A funky Japanese Restaurant that strays from the ordinary.
Went there for the first time a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the menu.... took me foreeever to choose because there were just so many things I've never heard of before. Service was good. Really liked the vibe in there, liked the darkness & candles & sexy pics.
My date and I came here on a Thursday night around 9pm. The restaurant was packed with people. The patrons were mostly college age. As expected, it was a party atmosphere. It was loud.
The table we sat at was tiny. It was like a table for one. We sat about 1 foot away from the next table. It was not comfortable. Looking around, almost every table had ordered alcohol. This is definitely not a family restaurant. It was more like a sports bar with loud music, a bunch of TV's, young party-goers, and a big alcoholic bar. The restaurant was full of beautiful people both patrons and waitresses. When it comes to the waitresses, this place is like the Earl's or Cactus Club of sushi. I would have rated the ambiance a 3 but I'm bumping it up because of the beautiful waitresses and female patrons.
After we ordered, we had to wait about an hour before the food arrived. I wasn't happy with the service because it took a very very long time for the food to arrive and to get the bill. Basically, it took a very long time to get access to our server.
Generally the food was good except for the bowl of rice which was either overcooked or just old. Because of this, I'm bumping the food rating down to a 3.
My date didn't like the experience because of the service and the ambiance. She does not want to return. For me, I would return if I came with a group of people who want to drink. scream, and party.
if you come on a date or with a friend order a platter and you will get a good deal. the small sushi platter has 40 pieces for 20 bucks and easily feeds 2 with some quality sushi- far better than other places i've been on broadway. the love boat is another good platter for about 32 bucks and can feed 2, perhaps 3. the music is loud and the wait is long, but honestly the food is good and worth if you split a big order. i don't go for the image (the art, music, trendy decor) i go for the sushi which is fresh, fairly priced and consistently good. the service is quality as well- ask for s rool with less rice and they go out of their way to please you. overall great sushi and fun place to eat out.
The eatery is dark (really dark), packed (so busy), loud (really really loud) and just freaking awesome! Cool drinks - they have 4 pages of cocktails/martinis, cooler sushi - how about BBQ eel and deep fried banana sushi topped with some spicy sauce, you have to try it so good -and just great ambiance... Service is slow and the wait for a table can be long but definitely worth it.
I LOVE the eatery and I'm not alone, every time I go here there is crowd of people who want to get it. People can't get enough of this place and I feel the same way! I've been coming here for about 6 years ever since I moved into the neighborhood and it's still the place I want to go for a night out. For starters the place is really cool. There is no other place like it in Vancouver and I've never come across another place like it! It's totally tacky and flashy and cheesy but at the same time it's cool! You can donate to take home a pin, buy a pair of sexy eatery panties and t-shirts and the music is great. On the weekends they have a DJ in so it's kind of a club atmosphere with f*$%cking awesome food! So on to the best part the food, I'm obsessed with so many of the rolls there such as the volcano a mound of crab meat and tempura style roll, erotica, ichi, bob marley I seriously can't get enough. I usually just get the assembly line platter and share with my roommate.
But to all those out there who love to take a dig, yes it gets busy here and if you come on a friday night at 8 you will have to wait a while for food but it's not a place you go to pop in for a fast meal during the rush it's a place to hang out with friends have some drinks or a great place to take a date but don't expect to bring grandma and the kids out on a Saturday night. If you're looking for a shorter Eatery experience try going during the day (12-5) on Sat and Sunday the sushi is super fast then.
Anyhow I just had to say that you should check this place out for yourself and try out some of their original rolls I bet you'll love them!
Sushi is supposed to be made with pride and technique, both aspects this restaurant didn't have in their food. I believe the restaurant's business model is to market Japanese food to the consumers who isn't familiar with Japanese food, and spin it in a pop cultured-theme.
-Sashimi was warm = bad preparation
-Sushi rolls warm and the rice they used was worse than all-you-can-eat rice; just plain hard rice.
-Curry was worse than store bought curry, probably used premixed curry from the supermarket and then made it worse.
-Okonomiyaki was just a slop of chow-mein and tasted mediocre
-dessert was just as bad, the "Carribean Bliss" banana dessert was just chopped up bananas drenched in a pool of melted ice cream served in a martini glass, are you kidding me?!
-Tempura was SOFT. Had no crunch to it. Whats the point of deep frying it?
It's almost like there probably isn't even a real chef in the kitchen.
Waitress' were ok, there was at least one around the corner if you needed anything.
Value for food obviously is low due to the disappointment you'll taste.
On the other hand, the ambiance is very good thanks to eclectic decorating and good music. But the tables are sticky and small.
I admire the restaurant's different appearance but there are at least thousands of higher value sushi joints in Vancouver.
Recommendation: try it once for the atmosphere, but don't expect anything from the food.
first of all... u have to wait forever in order to get a table... its too crowded, u cant even speak to anybody
food was MEEEEEH... raw salmon wasnt that fresh, tempura wasnt cooked properly... small tables... so uncomfortable... they only have ONE washroom for everybody wthell...
yes its funky and it seems to be a cheery place to be... bah try it and ull see.. but if u know what GOOD sushi taste like.. then skip it...
This place is located in the heart of kitsilano and is usually quite busy. It's best to go after the dinner rush or else you will end up waiting for a table. The great thing about this place is their unique sushi rolls. They literally have two pages worth of scrumptious rolls all with funky ingredients. The service was ok, but u get ur money's worth when you eat here. As for ambiance, it is not the best looking restaurant around. It is quite dark and mysterious but the funky pictures and merchandise really make it feel cozy
We got seated right away inside, however, it was extremely cramped and the tables were super sticky. We got our menus, looked through and placed our orders. We ordered a Jenny Tuna, A dozen wings (salt n pepper/honey garlic), Capt'n Crunch and a Prawn crunch. The drinks came first and they were fine (a Coke and a Root Beer float). The food took a little while to come but nothing outrageously long. The waitress somehow dropped one roll from the plate on the table and nearly missed my boyfriend. She apologized and asked if we wanted another made, which we said yes. (Oh yeah, she dropped my boyfriend's chopsticks before that too). The replacement roll came out fairly quickly and we began eating. Overall, the food wasn't that great...the texture for everything was quite soggy. The wings weren't anything too special either. The table next to us finished their meal and got up to leave, due to the crampt quarters...her purse knocked over our soya sauce bottle which shattered on the floor. The staff quickly came over to clean up the mess, but never once asked if we were okay..or if any of the sauce spilt on us or even gave us an apology. Then came the bill...when the bill came, we definitely expected the one roll that was dropped to be free...however that was not the case. We were charged for everything and there was not even a slight discount for the mishap. My boyfriend and I didn't even want to bother to ask for it as we were both in a sour mood already. The bill was $28.84 and my boyfriend put down $40.00...the change came back and they gave us $11.00 back. My boyfriend and I looked at eachother and realized that they decided to round the amount up and short change us. Now, we weren't angry at the fact that we were stiffed the 11 cents but it was the principle that got us fuming. We never received any explanation as to why our bill was randomly rounded up. Even if they came up to us and explained that they didn't have any change left or whatever the reason might have been, we would've really appreciated an explanation. The manager was around and talking and trying to make light of the situation, but we were not having it at all. We believe that this was very poor management as 1. We didn't receive a free roll when the waitress dropped it and 2. You don't round someones bill up without letting them know.
It's safe to say that we are never going back to The Eatery.
The menu for the Eatery certain sounds exciting, and as a sushi lover, the different combinations peaked my interest. Unfortunately the food did not deliver.
We ordered the chicken wings to start - unfortunately "hot wings" were just drizzled with a generic "asian chili sauce" that can be bought in any supermarket. Then came the sushi: I ordered a standard spicy tuna roll and the Bob Marley roll. The "spicy" in the tuna roll was unfortunately that same generic chili sauce as used on the chicken wings, and did not compliment the sushi at all. Fish was not very fresh - disappointing quality. The Bob Marley roll was interesting (avocado and mango with tuna on top) unfortunately, the drizzle of "cucumber wasabi mayo" on top was actually a cheap store-bought ranch dressing with a touch of wasabi mixed in. I had to ask for a new roll as the sauce was inedible.
Service - pretty decent; the waitress handled the poor sauce thing well. Unfortunately, she did not inform us that one of the items we ordered was unavailable until about 25 minutes after we were waiting for the food. However, she did say the kitchen didnt tell her until just then, so it likely wasnt her fault. She really seemed to be trying her best.
Ambiance: Dark; candles stuck in Dad's root beer bottles on dark wood tables with old wax stains. Cheap pub like atmosphere.
If you're looking for great sushi - go further east on Broadway to Sushi Yama instead. They have fantastic fresh fish, extremely fast service, and excellent value. They also offer a variety of different and exciting rolls that vary from the everyday California.
I have been to The Eatery at least a half dozen times in the last year.
I love the different creations they have, the menu is almost too big if that is possible!! The captain crunch is one item i always have when i go. I try to mix it up tho and try a bit of everything.
It has always been very busy when I have gone. At least a 20 minute wait each time, but then I have always gone late week and weekends. The service is sometimes slow and at times seems slightly disorganized. It is very loud in there so i don't recommend it if you would like a quiet visit, more if you are out for some drinks and food and don't mind yelling to your table mates.
Overall I would say it is a fun place to go and the food is good.
Also one of my favs. If you like maki rolls then you will love this place. It has a wide variety of maki. They also have different stuff from the usual Japanese restaurant like okonomiyaki. It really doesn’t look like a typical sushi restaurant from the décor, but I guess you can’t beat the crazy photos in the washroom area.
upon reading the previous reviews, they are overly harsh, especially the one about adolescent girls. Yes, some of the art world is a rip off on international artists, but the atmoshpere is pleasant. Overally noisy at times; however tolerable and at the right hour perfectly fine. The rolls are reasonably priced and in comparison to other smaller establishments, better quality and more cheaply priced. The beer, however, is personally overpriced. The service has always been perfect and the waitresses are always kind and always bring the right food. An establishment worth going to for sure.
You might wanna think twice before bringing an empty stomach to the Eatery on a Friday night. At least get there before the crowds come, because your rolls of sushi will take at least an hour to arrive...by that time you're trashed from the drinks you have on your empty stomach. Mad props to the anime on the bigscreen...Akira is a favourite, however, I couldn't watch it from the room in the right corner, upon entering. By the time you get your food, you barely have time to taste it, as you just wanna put it in your belly. Great idea for a restaurant, work on the service.
The eatery is totally not like any other japanese restaurant I've been to. The first time I went, I was a little dubious but my friend recommended the place and said that I had to try it so I did. This place is dimly lit, don't sit in the booths lit with only candle light. You won't be able to see anything. The food was good, some of the sushi rolls were creative.. it might take a few times to try all their rolls. The tuna tempura and tuna crunch roll comes highly recommended. The tuna tempura is a bit on the expensive side... but if you go with a big group and order platters, its not bad.
If you are looking for something different other than a traditional Japanese Restaurant, then you've found it. The place has a cool funky vibe to it. The food is ok for the price. And the service is average.