SushiHolic takes pride in offering no-frills traditionally prepared Japanese cuisine.
Only on a recommendation would we try a little unknown restaurant located in a spot that had seen so many other restaurants fail. We dd take out so can't comment on the service, but the Japanese servers and chefs seemed friendly and efficient. The decor was very nice and cozy. Restaurant was about 2/3 full, which is a good sign for a Thursday evening.
We ordered a Party Tray A ($17.95) which comprised: cali roll, dynamite roll, half and half tuna salmon rolls, 2 pieces each of salmon, ebi, chopped scallop, and tuna nigiri. All were well made and neatly packaged in a superior plastic take-out container. The dynamite roll contained two fried ebi's and mildly spicy roe sauce, this was distinctively different than other dynamite rolls we've had. Tuna nigiris', which I normally do not like in BC, were actually quite tasty and possibly cut from a different part of the fish which gave it a sweeter, more delicate texture. It had a nice reddish tinge, but wasn't blue fin or any of the other imported maguro's. Also ordered a appy sized tempura ($4.25) which was light in texture and came with a sweeter than normal dipping sauce. Perfectly deep fried without the usual greasiness. Had an 8 piece salmon sashimi ($8.95) and the quality grade was good; pieces were appropriately sized, and the shredded daikon, which I find normally bitter at other restaurants, was actually sweet and refreshing! How this place makes normally blah tasting sides like shredded daikon fun to eat is a secret I would like to learn. The toro nigiri was tasty and buttery smooth. Awesome steal at $1.50 each. Two other pluses worth mentioning, the ginger is yellowish colour, not the overly dyed pink stuff stuff from a jar. Also, they beautifully pipe wasabi onto each container and that adds to the overall presentation. I was amazed by the care and presentation put into our take out order, I'm curious how wowed we'd be if we actually dined in next time.
The value was very good for the quality of fish and preparation. Sub $40 for 2 (incl tax). Very excited that we have an alternative for great sushi at reasonable prices, and so close to home!
I've driven past here so many times and never thought to stop.. until they put up that large picture sign telling me to try their Awesome Roll. Well I went and I tried.
At my first visit here we dined in, it was packed so we sat at the bar and ordered a few different items. The spinach gomae was ok, I've had better.. The california roll was good. The Awesome Roll was... just as described, AWESOME. The Sushiholic Roll was also awesome :) Since then I've ordered take-out a few times. The wait times are longer then most places, she told me 25 minutes last time and I ended up having to wait 40 minutes. The room is cramped so not very comfy if you are there for take-out. For me the Special Maki Rolls are the star of this place, I only order them now, they are more expensive but are excellent. You can see photos of them all on their website.
Sushiholic is located on the corner of East Broadway and Rupert in Vancouver. There’s not much to say about this establishment as it has a lot of competition what with the Lower Mainland’s abundance of sushi restaurants (this is not a complaint). There are, however, a few things that gives this restaurant a few pluses. Though the restaurant has parking space, or lack thereof (3-4 stalls at the back), there are street/residential parking spots nearby. Don’t be lazy, walk that extra block. If you’re looking to go the more “green” route, you can hop on your nearest skytrain and get off the Rupert Skytrain Station and walk North.
We are normally not advocates for take out as food ALWAYS tastes better when you’re having it at the establishment, however, you may need to order some take out from this place. This restaurant is extremely tiny, and if you’re claustrophobic, then you’re better off getting your sushi fix elsewhere.
Awesome Roll - $7.95 (6/7)
This roll lives up to its name - Awesome Roll is AWESOME. But, alas, not as great as other sushi joints, which is where it lost its point. The Awesome Roll is essentially a California Roll with a piece of baked salmon on top, topped off with some crazy, awesome shoestring yam fries. And some mayo. All hidden and blended with a side of crack. Seriously, it’s THAT awesome.
Volcano Roll - $14.95 (4/7)
We’re not sure if this is the same at other sushi places but this deep fried roll contains asparagus, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese. Lots of cream cheese. All we tasted was cream cheese, cream cheese, and more cream cheese. The only good thing about this dish was the spicy tuna sashimi hidden underneath. Guess that explains the price of this dish.
Deep Fried California Roll - $4.95 (5/7)
This was just eh. It’s literally a California Roll, deep fried. Topped with some sort of sauce. Teriyaki? It was okay. For some reason, it was a bit soggy and limp. Can you even describe food as limp? But when you put it in your mouth, it’s soft, chewy goodness. It’s a confusing roll. We would probably just stick with the regular California Roll next time.
My tastes change for sushi all the time but right now, Sushiholic is my favourite sushi place.
I almost always go with their philidelphia roll (simpler than most versions, yet done right) and negitoro roll. I love the fact that they have sockeye/wild salmon as a menu choice as well.
Quality is always amazing and the price is very reasonable. Service is also impressive for a sushi place.
I've had a couple of their specialty rolls, but I rather have a bunch of smaller rolls than one specialty one since they can get up to $12/roll.
I work nearby and have heard my co-workers talk about how great Sushiholic was. I am definitely a believer and I REALLY love this place!
I've been there a few times for lunch on weekdays and also a few times over the weekend (lunch and dinners). The servers there are really nice, attentive and really quick! The place is a little small and can be cramped if they are having a lunch/dinner rush, but the food is so good, you really don't notice!
I always order the special rolls (Sockeye Salmon Roll, Red Roll are my faves)...also the Gomae and Gyoza are really yummy too! Sometimes, the chef gives out FREE miso soup at the end of your meal and that is a really nice gesture! The food always tastes nice and fresh and is always consistent...I've never had anything bad at Sushiholic.
The only downside is that sometimes it can get really backed up and the chefs have a hard time preparing the food. We have had times where we had to wait really long for our food...but we were given free miso soup and edamame for the wait.
Its really worth a try!
Ambiance: Nicely decorated. Small with around 30 seats. Good for dates.
Service: Great smile & attentive.
Food: Fried oysters(4 thick pieces) nicely done; good presentation. Prawn tempura - would prefer thinner batter and a wider dip bowl. Sockeye sashimi - two different cuts with distinct texture & taste. Seaweed salad - decent portion without overpowering sauce. Toro sashimi was the best. I don't remember having any of this quality at that price. At the end of the meal, the chef sent over some sockeye belly sashimi in form of a rose. That was a nice touch and well appreciated.
Value: Even though that the price range is listed as $15-$30, it fits well with $15 or less. Most of the prices are comparable to Sushi Town & Sushi Garden. However, the nigiri pieces are slightly smaller but if you want quality something has to give.
Note: Watch your first step into the restaurant. It's not leveled with the street.
Actually I should say the "only" sushi in the neighbourhood, but I digress. The point is that this little restaurant is a thousand times better than its previous incarnations as a take-out Chinese restaurant and a cheap, cheap, cheap sushi joint. The interior has been completely renovated as to make it unrecognizable. When we walked in, there were 2 sushi chefs and a waitress who greeted us, that's a 200% increase in staffing levels. I'm probably exaggerating a little bit but I'm just glad that the place now serves edible food, because I was sometimes forced to eat at the old awful restaurants more times than I care to remember due to its convenient location close to where my family lives.
Rant over; the food in this new place would hold up to competition against restaurants that are priced 20-30% higher. The fact that as of this review the restaurant has been open only a few months with chipper staff/owners probably helps. The "Sushiholic Roll" is tasty and recommended. Also recommended is the "Volcano Roll," which is a deep fried roll (that includes cream cheese) that is the most expensive but also largest in quantity. It was a bit overdone to my tastes but the presentation was pleasing. The yaki-soba and udon had very soft noodles and were not too salty/oily like I've found in many other places. The sushi/sashimi itself was passable, better than your general take-out sushi but doesn't hold up to the higher end stuff. The tempura was so-so as well.
The restaurant filled up to about 2/3 capacity while we were eating lunch, with many groups coming in for take-out. I hope the quality doesn't suffer in the future, but for now I'm very excited about this new place in the neighbourhood.
I love Sushiholic! The food is always amazing, and they have some really unique and interesting rolls. My favourite is the Awesome Roll - an already amazing roll covered in the fried yam shreds. Perfection! It is definitely more expensive than your average sushi joint but it's one of the best for this type of sushi so I don't mind paying a bit extra. And I've never thought of having deep fried sushi but that deep-fried cali roll is delicious. The only downside is that it's often crowded and it's quite a small restaurant. I've been back many times (sometimes consecutive days...) and their service is always really good. They apologize for the wait and do their best to accommodate you. They were very quick to comp us when something went wrong too! Always looking forward to my next Sushiholic visit.
This is my second time over there. Just as good as the first time. We ordered Chirashi Don (assortment of sashimi on rice), beef don and and awesome roll. Last time we tried spicy chirashi don and eel don. All of them taste fresh and made with heart! My husband wanted to try their Aki Tuna, but it was on a pricey side and with only two of us and our 5 year old, we decided to try it next time.
They gave us a pleasant surprise by substituting our Chirashi Don's regular tuna with Aki tuna. We didn't even attempt to ask for this!
Both times, we brought our little one, they gave them tamago for snack! It is not too much with the freebie, we ended up tipping 25% at the end. This is the thoughts and heart they put in for their customers!
Wonderful place, our family will go regularly. With only one down side, the tables are too light, they keep moving when we eat, especially with an active 5 years old with us.
I've been dissapointed with the sushi in Burnaby...until now...just tried Sushiholic!!!! WOW!!! The sushi tastes clean and fresh, not cheap and overly oozing with mayo or with an enormous ratio of rice...like some of the ever so popular north burnaby joints. The restaurant itself if very clean an updated. To all you Burnaby folks waiting in line at Sushi Garden venture across Boundry and try some real sushi!!!!