Suga Sushi is a Japanese restaurant located in UBC Marketplace.
I've always wondered why people expect that only Japanese-born people can make Japanese. Surely a Chinese or Korean chef could move to Japan and learn how to cook authentic Japanese food. Anyways, this is a Korean restaurant that serves Japanese food. I've had both in the past and the Japanese is nothing special, much like many of the restaurants across this city that is plagued with cheap, low quality sushi. The bento boxes are filling but students will find a better deal elsewhere. The best food at this restaurant is the Korean dishes including bibimbap and the spicy stews. My only complaint is the extra charge for the dolsot bibimbap. I don't think I should have to pay a couple dollars more for the hot stone bowl which is the best way to eat this dish. They also give you all the traditional side dishes you'll find at other restaurants. Mmmmm, kimchi! Anyways, I agree with other reviewers who claim that UBC has no really great sushi restaurants but they do have a pretty decent Korean one in Suga Sushi. They should focus on Korean as there are 3 other sushi places in the village as it is.
I have been to this restaurant twice and I am never going back again. I wanted to give it a second chance but it failed me. The first time I got the udon, which was actually edible, despite that it was lacking in ingredients - just udon and a few pieces of chicken.
The second time I went there, I decided to try their Bento A, and it was absolutely horrible. The tempura tasted like it was fried in old oil and the batter didn't taste good. The california roll consisted more of mayo than pollock. The avocado in the sushi did not taste fresh (like it had been laying around, already cut, for a while). The chicken teriyaki consisted mostly of FAT and not the good clear kind, but the yellow gross kind. The rice underneath it was soggy and drenched in unappetizing teriyaki sauce. The only edible thing in my bento was the gomae, which was about 2 bites worth. Miso soup tasted like salt dissolved in water. I pretty much wasted 9 dollars on things I couldn't really eat.
The service was minimal, but they did fill my tea cup once. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone. Even Honour Roll's pre-made refridgerated sushi in the SUB is better.
When I came here last week, the place was basically empty- which should have tipped me off. The sashimi platter was really disappointing. We complained about the portion size + quality of the fish and they basically did nothing and made some lame excuse. Definitely not coming back!! The food is way too overpriced for what it is... esp. with the amount of competition they have on campus.
This sushi joint is pretty popular with the UBC students...but to be honest, I think most of the other sushi places in the UBC village are better than this restaurant. I guess it's because this is the only place that's actually a real restaurant is what attracts a lot of people...or maybe they just never tried the other places.
Food: Honestly, not that good. I tried this place 2 times already and was disappointed both times. Sushi rolls are small and sashimi slices are SO thin and not very fresh. dons are tasteless and small too. Haven't tried anything else but I'm pretty sure they won't be so great either.
Service: Quick and they seem nice. No small chat but they are polite. All I can say.
Value: I guess the value might be another reason for returns, it's not SUPER cheap but it's affordable for UBC students. Maybe the other sushi joints might be a bit more expensive but when I think about it, most other places have a lot of cheap but filling combos too so I don't get what's the deal there.
Ambiance: It's a restaurant. That excites UBC students. It's not great ambiance but they have tvs.
Honestly, I suggest people to go try Osaka Sushi in the UBC food-court cafeteria place in the village. I think it's much better though it might look more dingy. Suga Sushi just does not impress or even satisfy at all.
Have been there alot of times.
Food is great ... better than other Japanese Restaurants in Point Grey and Kits(could because the chef/owner are Japanese and not Chinese).
There are always willingly to do subsitutions .. don't like Calfornia roll in the Bento box it can be replaced by Adegashi Tofu(3 pieces).
The only downside is slow service .. even if you order takeout(to pick up) it takes at least 15 mins to pay your bill.
I ate at this place today after seeing it so many times and was very disappointed.
I order spicy tuna sashimi, a spicy tuna cone, a spicy salmon cone, a spicy scallop cone, and a salmon cone... none of which was spicy. Their 'spicy' sauce consisted mostly of mayonnaise and did not taste very good at all, the quality of the fish was not one of the highest I've had (which is no surprise with their prices), and the quantity of the salmon/tuna in the cones/sashimi was a bit less than I'd prefer. Overall, after being spoiled by Maru (sushi place in Langley), this one was pales in comparison. I wouldn't eat there again that's for sure.
at first i thought this restaurant was owned by Japanese cos the owner spoke Japanese and there was always a Japanese TV show on TV. however, i realized i was wrong when i tasted the sushi there. i had a chirashi donburi but there was 4 pieces of sashimi on WARM rice. and it was a bit pricy comparing to its quality of taste. i would rather have sushi at honor roll at SUB than have it at suga sushi. it's lame that there is no single good sushi place at UBC.
The service I had was excellent and the servers were very informed about Japanese food. They not only answered a lot of my questions, but also listened to my terrible Japanese and carried on a conversation with me (which would take some patience).
The food was great and fresh. They also use Japanese mayo instead of Western mayo, which is not usually the case and tastes entirely different. There was also some very entertaining Japanese TV programming on the background TVs.
I was surprised to read that the primary owner is Chinese. He has spoken to me in fluent Japanese, so I have serious doubts. And of the 5 times I have been there, the average time to get my bill after asking for it is easily <3 minutes.
The ambience is "Solid" as selected in the "Service Rating" category. There's a good din, the decor is authentic (including the hilarious old Japanese variety shows on VHS and karaoke), and the staff behaves in a way that one can only describe as pleasantly Japanese. All this pulled off in a space above a MacDonald's in a building that was designed by someone who was clearly uninspired.
Even the fact that the sushi is marginal does not dissuade me from going back. I just skip the sushi and go for one of the many fantastic noodle or rice bowls.
You can't lose. Go now before the lineups get too long.
The food is terrible. This could be because the primary operator is NOT Japanese. He is in fact Chinese. You can find this by searching the Vancouver Coastal Health food inspection website.
Alarmingly, I visited the this place just before noon and was served food that was not warm! I wondered how long it has been sitting in some back room.
I ordered the bento with chicken terriyaki and it was horrid. The tempura was cold and the batter didn't taste good. Did they even use sushi rice for the california roll? All I know is that the rice was too mushy. The Chinese rice for the teriyaki was trenched in so much sauce that it was a bit like porridge (congee). The chicken was both dry and cold.
It was the worst "Japanese" food I've ever had in my life. It was an sick and disgusting take on so-called Japanese cuisine.
The service wasn't very good and the ambiance was hindered by the booths that looked too much like a grade school DIY woodwork project.
I never want to go back to this restaurant.
First of all, their food is horrible. I ordered some appetizers, spicy tuna rolls and nabeyaki udon and all of them tasted like trash. The roll was mostly consisted of rice and very little spicy tuna fillings so it just tasted like plane rice. Nabeyaki udon was no different from just plain udon + tempura. It was not worth its price.
Also I found that their dishwares were not well washed... There were still traces of food pieces and soy sauce remaining on their plates which I found very disgusting.
Their service was poor. The waitress wasn't attentive and we had to wait long until she came to receive our orders. Also she seemed to forgot our orders so we had to remind her.
Also, our appetizers didn't come out until all of us finished our main dishes so we had to cancel our appetizers. I got really upset and told manager (an old lady who seemed like a manager) that we were very disappointed but she didn't apologize. She didn't even seem to care about it.
I'm usually generous with tips when I go to restaurants but this was the only time I didn't leave any tips.
I used to like this restaurant (when it was owned by a Japanese guy) but not anymore. Food, Service, Value.... all terrible. This was the worst dineout experience ever!!!
Suga is a Korean owned Japanese restaurant. And when seated, they give you the strangest looking tea. It's really dark brown. My friend and I ask for water instead, so they give us water but then they didn't take our tea cups away...
I don't really try the sushi cause it's runned by Koreans, and I rather eat real sushi from a real Japanese restaurant. So i've ordered some udons. They're okay, portions arent too small nor too big. I've also tried the Kimchi fried rice. The portion was a good value for the price. I think most things are fair in price compared to the portion sizes.
Service is terrible though. I've been to this place atleast 10 times within the last year. There were times when we've asked for the bill, and it never showed up. So we had to keep asking.. and finally it would come 15 minutes later.
My girlfriend and I decided to try this place out after passing by so many times in the UBC village. And know we know to never go back. The service was probably the bare minimum for it to technically be called a restaurant, with a good amount of encouragement on our part. We had to wait too long for our order to be taken. The guy who took our order didn't say anything, just walked up to the table with an open pad. Probably didn't speak much English, so I guess that's forgivable. The appetizers came without individual plates, so we just let the sauce drip onto the table. Gyoza were better than Costco's, average for restaurants. Agedashi tofu was very hot, but relatively tasty, can't really complain. Sushi also was mediocre. The BC roll was rather boring, but that's nothing lots of wasabi can't fix.
The drinks didn't come until we reminded the manager. Plus, my girlfriend ordered an orange SODA which is ON THE MENU and was given an orange juice. When she pointed this out, the manager told her they didn't have orange soda. Hm. Interesting. I don't even know who our waiter was because 3 different people ended up coming to our table throughout the meal, and only when we flagged them down. The sushi was alright. Other reviews made it seem as if this place would be relatively cheap, but it seemed on par with most places.
We had to ask for the bill of course and made sure to leave no tip, which was the first time either of us had done so, but both agreed felt wholly appropriate for the service we had (not) received.
Maybe you'll have a better experience but I wouldn't count on it. Skip this one.