Been there three times after work around 6pm. As a couple both time "GENEROUS" sized Sashimi seven pieces of Salmon and seven pieces of Tuna and three rolls 35$. We had the "Mixed Sashimi" once a little more but less filling for a dinner.
Considering the average Vancouver prices this is affordable and the Sashimi beats many other Japanese restaurants in quality and size.
Ignore bad tempered comments. Service was each time fast immediate by smiling girls and boys.
Style and decor is a bit aged but then who cares we came for food not for interior design. Actually the imitation, brown mixed slate, wallpaper is quite stunning. Having lived in Asia thirty years I can say it gives you the feel of an aged busy medium to small street Tokyo restaurant. Many more stylish in town who don't give any feel but fake decor.
Each time we got a spot but it still was very busy. If you are romantic, they have a small wall by the tables on the side street side you can carve your initials into the blue paint.
Seen quite a few couples with kids each time and heard French speaking customers.
We regret that we never picked up one someone mentioning this place years ago.
We will be stopping there on our way home more often, can't say one bad thing about it for that price. I nearly put the same review on Yelp just you know I am not an insider doing free adds.
I don't like this place. I've gone here may be 3 or 4 times. And each time, service was awful.
The food is just ok ... not good ... not great.
But the service ... I couldn't believe how awful it was.
Took forever for them to take our order.
Took even longer to get our bill. And when I went up to pay without the bill, she kept looking at my hand to see if I had the bill. No tea refill. No friendly smile. Awful!!!!
Tried to go to Toshi's and Shiro's on Sat but both busy so tried this place. Seems to be run by Japanese. Fresh sushi with your standard choices, rolls were pretty good (lots of selection). The cooked food was a bit below standard as the rice (don) bowls were on the salty side. Value was very good for the food ordered. Area is a bit sketchy but that's East Broadway.
I come here occasionally for something a little different when I don't feel like going to my normal neighbourhood sushi joint. The food is good, prices are reasonable and service is solid. I will usually just get something pretty pedestrian such as a bento box. I have never had a bad meal here but have never really been blown away either. This is a good choice for a hit and run lunch when you are in a hurry because the service is pretty quick in the afternoon.
Food: My b/f had the assorted sushi combo and chopped scallop roll which he thought was pretty good and fresh. I had the teriyaki chicken box. The chicken was skinless and grilled w/o too much sauce which I liked. Came w/ salad which had a nice refreshing citris like dressing, 2pc deep fried gyoza, assorted tempura lightly battered and cali rolls. All in all food was pretty good.
Service: It wasnt too overwhelmingly busy when we were there and the service was pretty good. The came by to see how we were doing and poured tea, etc.
Ambiance: Small little place...nothing special. There's a lot of ppl that just do take out.
Overall: I would come back for sure again and recommend it to others based on my experience today.
This place was a great find on a rainy Vancouver night. Prepare for lineups and only a single tiny washroom, but on the upside, the sushi is pretty good!
I had sashimi, which were giant pieces of very fresh fish with good marbling of fat on the salmon (could be a bit smaller pieces, but the weight for your dollar is high), and then I moved on to the nigiri sushi. The fish was also fresh and the sushi well made. I also tried the salmon roll which was stuffed with salmon, and the beef teriyaki roll which was a savoury complement to all the delicious fish. The shrimp tempura was also good, but could be a little lighter on the batter. The sushi isn’t just slapped on a plate, but is carefully arranged, which adds to the experience. I found the miso soup was good as was the complementary tea. The beer was fairly cheap at $2.95 a bottle.
As for ambience, it is a little cramped, and the servers are quite harried since they have to serve customers and answer the phone for takeout orders. The Korean sushi chefs are very friendly and they are able to hold a conversation while making speedy sushi.
Good value for money and nicely prepared food. Recommended.
I despise going to our previous go-to cheap sushi place in Richmond now so on a whim we decided to head here mostly based on the mostly favourable comments and conspicuous signage out front every time I drive by.
The space is nothing to write home about. It oozes gloom and is somewhat depressing but very busy on a weeknight despite all of that. It seems to attract a lot of the local Main St. crowd including what I was told by my gf to be some Jersey Shore looking disciple named The Situation.
We ordered various dishes to share rather than box items. The nigiri was enjoyable as was the combination rolls. The chicken tonkatsu was sizeable, crispy and cooked nicely and rather sufficient as a meal in itself (2 pieces) but the price reflected what I thought to be a small order. Agedashi tofu was about par while the tempura was over-battered and a little on the oily side while the gyozas were deep fried instead of the usual pan fried variety. All in all it satisfied the sushi craving nicely as long as you left your high hopes at the door. It's good and nothing more.
There are quite a few people on staff and they seem to be a little disjointed though it didn't seem to affect service at the customer end. Repeated tea refills and timely dish clearing was actually quicker than a lot of other places we've gone to.
I'd say for casual and very regular sushi dining Sushiyama fits the bill, as long as you don't mind dining next to reality tv idiot wannabes.
I have pet peeves with non Japanese owned and run sushi restaurants. Its raw fish after all so handling is very important. I ended up ordering a cooked dish of tempura prawns on rice so that was ok. It is good value for money but sushi is to be enjoyed for good quality and its delicate texture and not huge chunks of tuna which appeared off in colour. The place is owned and run by Koreans and I know this as I heard conversations and my dining friend who studied Japanese said it was definitely not Japanese. I now know why this place is popular, its the Stephos of Japanese restaurant, huge portions for good prices so nah, not for me as Japanese food is to be enjoyed not eaten with a risk of improper handling but cooked food was ok. Unlikely to return as way too many authentic restaurants in the city.
I read about this place and thought that this may be a good place to try out, as I live close by. I don't think it's anything special.
I had thier bento box. The people there were very polite and the service was quite outstanding. The tempura I had was veeeery oily. I think it's because they do not deep fry with hot enough oil.
The sashimi was very good. It was somewhat a better quality than most places I have been to in the area.
The sauce on the rice had a weird taste, but I think it's because I don't quite like it.
I would go back again to try out their raw sashimi and evaulate them again with their raw stuff, as it was quite impressive for me.
When I arrived here for a friend's birthday, I thought to myself 'wow, I would never eat here' because of the way it looks and the location.
However, this place is a hugely great deal. The food is delicately prepared, the fish is so fresh, and the portions of sashimi are unreal. like steaks, they are too heavy to pick up with chop sticks.
Don't miss the caterpillar roll which they actually make look like a caterpillar, a testament to the care they put into their rolls.
the sunomono was gross actually so avoid that.
If you love generous amounts of fresh fish for a good price, go here.
This is a great little sushi place that surprised me. Their food I found to be fresh and tasty and the different kind of rolls they have are a great change from the traditional sushi place. The Salifornia roll was my favorite california roll covered in cooked salmon and deep fried to perfection.
Will be back next time I am in the area.
I came here after hearing rave reviews from a few buddies... I tried this place 3 times and each time the quality was consistently mediocre.. The only items that I found to be average were the nigiri sushi.. other than that, all else is quite bland..
Servers come off quite unpleasant.. felt like we were given the cold shoulder each time.
Considering there are tonnes of japanese restaurants on the Main Street stretch and in the city, I'd definitely recommend another place.
Sushiyama is over-rated.
Been to Sushiyama about 20 times over the past 3 years. Consistently delivers standard Japanese fare (nigir, maki's, tempura, udon's....everything that you can think of). Huge menu selection. The chefs, servers, and probably the owner, are Korean. I do notice that they take creative liberties like adding their signature spicy sauces to many of their rolls. Too bad they don't serve kimbab's or bibimbab as I'm sure they're offer cool renditions of Korean favourites.
Food: consistently fresh and made with care.
Service: quick and efficient. Depending on who you get, the gal (never seen a male server) may throw you a smile, but they are honestly much too busy to make any small talk. The main chef is friendly and greets you upon entrance.
Value: average pricing for rolls ($3-5), low-med pricing for nigiri, low pricing for udons. Overall great value for items that you would normally pay more at similar establishments. Portion sizes are tad smaller than Sushi Garden but the quality is better.
Ambiance: utilitarian. Basic wooden chairs and square tables. Simple decor but does the trick. We're usually in and out in 45 minutes so I don't no longer notice the decor.
They take reservations and turnover is very quick. Good alternative to Toshi's in the 'hood. Safe choice if you're in the mood for decent sushi in E. Van.
I'm not talking about Tojos, or the other end which would be food-court sushi in cellophane containers, most Sushi restaurants seem to fall somewhere in the middle, and Sushiyama is one of those places. I've frequented this restaurant on and off for the last 4-5 years, my last visit was a bit disappointing.
A few things - as I age, i become a bit more particular about my environments, i had a clear view of the kitchen and where the sushi chefs outside worked, and i was a bit disgusted by how dirty the floors were. Dirty floors usually lead to other things.
The sushi is average, but decently priced, my friend had the sashimi plate which came in these supersized pieces, some people might like that, but to me that's not real sashimi. The use of farmed salmon (it's dyed!) also really turns me off.
While I might come across picky, i've been to places that are in the same price range that deliver higher quality sushi, in a cleaner environment. So don't expect too much when you go there.
had take-out today during their slow hours...the first waitress didn't speak english very well, so she called for another waitress to take my call. Ordered futomaki and a speacialty roll called monkey's tears. I ordered the latter before to my satisfaction. This time though when I opened up my container, I wondered what happened to the sushi chef. The futomaki consisted of mostly rice and spinach, cucumbers, three strips of the yellow daikon radish, and two strips of egg. The crab stick was nowhere to be found. The other roll was cut into thin slivers which of course fell apart when I tried to pick it up with my chopsticks. The ends were cut thick and very messy. When I got half-way through it, I had to pick out the salmon because it had a chewy texture to it. They need a refresher course in making sushi.
My best friend's son is a graduate of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, a former chef, and a foodie who is always looking for the best place for this and that. He goes to Sushiyama more than to any other restaurant in Vancouver, and I finally had a chance today to see for myself why he is so enthusiastic about it. (Fast-forward several hours...) Well, I've found my go-to restaurant, at last. In fact (he wrote semi-seriously, to drive home a point), I'm considering not going to any other restaurant in Vancouver again. Just this one. Fresh fresh fish, many sushi combinations, great value. The black cod we ordered was slightly charred and crispy on the outside, almost trembling with succulent, juicy freshness on the inside. The sushi pizza was topped with slabs (not an exaggeration) of tuna and salmon sashimi - a lot of really fresh fish for 9 bucks. Everything else was very good, and beautifully presented. And there are quite a few interesting vegetarian options, like the Crunch Roll, which has yam AND sweet potato. Even the brown rice tea was tasty.
We were there at 2 PM, and it was teeming with customers. My friend said it gets really busy at dinner, just to warn you.
The food is amazing, and it has a good value to it. It's the only place where I feel it's actually quality sushi. Seems to always be fresh. I recommend the spicy scallop there. I usually don't eat those rolls, but here it's very well done. The service is good. Always popping up once in awhile to check if we need anything. The value, is always worth it. It's pretty cheap.. $6 for good rolls. The sashimi plate is big, and all the portions are big. It's a very place to go to, and hard to determine what's wrong with it.
We came here for dinner with our parents and kids on a Saturday night. Food was great - the Sashimi was fresh and the Maki rolls were very good with the seaweed still crunchy. Tempura was still hot. My son had udon noodles and the texture was perfect, he loved the fact they gave him the chili sprinkles on the side.
Service was very good and the waitresses brought both Tea and Water for all of us. The Sushi Chef noticed whenever we needed service and the waitresses were very attentive.
The ambiance was mediocre, but then this is also not a high priced restaurant - The facility was clean and the dishes were clean :)
This is a great place for fast food, families and value. I would definitely recommend this restaurant - we were in and out within 1.5 hours. The line up was out the door when we left at 7:45 pm.
If you want pretentious, overpriced Japanese food, don't go here. I've been going to Sushiyama for years and it hits the mark *every* time.
Wonderfully fresh fish, reasonable prices, skilled head chef. I take sushi-deprived out-of-town guests here and have never been disappointed. I've lived in Japan and know a good neighbourhood sushi place when I see one. Rice is good quality and rolls are done right -- you can tell a lot about a sushi place by its rice. This is one of the only places in town where I eat ikura, because it's always fresh and not sticky or broken. Their unagi is fantastic, beautiful, melts in your mouth.
Oh and as for confusion on the ethnicity of the staff/owners, the head sushi chef/owner is from Japan. I'm not rude enough to ask him about his parents; he trained as a sushi chef in Japan so everything else is irrelevant. There are some Korean servers and some Japanese servers. The service is fine, the waitresses are sweet and attentive, even when the place is hopping. But hey, this is supposed to be about the food right?
The tuna tataki is the best in town, nice big cuts of fish with a balanced ponzu, daikon shavings/daikon sprouts/green onion -- classic, elegant and great value. They usually have chu-toro, which can be hard to find in Vancouver. Fish is always fresh, and the catch of the day is on a board by the door, so you can have the best of the season (rather than what somebody has to get rid of fast). My only complaint is that they don't have wild salmon, which as sashimi i have come to adore. But hey, they don't serve it wild in Japan either so there you go, more authenticity for the precious gourmand. The red snapper/garlic appetizer (served hot) is the only 'meh' thing I've ever eaten there.
Ambiance is fine, like a busy regular joe sit-down sushi joint in Tokyo. You can sit up at the counter and order from the chef if you like. The restaurant expansion/renovation has meant that you can get a table without waiting for long, yay! (Except on a weekend, when you'd be well advised to make reservations!) The place is not conventionally romantic as the tables are a little packed and the place can be noisy when it's busy. But if your idea of romance is to get a sensuously good feed along with your loved one, and get that sushi afterglow...and have money leftover for a bottle of wine on your way home, Sushiyama is for you.
This place is absolutely one of my favourite restaurants in town, again because it's consistent, fresh and cheap. If it wasn't at the top of a big ole hill I'd eat there weekly.
Something about this place keeps me going back. It has become one my favourite places for sushi takeout and I have become a regular. They get pretty busy on weekends and may take a while to get seated. The setting is casual. I find the food consistent and the servers are nice even when they are busy. The prices are reasonable and affordable. I really like the spicy sushi. There's something about their spicy sauce that is different from other sushi places. My other favourite is the dynamite roll. I find that the deep fried prawn in that roll is almost always fresh and crispy. They also don't over fill the sushi with rice to make it look bigger. The sashimi here is also very fresh, especially the tuna. As for cooked dishes, I like ordering the gyoza, soft shell crab, katsu don and the fish katsu. They are all very tasty.