dynamite roll, alaska roll and sashimi. it is all so fresh and the portions are huge.
there is not much to the decoration or ambience because it is a small place and manily for take out or quick meal. .However, it is great value and delicious food
definitely should try it.