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.)
Having read in the paper a while ago that this place was chosen top 3 Japanese restaurant in Vancouver, we decided to give this place a try since we were spending the day at Stanley Park. Not a fan of AYCE and this place really reenforced my reasons. The place was pretty busy when we went. We ordered a bit of everything. The food came out at a pretty good pace and the waiter we had was pretty attentive. Overall the service was okay but the food...
The sashimi (tuna, salmon) wasn't bad but they are definitely cutting costs by using cheap ingredients. They've simplified sashimi to fish on a plate. No garnish just fish. If the fish were really fresh then that would be okay. In our case it wasn't. The gyoza wasn't bad but the tempura cannot be even be considered tempura. It was just big blobs of batter on prawns. I've had lots of tempura at a lot of places (some good, some not so good) but this was the worst hands-down. We finished the meal with ice cream but you could tell it was pre-scooped stuff left in the freezer because of the ice flakes covering the ice cream.
I guess people who come here want to eat fill their tummies without caring too much about quality or flavour. Don't know who voted for this place, but there are tons of places much better.
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.
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.
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
awful!!! I went there because the interior and exterior looked nice but service was teeeerrible. All you can eat menu has the worst variety and some of them were sold out they said. They missed few items from my first order and half of the orders from the second. Even the green tea was not hot. I will NEVER go back to this place. Can't believe they run their business like this when there are tons of japanese restaurant in Vancouver.
Awfull. Nothing is going well at this place. The servers are not pleasant to serve you. Or they do not like people, or they do not like their jobs, or they are instructed to act like this. How bad can be? Too bad. Food wise is complicated,some times they have good raw fish,but they are confused or they do not read the orders properly. Never comes what we ordered or expected. The patio is OK,but is not enough. Never go back.
going down here for the fireworks with some friends, finally a hidden gem!!! great patio and sushi place.
Had all you can eat for 13.95, great deal if you can find it.
I don't think anyone does unlimited sashimi at that price. This will be a staple for munchies for sure!!
I went here with a girl for lunch and it was decent. Not the greatest sushi I've ever had, although it was fresh. But you really can't go wrong with the all you can eat lunch. A few downers were that the deep fried squid tasted like calamari, but without the tzatziki, and most of the rolls weren't much bigger than maki. On the plus side, the BC roll was good. Yam tempura and agedashi tofu were solid and cooked correctly. The chefs know what they are doing, but the food is pretty generic tasting when it comes to japanese.
The bill for lunch was just over 30 for the two of us, with tip and tax. Definitely good value for AYCE. Service was prompt and reasonably friendly. Dinner seems to be a fair bit more expensive than lunch so I probably wouldn't go to dinner here.
This place was nothing memorable, but if you're in the area and want AYCE, why not. As far as ambiance, it was better than I had expected. It is clean and mostly bamboo or some type of bright wood, with a few plants here and there. I would probably suggest getting a booth. They look a bit cozier than the tables, but are still pretty open.
I would maybe go back for lunch if I'm in the area again, but with all the other places in proximity to try, probably not for a while.
I went to Tanpopo with my boyfriend and a few friends for a birthday party for someone in our group. We were told it was really good sushi, all you can eat too, and it was reasonably priced. When we got there, it seemed a little tight in the spot we sat at but had a rather pleasent setting. We ordered the lunch all you can eat special for all.
Now this is where it disappoints me. I ordered a Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, Japanese Gyoza, and a crunchy roll while others at my table ordered there own food as well. We had two people taking our orders and only the crunchy roll came to me out of everything in the first round. I asked whether or not the rest was coming later on, and they insisted they were getting it ready. More that half the food I ordered did not come, and no one else took it so I'm assuming it was never made. It took the waiter 15 minutes to get me a pepsi, and When lunch special was nearly over, my boyfriend wanted a chicken katsu. The waiter said it would cost 12 bucks! For a Chicken Katsu!!! So we left, still hungry for a full meal and without our money's worth. I now call that restaurant Tanpoopoo.
I have eaten at Tanpopo many times with my family and assorted friends and have never had anything but favorable experiences. A lot of my out of town guests request we go there for dinner. The AYCE is excellent and although pricey at dinner- you can get as much as you like of nearly the whole menu. They have excellent chicken teriyaki and all the sushi is fresh. I highly recommend it to anyone.
was there with 3 good buddies last weekend. we all had the all u eat menu for 13 bucks. the food was okie with their unlimited sashimis but the service had been slow at times. overall we enjoyed the food and got our money worth it
The odds are slim when you need to fill a company of friends on a weekend night. A group and I of 17 ppl recently had the ALUCE dinner, 21.95 great deal!, the service was solid from back to front of the kitchen. Service provided from the server's were great, especialy from this very cute waiter who kept coming back with a nice smile. I deff recommend this place for big partys if your having a hard time to find a places that will fit. :)
i went there with a bunch of friend, a group of around 15 people at night to eat AYCE.
took them a while to take our orders, even longer for our food to arrive, and the food wasn't even warm. all the sashimi and the sushi ordered, they were incredibly small.. honestly they looked like baby food. the sashimi didn't taste fresh either. and the rolls, i have never seen anything smaller than that, it was like about the size of your finger.
we ordered many things and it took them quite some time to get them out, and we realized we didn't even get the portion or the quantity of all things ordered. it was as if the orders disappeared. it was very unpleasant and no one ever came back to refil our drinks or tea.
i had to wait 30 minuts before i can place and order for nigiri sushi which came after approx another 30minuts.
the only good thing i can say about them is one of the waiter is very attractive. i was about to ask for him name and # if he hadn't stopped coming to serve just like the rest of the waiters.
Love Tanpopo, we always go there for the happy hour, between 3 and 5. Its great in the summer time when you can sit on the rooftop pation, considering downtown vancouver has very little of them to offer. But the food is great, its not very often taht ungai is included in happy hours at other places, so that's always a treat.
Never had a problem with their food, service, or anything for that matter.....hmm getting hungry and its almost three....might just go for some sushi!
We frequent this place quite often for the Happy Hour deal. They have good food for a great price and that keeps bringing us back. The service is decent but usually slow, and the ambiance is alright especially for groups.
I am a regular at Tanpopo and have always had great sushi, great service. The food is always fresh and for the price well worth it. The only problem is the occassional line-up, this is a good sign to me as it means that the food is being constantly rotated.
heard great things but wasn't impressed. the service was awful, but it was because they were under-staffed. i felt sorry for the waitresses. food wasn't bad, but nothing special. didn't try sushi though.