Shabusen Yakiniku House offers an one-of-a-kind interactive dining experience! Tables are equipped with stove tops where you can cook your own food in two different and unique styles - Korean barbecue and Japanese Shabu Shabu (Hot Pot). The restaurant specializes in an All-You-Can-Eat menu which features the perfect combination of both delicious sushi and mouth-watering barbecue. A-La-Carte menu is also available.
I've been coming to this restaurant for years for lunch. It's been a happy experience every time. And a good deal $12 for all you can eat sushi and what have you (lunch). The sushi is definitely of high quality. I've had better, but at much higher price tag. Service is great, although they're usually very busy, so do make a reservation. Yet, I have never experienced any problems with them not bringing the more expensive pieces. They do make you pay for anything you don't eat, but they won't hassle you about one or two pieces. It's "all you can eat" and not "all you can order". Definitely recommended.
I've been to this place 2 times for lunch on a weekday and one time on the weekend. The service here is pretty good, because you usually get your food right away. The fish always seems fresh, however the menu is a typical AYCE menu with lots of rice to fill you up. It's good because you don't have to pay extra for the tuna sashmi. On the weekend, you also get the korean bbq with the regular menu which is a plus. I've only been to two AYCE places in Vancouver so I'm assuming there's better out there. However, it great for lunch if you work downtown.
I have not been to Shabusen for over a year because of a few bad experience. Last night was a Christmas party so I thought what the heck. After going through their menus, we finally decided on having the Sushi and Korean BBQ All You Can Eat. We have ordered almost everything on the menu in a single order, just to be sure we are going to get sufficient food. When the food came, we realize the food potions are bigger than I remember back in a year ago. I mean the potions are twice as big nowadays. The quality of the food are much improved also. Tuna belly sushi and tuna sashimi are definitely my favorites. Spicy salmon used to be really gross, but it is now much improved too. In fact it got solid chucks of salmon instead of the old mushy overly refridgerated salmon and tuna lumps.
Overall, it's very much improved. Worth the money for the experience.
this place is always so busy when we go.
we always go for the all you can eat, it's a bit pricey but the food is good.
they one thing that always sticks out in my mind is the waiting time when we go, even with a reservation we usually will have to wait for our table.
I had a birthday and had reservations 3 tables (6 per table). When the first batch of 13 people got there, one person was left standing for about 15 minutes as one of the tables was still not available for us.
Once everybody got there, we went for the All You Can Eat. I've been to 4 sushi places so far but this is probably the worst one yet. The food was average if not below average. The service was TERRIBLE. We had to get up and chase the employees once in a while and I also had to get up myself and grab some cutlery from an "Employee Area Only" as nobody was really willing to help me or they were REALLY forgetful.
I felt embarrassed inviting all these people to this place. I will not be coming back here.
We go weekly for lunch and have for years. Shabusen is great value for the price and we have never had a problem with food not being fresh (sushi or bbq). The servers are great although they are often at a run with it being so busy. We order all at once and have no troubles getting any of the food. We wouldn't go back every week if it wasn't a great place to eat and socialize.
Lunch all you can eat is $10.95 with a very expansive selection ranging from sushit to hotpot to Korean bbq. But sometimes service sucks because they pretend to forget the more expensive items you order and hope that you forget after getting too full on the fillers. And they charge you for what you waste! So if you find yourself in the predicament of having ordered too much and not being able to finish it all, wrap it up in a knapkin and stuff as much of it as you can into your pocket and then dump it in the toilet when no one's looking. Also, if you don't want bad food poisoning, make sure you cook the meat well done in the hot pot or bbq. and don't go with a pack of hungry guys with oinkish and impatient appetites.
Highly recommended for take out! Great rolls (maki), good nigiri, good quality fish and other ingredients, and very friendly Japanese staff.
This is a gem of a big sushi place and better than nearly all of the others within a couple blocks of the financial district. This is one of the better sushi restaurants downtown, especially when you take into account the affordable price.
When we've gone there, they had high quality salmon and white tuna, great avocado, cucumber, and shrimp. The selection's a bit limited, nearly 1/3 of the rolls are "dynamite rolls" -- which are excellent.
There's only a few chairs here facing the window, so take out is better when it's busy.
I arrived at 11am (when they open) for all you can eat. I was put at the sushi bar right next to where they pick up the food even though the restaurant was not busy. I actually got tea and a menu quite quickly. Once I placed my order the wait began. I asked for ginger which never arrived. When my first order arrived I realized that I had made a mistake (not noticing that each item was 1 piece only) but thought that since my order was quite small (2 pieces of sashimi, 1 piece of tuna roll, 1 piece of tamago, 1 spicy tuna cone & gyoza), I could remedy that on a future order. 45 minutes later I was still waiting for the last of my order. As I only have 1 hour for lunch I asked for the bill, my Gyoza arrived as I was receiving my change so I never actually got to eat it.
$15.12 total and I had to get something else to eat on the way back to the office. The menu has a very limited selection when compared to several other all you can eat restaurants in the area. The service was slow (except for getting me the bill), the service was not even - the gentleman next to me came later and got food faster including ginger and gyoza. It was almost impossible to get a servers attention and when they placed the food item infront of me they were gone before I could speak.
I would never go back here and will advise everyone I know to avoid it. I was looking for some sort of feedback to advise the restaurant of my horrible experience but there is no way to do that - all you can do is call the main number and no one who answers that line was concerned about my complaint.
no real complaints, really
went here for the all-you-can-eat lunch special (13.50 per adult, i believe) and loved it! there were a few items that had max amounts (sashimi for one) but other than that, we ate ourselves full for not so much money.
the ordering style is unique in the fact you write down how many PIECES, not rolls, you want. but the food came quick and the sushi chefs were very pleasant (we sat at the bar)
I understand everybody has their favourite sushi restaurants and tend to bash every other one but this was actually a great restaurant .
con: very busy - had to wait about 15-20 minutes for two seats at the sushi bar.
This place is great for the Korean BBQ but not for the sushi. The fish was far from fresh and smelt funky. We only got half our orders and by the time our meat came to cook at the table (our sole purpose for choosing this restaurant) we had already finished eating! We ordered sushimi and they gave our order to another table! Don't know why they even ask you to write down an order cause they don't follow it! This place is a tourist trap but a horrible representation of the amazing sushi Vancouver has to offer
We went there last night, Father's Day, and it was horrible dinner =( I saw a hair on our marinated beef and another one of our bowl. It was terrible!!! I want to get out but oh well, i don't want to spoil my husband night. Instead, i talked to the waitress about the "hair" thing and she said "so, you don't want this?". Absurd!!!! Definetely, i don't want this! In my mind, " are you nuts???!!!" , but she said, i can replace. She didn't =( We waited, until we're tired for the replacement and we asked another order form.
I say, it was pricey for $23 for the same menu on happy hour/late dinner on mostly japanese restaurants in Granville and Metrotown. C'mon, the customers deserve more food than that. For dessert, jello only??!!! Coffee jello??? That's cheap =<
Poor service and unhealthy food (because of the hair). I will not go back on Shabusen Burrard anymore.
We had dinner at Shabusen for the first time last night - what a mistake that was especially considering we took out-of-town guests there. Two of the members of our party ordered from the all you can eat menu - it wasn't explained to them, and they had to wait a very long time before they could order the next round. We had to ask the waiter for more green tea (it wasn't offered). Our empty dishes sat on the table for at least 45 minutes before the wait staff cleared them away (and the restaurant wasn't even busy!!). The food was decent but wasn't good enough to make up for the poor service. Vancouver has many wonderful sushi restaurants - this is not one of them.
This place is very popular with my office. Often we book 8-10 (3/4 is best, because there's a very likely chance you'll get a great window seat) people each time and have great service and food is delivered right away. I have been in with just one other person and we got the spot at the back by the bar. Terrible table, but makes for a good story the next day. All the best sushi and sashimi you can eat! You will be charged if you leave a lot of food behind, so only order what you know you can handle. Lunchtime is the least expensive (12$ for all you can eat, or go a-la-carte). Dinner is regular Vancouver prices (about 20$, or more with tip). Great place to bring a group, as you get to sit in a boat...but don't worry, there's a table.
Food - The foods were OK. Not too bad but some tempuras were cold.
Value - It was worth a visit. But probably not coming back for another AYCE here.
Service - The staffs did not forget the orders. But looked very tired. (Lack of Staff??)
I would recommend this restaurant if you want to fill up your hunger with cheap food. But I'd rather visit Japanese AYCE if you want to eat sushi and tempuras.
BBQ was outstanding. The sushi was fresh and delicious.I was surprised they served toro sushi as well. Service was also solid for an "all you can eat". Mind you they charge 10% of your bill as "service charge", so you do not have to tip them.
You can really get your money's worth if you are hungry.
Definitely going back for lunch.
seriously, this is a decent good restaurant, i eat there like 5 times, and it is good, BBQ is great. The service is good for a so-busy place (3 servers for the whole restaurant). What i dunno is why there is so many disappointed reviews. I worked at a restaurant. too, and it is hard to keep every single customer sastisfied.
Went there the first time couple years ago and even though the service wasn't that great, at least the food was pretty good that I wanted to go back again. Been there couple more times and it has been going down hill. Just went there again Friday night and it's gonna be my last visit. The food was gross: the piece of "toro" looked so dead (and it's raw fish... u want me to eat that? i don't think so!), got a piece of bone in salmon sashimi which I didn't expect, (coz it's not a big piece of sashimi so I just put the whole piece in my mouth and start chewing and swallowing... all of the sudden felt a piece of bone sticking into the back of my throat... almost made me throw up...) couldn't tell what's in that "special shrimp roll", got absolutely no prawn in "prawn tempura roll" (only got the tempura batter, no prawn inside.) salad sauce taste horrible, beef for BBQ looked like it's been soaked in that liquid for a long time. Speaking of beef, the teriyaki and black pepper steak was chewy and tasteless - it's just a piece of boiled (in water) of beef with some sticky "teriyaki" or "black pepper sauce" on it. The bean tasted rotten, and the Jap Chae (Korean noodles) was either undercooked or was left in the fridge for too long that it became tough.
I just don't get it. This place is so busy!! There's no one single time that I didn't have to wait for a table. How can the food be not fresh?! If the food is good, I could neglect the host bad attitude (never seen his smile and the "toneless" way he speaks makes him sound impatient) especially when the place was busy. It's kinda sad coz as I said, I did like the food and I had a great time first time visiting, that's why I wanted to go back. Maybe they got another chef... I don't know... Anyways, I really see no point of going back again; rather spend my $50 (AYCE at night for 2) on pizza or Hortons or MacD or Tiffany or LV (okay I do know that I need more than that $50 if I wanna buy something from the two stores... ) than putting junk in my mouth. By the way, their "shabu shabu" menu sucks; just go to T&T or H-mart and buy their pre-pack if you want hotpot really bad.
I went there yesterday for the first time and liked it. I really liked the idea of BBQ on your table and the service wasn't that bad. This may have changed, i don't know but we were friendly greeted by our server and she took care that our water glasses are full all the time and the food came as ordered.I think this was good and is good another day(evening) again.
We did the AYCE Japanese only. It was the typical AYCE quality. Nothing special, but nothing particularly worse than any other place. Don't expect to receive exactly what you ordered. We got items we didn't order, we had orders missing, the quantities only sometimes matched what we requested.
Most of the staff seem to be frantically trying to keep up with getting the food out to the tables and avoiding all eye contact if possible. Calling them or waving from anywhere farther than 5 feet from them was ineffective. Definitely understaffed and what staff they did have lacked service skills.
The layout of the place was surprisingly nice. They seat quite a few people, and yet, from any particular table, you don't notice most of the other diners except for those immediately around you. They lack enough smaller tables and frequently seat you with other people to share a larger table. Other than that, it was quite comfortable.
The washrooms were of acceptable cleanliness, however were lacking in toilet paper. The couple we shared the table with opted for the BBQ and did a good job burning most of their food to a charcoal crisp. This is obviously no fault of the restaurant, but it definitely tinged the taste of my mediocre AYCE Japanese food. Perhaps the solution is not to share a table.
There's a chance I'll return to try the BBQ menu if I happen to be in the area, but definitely not for the AYCE Japanese.