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Toyama

757 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B5J3
Tel: (604) 688-3256
Neighbourhood: Central

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an Outstanding AYCE place
By galvinkuo2 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 4:22am [Dine in]

We really like this place and are considered regulars. Food is always fresh and very tasty. This is the best place for the price you can find in Downtown, too bad they don't have all you can eat sashimi during lunch time, But Our suggestion is to go for a lunch all you can eat menu option. We always go for a lot of salmon sushi since this is the best place to get it. And of course the Oyster Motoyaki are "the must try" and the New stuff "BBQ Korean Pork" spicy and tasty!!
They also add a few new items for the summer, EX. Zaru soba.

The staff are very friendly and the service is very fast.
Although it only opens for 2 months, they do improve a lot already~for the waittress, but there are more room to work on it.

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Bad Service & a bit expensive
By KIN767 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 8:20pm [Dine in]

1 2 stars for food rating. When a sushi came out, there were too much rice on nigiris and rolls. On top of that, the rice was hot!

2 Service was absoultely horrible... .It was "all you can eat" I did order quite alot at the beginning and NOT EVEN half of what I ordered came out. and the managers were terrible. . what about the managers?
well... here's the story about today. Paying at the counter.. I was charged with $12.55 and handed over $22.10 and one of the manager was "you are short 50cents" and I was like what? so I handed over 50cents. Then I got change back of 5cents. What about my 10bucks? All I wanted to do was get rid of coins in my wallet. So I asked them to check camera. They refused to do so and kept arguing. In the end, one of the manager was literrally "throwing money($10)" at customor(me) and were like "Get out". Nice managers huh? won't last long if that continues.
3 Value. Recently the price was hiked by $1. For lunch nearly 13bucks is too much... isnt it?
4 The Interior looked all nice and new as well as tables and especially chairs. comfortable chairs.

Good side : Good interiors, Clean, All you can eat

Bad side : Manager's ability to handle problems, You don't always get what you wanted..(Ex. If the servers think number is too big, they just put in smaller number into order computer), Long Lines, a bit expensive price

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Great Place to eat
By jernesss of Downtown, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 10, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I'm basing the food rating compared to other all you can eat places (i.e. robson sushi, and the various all you can eat places in downtown) Also, the selection on the all you can eat menu.

Service is great and the restaurant looks nice.

The first time I was there, the waiter explained to me that they aren't like other all you can eat places because the quality of what they make is the same as the regular items you'd order on the menu. It was left for me to judge...

The all you can eat prawn tempuras aren't over battered which is fantastic

All you can eat hokkigai, all you can eat fresh oysters, and everything else you'd normally expect.

Also, the mango pudding here is soooooooooo good!

I'm kind of a nut for all you can eat places and I can't get enough of this place. It'll be my 4th time back tonight.

The dinner rush isn't too bad, but if you plan on going for lunch, make sure you get there before noon or you'll have to wait.

Enjoy!

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Middle of the road AYCE sushi place.
By guybrushthreepwood of Vancouver (downtown) (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 22, 2010 - 8:39am [Dine in]

In this town, AYCE sushi is pretty competitive so the bar is set pretty high. The service and speed of food is subject to how busy the place can be ... some other AYCE sushi places in Vancouver can keep up with how busy it is but this place cannot.

Food is solid everytime we have come here!

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Rating based on all you can eat type restaurants - a total bargain
By zapatista234 of North Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

I am so happy to have discovered this little bargain, an all you can eat place in the middle of downtown, right by Robson.
For less than $30 my husband and I had a feast of sushi, which was delivered to out table promptly and efficiently. This is the type of all you can eat where you are seated, a check off menu is brought to you and you choose what you want and it is brought right to you. the menu had plenty of items, there was no skimping on the fish, true there was no sashimi, unless you paid a little extra, but the nigiri had generous pieces, and the cones had big chunks of fish as well.

It's a decent atmosphere, and was quite popular for a Sunday. We arrived early and had no wait at all, and people were still being seated right away when we left after an hour. I have no hesitations recommending this restaurant for a bargain, above average sushi place!

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Very Satisfying AYCE
By funkybumpkin of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 5, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Came here with a bunch of friends after volleyball and pigged out. We were going to pay the full price, but the host cued us in to wait a bit and order from the late night menu, which is $11 or so versus @20.95!!!! SWEET!!!!!!!

Great menu, fresh fish, beautiful atmosphere, and it wasn't busy on a Thursday night since they just recently opened up. Absolutely perfect.

Only gripe is that they forgot a few ordered items, but we were too full and happy to care. Better quality than most. Give it a try!

P.S. The udon is yummy. Love the noodles.

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Poor value and service
By eataround of surry (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

Read last review so came to give it a try. First of all, they don't have sashimi included in lunch ayce, have to pay $1 more for every pieces. Secondly, I always having problems to get server's attention, orders came out wrong or missing. Finally, I find the food taste more chinese than japanese. I am not coming back, so sad.

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New fav AYCE!
By skinnygirlcaneat of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

Awesome place to come before 3:30pm or at 9pm when AYCE starts at $13.95 weekdays and $14.95 weekends. Other AYCE don't have beef short ribs included but this place does :) The other BBQ food items are really good too. Edaname is not overcooked like other places. Noodles are yummy. My friends and I are not big sashimi or roll eaters so I can't comment on that. I've just discovered this restaurant this month and have gone three times. After the first time they remembered me and have welcomed me as a regular. I really like the staff, just keep in mind that when they are full house you might have to get their attention. They girls are sweet and the guy who has served us liked to joke around with us. We tip 20-25%(been in the industry and we know what its like running around with your head off for 8+ hours). Bang for buck(and give and take some things)...this places quality is best I've ever had for AYCE.

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The Worse All You Can Eat Sushi Ever!!!!
By I Know What I am eating of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

This place was recommended to me by a friend who raved about this place along with the 10 other people who came here for a party. I came with high expectations that this restaurant will surpass my other favorite Japenese restaurant but left feeling that these guys were just drunk that night.

If i had listened to my guts, i should have left before the food arrived. They had on this terrible music and then i realized it was coming from the TV with a lady singing but really it sounded like someone was killing a chicken. How can anyone enjoy their meal with this chopped up, Karoke style singing going on? Maybe that was what killed my appetite and to make matters worse, they decided to plug in their second TV screen in case you couln't see what you were hearing. Wow, great service!!

Now on to the real problem of this place. Isn't sushi suppose to be made with sushi rice? I don't know if they ran out of it or something but everything was made with regular long grain rice so everything lacked texture not to mention pieces of rice floating in your soy sauce/wasabi dish when your roll didn't hold together while dipping it. I felt like i was just having a meal with a bowl of rice to wash it down. don't order the spicy tuna roll because it tasted very mushy and i wonder if it was really tuna in there as the spice disguised any means of identification.

When the vegetable tempura arrived, i was shocked that it almost froze my tongue off!!! I've never had tempera served cold and could have tried to warm it up in the sauce it came with but decided to tell the waitress that instead. She took it back and didn't' even bother apologizing or bringing me another one that was hot. It made me wonder if this was a left over or something which also made me question the freshness of the food here as nothing tasted fresh. If I was a cow, i probably would have enjoyed my meal as it felt like i was just chewing on grass as everything except the miso soup was tasteless unless i soaked it in the washibi dish which in turn caused my nostrils to burn. I sure am glad I didn't go for the extra sashimi which you had to pay an extra $1 for every 6 piece you order.

Well, this is the first time i have walked out of an All You Can Eat choosing NOT to eat! It would have felt like an injustice to force myself to continue just to get my money's worth. I've been to lots of Japenese restaurants and don't consider myself picky at all but this has got to be the worst place i have ever been to. The only positive thing i have to say about this place is there are a lot of other waiters/waitress who tried there best to keep up the service with friendly smiles and tea refills but i felt sorry for them as it's not their fault the food sucks here.

As a consilation to myself, I walked across the street after and bought 6 cream puffs to take home and darn and shucks, I still had 40 minutes in my parking meter left to walk around and "burn off" all the calories from what I ate.

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Nice Food and delivery service
By Kokent of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 10:37pm [Dine in]

Originally i was only passing by their restaurant.
I went in and ask if they do take out.
The server was polite and intrudce if i do take out you get 15%off. if deliver there is no disccount.

Anyways, my wife and I order delivery, just to try it out!
They will usually deliver within 30-40 mins.
The delivery person is really nice always smiling.
we like to order salmon sashimi from them is really fresh.
and the dragon roll is fantastic. they really dont care the potion.
its huge and with bunch of tobikos (god i love it)
and short ribs, compare to other korean restaurant they are a hell cheap
just 5 dollar!
too bad they only deliver to downtown area though.

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I like it!
By Tiye of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

Food:

I come here for all you can eat dinner probably every week, so you can get about 150 kinds of choices. Speciality: Beef Tongue (chewwy), Agedashi Tofu (so soft inside not ike others), Udon (tender), Octopus with Garlic butter (spicy and good i think its one of my favourite.

Service:

I think my server is really nice not like other people said, she speak english fluently. I think the only people who speak lack of english is the busing person. There is few boys are quiet nice!

Value:

Price are 11.95 for lunch, 21.95 for dinner. If i choose to eat some where else it will probably cost me about 40 dollar a dinner cuz i really EAT A LOT.
so value for me is great and i dont get so much item choice in other AYCE place in Downtown.

Ambiance:

The environment is quiet friendly, i think its great to come with family and friend, and just enjoy their food.

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Lunch Time AYCE! YUM
By sushifreak2 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

My favorite food is japanese so you can trust my judgement on this sushi joint. I go once a week for AYCE sometimes twice. My girlfriends and I love it! So a co-worker showed me this little place for lunch once.

It's a great price around $12 bucks! Fast and tasty. They do give small portions but you can order more! It is worth the extra dollar to get 6 pieces of sashimi. Most lunch places give you a limit and it's terrible sashimi. It's fresh and delicious.

Oyster motoyaki's are on my top 3 list. Rolls are good but sometimes fall apart easily but there is quite a large selection of rolls, i don't eat a lot of the rolls so you'd have to ask someone else. Sunomono salad ACTUALLY HAS EBI in it! Great! Miso soup is a little watered down, no biggie i don't go to drink pounds of miso. I hit up this place at least 2 a week at work. Gyoza's are delicious. Teryaki is great! Spring rolls small but tasty! Tempura is delicious! Just veggie no prawn boo. Something about their soy sauce it's great.

It's a great place to eat and it's clean and nicely put together! Staff is very friendly as well.

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Good AYCE Downtown
By dine_in_delta of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

Went to this place last week for the first time and loved the food. You don't get sashimi in the $11.95 all you can eat price but it's definitely worth it. Sashimi is an extra $1 for every 6 pieces.

The chopped scallop rolls were awesome as they had big chunks of scallop in it and the rice wasn't overbearing.

Not a fan of their skewers because they tasted a bit water logged - but overall, their other BBQ stuff was decent.

Service was ok as we didn't have to wait long for stuff.

I would definitely go there again and consider this place better than Shabusen (unless you want alot of sashimi)

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Great place for drink 2
By colin999 of Downtown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 8, 2009 - 3:08am [Dine in]

Find out about this restaurant last mid of month when i was shopping with my wife, thought we would give it a try!
We were in for 2 dinner all you can eat, and they were featuring 2 Corona for 6 dollar or Buy 1 and get 2nd one for Half Price.
So my wife and i ordered an Peller Estates Chardonnay for each, and it only cost me around 8 dollar include tax. Such a Great Deal, we love it!
We ordered some sashimi, deep fried, sushi, roll, tempura, appetizer.
our appetizer cames like within 5 mins, and also the drinks.
Then fresh oyster cames after 5 more mins, and because we have already finished our appteizer the waittress clear our plate after she put our food on the table.
and Whenver our tea was empty, they will soon fill up.
we have ordered some Sharkfin sushi, abolone sushi, lobster sushi, chopscallop cone and korean BBQ pork from their new items also. I must say i like their sharkin fin sushi very much, it is sweety and tender ( i mean the fins). and the Lobster sushi and chop scallop cone is really good too, they uses the best mayonnaise.
I must say i love this restaurant, and for the price of 20.95
I think its incredidable for such wide selection of sashimi and a lot more items.

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Decent place to go
By Regan915 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 1, 2009 - 11:52pm [Dine in]

I work in the area and we go to lunch here about once a week. The servers know all of us and take very good care of us. We also use them for our work functions.

The food is plentiful, the price is solid, because they do provide really delicious food especially for their Robata item, the beef ribs is so GOOD, and the oyster motoyaki is always Hot from the oven, compare to Shabusen or Robson Sushi their food is really TASTY for AYCE.

The service is quick and efficient which is what you want when you're in and out for lunch.

They are also very quick with all the take-out if you preorder. Try and get there before 1pm as the local business break for lunch at that time and this places get HIT! and i serious mean it~

and they uses japanese traidtional tray to serve sushis even when you order AYCE. That is not every place have, most AYCE place i go they just put on a plastic tray which it's kinda cheap...

For the Sashimi, you will see they do put a lot of effort for it, every AYCE Dish came out quiet nicely, and being decorated just as regular menu.
I really LOVE IT.

Overall, a decent place and I'd go back.

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Probably the best AYCE place I've been to
By missjen of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

The first time I came to Toyama, I was a bit skeptical as it was just another AYCE place.
But when I went in for dinner, they definitely thought ahead - for only the three of us, they seated us at a 6 person table, which is fantastic for AYCE, considering we usually get seated at the smallest table possible at every other place! Thank goodness they did too, because we ordered just about everything they had, and all the dishes filled up the table pretty quickly.
The staff was friendly, and the service was fantastic. It was like they were hovering without actually hovering, they just paid attention really well to their tables. Although it did slow down just a bit as it got busier - but that's understandable.
I've been to my fair share of AYCE places, and this is the best one I've been to so far. They offer AYCE EVERYTHING - ray oysters, prawn tempuras (separately from the vegetable tempura!), and sashimi.

I gave the food 4 stars, because like the previous person's post said, it's awesome for AYCE, but not the absolute BEST sushi you can get, but for AYCE - it's great!
The value is pretty much on par with other AYCE places - $10.95 for lunch and $18.95 for dinner (plus the $5 for wild salmon and more sashimi choices, as mentioned below), and the place could be a bit bigger, but with it being downtown, space IS quite hard to find!

ONE QUICK NOTE though - they offer wild AND farmed salmon, and you definitely want to get the wild salmon (we saw other tables get the farmed, and there's a huge difference!! the wild salmon is a lot leaner, and darker in color) however, if you do choose to get the wild salmon, it's an extra $5 a person (for AYCE), but you also additional sashimi choices along with the extra $5 you pay. But it's totally worth the extra $$!

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one of the better ayce places out there
By mongolnomad of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 12:24am [Dine in]

i agree mostly with the previous reviewer regarding this restaurant (except that the mango pudding is not exactly that good - i really do not understand what is there to rave about it).

let me explain my rating:

1. i gave food 4 stars not because it is the best sushi out there, but because it is one of the better all you can eat sushi out there. the distinction is important because we have to keep in mind what we should expect when we go to a restaurant. you dont go to an all you can eat and expect tokyo tsukiji area sushi or kyoto-quality kaiseki!

i wholeheartedly agree with the previous poster that in comparison with robson sushi or b.c. sushi (which i believe is one of the worst out there), toyama ranks quite high. the fish was relatively fresh and nigiri-zushi actually stayed together when i flip it upside down to dip in soy sauce. one thing i thought was odd was that the chef didnt put wasabi on the nigiri rice (i dont like to put wasabi into my sauce).

2. i gave 4 stars for service is because the servers were actually courteous. they didnt give off the vibe as if they didnt want to be there. they stopped by often to fill up tea, to clear away plates, and brought things that we actually ordered.

3. i gave 4 stars for value is because the general experience was positive. i would consider going back and even recommend it to my friends. it is a few dollars more than robson sushi, but it is worth it.

4. i gave ambience 4 stars because from the decor one can feel that they did put some investment into it. it was tasteful; not gaudy or tacky.

i hope the good quality of food and service was not just to impress people since they recently opened, and that they would keep it up even after months and years in business.

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Very good
By foodie02 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 7:24pm [Dine in]

We went there last night, and we were very impressed! Like the other reviewers said, the food isnt the greatest sushi you'll ever have, but it is VERY good for AYCE. There is lots to choose from unlike some other AYCE places especially the sashimi and nigiri. Decor is nice and clean as it is brand new, and the service was terrific as well. I will definitely go back!

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