Sushi Kimura is a new jazz themed Japanese restaurant on Rupert and East 22nd that offers sushi and cooked izakaya-style items.
Had dinner here a few days ago with several other people. The service was very friendly and attentive, but the waitresses seem to not be trained very well. We were not told the specials, and when the second waitress asked us if we knew the specials, she could not name them all. Also the waitresses seem to awkwardly reach in to get to plates. Our tea was refilled often and the waitresses were always smiling and clearing plates.
I ordered the tempura with miso udon that came with salmon onigiri. The udon came in about 10 minutes, but it took at least 15 to 20 minutes before my tempura came out. This led me to start eating my cool udon that was plain but decent. The tempura I got was a good size, but was a bit lacking, at best average tempura. The salmon onigiri was fine, but not better than somewhere like Fujiya.
I ate some of my wife's black cod dinner set. The sashimi was pretty fresh and the grilled chicken was quite tasty but a little overdone. The black cod was also quite good. She also had tempura and commented on how it was not very good. Her black cod dinner set came out slowly, and it took about 30 minutes from when the first part came out until the end. Also my dinning partners who did not order the black cod dinner had to wait about 10 minutes more to get their meal.
I liked the interior, seemed cozy and comfortable. Also we were sitting near the partially open kitchen, so I could sometimes see the chef in action.
Price wise, it was about $15-20 a person before tax and tip for the dinners we ordered, which seemed like a fair value.
The food ranged between good (black cod) to not so good (tempura), and the service was friendly, but the main problems were inexperienced waitresses and poor dish timing, as many people were left waiting for a while for their order.
I probably would not return to this restaurant, as it was only okay overall. Perhaps if I went with a smaller party of just 2 and was in the mood for some black cod I would.
Nice to see another good cheap place in East Van. The ambiance is very cool and dark; they used the proper lighting (ie: no flourecent lights) and nice bamboo theme. Service was friendly and efficient. Menu is huge and food was good; nothing too unique but that's a good thing; comfort food the way it's supposed to taste. Prices were nearly half of those westside/downtown izakaya places. easy parking on street. reservations accepted. We'll be back.
Good job with the restaurant here. Looks good, looks like he means business. Not like he just slapped together a store.
We went during an afternoon, it's still "soft opening" I think, and business is reasonable for a start.
So, let's get right to it. The food. Has the usual sushi stuff, some "French style" stuff (like cheesed stuff chicken cutlets...) We picked up a creamy shrimp croquette and a special combo with soup and a bunch of nigiri.
The shrimp croquette was actually quite good, in absolute terms. Not mind blowing but certainly not disappointed. If I were feeling generous, I might say it is one of the better executions in town. It was paired with just some potato salad (good, not too goopy and creamy) and plain rice. (Strangely enough, seemed to be long-grain, not Japanese style short or medium grain).
Sushi combo ... miso soup was quite good. Not your usual, even had a clam in it (though ... to be fair, it is not as good as what Ichiro in Steveston does). The nigiri was very nicely presented and had a good selection. I would rate it a thumbs up, it was much better than I expect from this area.
What is the conclusion? Someone mentioned that the chef comes from Kyoto. Okay, so maybe he does. But first go eat in Kyoto ... this might be a cheap salaryman's place over there. Nevertheless, it's a great addition to the neighbourhood. If I were passing by, I wouldn't hesitate to stop in. Is it worth a trip out there? At this point I might have to say no. There doesn't seem to be anything that is a real standout that makes it worth the trek out there. I will probably return to sample the rest of the menu, just in case, but it's hard to give it a "must go try" recommendation.
The menu was quite limited. Although the raw fish was quite fresh.
I was more so disappointed because it seemed like that had this sweet and sour porkchop thing that they were trying to sell off. It was nothing but salty. I think it's pretty authentic, as it was owned and operated by Japanese people.
The ambiance was pretty nice, but not outstanding.
The value was okay, for the limited choices.
Maybe going back if they had more selection in the future.
I would say the food is decent and probably over average but it's a bit on the pricey side especially for the neighborhood it's in. I guess the gimmick they have is that it's Japanese owned, they've got some unique kinds of dishes and it's got a nice atmosphere. It's not a place that would be part of my weekly or even monthly rotation though. For me, it's more of a place that I would go to when I want to hang out with friends and have a few drinks. However, this neighborhood is lacking a decent Japanese restaurant so I can see why it does ok.
On my recent visit (2 days ago), I was surprise by the price increase of the foods on the menu especially since everything increased by $1-2. The food taste and presentation was mediocre and it has lost its edge that drew me into this restaurant a few months ago. Service was really good for the amount of customers that was dining at the time.
Overall, I do not think with the price increase on the food and the lack of attention and effort that was put into the sushi, I will probably not be returning to this restaurant that was once one of my favorite Japanese cuisine in Vancouver.
I thought this resto was good upon hearing from one person.
I concur with the previous review that service is slow, and we saw one waitress chatting with one group for a longer than usual amount of time considering we were standing there waiting to be seated.
Place is cramped. We were seated in a two person table for two very close to a table for four. one guy couldn't from the other table couldn't fit in bec. the space between us was so narrow that he had to sit on the outer side of the table.
Nigiri's were good. Mine came with california roll. I asked for no mayo due to egg allergies, and she said ok. my rolls came back with mayo. the waitress later said that the cali roll cannot be made without mayo which means that they already premade the roll. We requested a tuna roll or something similar and we will pay the difference if there was any. she came back with an avocado roll, which I'm also allergic to. The sushi chef looked pissed at this point. He did not look happy to have to make another roll. In the end they gave me a sweet tofu skin with rice in it. Unfortunately, I'm slightly allergic to soy. Had the waitress heeded our request for a tuna roll, that would've been it.
The curry sauce on the chicken cutlet was a bit too strong for the other party in my group.
overall, it was a rather disappointing experience. We were expecting better. We will not be back here again.
I've driven past this restaurant a couple of times and finally decided to try it out.
My partner and I were asked to be seated anywhere we liked. There were only three or four other tables around us that were occupied at this time.
Service: Not very good. Although the waitress was very polite, she was constantly engaged in conversations with other tables which led to slow service.
Food+Value: The food was average... very little variety and the price was so-so. Not fit for casual munching.
Ambiance: A unique fresh look, I like it.
Overall: Nice people, nice environment, but I would definitely think twice before coming again.
I went there with my husband on Friday night. We were being patient on 40 min waiting. We ordered Chirashi Sushi, 4 kinds of Yakitori ( skewered Chicken ) and Curry rice with pork cutlet. It was very painful to hear the head chef nagging waitresses all the time. They finally served our food after another 40min. Chirashi sushi was OK. Yakitori was all dried up not nearly close to authentic Japanese Yakitori. Curry tasted like Japanese Instant retort packed Curry. I felt like I wasted my $50. They are not used to manage the restaurant when it gets busy. I really felted like I wasted my $50.
So far my girlfriend and I have only been there twice. The first time was an ok experience but the second time we found it very delightful as they finished with their renovations and menu updates. The second time we went we ordered Teriyaki chicken, California rolls, sashimi (salmon, tuna, and red snapper) which were all very good. The chicken Teriyaki came with a salad that was very light and refreshing. The California rolls were made fresh on the spot. The sashimi was very tasty and fresh. We also ordered one of their special dishes called spicy tuna on crispy rice which was kind of like a Japanese burrito which I highly recommend. When we looked around it seemed that most people in the restaurant ordered this dish. The value of the food was also quite reasonable. The service was really friendly and they always came back to check on us. The place was really busy when we went but the service was still top notch. I found the ambiance was very nice but the size of the restaurant was not very big. I recommend this restaurant for couples but it is also fun with a group of people.
*note that this review is duplicate from another website. I had such a bad experience, I want to make sure no one else does the same mistake I did.
My family of 5 just had omakase at Kimura for $60 pp. We are not impressed with it at all. The food was almost equivalent to what we could have ordered from the menu or from other restaurants for a lot cheaper. Ingredients used were cheap, presentation was lacking and taste was so-so. Things seemed out of order too, and they filled us up with rice from sushi before the last course with steak. They must not have many meats to choose from as my sushi and sashimi fishes were exactly the same 3 (Salmon, Tuna and kanpachi).
After the dinner, I checked online and realized the original chef had left in a few months before. =( Should have checked out more recent reviews....
Went to Sushi Kimura on July 4/10 and was very pleased and satisfied. It is a small restaurant in a location (23rd and Rupert) that hasn't been kind to its predesessors, but hopefully this one will survive and thrive. The owner (Kimurasan) is the head chef and is from Kyoto, Japan. All other personnel are from Japan so it is the real deal. The food is fresh and solid. The miso soup is made from scratch, unlike most Japanese restaurants that serve "instant" miso soup from a package. We also had sashimi, nigiri sushi, maki sushi, tempura, and udon, all of which were very tasty and served promptly with a smile. Our visit was on a early Sunday evening and there wern't many customvers. Once the word gets out, that should change. We will definitely return.
My boyfriend and I were craving sashimi on a Sunday afternoon. SushiHolic, the best sushi place in the city in my opinion, was closed till 4:30pm so we found this place on Yellow Pages app, closest to us and it was open. We placed an order for pickup. Got the usual, salmon & tuna sashimi, a couple of specialty rolls, plus some beef teriyaki and a few other items. We are both picky about our sashimi so we specifically requested sockeye sashimi (orange in colour with white stripes) that most sushi restaurants serve. When the order was ready for pickup, upon arrival my boyfriend was told that they didn't have sockeye salmon sashimi and we were getting red salmon instead. If we knew that, we would order from somewhere else. Usually when we order for the two of us, the bill is almost always around $40-$45 and that's what we usually expect when we place an order. Shockingly, this time it was ... $100. Yes, a $100 lunch. Miso soup tasted strange, beef teriyaki was different from what we are used to. Tuna sashimi was normal and California roll tasted the way it should. I was so unhappy with the experience that I decided to write this review. It definitely 'left a bad taste in our mouths'.
passed by couple times and finally got a chance to try this place yesterday.. have to say i didnt really like it..
first, there's not much choices on the menu for dinner, half of the nigiri sushi on the menu was not available.. they only have the very "basic" of what you can find in a jap restaurant.. i recommend anyone who's planning to go there to check out their menu first. (seriously)
$55 for 3 people dinner. we had an beef udon, a dinner set, tuna tataki and couple nigiri sushi.. i think it would be better if you order their combos instead.. taste-wise is average-average..
staffs are very friendly that i have to say, and so is the sushi chef.. its actually really nice to have a small talk with them.
so in conclusion i say if you are in the neighbour just dropping by for a lazy day dinner its ok, but if you are looking for something special i would suggest you to go somewhere else.