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Sushiyama

371 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T1W5
Tel: (604) 872-0053
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant

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Great place
By jakking of Commercial Drive (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

We try to go to Sushiyama at least once a week. The food is excellent and the service is OK. Portions of sashimi and nigiri sushi are big enough, and the quality has always been excellent. After many years of changing from one small Japanese diner to another, I think we have found the place we'll stay for a good long time.

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Go there for good food
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 1:39am [Dine in]

I usually go there for lunch. I've tried all the lunch boxes they have and loved all of them. I go there for the thick and fresh slices of sashimi, the interesting and creative rolls (favourite: spicy tuna roll), the excellent albeit slightly oily teriyaki, etc. This is the only place I would actually order teriyaki. Most restaurant produce some sickening sweet version of this simple stir-fry dish. Not this restaurant. The taste is just right.

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comfort food
By lostmyappetite of Main Street, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 17, 2006 - 8:48pm [Dine in]

Very popular and busy place right across from the kingsgate mall - there's often a small line up at dinner time. The food is always fresh, the yam roll and kamikaze rolls are my favourites, and their bento boxes are very reasonably priced. I go there all the time!

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I love this sushi place
By rockstarrr of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

I've ate here countless times, but have never written a review for this place. Here are a few things I love: (1) They have their typical rolls and a few interesting, but delicious rolls, (2) Free parking on the street, (3) solid service and food, (4) Very very very reasonable prices. There's nothing I don't like about this place. The takeout sushi is just as good at the dine-in sushi. This place is not fancy or anything. When you walk in, there is a sushi bar with stools and booths along the side of the restaurant. As for food, I recommend the BBQ salmon neck and the real crab meat California roll. I know there's nothing special about a California roll, but the real crab meat really got to me! Rolls like Japan mania and Mango mango are really good and different as well.

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Quick tips for a pleasant experience
By jaejunkwak of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 3:43pm [Dine in]

1. Call your server.

As with many Asian restaurants, don't sit there expecting them to recognize that you're ready to order. If you're ready and want your food asap, call over your server.

2. Don't get udon

Just don't get it.

3. If ordering sashimi (whether by itself or with a box) and you are a little grossed out by humongous sashimi pieces (I know I am and I've been eating sushi for a decade) ask them to be cut into smaller slices

4. Gets grossly crowded during peak hours

5. Box is a solid choice.

7. Try their Tuna Tataki

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Time to pass...
By Food123 of EastVan (11 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a number of time in the past, but really don't believe bigger is better. Now that they've expanded, there seem to be more problems with service, and I believe the quality of the sushi has gone down. Our experience on Thursday confirmed my sentiments. Restaurant was very busy, but there was a table for 2 immediately. Unfortunately, it was right beside the back kitchen area, so very unappealing, with boxes piled about 2 feet away. Felt like we were dining in the storage room. Although we got a closeup view of how they serve out the bowls of rice and soup!

Bento boxes are OK for value, but they don't have that 'special' something that would make them rise above being just OK. I would gladly bad much more for a good bento box. One of our boxes arrived in a timely fashion, but one we ended up waiting for until the other person was almost finished eating. Definitely an issue in the kitchen. With all the takeout service that they do (saw long lineups for takeout), I believe that dining in the restaurant is sacrificed in order to meet takeout demands. Table beside us had to ask when their food was coming as they had waited a long time.

I don't feel too enthusiastic about coming again, and will probably look elsewhere for my next sushi fix.

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strangest makis
By jellybelly of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 27, 2009 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

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.

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Ok sushi, but certainly better spots in the neighborhood
By lhousden of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 6:26pm [Dine in]

I was introduced to this restaurant by friends who raved about it. Overall it is good sushi, but it doesn't have that sushi flair that restaurants such as Ajashi have.
The food is ok, portions are large but rolls are not sloppy. Service is decent, My biggest problem with this restaurant is their take out options. They will not allow you to take out bento boxes, even if you offer to bring your own tupperware to transport. They also use immense amounts of stirofoam in their take out orders. One combo usually results in 4-5 take out containers.
Ambience: they have recently expanded the restaurant seating so there aren't such long lines to get in anymore.

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Love it
By Cas Dine of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

Amazing food, but must make a reservation otherwise you can sit and wait for an hour to get seated. the portions are huge and always fresh
I recommend the caterpillar rolls,they are amazing
Keep your eyes peeled for the servers, they are always so busy that they will fly by you. Order drinks right when you sit down and ask every server for a refill because they forget about drinks
Food is up as quickly as you order so you can be in and out in 20 minutes (if you are in a rush)
Besides the service, best sushi in town!

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Good Food, Good Service, Great Price
By imajang of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 7:49pm [Dine in]

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.

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This place is not bad at all.
By likestoeatout of Richmond (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:42am [Dine in]

Nice and ok quality sushi. Service is so-so. The value in this place is the variety of the sushi served. Lots of different ones to try Its downside is difficulty of parking. You need to circle around the block a couple of times or take your chances in crossing the busy East Broadway when you park at the Kingsgate mall on the opposite side

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Fresh, consistent, authentic and always delicious -- a solid Vancouver sushi-ya
By redsplat of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:14pm [Dine in]

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.

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Standard Fare and Reliable Quality
By Kali of Yaledown, Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant about a dozen times and find the food consistently of reasonably good quality and the service prompt and friendly.

The bento boxes are good deals. The servings are generous. These bento boxes are not available after 9:00 pm though.

There is a wide selection of sushi and sashimi on the menu, more than enough for me to choose from even without looking the specials that are posted on the bulletin board.

This is usually a busy restaurant with a short line-up. My guess of why I haven't seen a long line-up is that there are quite a few other restaurants close by in the area.

One odd and quite annoying thing seems to happen at this restaurant. The server would ask "no change?" when you pay for the bill. Well, if the amount handed over is close to the total bill, it would make sense. However, at several times, this was asked even when the change due would be in excess of 30% of the price of the meal. Example from yesterday: I was handing over a $50 bill for a $35 meal and the server asked repetitively "no change?". It was as if she was surprised that I would like to have some change back.

We will go back for sure as Sushiyama is a quick place for getting some good Japanese food. It is not a place where you will want to look for the ambiance of a refined Japanese restaurant though. I am also remembering one time during lunch when one piece of American pop music was playing over and over again and no one seemed to notice until I pointed it out to the server. There is always something quirky and lively about this place...

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A great place for sushi.
By Apple of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 8:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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Spicyama
By peacock of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 10:52am [Dine in]

Damn good spicy tuna sashimi. Sushiyama has great prices and very good quality (tasty) fish. I have asked a server if the salmon is wild, but I'm not convinced that her "uh, yes" was founded.

I'm off the sushi now due to ethical concerns, but if i were to commit my cardinal sin of the hour, I would be eating at sushiyama.

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The Good , The Bad, The Ugly
By smartbag of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - 11:44am [Dine in]

Sushi Yama is special depending on what type of sushi goer you are. It can be compared to your favourite breakfast place. It is by far and away the best value and food quality in the Broadway, Cambie and even Kitsilano area.

Sushi Restaurant Criteria Checklist:

1. Japanese restaurant run by Japanese people - check
2. Clean - check
3. Sashimi size - check, check
4. Sashimi quality - check, check
4. Not too much rice on the sushi rolls - check
5. Proportional filling to rice - check
6. Variety - check, check
7. Value - check, check, check

Pros:
- Great value for the hockey team, kids, date, and anyone on a budget who wants to spend less than $30 for 2 ppl.
- Very casual and accessible
- Parking
- Value
- They have the best Assorted Sushi plate in town.
- The rolls are good size and very tasty
- Excellent tuna carpacio
- They are very friendly and service is fast!

Cons:
- Interior is simple and a bit messy
- Very busy with lineups during peak hours
- Your sushi order does not come all together at once
- They might forget part of your order because they are so busy!

The writer: Is a former chef, server and former restaurant sanitation inspector and avid restaurant goer in the lower mainland.

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I Love Sushiyama
By faketrees of main st (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

Sushiyama is my favorite sushi place in the neighborhood.

The food has always be delicious and met my expectations. The staff is friendly and the service is better than most of the other sushi places in the neighborhood.

Sometimes there is a bit of wait to get a table but I think that is always a good sign.

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Worst sushi ever
By GaryGar of Vancouver, BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, July 19, 2008 - 8:43pm [Dine in]

We ordered a number of rolls, tempura and a stir fried udon dish for takeout. Although the service was fine, the food was sub-par. Hard rice, fatty marbled salmon, brown avocado, tasteless tuna, soggy tempura (with a burned taste), and the stir fry was not freshly prepared. We ended up throwing away 90% of the food because we were worried we would get food poisoning after taking a few bites.

Very disappointing. For the number of sushi restaurants in the area, skip this one.

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Wuz happening to this place?
By zcat of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

First of all the food is pretty incredible. Consistent too. Every time I'm there the food is ambrosia. However the service has never been great but is ok. I still go there for the yummy food, and pretend the service is good. I can delude myself when yummy grub is at stake. The last time however I found the bento box portions to be ridiculously tiny and left hungry! Worse the server clearly saw our tea glasses were empty but decided she was only going to service the table next to us. Takes some effort to track anyone down for tea at this place during busy or quiet times! Does anyone notice the portions are smaller as of late? Hopefully they see this post and put things right. And tea and some service would be nice.

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Outstanding Casual Dining Japanese Food
By online2960 of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

This place is continually packed when I go. The food is very good especially for the price. They have a beef/chicekn bento box for $7.95 and it's probably the best bento box for the price in the lower mainland. The ebi sunomono is fresh and packed with shrimp etc and comes close to being a meal in itself. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place for a very good quality Japanese food eatery.

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