Nanaimo Sushi is a no frills spot offering tasty, affordable Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Staying true, loyal, and dedicated to our self-proclaimed obsession, and for our love for/with sushi, here is yet another sushi post. Sushi Nanaimo is located in East Vancouver, not too far down from the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), and is conveniently located on the corner of Nanaimo (of course) and East Hastings, so it’s pretty hard to miss. What sets this hidden gem apart from the others is that this is actually Japanese owned. That, and the food never fails to impress us. It is quite small inside so be sure to avoid dining rush hours, or be prepared to wait. Trust us - it’ll be worth the wait.
Sushi Pizza - $8.95 (4/7)
Say whaaat?! This isn’t your typical pizza. All those “toppings” you see consist of avocado, cucumber, tobiko, spicy salmon, green onion, mayo, on a bed of crispy fried rice that is the “crust”. It can get quite messy and will fall apart on you. Having said that, this is one pizza that you must, and should, be eating with utensils and not your hands.
Nanaimo Roll - $6.95 (10/7)
Oh. My. God. Can you say HEAVEN?! How can we describe this? To put it bluntly, this is THE epitome of “party in your mouth”. Spicy tuna sashimi, cucumber, yam shoestring fries, mayo, teriyaki (?) sauce … What’s there to NOT love?!
Awesome Roll - $6.95 (7/7)
At Sushi Nanaimo, they give you an option to have the toppings for your Awesome Roll with either the bonito flakes or the yam shoestrings. We opted for the yam shoestrings because who doesn’t like yam fries? Result? Tasted just like the Nanaimo Roll = win.
Chicken Teriyaki - $7.50 (4.5/7)
Pretty standard. Can’t go wrong here.
Alaska Roll - $3.95 (1/7)
This is pretty much a fail. What sets this apart from Sushi Garden/Town/California/etc. is that the avocado aren’t mushy. As weird as that may sound, the mushiness of the avocado is what makes this roll tasty. Also, if you notice from the below picture, they put dollops of the sauce on top of the salmon, whereas at the other joints, the sauce is infused/drenched/swimming (in a good way) throughout the roll. This is a pass.
Deep Fried California Roll - $4.95 (7/7)
This MELTS in your mouth. The breaded deep fried-ness that wraps the roll is crunchy like a tempura, and because it is deep fried, it makes the entire roll warm (not in a bad way). Pure genius. Simplicity at its finest.
California Roll - $2.95 (4/7)
For every restaurant you go to, is there a particular item you MUST get to determine how good the chefs are? The one simple item that they can not fail? For us, it’s the California Roll. Perhaps it is so simple that they tried so hard to make it good, that they tried TOO hard. Did that make sense? In any case, this was a fail. As this was our first time dining here, we were scared that this restaurant would also be a fail judging from the California Roll. Guess you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover .. judge a restaurant by their roll?
Spicy Salmon Sashimi - $8.95
Again, pretty standard. If you’re not a fan of spice, this may drown you. Pun intended.
A sushi roll craving lead a few of us to try out Sushi Nanaimo over several other options in the area.
Unnecessary to go into details about the decor. It's about the same cookie-cutter appearance as most other outfits. It's clean but neighbouring tables are a little cramped together.
Menu is right about standard for the typical sushi restaurant. There's an interesting item called a sushi pizza which looked tempting but instead we settled on what really were the usual popular choices. No surprises with the rolls as with the sashimi though I found the size of the sashimi on the large side. The rice was also a hair underdone for my tastes.
Service is probably the high point of SN. They loudly greet you while the servers are right on the ball with table service without much delay.
There's really not too much to gloss over here. The prices are really good offering good bang for the buck without resorting to the low-end offerings available out there. This is not a knock but Sushi Nanaimo fits the mould for what it is, a typical sushi restaurant.
I've been here a few times and so far each has been a good experience. They welcome customers with a loud 'iirashimasse' and yell out 'arigatou gozaimasu' when customers leave. The staff are always attentive and they come by often to top up the tea. The food is solid, but not outstanding like some of the authentic downtown restaurants. Some of the rolls break come apart too easily - most likely due to the rice not being precisely prepared (ie..cooling + amount of rice vinegar). However it's value that seems to be the key point and they definitely hit the mark on that. Overall it's a comforting place to have a nice meal.
Considering my usual eatery was closed on Monday..thanks to my forgetfulness. Myself and a coworker of mine decide to try out this place as I was told by a buddy of mine...Good and cheap.
We kind of rolled over there by 7pm. Climbed the stair and was greeted by a young Korean waitress and were promptly seated near the back. The place was half full which was alright with us as we don't like to wait. My only complaint was the noise level with Psy Gentleman and Harlem Shake playing...a bit too noisy for my taste but my coworker said...you must be getting old...pretty true.
With my 2 cent rant...we decided to order....I ordered the ebi sunomono ( on special $2.95..small blackboard), veggie roll, and 4 pieces of nigri sushi ( tamago, toro , unagi, hamachi). My coworker decided on ebi sunomono as well, 6pc gyoza and the beef teriyaki roll. Finally we decided to order and split the WILD salmon sashimi. The weird part was we wanted it to be spicy but the waitress said we can't do that as its not on the menu so we decided to get the hot sauce on the side. In no time our food arrived...OMG.....BIG SUSHI.. a la Samurai Sushi or Sushi Garden....feeling deja vu!! Anyways, the sashimi was like butter and dipping them in the hot and sweet Korean sauce was excellent. My sunomono, rolls, nigri were all standard... some took 2 bites. My coworker said his gyoza was excellent...best he had so far but the roll he order was too big ....fell apart after one bite.
Verdict...good and cheap as my buddy said. My total was about $22 bucks with tax and tip and my coworker was about $20 bucks with tax and tip. They take debit, credit and of course cash as payment. The funny part....looking at the menu again...the price were very very similiar to Sushi Garden's prices...maybe the same owners?? Hmmmm. Even funnier was the place started to fill up fast after 8pm...wow..definitely a younger crowd establishment. Will be back but as plan B. lol. Thanks for reading.
After reading about Sushi Nanaimo and driving by many times we decided today would be a good day to have lunch there. What a great choice ...the food was excellent for the price and portions were very large,,,great value for money spent.
Quaint seating arrangement,,you might even get to talk to your neighbor as well,,which today helped us tons in ordering off the extensive menu.
its clean, waitress's are polite and helpful, always back to refill your tea and you get a great thank you some again when you leave.
The price's are awesome for what you get,,,,less then $ 30.00 for lunch and we did over order as it was our first time,,,two lunch specials would have been more than enough,,and at 7.95 its a bargain!
We'd been searching for a great sushi restaurant for awhile now,,,and think we have found it. We'll be back real soon!
Good lunch and good value, service is fast and you don't have to wait long to get your food
I was there with a friend a couple of weeks ago and went back today with my hubby. Will most likely go there again, very soon, We would recommend this place for lunch, in any case
This is one of my favorite sushi place. Been dining here since the day it opened and I was really impressed. Their customer service is one of the best. The food is good and ambiance is warm . The place is not too huge but not tight either. Their service is really great! It was jam-packed tonight when I went there. Totally a hit for me!
The cheerful staff greets you loudly in Japanese when you enter and leave. The waitress was very friendly and the place was adequately staffed for a busy Friday evening. The food arrived quickly and the tea was refilled regularly. The portions were generous and not expensive. This is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area and I recommend that you try it. The restaurant is small, so there may be some wait time, but this is outweighed by the great service and food.
Went to Nanaimo sushi with another family for our New Years dinner. I'd been told by friends how good it was but being somewhat of a sushi snob I was reluctant to try it. With so many sushi restaurants in Vancouver and more opening every week I always hesitant trying new ones when I already have a couple favorite and reliable sushi spots. The location for Nanaimo Sushi is a little off Hastings on Nanaimo and ever since I've lived in the neighbourhood there has been at least five restaurants that have failed in this spot. It's an unfair assumption of mine but now whenever I see a new joint open here I suspect it too will fall prey to the long list of failed restaurants. Being prompted by friends to try it I went online to read some reviews. Even tho there were only a couple on Dinehere.ca I found many more on other sites and they were all very favorable. I'm always cautious when I read "good" reviews of sushi restaurants when the reviewers go obout how "big and cheap" the sushi is. In my experience that usually translates into poor quality, over-sauced and over-riced sushi. Even tho almost all the reviews of Nanaimo Sushi mentioned how reasonably priced it was, everyone also mentioned the quality, flavor, creativity and great service. So we decided to give it a try.....
Being New Years and eight of us going I thought I'd try and make reservations. I was greeted by a very friendly girl on the phone who happily took my reservations for 6. Around five minutes later she called me back to ask if there were any children in our group which I told there would be four. She suggested that we change our reservation for 5:45 so they could give us a large booth be the front window which is best suited for kids. I happily agreed to change it knowing how much easier it is dealing with kids in booths rather than chairs. When we arrived we we bombarded with yells of welcome by the entire staff. I had read in the reviews that they do this but was still surprised by how loud and boisterous it was. First thing we all noticed was how heavily staffed it was. There must have been four servers on the floor and four sushi chefs as well as more in the kitchen. Mb it was staffed heavy because it was New Years but the result was the best service I've ever had in any sushi restaurant. I read in a couple reviews about some of their specail rolls that people raved about so I new before looking at the menu that we would have to try them. I'll list of what we ordered not to be overly detailed but so you can have an idea of the cost in the end for what we ordered. The specialty rolls we ordered were...two Nanaimo rolls, two dragon rolls, two awesome rolls, then three californa rolls, one dynamite roll, three miso, three shrimp sunomono, one large prawn tempura, two edamame, one chicken teriyaki, one chicken udon and three pops for the kids. We would have ordered some beer or sake but were told they were still working on getting thier liquor license. The food came fairly quickly and it was pretty obvious that we ordered too much food. Everything was very good but the Naniamo rolls and Red Dragon rolls were excellent and large. The servers came by often and filled our tea and water glasses regularly. The one thing that you have to prepare yourself for is how loud this place is. If it's not the regular yelling of "hello" and "goodbye" to the patrons who come and go its the music that in my opinion is a tad loud. The restaurant is very clean and bright, mb a tad bit too bright in my opinion. In the end the bill was $112.00. Very inexpensive for how much we ordered and the quality of sushi. The speciality rolls were beautifuly presented and delicious. I have to highly recomemnd the Nanaimo roll, quite spicey but excellent. All in all an excellent night out and a surprisingly delicious dinner. Well done Nanaimo Sushi!
Ate here based on reviews, was not disappointed. New restaurant in the area so its super clean. Service was great, everyone says hello and goodbye to you as you come and go. Super attentive and friendly with both waitresses always checking on you. Food came fast. Value was great - King tonkatsu for 7.50 was HUGE (pork was really thin so made it look bigger, but still was alot of food). Spicy salmon or tuna was 8.95 and delicious as well. Definitely be going back, nice addition to the neighborhood. Note that they were not licensed when i went, but said they would be 'soon'. Would have enjoyed a beer and a sake, but at least it forced me to keep my bill a bit lower ;)
We have been going there weekly since they opened, often take-out. It's great to see that they are gaining their popularity, I always knew it was a matter of time. Food has always been consistently good. We love the sushi and sashimi combo, chopped scallop niguris, spicy tuna roll. Everything is always fresh, and I know they ought to rely on volume, as their prices are so low for the quality. (especially when I compare to a coffee drink which costs $5 easily these days...) Service is always friendly.