Tanpopo is a sushi restaurant with an all you can eat menu offering a wide selection of Japanese fare including cooked items, sashimi (with wild salmon) and many rolls and nigiri items. Large rooftop patio. (Listed as Tampopo on the VCH website.)
Decent eats. The chopped scallop cone was pretty tasty. The tempura was hot and fresh. The spinach gomaae was delicious. The sashimi seemed fresh. My only complaint was that the rice was quite hard.
Outstanding service. Very polite servers. Tea was frequently refilled. Orders were taken promptly. Much better service than other AYCE Japanese restaurants I have been too.
I had a groupon, so it was 50% off. Normally, the lunch option with sashimi would have been $13.95. I think the value is still decent and will probably make a return visit.
Clean. Big tables.
First off, there were tons of people waiting behind the "please wait to be seated" sign, but nobody was coming to serve them. I luckily made reservations already and got there on time. However, nobody was serving me either so I went up to the front desk to ask. They told me to hold on, so we stood there. The manager came and yelled at us "You go back there!", so we went back behind the please wait to be seated line.
It took 10 mins to get seated. We sat down; we ordered. Food was okay. Their chicken karage were tiny little nuggets. Their mango pudding wasn't even bright yellow, but a dull tan color - tasted terrible. I loved their ika karage (calamari) though. The sashimi were the smallest slices I've seen but it was okay.
When it came time to pay, we had a Groupon and as per Groupon rules, you're supposed to tax and tip on the discounted amount. They already taxed us on the original amount. And on top of that, when we gave tip on the discounted amount, the waitresses was like "Um... you know you didn't include tip right?" And she stood there until we gave her more. I was appalled that the waitress asked for more tips when we already gave tips.
Less than mediocre food. Terrible terrible attitude from the waitress.
Not coming here again.
I first went to Tanpopo a couple years ago, and thought it was amazing: an all you can eat with an extensive menu, where the quality was really good. Well, that quality is GONE. The AYCE now has three "levels" (ie, three prices) - we opted for the most expensive one, $25 each, because there are lots of extras on the menu. The food, quite frankly, sucked. Here are the things that were terrible: the deep fried scallop (tasted like it had come from M&M frozen foods - except worse); the fried rice (pre-frozen vegetable mix in it), the BBQ saba (it was overcooked to the point of burned), the vegie gyoza (actually so bad I spit it into my napkin), the dynamite roll (dried up), the seafood motoyaki (all mayonnaise, hardly any seafood), the BBQ salmon (just not good quality fish)... I could go on. Here are the things that were good: the spinach ohitashi, the bbq vegie skewers. Seriously, that's about it. You might be wondering 'what were you expecting from AYCE?' - but this place USED to be good. However, this was so bad I will never go back. We should have spent that $60 just going to a regular sushi restaurant where we would have had good food!
When I am in the mood for a huge feast of Japanse food and sushi, I will usually go to Tanpopo. Their lunch all you can eat with sashimi option is a pretty good deal at under 15 dollars. The salmon is wild like other reviewers have noted. There are never any issues getting dishes that you ordered and the food always comes out fast. That being said, the quality isn't the greatest but what do you expect for an AYCE? I generally try to avoid all you can eats, but if I am craving lots of food for cheap, this is where I would go. They have a great rooftop patio that gets a lot of sun and can get quite hot in the summer. Drink a Sapporo, sit in the sun and fill up on fish, it doesn't get much better than that.
I've only tried the weekend lunch AYCE deal. and as these things go, it's not bad.
I liked the crunch roll and the tempura roll, but didn't care too much for the salmon or tuna sushi.
It was very busy on this occasion, and under the circumstances, the service was quite prompt and friendly.
The sushi and tempura we have had at FISH ON RICE in Burnaby, on Kingsway near were we live has been of such horrid quality the last two visits in March that we need an alternative for our AYCE cravings.,The venture that led us to to English bay was rewarding.! Thank you Tanpopo!! The salmon on our sushi is Sockeye..and fresh,The Tuna was fresh also..Our waiter .."Jason" was very polite,and I should mention the last 3 times we have been here the service from the female staff was also stellar.I love the welcome all receive from the chefs as patrons arrive at the top of the stairs.I had been here about 8 years ago,dined on the patio..thought at the time the food and service were average but not memorable..that was then.What a welcome surprise..all the dishes we tried last 3 visits were very good..and I'm picky..can't find any fault with Tanpopo. We look forward to going here now..It's $10 more for gas consumption with the car..But well worth it. Thank you Tanpopo!! Johnathan Z
We are visiting Vancouver and love sushi. AYCE is great when eating sushi with small children, as they can try so many different things, or just keep ordering the one thing they will eat. I have one of each, a 5 year old that only eats salmon sashimi, and a 3 year old that eats it all. The Staff were all extremely accommodating, making our children welcome and speaking to them, smiling at their antics. Our water glasses were always full, and we never had to wait to order more. The wild salmon sashimi was such a treat. Sashimi cuts were generous, and beautifully plated, and the rolls had very large peices of fish in them as well. Everything was fresh and prepared well. Best AYCE, great quality and value.
Took my date here for the first time as our valentine's dinner. Thought it be fun to go for sushi before our movie.
We were seated immediately and given the all you can eat. I thought what the heck and gave it a try.
The lighting was dim and there were candle lit tables which I thought was a nice touch. Must be date night since other tables were all couples it seems.
They have a great menu to choose from as I love sashimi. The salmon was awesome and the toro melted in my mouth. My date had a great time and this turned out to be a great place to have our dinner here. We were so full we decided to pass on the movie! Haha. oh well its valentine's, so i'm sure we'll do something later
Went here last weekend for lunch for the AYCE sushi. The food came out fresh and fast. The tempura was crispy not too battered. The rolls like the tuna roll, shrimp roll and scallop roll were excellent. Full of flavour and packed with goodness. The salmon sushi was fresh and tasty. We also ordered the shrimp tempura and cali rolls and they were also well done. All in all I was impressed with the service and food. The waitress was terntative and refilled our tea when needed. I will return whenever I am in Vancouver.
Love the fact there is a deck on Denman Street and that's the best thing about Tanpopo. Its nice to sit out but the deck is dirty and crows are hanging around looking for scraps. The sushi is ordinary, they specialize in AYCE and at lunch at $11.95 it's affordable...at night it is expensive. The service is typical of AYCE restaurants, not very personalized and somewhat rushed. There's better sushi in the West End!
I came here for lunch with my friend and we both had the all-you-can-eat. Everything is pretty much standard with the other all-you-can-eat joints: prices, lack of service, so-so food. I found the fried items here old and soaked in oil. Doesn't make for a pretty presentation when the sheets under it is soaked.
What makes me not want to return here is that during our meal, we couldn't help notice all the ants crawling on the walls and onto our table. We were more concered was squishing them with our tea cups than the actual food.
Stopped coming here a few years back. Tried it again with a buddy... late lunch after taking care of some work stuff. It was happy hour! I love happy hour, Canada really needs to utilize Happy Hour.
We sat on the patio, which I didn't even know existed before, and a pretty great one at that. Super chill with sunshine, decent view of Denman.
Cheap 3.50 Sapporo bottles.
99c all nigiri
1.99 all rolls
The quality isn't great, but they serve the sockeye salmon, nigiri and sashimi which is pretty darn tasty.
Service sucks tho, didnt get my rolls. The must have forgot that I didn't order all you can eat. I think AYCE was around $24 for dinner. No thanks.
Anyways, happy hour makes it worth a visit.
I had a craving for sushi and was suggested by a co-worker to go to tanpopo's. They've been going there for their lunch breaks for the longest time and now I know why. They have all you can eat!!!!
for under 14 dollars you get sashimi, sushi, rolls, and tons of cooked stuff.
I had a great time there, got lucky with a windown seat to watch the traffice on denman. The fish is so fresh and the teriyaki was so moist and yummy sweet.
service was fast and on my way out I saw on the menu japanese beer for less than 3 bucks a pop!!! Gotta go back and get that after my work day!!
The odds are slim when you need to fill a company of friends on a weekend night. A group and I of 16 ppl recently had the AYCE dinner at Tanpopo, for 24.95 great deal!, The food and service was solid from back to front. Service provided by the servers were great, have to mention they have their Sapporo beer on special for only $2.95. I recommend this place for big party if your having a hard time to find a places that will fit.
never go all you can eat since i dont go crazy on quantity anymore, but my friend was hungry so i gave it a go.
compared to the standard places i've been to, this has to rank right up there with the best. the fish was fresh and chilled. the tempura was crispy and i loved their teriyaki.
they also had beer specials which was a definite plus!!! the two of us left so full and with the beer came out less than 20 bucks a person.
good value and place to eat if you looking to stretch out your dollar!!!!
first time i visited this place, thankfully they had a TV to watch the hockey game tonight. Didn't know they had an all you can eat in this neighborhood. Tried the dinner menu they served all kinds of sashimi. Some i didnt try because im not too familiar with japanese food, but the salmon and prawns were amazing. the service was quick and served by all the staff members.
i like how the place feels modern (maybe it was the TV on top of the bar) and i notice they have a great view on the other side of the restaurant. Definetly will try this place again since they have 25%off for take out
I made a review back in July 2008, been here a few times over the past couple of years. I decided I would have ACYE sushi and return to Tanpopo, and was in for a rude and surprising rules from this place. I ordered several items from their list, and ate all except for the last dish. The food was good, but I happened to be full and thought this last dish, I could take home. I was perfectly okay if they charge me extra for not finishing my Avacado roll. This is where I was surprised & shocked, that they insisted I couldn't take it home or pay extra and wanted to know why they would want to waste food, by throwing it away. This bothered me and even a couple of tables commented to the server and the manager decided to let me take it home.
If you eat at this place be aware that taking home leftovers or 1 dish will result in rudeness from the staff. I think they need to show better flexibility for their customers, especially repeat customers. This experience has left me a bad taste and its too bad, they lost a customer over their rules.
It was again one of those late evening meals where no one could decide so we unanimously decided on another AYCE option, this time in the heart of the city. We were seated and were quickly going through the menu. The AYCE menu was split up into either a menu a or b list, us choosing the later, and as usual all the regular, if not commonly ordered dishes were picked. Dishes arrived quickly and hot but immediately we knew a second round was needed - portions are bite size and perfectly suited for petite mouths.
The food itself was not exciting; piddling quality though while palatable it's mostly intended for filling bellys. Presentation was an oversight, the Crunchy Roll in particular looking like someone had deconstructed the roll with their fingers before being served. The Goma Ae which I thought was missing it's key ingredient turned out they had tossed it in black sesame paste instead - pretty good. The imitation crab in the California Rolls were not familiarly shredded up, instead long rolls wrapped up (like what you'd find in the supermarket) though it tasted the same as any other. The salmon sashimi looked unfamiliar to me with its bloodshot red in colour, either a different type of salmon was used, the fish's diet was rich in something or the salmon was artificially coloured. No bother, but that was what stood out in an otherwise decent meal.
Service was quick and precise despite having to order off the AYCE menu through the server - no pencil and order list here. No missed orders but we did get a few more portions than we asked for - OK. Tea is refilled promptly with a quick gesture. Our main server for the night was friendly.
The restaurant is uncomfortably stuffy with the somewhat open kitchen and the frying oil fumes swimming through the room. It looked drab but you do sit far away from the next table, and on clear nights you might even get a table with a decent view of the street.
Based on the reviews I thought we were in for a somewhat better experience, but in the end it's par with other many Japanese AYCE places in the city.
What a surprise! I've heard some good and some bad about Tanpopo so I wasn't sure what to expect going in. The SIL and her sister and I did AYCE lunch here over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. We were seated in a reasonable amount of time and our orders were taken just as quickly. Food came quickly and was hot when it was suppose to be, crispy when it was suppose to be, chilled as it should be and it was very nice. Some places just can't seem to get the tempura crispy and light. The sashimi pieces were tiny but when it's AYCE, hey... just order more pieces! I hear they were yummy. All in all a nice lunch. My tummy was a bit upset later in the day but that may have been the overly decadent cupcake I had for dessert.
I dont know what one can expect with all you can eat anything. Just by the nature of being all you can eat is an indicator that they are not going to give you the best ingredients, and they're not going to try and rush the food to you.
That being said tanpopo is very good for what it is. The quality is average, maybe even slightly above average. The service is good, and attentive. Yes, the food can be slow coming at time, but I think thats not the service, its the owners trying not to lose their shirts. I notice you get your first hit of food very fast, then it slows down. Giving your stomach time to feel full so they dont give out too much food.
I see lots of people order way more food than they eat, all that wastage costs money-and I was brought up to eat everything on your plate...so I often find myself over stuffed here because we end up with more than we really should, so I cant waste it.
For the all you can eat experience I highly recommend Tanpopo, its excellent Cheap sushi. Its not high end, or fancy, you have to PAY for that!