My gf and I headed over to West 4th for some food, figuring since neither of us would decide on a place I thought we should finally give this place a try after having my gf mention it before. It's very unassuming from street view, a small, yet clean operation.
We were promptly seated and made our way through the menus. There are many choices from bento boxes to nigiri but seems they are known for their unique rolls, which most have some sort of western influence added. Ingredients like bacon, pineapple and cream cheese are what you can expect here, including a rich, creamy baked roll known as the volcano roll, complete with a sweet sauce layered on top. Our amaebi and snapper nigiri was standard, but a nice surprise to know they use wild salmon. I didn't particularly like the hot sauce served over the cold lettuce for our green salad, which had a sharp pungent taste of wasabi. The spicy tuna roll was a touch pasty for us and, according to my gf they used to shread the pollock in the california roll, which now is served up as a long strip. All rolls are bite size, which apparently have shrunk a little.
Service was good, and our tea was refilled promptly. A few unfamiliar terms on the menu which she was able to answer without issue. Decor is sparse, but it is clean.
Good choice for those suspicious of raw fish. It uses a lot of typical ingredients and covers them in sauce. For what it is, it's good, and just for the area.
Stopped by for a late dinner on a weekday. Not too busy with just 4 people but our large group of 10 made the place look smaller. Had the tuna and salmon sushi. Average tuna but I like that they serve wild salmon. Tempura was good as well as the gyoza. Rolls were average but they do have some signature rolls that I didn't try but friends say they were very good. Overall a half decent place run by non-Japanese people.
I've been to Sushi Bar numerous times and keep on going back. The place looks kind of non-descript from the outside, but is quite pleasant on the inside. The sushi is good and inexpensive, and the gomae is very good. It's close to my house, so I'm constantly getting take out. Try it!!
I have tried all of the sushi places in that part of fourth. This one has the best quality and is nice, simple, clean, and laid back. They serve brown or white rice sushi at the same cost, have a cheap special daily (usually fried stuff and low on raw fish), and serve wild salmon.
Kishu star close by has a cheap after 7 menu, but its limited and the quality isn't as good. For good sushi on fourth, particularly before 7, go here absolutely.
Every time we go there (The only reason we go there is the price), when we go to pay, the man gets irate because we want to pay separately. Never had people get mad when they get money. One time we ordered on the phone separately to see his response. Even worse. Pretty sure he is the owner by the way he bosses people around. The quality is mediocre, not great, but not bad enough to stop going considering the price. We stopped going there since the guy is nuts and the quality is going down.
I've been going here infrequently for 3 years. The food is pretty good for the price, considering location. However, service is mediocre at best. I've been going here for the prices, but my last visit was the worst and I will not be coming to The Sushi Bar again. I was going with my friends, one friend was running late and told us to order and eat without him first. First, one friend had miso soup spilled over his pants by a server handing us our meals. The server didn't even BOTHER to APOLOGIZE. He (friend) was totally fine with the accident, but the meal went downhill from there. Having finished our meals, our other friend still hadn't showed up so we decided to wait. Not only did the server stare/glare at us almost the entire duration of 10 minutes (friend showed up then), he also decided to give us the bill with a large amount of food still left on the table. Had he simply wondered if we wanted the bill, he could have asked. Instead he glared at us, looking like he thought we were trying to leave without paying.
Last time I checked, the **customer decides when he/she wants the bill. We would have left immediately had there been a lineup or a full house, yet the restaurant was MORE than 3/4 empty. Needless to say, they did not get a full tip.
Service is terrible and only the price kept me attracted. After this TERRIBLE experience, even the prices aren't going to have us coming back.
when i order a bento box i expect max 15 mins wait time....over 30 mins is jsut pathetic seriously.... we had a bento box and some rolls n nigiri salmon, the salmon was outstanding made with fresh looking and great tasting salmon. the rolls were not the best but not bad either. the bento box we had it to go since we sat there for so long and it never came. we even had our sushi long finished by then. would not recommend this place. we saw people waiting a while for orders as well and they did make mistakes left and right. no tea refill either.
This sushi bar was very good. It's half american (like every other sushi place in north america) and half fusion sushi. Surprisingly good. Service was impecable. A very nice place to go eat a tropical roll and some other fancy sushi, sip a good tea in a peaceful place. Definitely going back there.
After working next door to this place for over a year and a half I felt I HAD to leave a comment.
Seriously everytime I order over the phone they are exceptionally rude and hang up half the time before I've ever completed my order. They never give enough soy sauce (seriously 1 packet for 18 pieces?) and then complain when I ask for more. The few times I have dined in they've been rude and never come to ask if I want more tea or water! I've tried to boycott this place several times but they are so convenient and their food is cheap.
Do not go here if you don't have to as you will be shocked with the atrocious customer service you will receive!
I've been eating real sushi for 25+ years in some of the best sushi restaurants in the world. For quick, casual and creative this place has been working for me for a couple years now. And very good value. Their specialty is creative rolls, I'm normally more of a sashimin/sushi person, but their rolls are so good, nice size (not too big and hard to eat, but long) and very fresh and each mouthful is a wonderful mix of flavours. I crave them regularly. I do pick up platters for parties and everyone raves - and it's so very well priced! Maybe some of the rolls are to be avoided - I haven't tried any rolls that include creme cheese for example, but if you pick reasonably you won't be disappointed. Nice ambience too - for a non-japanese sushi place, they have managed to create a nicely Japanese feel.
Never really gave this place the time of day until today. I didn't want to spend the usual 40$ that we usually end up spending eating sushi, but I wanted something fresh and edible with chopsticks, so I decided to try this place out.
FOOD >>> We got the daily special that they always have advertised outside on their sandwich board: 18 rolls and a miso soup at $6.50. It was a California roll, a yam roll and a tuna roll. All very fresh and satisfying. Decent, solid sushi.
SERVICE >>> Excellent, waiter seated us immediately, brought us our tea and menus immediately and also took our orders within a reasonable 5 minutes. The place was pretty full and yet we were brought our specials in less than 8 minutes. Fantastic.
VALUE >>> What more do you want for $6.50? (see above under the food rating for what is included in their special). 5/5 for value here.
AMBIANCE >>> mmm, absolutely nothing special, but clean and actually kinda cozy. Solid.
Will definitely return to this joint and will reccomend it for cheap, decent sushi.
This has been one of my favourite sushi restaurants to frequent since moving to Kitsilano 4 years ago.
The specialty rolls are definitely the shining achievement of this place, and the Kamikaze rolls are the best thing on the menu! Spicy Tuna and Avocado rolls deep fried in tempura batter and served with ponzu sauce. Whenever I go with my boyfriend we each order our own helping, since they are too good to share. They have many other specialty rolls at excellent prices, and the beer is sold very cheap as well. They make very delicious spicy tuna sashimi, and their regular sashimi is very good as well. They do cheap lunch specials that go for about $6.95 and have various roll/soup combinations.
The service is a bit iffy, you may go on a "good" night, and get one of the quiet but sweet waitresses, or you may end up there with a waitress who could care less if you want her to smile. That said, they are very good about re-filling green tea, and pretty reliable about bringing the bill right away.
Their delivery is very convenient and fast.
They have since redesigned the interior/tables and it looks much more like a nice restaurant, so any people who had problems with the ambience should go check out their new look!
I just stopped by this place for lunch today . It looked decent from the outside, and it was packed on the inside. I decided to have a seat in the far back corner of the joint, since I was lunching on my own. There on top of the counter I saw an uncovered plate full of tuna just sitting there exposed to all the flys coming in and out fo the bar. This was not at all appetizing. The food finally came and it was absolutely warm and just not right. Can't explain it but there was something off with the tuna and in some roles ware all avacado instead of the meat indicated. The service and ambiance rating was Decent only because of the type of restaurant it was supposed to be. The service was extremely rude though, and there were no signs indicating what the menu was, just pictures. So you had to guess and oder what ever looked best . Unfortunately it was awful!
we have been coming here for years (even though the owners and servers NEVER smile and act like they doing YOU a favour by bringing out your food, but we didnt care we always liked the food) and ordering the same things everytime - 2 tuna tataki, spicy tuna sashimi, spicy tuna rolls, kamakazee roll. so we came and as usual ordered our favs - then tried the tuna tataki and it was NOT FRESH and tasted SPOILED and OLD! we told our server that we didnt want this anymore b/c the tuna went bad and she called the owner over who proceed to tell us that since we tried one of the tuna tataki's we HAD to pay for it?? what??? we only had 1 piece each and it WENT BAD thats why we are sending it back! he then RAISED HIS VOICE and angerly asked us "what am I supposed to do with this? you already tried it!" WHAT?? throw it out! its NOT fresh you can really make someone sick! he then barked that we either finished the spoiled tuna tataki that we sent back and pay for it or we just pay for it! WHAT?? we were SO shocked that we left with a BAD taste in our mouths! we have NEVER written a bad review - but not only are they serving old fish which is VERY dangerous - their attitudes are terrible! thats how they treat paying customers that have been coming for years?? theres TONS of amazing sushi places in Vancouver! one just opened Dajia at 836 Denman St! MOST AMAZING food (think sushi joint meets Guu), always fresh, great value and very kind servers! what can be better?
I thought I would check this sushi place out today. I will NEVER go back. The dynamite roll was horrible - the tepura batter tastes more like shake and bake fish batter and the rice was not even good quality. My sunomono salad was ok - but everything about the experience made me think of how much better other places around Kits are.
Everything about this place says budget, but the prices are not *that* cheap.
Seriosuly, if you are looking for a casual sushi place in Kits - walk a few blocks up Burrard and go to Mazuya - the price is similar and the food is 100 times better.
Ordered the special Tropical Roll and was disappointed with quality. Sashimi appetizer was really light on shrimp, salmon and tuna pieces were fresh and good. Assorted Tempura was well done. It was quiet - 4 others there at 6pm on a rainy Thursday. Service was ok, could've been better. Ambiance was solid, I liked the lighting, random fixtures, and overall set up.
I had ordered one avocado roll, one tuna roll and one salmon roll and one miso for $6.56 and was told it would be a 5-10 min. wait.
When I came back I got one tuna nigiri and one salmon nigiri and one avocado roll. Instead of the one salmon roll and one tuna roll, so I politely noted the mistake and the man at the till said "No! You didn't order the rolls!!" I said, "Well I did."
It was lunch time and I was hungry otherwise I would have left it. He tried fixing the difference in total, but then said "no extra charge."
So I waited patiently and in the bag was one tuna and one salmon roll .... no avocado roll this time. And I said "I still wanted the avocado roll." Then he said "That's $2.56."
By this point it had been twenty minutes for a simple order and I said "You screwed my order up twice and you're charging me?" and he shrugged and he said "Food is food." I paid, but I felt the customer was not put first, I got received apologies, and the situation was made out to be my fault.
It was busy in there and I'm generally a patient Vancouverite, but I don't plan to go back if it's this difficult to get together an order for three rolls.
I ordered a chicken lunch box and everything seems salty. From the miso soup to the teriyaki sauce and the temperau dipping sauce. The waitress that bring the food over stood behind me with the food. She doesn't let her presence known or that the food has arrived. Price is ok.
Consistently great bang for your buck. My girlfriends and i go for lunch, eat till we're stuffed and never spend more than an average of $12 to $15 per person. Service is friendly albeit curt and the room looks much better (read: cleaner) since they renovated recently, but the food is why we go and will continue to go. We especially like their house specialty rolls. Super value, and the fact that they're busy makes me feel good about the frshness of the fish. .