Little sushi place on Joyce Street (a couple of blocks north of the Skytrain station).
I read that the fish was fresh and that they specialize in sushi/sashimi - there is NO hot noodles, tempura, etc. and they make this clear on their terse note on the door and in the restaurant.
Went in and had a Nigira Plate. This included salmon (wild), tuna, surf clam, eel, and shrimp sushi. Also included was a couple of tuna and salmon (wild) maki rolls.
I'll start with the food. The items were certainly fresh and good quality. I enjoyed my plate.
However, the meal (at $11.95) did not come with miso soup or tea (usually these items on included with a combo plate at EVERY other sushi establishment I have been to). Here, I had to pay $0.60 for a teabag and hot water. My bill, with tax, came to $14 and change. I did not leave a tip because I was not given any "service" per se.
I ordered at the counter. The staff member did not smile. She took my money and I sat myself near the window. I was the only person in the restaurant. About 5 minutes later, I heard the staff member say, "Nigiri order is ready" and I had to retrieve my plate of food from the counter. I finished, gathered my bags and left. No one said, "Thank you" or "Good bye." I was still the only person in the place when I left.
I might return ONLY if I was having a sushi craving AND I was in the area. I wouldn't go out of my way and I certainly would not leave a tip because it is purely give your money, take your product service.
This is a simple Japanese owned sushi bar that only offers sushi. You won't find any Donburi or udon dishes or other cooked appetizer dishes here but I think that's what makes them so great. I have been here multiple times over the years and all the fish is consistently fresh. My favorite feature is that there is no choice between farmed or wild salmon, its all wild salmon.
The place is quaint, its tiny, it has white linoleum floors and has fluorescent lights. You go there, you order, and your food comes to you on a tray. The point is that its a hole in the wall sushi bar and it is excellent.
Their negitoro roll is fantastic, but they have been known sell out by the late afternoon/early evening.
I dropped by for a late lunch and ordered the assorted sashimi. It consisted of octopus, surf clam, mackerel, wild salmon and tuna. All the ingredients tasted super fresh and high quality. Price was ok for what you get. This location is super convenient by skytrain.
I am very picky when it comes to sushi. The place needs to be clean, the food fresh and it's nice when the cook is actually japanese. Well you get all of the above with this place. It also happens to be steps away from my door as well. It's somewhat annoying that they are not open on Mondays and Sunday but it seems like it's a very small, family-run place...so good for them for taking some time off!
I definitely think it's the best sushi for miles and you would never expect it in such a low profile area.