Best value sushi in the area.
There's a lot of sushi in Downtown and the surrounding areas, but this one is probably the one of best value I have been to. It is usually quite stuffy, but once you get a seat everything falls into place.
I love coming here for miso soup, really. This, with their complementary green tea are unbeatable. Rolls are excellent, I honestly would continue coming as frequently even if they were to double the prices. No compromise over fresh sushi.
Well first off i tried the prepackaged sushi (I should have known better) and one roll i asked them to specially prepare. First of all the spicy tuna roll was not spicy. Not even a little.. for a moment i was wondering if they had mislabeled the container. Then the "fresh" roll they made for me really was no better and somehow had stale rice while the packaged one didn't... which really confused me. The second roll was a philadelphia roll and unfortunately I think the salmon they used on top had gone a bit stray since it was extremely fishy tasting (more so then it should be.. like it was past its prime fishy) and was oddly chewy for smoked salmon. Overall a big disappointment but at least it was fast (since half my order was prepackaged) but it was terrible value for the taste. But that's not the thing that made me decide to never go back. The service people were eerily nice and really working the customer service angle for a tip which of course i always tip well anyways but then i heard one of the sushi chefs complain to his co worker that he hates making 8$ an hour and hopes they raise minimum wage to 10$. Frankly the sympathetic human being in me was very bothered that the sushi chefs only earn 8$ an hour. Id expect that from fast food because you expect fast food to you know... taste like pure grease anyways but when i eat sushi i want a more experienced chef.. not any guy they pull off the street. That's what dictates good sushi from bad sushi.. ingredience and skill in putting it together nicely (otherwise you end up with a non spicy, spicy tuna roll) But anyhow its Robson street i'm sure they'll get by on people who think they know good sushi... you know like the ones who buy prepackaged sushi from the 7/11 and such (all prepackaged sushi is pretty much the same except for maybe one of two exceptions and this place is no different)
Sushi Mart is a take-out/eat-in place with a long communal table and some table seating. The owners are Japanese, however, they're not really trained sushi chefs...my chirashi don was full of fish, yet something was wrong?...the pieces were too large !!! Properly cut chirashi pieces are bite sized and plural, not one large honkin' piece that you must tear to pieces before swallowing(no knife and fork provided); it was awkward to eat. Some of the fish was tastless; the bowl costs $12.50, yet I wasn't pleased. Their rolls seem ordinary and small, yet pricey; can't really recommend this place.
Nice vegetable roll, not a bad value since you don't have to tip on top of the cost of the meal. Sometimes some little orange eggs on my rolls which leads me to believe they don't keep the sushi prep area clean enough. Free miso soup with every meal. Tamago is good, prepared from eggs, not bought frozen.
Food: We have been to this new sushi place at least four times already. You can order at the bar for takeaway, or sit down and eat at a very nice, long wooden table that is shared by all patrons; looks like it would seat about 16 people at once. Good and fresh sushi, sashimi and rolls. Especially would recommend the Chirashi bowl, very good value for under $10.
Service: Good service, very friendly and attentive waiter(s). Once you order and sit down he will bring tea, place settings, etc. Always smiling.
Value: Good value, two rolls should fill up most people; I shared five with my girlfriend and was seriously stuffed at the end. Any bowl meal should satisfy alone as well.
Ambiance: Nice environment, clean and pleasant. Wood and modern look. Feels very comfortable to enjoy a meal here.