Wakame Sushi serves traditional Japanese plus their own unique and amazing creations. Open Mon - Fri, 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun, 12pm - 9pm.
Over the past few months, my friends and I have fallen in love with the food here. The service is great and the guy that works behind the counter is really friendly! The food is inexpensive for what you're getting. The food is absolutely delicious! The place may seem small, but eating in is great as long as you have some good company with you. I've been to expensive Asian restaurants all over Vancouver, and I can happily say that Wakame's cuisine runs with the best. I personally love the Teriyaki chicken bowl as well as the California rolls. So if you're looking for inexpensive Japanese food that tastes great, look no further.
The husband & wife team who run this little sushi joint used to run a sushi restaurant on Main St. which is currently occupied by Simply Delicious ( I think? ). I haven't seen this tagteam couple for about 8 years and in the past we did enjoy the friendliness and warmth they always offered us.
Let me go on to cover my basic impressions:
(a) The food wasn't very good, pretty big rolls i.e., salmon/tuna/california, the rice was too mushy without proper seasoning resulting in an off taste. The seaweed was too chewy as well.
(b) Service was pretty standard as we did a take out, they are polite and they do smile :) Hard to get this aspect wrong and unfortunately lots of take out places do :(
(c)The value was not quite there given the somewhat substandard quality of their food.
(d)The atmosphere inside is that of a very-frugal-put-in-cheapy-plastic-tables-cheapy-wooden/plastic-chairs-and-jam-in-as-many-as-possible-given-the-small-space. Not a great place to dine in if you're one who is interested in great views ( J.O. High School is there for your main viewing pleasure ) or authentic Japanese decor. These guys are your ubiquitous non-Japanese made sushi-tors, Chinese. You could just as easily substitute Chinese for Korean, Vietnamese et al, sushi in Vancouver is becoming the fast food du jour.
On a side note, IMHO, there's nothing wrong with non-Japanese sushi places making my sushi, it is most important though that they have the food tasty and of good quality. Wakame Sushi fails here.
New owners for a few months now but that doesn't change how delicious the food is.
The ONLY complaint I would have is that they removed my favorite Mountain Roll from the menu (california topped with salmon+spicy crab+green onion). Going back to the nobody home roll for now. Highly recommended if you're in the area
I love looking for unique and good restaurants. I love to support local and family run businesses. I just happened to be in the neighbourhood and I was STARVING. Little did I know that I would order waaaay too much.
The quality of the sashimi is excellent and unlike some places it was actually at a good temperature and not frozen. The portions are incredible. I was very surprised that they accepted credit cards. Usually places like this keep their prices low by not accepting credit cards and go the "CASH ONLY" route. I've recommended this place to all my colleagues and family. Try it out, just don't go during lunch time, they get massive business from the High School next door.
Recommended by friends. Ordered dynamite combo with scallop roll. Staff was kind enough to inform me that I had ordered too much food, which was true. Dynamite combo came iwth dynamite roll, california roll, and spicy tuna roll, though I replaced my spicy tuna with tamago. California was great - shredded properly, dynmaite was fine, tamago was decent. Scallop was good too. Rolls were HUGE. It is nearly impossible to eat more than 2 rolls. I ordered four, which was WAY too much.
Bubble tea surpizingly good and fresh as well for a decent price. Usually places that have food and bubble tea often don't make good bubble tea.
Great service as well, we stayed for a long time just sitting there and they didn't mind at all. Definately a place to go back to!
This tiny little sushi spot stands head and shoulders above other sushi restaurants I know. The service is warm and friendly. The rolls are huge!! The prices are low. You can easily fill yourself and have a beverage here for around $5. Refreshingly, there are options on the in-house menus that you just won't find anywhere else. But take your time and be observant as the menu is spread around on the walls and it is not the same as what is on the take out menu!
One example of these unique creations is the Nobody Home Roll. It is a giant California Roll baked with Salmon on top and smothered in Spicy Mayo sauce for about $6.50, if memory serves me right? This roll is to die for delicious and makes a great sharing dish. If you try it on your own you better be seriously hungry as it is quite big.
I will let you discover their other creations for yourselves...
The downside is even when eating in all food is served on take out wares, not the most eco-friendly or tantalizing option.
Not sure if it's the same owners as the previous review, but that's irrelevant. I love Wakame Sushi! I find the people working there are always nice to me and my husband (we've been there at least a dozen times now), and I absolutely love how they greet you when you enter the shop. I know that's traditional in Japanese restaurants, but it seems like a lot of places around here don't do that.
As for the food itself, I highly recommend the Nobody Home roll. I have no clue why it's called that, though! It's basically a gigantic california roll that has salmon on top of it, then baked in the oven. It has sauce on it - something spicy and sweet, but I'm not entirely sure what it is. It sure is tasty though. My hubby's favorites are the deep fried california roll and negitoro. Every time we go there, he always ends up ordering the same thing. I've tried most of the rolls, and I haven't found any I don't like yet. I quite like the fact that the tempura in the dynamite rolls is made to order, instead of having it sit around all day and get soggy like other places I've been.
Service is always great. As I mentioned, the people working there are always nice and smiling, and there is a very relaxed atmosphere.
Value-wise, I sure can't complain. We usually end up getting 4 or 5 rolls and sometimes some seaweed salad or tempura, and it generally leaves leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next day. This generally ends up costing us about 20 dollars, and it would be even cheaper if I didn't insist on getting one of the chef's special rolls each time. The special rolls are around 6-7 dollars each, while the rest are significantly less, usually 3-4 dollars each.
We will be returning many, many times in the future!
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