Mrs. C and I were on Main Street looking for some chow when we spotted SD. The entrance is by way of some rather grubby stairs which did not look very inviting. Once we got past that obstacle we found the place was not too bad. It looked a little dark inside, but everything looked clean enough, including the ancient w/c. Service was pretty good throughout the meal, and although I would not say the servers warmed my heart with their jolly goodwill, they were efficient and came back for quality checks and tea top-ups.
We had a variety of foods including soba noodles, beef teriyaki, Cali roll, tuna roll, tuna sashimi, gyoza, BBQ eel, a decent bean and coconut drink for my beloved dining companion and a beer for me. All the food was tasty enough, but by no means deluxe. It was definitely worth it for the price, but that’s about all I can say. As for price, that is the real attraction of this place. We ate well and the bill came to 25 bucks for two, including a generous tip.
I don’t really understand the negative reviews for this place. SD offers cheap gut fill, and you get exactly what you pay for. I will be back for more.
Have gone to this place a few times in the past couple of months. Food is very cheap, delicious and quick. Service is OK. Always have to ask for more tea and the bill. The few times we've been there, has not been busy. Free parking in the back.
As other reviewers mentioned, the food here is cheap. $2 California roll, $2 spicy tuna, $2.5 yam tempura roll. Yet the food is not that big so you do need to order more to fill up, kind of negating the savings. The rolls I tried were all very tasty, esp. the avocado roll. The service was not very good. The place was not busy, but it still took quite a long time for the food and our tea never got refilled. Also, we could hear the workers talking about the customers from the kitchen! Not professional. So many restaurants on Main, probably won't be coming here again.
Food is pretty consistent. It's decent food for incredible prices. The best deal there are the "bento" boxes there. You get a side of rice, salad, a choice of chicken/beef/pork/sashimi/tofu plus 3 more other side of a large variety of choices. Choices include cali roll, salmon/tuna sashimi, mussels, beef ribs, tempera, BBQ eel, eggs, cheese cake, bacon wrap, and many many more. (All very decent food) Plus a miso soup for $8.5, including tax. (Miso soup is kinda blan but I'm not really into that anyway.)
Service is super slow though. Usually there's only 1 waitress, 2 max. So don't go there when you're super hungry because you won't be getting you food anytime soon.
Ambiance. They used to have these Christmas lights on all the time. So it's like Christmas all year round! But they recently took it off and did some renovation so it's all good. Washroom is like a typical Asian restaurant; cold, metal everywhere, slight odor but passable.
After hearing about this place from a friend I figured I would give it a shot. The place was dimly lit and had random neon signs and the walls were decorated with stuff you would find at a garage sale. The table we sat at was covered in a sticky film and I had to flag down the waitress to clean it, even after she did so it was still sticky.
The service was absolutely terrible, it took over an hour to get most of the food, we ordered 2 apps and 6 rolls for a table of 3, which was inexcusable. They completely forgot about the ika karage I ordered so I told them to forget about it. At no point did the server stopped by to refill tea or water or asked how everything was. Mind you there was 2 waitresses and the place was barely busy with 6 other tables. People that sat down 20 minutes after us got their apps before we did which was comical.
The food was proportioned very small, quality was mediocre and price was average. $8 for ebimayo, there was 7 pieces of shrimp the size of a quarter and heavily battered, very much a disappointment compared to another joint that serves this. The raw fish was definitely not fresh and cut in tiny pieces. The drink special was watered down and over half the glass was filled with ice cubes, you could barely taste any liquor. The only thing on the menu that was worth the price paid were the $1 Cali rolls, all their other rolls should have been at this price to reflect the poor quality.
As we were leaving I complained how slow the service was and the waitress actually had the audacity to say "well I don't think anyone else got their food on time" as like this was normal or expected there. This infuriated me to the point that I vowed never to return here and logged in here to warn others about this place.
A friend suggested to have late lunch at simply delicious few days ago.
I wasn't so excited for the food quality at all because I never trust extremely cheap food. The restaurant overall looked empty and dirty. It's a shame how they own a nice place but cannnot even take good care of it, this will really scare away the customers. If it's dirty on the outside, think about the kitchen. That I do not even want to think about.
The menu looked messy with a mix of Vietnamese and Japanese scattered everywhere.
I ordered a bowl of beef ball pho, this tasted bland. Please save your money! It is about the same price as an authentic Pho restaurant.
My friend ordered one of their bento boxes, the rice was hard and the favouring was not satisfying. $6.50 for a small bento box with one side you can choose from.
No tea or water was offered until we asked for it and the miso soup came out right before we finished up our food. The miso did not have the same taste that Japanese restaurants have. There was something about it.
We left with our stoamch flipped upside down. I rather pay $6-9 for a mini-set meal from one of the popular Chinese HK Cafe restaurants that come with a drink instead.
Not a pleasant experience, especially when you don't have much time to spare. Its redeeming qualities are the UNBELIEVABLY CHEAP prices and the not-bad food. 3 of us went on a Saturday night.
Miso soup came right away, but 2 of us waited 30 minutes for food, while the 3rd one waited 45 min. We also noticed one takeout customer waited over 30 min, and another waited close to 45 min.
Although we asked, the waitresses didn't bring the right utensils. Poor attitude and not attentive. Eventually there were 6 tables, but only 2 waitresses. Very disorganized and didn't prioritize. Took orders but started helping other customers so didn't submit orders to kitchen right away.
$8 for teriyaki choice, rice, salad, miso, and choice of 3 specialty items. Great value! Except the lemongrass chicken was just boiled chicken. Blech!
This restaurant is definitely NOT a family restaurant. With sushi rolls ranging from $2 to $7, $3 drink specials, some flat screen TVs and top 40 music, I'd say this place has transformed into a restaurant/lounge. It's a great place to chill with your friends. The food is solid, not outstanding. There is no sushi bar. You get what you pay for for the $2 robata items. I totally agree with the last reviewer about short skirts though. The dress code should be tasteful; Cactus club is a good example. The waitresses where black dresses/skirts there and it's tasteful. Show off your legs and cover your top. That's pretty much the rule of dress anyways. Great place to go if you're on a bit of a budget. Recommended.
Just to make it clear, I am not in agreeance with all the bad reviews below about service and such.
For the price they charge, I find that the restuarant does a really good job in keeping their food quality and taste far from adequate. Everytime I have went, I have recieved friendly and efficient service whether it was recieving food or ordering for it. They also have a comment box and the option of take-out so if picky people who want both cheap food and 5 star service can have other options.
This was our second visit to this place; again at lunch. Only two other tables occupied. Again, the prices are jaw-dropping: cheap, cheap, cheap. $2 for a salad roll or a california roll! Both quite good. Other sushi was good, agedashi tofu was good, even the salmon sashimi (farmed) was good. Prawn tempura was tasty. It's so cheap, you can't help but expect something to go frightfully wrong. So, mark us down as pleased x2. Oh, but don't venture to the washroom -- that was truly, truly frightful.
Went to a large gathering with friends for dinner and dancing... The horrible service all but ruined my evening.. Totally ignored for well over an hour and when I got up to ask one of the waitresses for service at our table she barked at me that there were only 3 waitresses, gave me a dirty look and then just walked away. Another waitress showed up shortly after to take our order and gave me a horrible look like I had horns growing out of my head or something. After I got my meal I was ignored the rest of the night while others were being served! I was a waitress for years and I would also get slammed but when that was the case I would go to each table and acknowledge the customer's existence at least.. Not only that, they had plenty of time to chit chat behind the bar and that was exactly what they were doing when I went to ask for our order to be taken! I was not rude I was simply frustrated over the terrible service I got or lack of... If I could of I would of gone back there my self to make my own drinks because I wasn't even asked once! Will never go there again.. Food was ok... My friends are what made the evening...
I honestly have no idea what the posts below me were talking about when they say the waitresses are scandily dressed. They look perfectly fine to me - better than earls and cactus club if you ask me. Cactus club girls are not classy, I don't care what anyone says, they're just not. I've also gotten GREAT service from the new waitresses, however, when i get the old ones serving me then not so much.
I've been a couple of times since they renovanted the place and i really love what they've done with it. There are framed comic book pages, cd covers and artwork adorned on the walls, and some awesome quirky neon signs around. The place was never really 'authentic' japanese as the owners were vietnamnese, so I find that this ambience matches the place more.
The menu has changed a bit and the prices have gone up just a bit, but I find the food to be the same, however with clean dishes, cups, plates though, which is so much better.
They also have a cheap dessert menu which personally makes me very happy. I love cheesecake.
I suggest going back to check it out to see the changes and decide for yourself whether you like it or not.
Yes, the place used to be dirty under the old management. No longer.
Redecorated to appeal to a hipper crowd, with slightly higher prices, the food is still great. Speed and quality of service depends on the serving staff on duty (Natural selection works slow for waitresses if one keeps tipping them ;-)
This continues to be one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver!
We went right when it opened at 12pm, outside around the entrance was very with pigeon pop everywhere, they should spend some time cleaning outside and perhaps put up a net to aviod pigeons from pooping in front of the entrance.
As we opened the moldy door, there was a strong scent which smelt like a typical Chinese restaurant washroom. We really hoped the restaurant would smell better but our hopes were down. The restaurant wasn't clean at all, oil stains on every tables and walls. They should definitely do some vacuuming, dusting, and better dish washing. We tried to ignore the horrible smell, it didn't smell delicious. It was pretty empty.. we were the only ones but couldn't turn back and leave.
- fresh oysters ( small) $4
- salmon sashimi $6
- california roll $2
- salmon roll $2
- scallop roll $2
- prawn tempura $5
The fresh oysters came first and it looked nothing like the picture, the picture listed 3 but the young man gave me 2. They were small and honestly, I can go to an authentic Japanese restaurant and buy oysters per 0.99 cent a peice for a better/satisfieid experience. This I let go and did not mention to the waiter.
They squirted lemon juice on our salmon sashimi which was odd, we didn't like that. The sashimi were small but you get for the price you pay.
California rolls were hard and dry, the salmon rolls came in very small portion, and the scallop tasted odd.. slimmy with a fishy after taste.
The prawn tempura came in decent sizes we thought until we took a bite, it was mostly batter. Two inches of batter, as we were working on the last tempura, we realized one prawn wasn't even a prawn.. it was a yam that looked like a prawn. We quickly asked the waiter "Why is there a yam in our prawn tempura?" his only best cover up was "....every tempura plate comes with one piece of yam, is that okay?". In my head I was just thinking "we ordered prawns FOR A REASON". Nice cover-up, this restaurant is definitely a rip off especially if you have tried many AUTHENTIC Japanese restaurants. This restaurant will have no match agaisnt those because 1) it's not authentic 2) restaurants that sell more than 1-2 ethnicity of food isn't usually good.
Bill came out to be $18, we probably ate half of the food only.
The service overall was horrible, only one waiter. It is a Vietnamese family owned restaurant and if I were to compare it to another Vietnamese japanese restaurant such as Samurai Sushi on Cambie, this restaurant should go out of business.
As I wandered into this restaurant that occupies a cavernous space on the second floor at 4316 Main Street (between 28th and King Edward) I couldn't help but think 'and this is the lunch rush?' The place is huge with lots of places for bums in seats. There was exactly one other person when I was seated (by a grumpy and distracted waitress).
The colour and decor fit with what I'd expect in a greasy-spoon-cheap asian restaurant: tacky, but not necessarily in a bad way.
Food list seemed pretty standard. I ordered bubble tea, a yam tempura (maki) roll, and a chicken teriyaki box (with salmon sashimi, rice, and salad)... so far so good. Another two people came in, were seated, and then the waitress took a personal call on the cell phone during which time she turned away from all her customers and chatted away for about ten minutes. The she brought me some tea.
The tea was in a plastic cup and tasted like hot water and plastic with a hint of tea. Not a good start. Relatively quickly, the maki came out. Nervously, I took a first bite, and it was good! This was settling my nerves somewhat, so I headed off to check out the restrooms.
They did little to encourage. The cheap painting that looked a little like a paint-by-numbers done by a tempera-painting twelve-year-old could have been excused, if the bathrooms had been less of an afterthought, or clean. The men's was tiny, the mirror was cracked, the floor was dirty, the toilet was dirty... and the place had opened at 11 (I was there at noon) so... scary thoughts. The bathroom was taking away my appetite, so I washed my hands and headed back to my seat (I might have towelled off my hands, but there was no paper).
Now I was nervous again. The main course came along with the bubble tea. The tea was cold, sweet and satisfying but would have benefitted from smaller sago chunks, or balls. Two of the 'bubbles' were big chunks that didn't even fit up the straw. The miso soup was not very good. I don't really know how miso soup can be wrong. Stale? Big chunks of tofu (never one of my favourites in the soup). Not offensive, just not good. The rice was good. But the teriyaki chicken was disgusting. Greasy, over-sauced, gristly and fatty. I couldn't finish it, and I take pride in finishing my portions. The salmon sashimi was passable. The salad was worth a pass.
I paid for it (admittedly cheap) and hazarded a glance towards the kitchen. What I saw was not encouraging. There were dirty dishes stacked within view of the front desk, with food remnants still drooping. But I was the first person to finish something... from last night? I beat a hasty retreat down the stairs.
Simply Delicious rated a pass. Just don't go.
The Sushi and everything tastes great. But I have to say, it is very filthy in there and I just hope that it doesn't look like that in the kitchen. It was summer when we went there and the Christmas deco was still up. They could make it such a great place if they would put some effort into cleaning right.
I go to Simply at least once per week and have to say I love the place. If you learn to deal with its shortcomings, it is such good value you'll be coming back all the time. The food is good, although the more expensive dishes aren't worth it. I ordered the Seafood Hotpot last week and was really let down, it didn't have any flavour to it and was seriously short on the seafood. The other dishes are always good. Beef Pho is only 4$ and always tasty, although it will occasionally come out less than hot.
The only issues Simply has is brutal service, but after getting used to getting up and asking the servers for things it really isn't bad. They are always friendly, they just don't ever come back to the table after you get your food.
All in all, good place for cheap asian food.
At first, I really liked this place, but as I returned, I noticed that cleaning the place didn't seem like a priority. I only frequent the place at lunch, and it looks like they just opened after one wingding of a party the previous night.
Usually there's very few other customers in the restaurant, but there's dirty dishes stacked waiting to be cleaned. I often use the back entrance because of the free parking (good point!). Today, the stairs were literally littered with bits of food and junk.The corridor walls were simply filthy. The carpets in the main eating area had food and junk on it. I peeked into the kitchen and of course it was many times more disgusting than the seating area. That explains the smell of "not clean".
The food? The food is tasty, but the hot stuff is rarely very hot. The soups are good. Price is quite good, but disappointing otherwise.
Totally cheap, totally awesome. They play instrumental covers of the songs you used to like in the 80s and early 90s... it's a fun game to try and recognize the song. You'll probobly hear the same song 3 times over the course of your meal. Also fun to find the grammatical errors in their menu. I'm itching to try the "banana vocano", despite it's accompanying menu picture.
All in all, pretty bad service, but whatever, it's cheap and still yummy. Place always has room and is quiet and relaxing.
The cheapest Sushi Restaurant in town, $2 for 3 pieces of Chicken Karage, $1.5 for BBQ Beef Rib, Jumbo Prawn $4.5, New York Steak $8 . The food is very good esp the Sushi. Its very affordable restaurant.