i have been going to sushiyama's for years now.. i go at least once a week b/c i practically live at the martial arts studio just down the block..the owners of sushiyama(alex and franchesca) are close friends of ours and i hope to see great sushi from them the rest of my life!
the food is great, and i highly recommend the sushi pizza, its not on the menu but alex and a few of my friends invented it. its a great appetizer for a group of 6 or 8. it consists of: a (pizza dough) fried rice patty.very vrunchy.then comes the toppings: crab meat and avacado and mayonaise, topped wonderfully with a triangular piece of raw salmon or tuna.
i never liked raw fish before i tried that. but this is the best thing i have ever tried.
A lot of the items on their menu is good here. i've tried a lot of their sushi rolls and they're quite yummy. the kani sunomono dish has real crab meat in it which was a surprise because not a lot of places have 'real' meat. this restaurant is busy during the lunch hours so it's best to get here early or reserve a table for larger groups.
The number one thing I look for in a good sushi place is of course the freshness of the fish. Second thing that many people overlook is the rice. Should be warm and moist. Tried this place for the first time but right from the start I was disappointed. You guess it the rice was dry.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This is a great sushi restaurant with very good service and reliably good food every time you come in to dine. This can be during very busy lunch hours, late at night or slow Tuesday afternoons.
The biggest problem is parking. Across the street is a shopping mall and if you choose to park there during the day, be very carefull when you cross the busy 6 lanes street,
One of, if not the best sushi places in Vancouver, their menu is full of suprises.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
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.