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.
I've been going to Kishu Island in the Mount Pleasant area and found each time I went it got worse and worse. I needed a new sushi place close by for cravings! Well, by the Kingsgate mall there's this little hole in the wall place that was the answer to my dreams. This place was reasonably priced and had great service and was super busy!!! I watched them prepare my meal right in front of me. I will go back.
Sushiyama is a great place to go for a good deal and quality lunch. This place fills up quick so it’s best to arrive just before noon if you are going for lunch. The service is quick and efficient. They have recently renovated; I find it much warmer and inviting than what it use to be. There is also much more seating available.
I usually get the chicken or beef teriyaki box. The portion is spot on for a mid day meal; not too large and not too small. The food is fresh with the hot items hot and the cold items cold. The prices are reasonable and appropriate for the portion sizes. Perfect!
The food is really good here and exceeded my expectations. They have good quality sushi and really interesting and inventive rolls to choose from that you won't see at every other restaurant.
I'm not crazy about the location and the atmosphere is below average (a bit dingy and run down), but I'll come back based on the food alone. A wee bit pricier than comparable sushi restaurants, but for the taste and quality, it's worth it. I would recommend it to others for sure.
I love sushiyama and have been going there since I moved to vancouver a couple of years ago. They have good sushi, the best Yam roll in town, and I always enjoy the bento boxs at lunch time. The owner and staff and always pleasent and it is a comfortable place to go and get some good eats.
Sushiyama makes me happy. The sushi is fresh and robustly portioned. The staff are efficient and friendly. Although they are running around like whirlwinds, the waitresses will always smile if you chat with them. Say hello, and let them catch a breath between tables! This place is always bumping, and you know that's a good sign.
Most of all, this restaurant provides superior bang for the buck. The price is downright average but the food quality is head and shoulders above the standard cornershop sushi dive.
If you need to forget about a stressful day at work, or you want to mellow with some friends and get buzzed on sake and Sapporo, there is no better place than Sushiyama.
After visiting Sushiyama for years, we've finally had to blacklist this place. The past 3 visits have been huge disappointments.
We are very flexible, patient people. We know SY is very busy on the best of days, and have given it more than ample leeway because of this. However, after our 'meal' and 'service' last night, we can no longer justify giving SY our patronage.
We were seated fairly quickly, opting to sit at the bar rather than wait for a table. Tea arrived shortly thereafter, but it took over 10 minutes to place our order, and we had to ask to do so. The waitress came by twice, while we were still waiting for our food, to ask how our meal was. We told her we were still waiting and she said OK then left. My husband's meal arrived - veg roll and tofu teriyaki - and after waiting for a bit in anticipation of the arrival of my meal, he had to start b/c mine was clearly not on its way. His meal was great - no complaints.
15 minutes later - yes, 15, we timed it - my vegetarian box arrived. Husband was completely finished his meal, and I had to steal some of his while I waited for mine. My yam roll was cold and soggy, having sat on the tray while the kitchen food was prepared. Veg tempura same - not as cold/soggy as yam roll, but barely edible. The only thing that was somewhat acceptable was the tofu teriyaki - it was fairly warm. Gyoza was cold and hard.
I ate what I could b/c I was so hungry by this point. The waitress didn't come by once while our food was in front of us, and I just couldn't be bothered to spend a few minutes while my meal was getting colder to flag someone down. When we were ready to pay, a different waitress came over and I told her my meal was very cold and the tempura / yam roll were soggy. Her exact words, "Oh, I'm sorry. We are very busy. Food is backed up in the kitchen. OK." Clearly mine was backed up in a far corner freezing while waiting for the waitress to get it.
No offer to not charge us or, what I was expecting, reduce the price of my meal. Needless to say, we didn't leave a tip.
Not enough floor staff and greatly lacking in basic customer service.
First, several of the previous reviews have mentioned that this is a Japanese-run restaurant. It's not, it's unabashedly Korean.
Now, on to the food... It was passable if unmemorable. For takeout in the Main St. area, not bad -- better than Nikkyu, but I'd still prefer Zipang or Shiro on Cambie (haven't had patience for Toshi's line just yet). The rice in the nigiri was a bit old/dry, and almost spherical, whereas the fish is typical Vancouver quantity-over-quality... it's funny that they skimp on rice rather than fish. The "crunch roll" wasn't crunchy at all, but rather slightly reminiscent of Crayola. On the other hand, the tempura was fine, and any place in this class that serves hotate without chopping it into tiny pieces slathered in cheap hotsauce gets at least one bonus point.
Prices? 2 people, pretty full when done, $40 without drinks or tip. Typical, but not particularly notable. Overall, it's pretty hard to find a memorable sushi place in Vancouver, and unfortunately Sushiyama doesn't quite make the grade for me.
looking for new tasty sushi near main?
try sushi yama - and try some of their rolls that they invented.
they have one with mango, and another with cream cheese.
it's nice to try something you have tried before.
service is fast, the fish is fresh, and their take out platters are big.
i like the attention to detail and the quality.
I found the first few times , not busy, pretty good when I went to Sushiyama, fair service, good food, when paying the bill I noticed more money was taken then the cost of the bill, guess gratuity is added by staff. The last time I went to Sushiyama it was quite busy, I noticed the servers where quite rude to some people waiting in line, I felt embarrassed for the consumers who were just gong to sit down on an open table, and were loudly told to wait until she was done. I believe if they want to have customers wait to be seated there should be a sign "please wait to be seated". Very uncomfortable, even if the food was pretty good, it was ruined in that moment.
Wow, I can't believe I had to even submit this restaurant info in! Sorry, I guess the best kept secret will no longer be secret! For anyone who is sick and grossed out by all the crap sushi places in this town, there are the few gems that can satisfy your raw fish cravings! If you can't wait at Toshi's, then this is your back up for sushi...and you won't be disappointed.
The decor is basic, however, I've hardly had to wait for a table the times I've been there so I don't care about "ambiance"...I just want good food! I also wouldn't recommend groups larger than 4-5.
If you're into rolls (and not the pre-made kinds like at the bigger restaurants) then you've got awesome choices here! Recommended are the Salifornia roll (smoked salmon wrapped around the california roll), Crunch roll and everything else! Prices range from $2 - $6.75. The Nigiris are tasty with generous proportions of fish to rice (like 3:1!) The Sushi Chefs are Korean, but they really know what they're doing here and spend careful time arranging your selections so hope you enjoy!! Everything else on the menu is decent as well, but with any restaurants around Vancouver, don't ever order the gyozas!! They're best made at the chinese restaurants or else go to Gyoza King!