A funky Japanese Restaurant that strays from the ordinary.
Visited the Eatery twice and was seated quite quickly despite it being rather crowded. Packed full of Astroboy relics, Andy Warhol paintings, and students looking for a funkadelic time.
Firstly food: their "large" california rolls are humongous, 6 of those can easily comprise most if not all of a meal [and at a very good price too]. My dining partner had an unagi don - bbq eel on rice...very tasty and lots of unagi, unlike most places that give quite a bit less. And probably the highlight and the reason why i would return: the andy warhol roll!!! yuuummmmm :)
Service was okay given that the restaurant was pretty much packed, but yes a little hit and miss. Ambience: unique! love the paper mache [and the miso hungry/horny sign], and the paintings are awesome too. Can be a bit dark though, but other than pretty good :)
Heard a lot of great things about this place from friends out at UBC so I decided to give it a try on a very special day (My birthday) so I was expecting mediocre food at the very least.
Anyways, arrived and was promptly seated by our waitress. The menu came, unfortunately it was lathered in a sticky residue, presumably from left over food! nasty and icky.
Then a quick glance into the kitchen and about half the staff inside did not wear hair nets/hats etc. Oh well, not my concern, i'll leave this for the health inspectors. I just want food!
Along comes my Okonomiyaki - Chicken version about $12.50. . . it was just completely inedible. I expected this to taste much like a flattened version of Tako Yaki balls and not like an actual western style pancake from Denny's. I took one bite and spat it out. The battered crust was burnt. Imagine a salty pancake with boiled chicken bits in it and random strands of noodles. Not only that, the Okonomiyaki sauce looked very unappetizing. the consistency was grainy and thick. And the Japanese mayo was regular miracle whip... served in a big glob on a side dish. Please note that, I've had better okonomiyaki from Hapa on Robson for cheaper and approximately the same size... served on a teppen hotplate.
Secondly, the sushi was just bad. Ordered the Tataki attack. Aesthetically unappealing. The rolls were cut to different shapes and sizes. Imagine a california roll with a random scallop (singular) in each piece topped with a miniscule piece of tuna shashimi and a blob of mayo.
Overall, I was not happy with the food, I expected much more.. and would've been happy eatting at the "Honour Roll" inside the UBC SUB food court area... not to mention at half price!
Let's face it - the Eatery is a Broadway staple that has stood the test of time for good reason. It's quirky. It's fun. And they take care of you. Perhaps it is not the most pristine environment. And perhaps the sushi is not fit for the upwardly mobile. But then again - where can you go that gives you such a lively atmosphere without the worry of what shoes you've sported or whether the waiter considers you a big tipper. They want you - period. And it shows. From the bustling pace of kitchen chefs to the attentiveness of staff without lurking over your shoulder every two seconds - the experience surely meets its benchmark. And talk about variety. No. The Eatery hasn't set out to break any records, nor has it the air of certain snobbish joints around town. The Eatery is - however - a welcoming bundle of good ol' fashioned fun - and, of course, fish. How can you beat that...
For the longest time I've wanted to try this place, and I finally had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago. I really enjoyed the eclectic, party atmosphere. This place definitely says "Have a Good Time!" And the menu is definitely creative! It was hard to decide from all the exotic rolls listed. Some of the fusion dishes look interesting.....maybe we'll try those another time. Mr. Crispy and I tried "The Titanic", and enjoyed all the rolls very much. However, I find the prices a bit more than I'm willing to spend, considering my favourite sushi place (also in Kits) makes excellent sushi for a fair bit less $$. I had a Candy Apple Martini, and it was great. All in all, it was a good experience. Would I go there once in a while if I wanted to party with a bunch of people and eat some clever sushi? Yes. Would I make it my regular go-to sushi joint? Nope.
I ventured to The Eatery again this evening for some sushi. First of all, there were very obvious floating white particles in our water. We asked the waitress to refill our water glasses. However, to our dismay, the water still contained "floaties" after the refill. We believed that their water pitcher was contaminated. We decided to drink out of the water glasses sparingly. Really, we should have brought our own water bottles...
The plates were distributed to us afterward. Although the plates were warm to touch, there were particles still stuck on them. We had to use our tissues to wipe the plates...
We tried "The Love Boat" combination which did not satisfy three people in terms of quantity. The sushi was tasty but there just wasn't enough! "The Love Boat" combination came out to be about $34. We decided to order the Japanese pancake (w/chicken) as well ($13). The sauce that went with the pancake was great.
I recommend doing takeout for this restaurant given their cleanliness issues. The sushi is definitely unique and tasty - the most tasty out of all of the Japanese restaurants I've tried. However, the fact that our water was contaminated dampened our dining experience.
If you're looking to have really good Jap sushi, I would recommend that you go to Tomoya Sushi in Burnaby, near Kingsway and Nelson, or Samurai Sushi (cheap and BIG) on Cambie, across Gap at Oakridge.
This place was really PRETTY and FUNKY. However, if you're there to EAT, then this is not your place to go...The sushi rice was WARM (big no-no), and it was way too soft and even MUSHY - obviously made by non-Asians.
I have been to this restaurant only twice--and if I lived closer to Kitsilano, I would probably eat here regularly. This place does not get old, and there's so much to look around when you get there.
The food takes awhile, but I won't complain because whenever I've been there--it was PACKED. I've always been lucky to get there before the lineup starts, but when the food comes, it's great. I have never left there unsatisfied, or hungry. Their sushi portions, I find, are a lot bigger than if you went to Nagano's or Sui Sha Ya(sp?).
They have such a varied menu, I think for first comers--you should take a look at the menu online before going in, so you have a better idea of what you want. =)
I don't mind the busy atmosphere even on a week night.
I couldn't decide between sushi, ramen, or the chicken wings so I decided to go with a beef ramen and a dozen chicken wings (4 each of salt&pepper, BBQ, and terriyaki). Both items were VERY DISAPPOINTING!! The beef ramen, first of all, tasted like instant noodles, especially the soup; tasted bland with msg. The beef in the ramen was extremely overcooked and so chewy/hard I could only eat one piece. Now for the chicken wings, I was surprised to see that they were all fried- not to mention OVER-fried. Not only were the "bbq wings" fried, the only thing that made it bbq was the bbq sauce that came in a bowl. so think fried chicken wings with asian barbeque sauce out of a bottle. The terriyaki sauce wings were not much different except they poured in the teriyaki sauce this time. I would high recommend NOT getting the wings despite the tempting deal advertised.
However, despite my bad experience with those items, I think the less ordinary sushi items that my friends ordered looked and tasted much more appealing. i would probably give this place one more try but only have sushi and sashimi.. and maybe a fried mars bar.
girlfriend and I went to eat here due to recommendations. I'm glad to say, it was the best sushi i've ever tasted. Who ever thought about frying sushi and adding simple things like mayo and ketchup would make it taste 100x better. I recommend the cap't crunch roll for first timers like me there! IT WAS VERY GOOD!! the ambiance was kind of...wierd but i sure love that miso horny sign!
After a friend's invite, I decided to visit this place. I heard it's UBC students' fav, even though I don't go UBC, still wanna find out this revolutionary restaurant everybody talkes about for a long time. To be honest, I was pretty disppointed. Maybe it's because I am from country side, but beside all the weird decor that I found interesting, the food was disappointing big time. They were tasteless and poorly presented. With the dark atmosphere and the weird light going around, it was really hard for me to see what I was really eating. The service I rated was ok because the waitress was really cute. Besides there was a big lineup, so i thought that was a busy night for the waitresses to handle, otherwise, she did bring what we asked but just delaying a bit.(she's got this accent which is really cute) the ambiance....i guess it's acceptable to the new generation, I was not comfortable at all. The value....pretty expensive considered the size of the rolls. The one thing I really like is the names of the rolls, really catchy. Other than that, I don't really understand why it could be so popular.
Honestly the service is crap. I made reservations for my friends b-day and we STILL ended up waiting for an hour for a table. And when we got in, the food got to us slow, drinks took forever to come.
Food was ok, but over priced...waitresses are pretty...but that's about it...not sure they were hired for anything other than their looks at this point. Since I asked her for tea and she acutally never bought me my tea by the end of the night.
Ambience is cool and funky but music is a little too loud to have decent conversation.
I went here based on reviews and a recommendation from a friend with the idea that the food and the atmosphere would be great but the service would suck. Boy, were they wrong! The food, the atmosphere AND the service was fantastic!
It was packed on a Thursday night at 6:45pm (we made a reservation, highly recommended) and our waitress was very attentive, speedy and our food came out really fast. She split our bills as requested and when my friend and I said we'd share the deep fried mars bar dessert (highly recommended) the waitress took it upon herself to split the 6.50 dessert as 3.25 on each of our bills....very thoughtful, no other restaurant has done that before. Very impressed.
The menu is huge, very inventive and has some funny names for the dishes. Even though I'm not a fan of japanese food or fish, the japanese and fish items I tried were good and they do have some non-japanese or non-fish options (butter chicken and captn' crunch roll was good!)
It's a very funky atmosphere...although you are close to other people I didn't feel too close. Good music, funky decor...awesome candle sticks (a red candle stick put into a Dad's rootbeer bottle...classy!) Definitely a popular joint amongst the college crowd.
All 4 of us were first timers and we all agreed that we would LOVE to come back to this unique joint again!
Today was the first time I had gone to The Eatery, and I thought it was great.
Right when we got in, we were seated into a little cramped table, and I was maybe, half a foot away from the other person and it was kind of weird. It was a little loud in there too, just because all the tables are so squished and it's a small area. But nonetheless, I enjoyed my food (Nabe Yake Udon w/ various tempura and plain rice) a lot! My boyfriend ordered the Captain Crunch...I think that's what it's called...and a Chicken Donburi, and it was fantastic as well.
The restaurant is a cute place to eat, but maybe not the best for large groups. The food was great though!
I have been to the eatery several times now, and it has yet to disappoint! I am not a huge fan of sushi, but this restaurant gives alot of variety and flare despite Vancouver's overload of sushi restaurants. They have daily specials, so I recommend you take advantage of them. Great for big groups and great for two people. Dress funky, casual, or messy! It's just one of those places!
Been to this place about three to four times, and every single time except for the first time it has been a huge disappointment in regards to the food, it is the McDonalds of sushi, wait is it wings, wait what is this place again?!? I love the way they decorated the place, but if I want to look at nice interiors I will stay home. The service is hit and miss, never going back...
Went there with friends.. we love sushi and thought we'd give this a try. Though their menu is hard to read in the lighting, it's vast and should appeal to most everyone.
Basically we went there to have a different take on sushi. We love rolls and the standard Japanese sushi style, but we've heard this is completely different. We heard right! It's very different, but absolutely delicious. I guess I rated them a 3, but that's a very good 3.. I mean, the place is well done, it wasn't
Give it a try.. I'd highly recommend (5/5) that you just give it a shot. You could absolutely love it there, or you could hate. Beware, I've heard it gets EXTREMELY busy on Friday and Saturday nights.. so go early enough or be prepared to wait and deal with crowds. I guess the crowds would also indicate the popularity.
Try it and see, I'll be going back.. foh shizzle!
My boyfriend and I were late meeting some of our friends in the packed little restaturant last Friday night. After being seated for a total of two minutes, the food arrived for our friends. The waitress, being so skilled and observant, spilled tempura sauce all done my sweater covered arm as she reached over me to place the food on the table. She didn't even notice, but the other server following her with more food apologized for her and even followed me to the washroom with soda to wash it out... While I was fixing this, she then dumped water all over my boyfriend's pants without noticing that either. The only time she realized (and again without apologizing) was when my friend pointed it out to her. Thanks Pochahontas for spilling food on me so I could enjoy the smell of tempura sauce on me at the lounge we went to after the Eatery.
Took awhile for my dining partner and i to decide what to eat cause there was lots of choices available on the menu. The food came about 15 minutes later and the portions were quite decent. The flavours on the other hand was just ok. I've had alot better. It sounds better than it taste. We also ordered the okonomiyaki which came to us a little cold and when we asked the waitress she said its suppose to be just a little warm... She asked us if we wanted to heat it up and we agreed and it came back like 2 seconds later a little warmed up.
The drink we ordered tasted like juice, couldn't taste any alcohol in it.
Overall the atmosphere is welcoming and the service is good. Might come back again to try other items off the menu.
this is the place to eat for casual sushi in vancouver. I eat here with friends and take my mother all the time. everyone feels welcome. nice young staff. owner is a good guy who will always take the time to chat. the tuna tempura is the best part of the menu!! Only downfall - if you order take out it will take twice as long as they say to be ready.
I've been here several times with my friends and boyfriend, and have never been disappointed with the food. While it may be a bit pricey for sushi, it was a great deal on the fusion stuff for which they are so well known. I try to get something different from the menu and so far I have not been disappointed. From creations such as the 'Bob Marley' (avocado, mango, tuna, cusabi), to the 'Italian Stallion' (prosciutto, papaya, eel, cream cheese, hot pesto sauce), to the 'Zen Maki' (crab, tuna, salmon, prawn, unagi, scallop, cucumber, asparagus, avocado, roe) everything was an absolute hit. As a globe trotter of sorts in the sushi domain, I've seen interesting dishes, but none as many as the Eatery, and definitely not many that compares price-wise.
I've also tried some of their cocktails, and although they could use a little bit more alcohol in them they are pretty good, and at $5 each a pretty good deal.
Though the loud music and dark atmosphere may not be for everyone, it has always been fun when you're just wanting to hang out. Not the place to go if you're looking for something quieter and more romantic for sure.
Overall, favourite place to go for fusion sushi.