Simply Delicious is about 2 kms from my house, and I eat there everyday. The $2 california roll is the best in the city. Food is very cheap in general: $0.50 cent rice, $2 gyoza, 2 for $1.50 ebi. The service is very slow when you eat in, so if i am in a hurry i pick up. Never very busy.
I went in with a few friends. There were about 5 other groups of people. We waited about 10 minutes before having to walk up to ask for a menu, and even then, they didn't give us the right one. They seemed to just ignore our table, and it took over 45 minutes for our food to arrive.
The food was decent, it's not bad, but definitely not the best. But bad service, and OK food is forgiven, since the prices were so low.
This place is CHEAP. You can get a variety of Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food without fear of spending too much money.
They food is good but a bit too greasy for my taste.
The place is clean and usually quiet.
The only drawback is the horrible service! There were about 5 small groups of people at the restaurant and my friend and I were ignored by the waitresses.
Overall: A nice, clean, cheap restaurant with average food.
I feel bad for Simply Delicious/SD Galleria. I came here a ton when they were known as Simply Delcious, in its pre-Galleria days, mostly because it was one of the few sit-down cheap places in the neighbourhood and didn't require lining up. They didn't get much business then, and with this new look, I can't imagine they will last very long.
I found the quality of the food to be the same as before, solid, but nothing remotely amazing. Decent value, not dirt cheap, but definitely affordable. The service has definitely improved, but I don't approve of the new dress code for waitresses - shirt skirts, low cut tops...it seems a little sleazy of the management to me. The decor is perhaps the biggest difference, an assortment of comic book covers, records, and a faux Mona Lisa...there's quite a bit to look at now! It's kinda tacky, not gonna lie...but I don't mind tacky that much, so it's not necessarily a bad thing to me.
I've been here twice since it became SD Galleria, once with a group of 4, and then with a group of 6. The first time, they place was not super busy, but they definitely had customers, and I didn't feel bothered or distracted from my meal. The second time however, half of the place was filled with high school kids and young college kids who had just turned legal - there was about 40 of them....not eating, but talking loudly, dancing to the bad DJ, and smoking on the patio outside. This was irritating; the last thing I want during my meal is to be distracted by skanky teenagers and second hand smoke. My group almost left, but because the waitress was friendly when we came in, we decided to eat as quickly as possible, and finish off the evening at the Mcdonald's down the street.
I understand that 40 teenagers would seem like good business to management, but the fact that the bulk of them were standing around and not ordering food doesn't seem to balance out this equation, and it only serves to bother other customers more. I would have been back to SD Galleria for the cheap solid food since that last visit in February, but I haven't for fear that there may be another noisy group of 40 there disturbing my meal.
If you read below, you'll find my old review of Simply Delicious, now also known as SD Galleria. I'd been to the restaurant on many occasions over the past few years and even though the service was extremely slow, the food was fairly decent and the price was dirt cheap.
I hadn't gone for awhile and I heard a few months ago from friends that the restaurant had undergone a makeover with the addition of neon signs and artwork plastered over the walls and was now going by the name 'SD Galleria'. Assuming that the management or owners had changed, I finally went a few nights ago to check out what was different, but I'm definitely not going back again unless they change their management.
First off, the service is a lot better than it was before. The waitress was quick to bring us drinks and menus, and to take our order. The food came relatively faster than usual, too.
The ambiance was slightly improved with the art and the presence of a live DJ. I quite enjoyed that they added in couches in place of chairs at some tables. I also noticed that some of the booths had been reupholstered with animal prints. While these may have been great strides in terms of making the restaurant look better, some remnants of the old decor are still prevalent (e.g., the colour of the walls, the tables, etc) which do not mesh well with the new additions at all and instead make the place seem very tacky.
This brings me to the food. The food is horribly overpriced. The $5 yam tempura only had 4 skinny pieces of prawn in a thick coating of fried batter. The BC roll was large, but at least 80% the roll was filled with cucumber slices. The gyoza came in portions of 4 as well, but were small enough to eat one in a single bite. On the other hand, the beer was rather cheap.
Also keep in mind that, if you're paying debit, you need to spend over $10. If not, you have to pay a $0.25 charge. We also had to go up to the counter to pay, and repeat our order to the employee there.
Like I said, it was a pretty bad experience and I definitely won't be going again. Time to look for a new place to go to for 'cheap eats'.
I don't know if my mom (very thrifty lady) would be proud or afraid that I love to eat here.
Pretty good experience if you never go to the washroom, not to mention enter from parking lot up the back stairs. Abyssmally dirty and a bit funky with the chemical/??? smells.
That being said...
I eat here pretty regularly.
All about the cheapness, no delusions.
The food is actually pretty decent and cheap cheap cheap. That's it!
The place is filthy. Junk all over the stairs, carpets upstairs strewn with food, no kidding.
The staff is totally oblivious to both the surroundings and the customers and still manage to be friendly. Orders take FOREVER! 45 minutes last time, thats after a good long wait to place an order. I thought my first time there was just a really off day, nope. I guess there is only one person in the kitchen.
Oh yes, the bathroom, brings your own supplies.
Everything "looks" right, sort of, but it like being on candid camera with Luis Bunuel behind the curtain. The "is this for real?" feeling.
$30 for three including large sake and tax! Surrealism no extra charge.
I go to Simply Delicious about three times a month. The menu is very good value and very varied - sushi, Pho, robata, french fries, whatever you want.
The bento boxes are an excellent deal and you get lots of choices to make your own combos. There are lots of little dishes so it's fun to order a lot and share as a group. The sushi is always fresh and the rice prepared correctly.
Yes, the service is erratic. I'm convinced that the owner only hires extremely new Canadians who have never worked in a restaurant before - so don't be so hard on them. I tip decently and have tried to make a connection with a few of the wait staff so I will often get attention before someone else. Being a regular pays off sometimes.
It was an Argentinian steak house a very long time ago and the decor still reflects it. But the booths are big and comfy, the menu selection wide and the beer is cheap!
They did just raise their prices a little but it's still cheap. It used to be that my sister, my niece and myself would have our fill of sushi, sunomono, and tempura plus three beers and a diet coke for $24 but now it's a whopping $27. Where else in Vancouver can you eat a huge meal with a little bit of booze for $27?
It is simply delicious and simply cheap.
Although the stairs and the bathroom are not in the best condition, you will get over it. We have been going there for over two years at least once a week. The prices are so low, you have to tip over twenty % just so the servers can make any kind of money.
I regularly check Vancouver Coastal Health food inspection site and they have always had very minor infractions compared to many other places I have read about and then steered clear of.
I have never personally had a problem with the service although I have heard of others who have. But I always tip more than 20%.
We have eaten mostly everything on the menu, including tons of raw sushi and have never been ill. I think that sometimes it looks like it is empty when a normal sushi restaurant would look packed. It is because it is so big compared to most of the tiny little sushi restaurants in this city.
And the best part is the weird ambiance, the Christmas lights are up 365 days of the year!