I've been given a hard time for going to Sushi Bang by a friend who has heard some horror stories about the place. I've been going their on and off for about 9 years and I've yet to get food poisoning or some kind of parasite. That being said, I always avoid the cheap sushi specials because who wants to eat super cheap raw seafood anyways? I usually grab a bento box or a bowl of udon. The menu seems to be identical to that at Kitsilano sushi - is there a company selling generic sushi menus out there? Anyways, the bento boxes are $6.50 and you'll leave stuffed. I usually get the vegetarian one and you can add fried tofu to the veggie teriyaki for a buck. Nothing outstanding about the food here except the price and the fact that they finally got rid of the fluorescent lights during a recent remodel.
Sadly they have started serving shark fin items on the menu so I won't be back. I won't preach about how wasteful and cruel shark finning is but there are plenty of Japanese restaurants out there that don't sell it so they'll be getting my business, even if it costs me an extra buck or two.
I came here because it was close to my home. I ordered the Combo F to go for $12 plus tax. I was very disappointed at the size of each nigiri sushi. I've never seen a nigiri sushi with such a small piece of fish on the rice (and I'm not a fan of huge portions like Samurai). Beware of the combos that states "14 pieces" because in the combo F the negitoro roll counts as 6 pieces. The quality wasn't that great either. Next time I won't be lazy and make an effort to go further to Kadoya or Temaki.
Horrible atmosphere. Hot as hell with no aircon or circulation. We were sweating in our seats and the food wasn't even good. I order a chicken box around 4pm. It came with a miso soup in a bowl that seems like it was long due to be replaced (the bowls are supposed to black outside and red inside but theirs had big black streaks on the inside...i most likely ate some paint chips) the salad was drenched like they didn't dry the lettuce and the tempura was fried too long. Rice and California roll was alright though. However, the waitress was rude when my friend asked to pay using our credit cards. The machine ran out of paper half way and she was annoyed with us. I didn't used my card the next day and the card company called me to tell me it was compromised. This was the last sketchy place I've been so it was most likely skimmed here. Overall terrible and mediocre. But if you must go, Pay Cash.
We've eaten at Sushi Bang for years. Its longevity is a testment to its speed, service and menu. Whether it's takeout (even large drop-in orders are processed fast in front of your eyes ... within 15 minutes) or eat-in, their food has always been fresh, fast, very decently priced (read as: amazingly affordable!) and the service impeccable.
The "plain jane" interiors have been given a facelift. Gone are the old white walls with their large, homely, handwritten menus. Now visitors will be greeted by new warm red-and-black walls, new black bistro-style chairs and matching tables plus a completely redone washroom to boot.
There are now also smaller menus tacked to the wall showing all new, esoterically-named sushi creations (all look very appetizing) plus all the old ones familiar to patrons of this 20-something-year old establishment.
Did I mention that this is one of the sushi restaurants we've gone to that use real crab (not pollock) too?
With all the recent commercial development in the area plus the 2010 Olympics just around the corner, Sushi Bang is ready (inside and out) to introduce the world to sushi that tastes good AND won't cost an arm and a leg.
The question is, how long will the queues around the block be?
Servers attitudes seem to be regularly unfriendly and impatience is a regular issue.
So I want 10 minutes to decide on what to eat, when I'm hungry it's a slow process, the attitude just makes me want to add to their rate of attrition. To be honest, the only reason I've been back a couple of times is that I am forgetful of previous poor service.
I've been going to sushi bang for at least 10 years now and have always had great food. I'll admit the seating area could definitely use some sprucing, but the food is fantastic and the staff are very friendly!
I've eaten at Sushi Bang, sometimes three times a week for the last four years and I haven't ever been disapointed with the food - or the service. Top notch, cheap sushi. Good combos and lunchboxes.
This is my favorite cheap sushi place in the city... I've moved numerous times, but I'll always find a way to support this little place on Broadway. (I really hope the new skytrain doesn't displace them)
Simple menu selection, good prices, great lunch deals. Discount if you order ahead. Always tasty dishes and friendly service.
The decor is basic... almost like a cafeteria, but I go for the good deal yummy sushi, not the ambiance!
I recommend their spicy sushi combo!
I've been to this sushi place before, the food is normally really good. I went there today with a friend and after eating the salmon rolls she became violently ill. I feel ok, i didnt eat any, but she is really ill. I have been here before and never experienced this, the food has always been fantastic. This one experience is why i give mediocare reviews. The prices are really low, and overall the sushi tastes really good, going down.... lol. I hope that it was just this once, and will try this place again because the food tastes good, i just hope that i dont get sick.