Yamato is a hole-in-the-wall sushi bar at the edge of Yaletown.
I was walking by Yamato, it wasn't busy and thought I would eat my lunch inside. Big mistake, it didn't take long it got filled up, feeling cramped as the wait staff kept bumping into me, with no apology. If you do decide to eat the food, do what others did, order out.
The chicken teriyaki bento box came with goyza, california roll, salad, tempera and I added 3 salmon nigiri to my order. The salmon was very good, lots of flavour. I did like the Goyza, crispy, light and lots of flavour, which was nice to see someone prepare it differently. As for the rest of my meal, The chicken teriyaki was fatty, tempera had too much batter, making it lose the flavour and bland. I didn't like the california roll, didn't taste fresh and had an odd taste.
This is a type of place I would order out, too avoid the unfriendly and irrated staff. I didn't like how annoyed they got, and continued to bump into my table which made my lunch experience annoying.
I hope the service improves, and with so many other places to try, it might be awhile before I would return. Don't eat in.
I eat at Yamato (at least) 2-3 times per month and they are consistently above average. The restaurant is tiny - only 4 or 5 tables, so I almost always get take out.
Whether you eat in or take it home, the food is great and a fantastic value. Everything always tastes very fresh and the rolls are fabulous. The servers are very friendly and always smiling.
A Bento box with chicken teriyaki, rice, tempura, miso soup, deep fried gyoza and california roll is ONLY $5.95. You can't beat that!! I think I'm having that for dinner tonight.
Not the best in town, but they are consistent with some great prices and tasty sushi.
Love the cozy family run ambiance...though I sooner would order it to go as cozy sometimes means cramped and loud.
They usually have a good deal on a mixed combo for under 10 bucks that ends up being alot of sushi.
Yamato Sushi is a great restaurant in Yaletown!
The special rolls are so incredibly tasty, and the portions are huge. I went with my cousins, and we each ended up spending about 8 dollars each for a very filling dinner.
Service was a bit slow, and the waiter had a little trouble with understanding English.
There are accurate photos of the special rolls posted on the walls. All of them look so DELICIOUS and CREATIVE!
The only other downside is that the restaurant is absolutely tiny!! My remedy is to go there earlier than most people go for lunch or dinner.
I definitely recommend this sushi restaurant! Can't wait to go back there!
I hate the ubiquitous "18 pieces for $5.99" deals you find on every corner in Vancouver. You get what you pay for: a stomach ache.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I let my friend convince me to try it.
"Hole in the wall" truly is apt for this spot. What I love about this place, above all else, is the freshness. They don't make all their California rolls by the dozen, pre-made and sitting in a fridge. They make the sushi as they come in, and it's always been very fresh. I mean, when was the last time you had a yam tempura roll and the yam is still warm?
The rice is soft, not hard or mushy.
I will not delude anyone by saying this is comparable to Yoshi or anything like that, but it sure leaves all the "quantity, not quality" places behind in the dust.
I usually get their sushi/roll combo with California and Yam roll. As I'm not a huge tuna fan I substitute that with cucumber roll. It comes with miso, and if you eat it there, it also come with a small salad. The portion is huge, I can never finish it. For about $6, you can stuff yourself silly!
"medium sized" portions??
You must be American.
I actually think this is one of the better under $10 sushi spots. I've been to most of the hole-in-the-wall sushi joints, and this one actually has some tasty, creative, and FAT rolls. If you want a filling sushi lunch...this is it.
And yes - they have a very friendly staff.
My only complaint is that it literally is a hole in the wall - WAY too small!!!!
bento box is great here and i come here often on my lunch. I never eat in because it is just too small. the sushi is great but i suggest you come when it is not so busy. the bento box i a little weird though, it is cheap and has a lot of variety but the rice and chicken/beef terriyaki is TINY. so beware of that. I usually get 3 piece of sushi and the bento in order to be full, comes under $10 total. All in all it is a great place to go with quality sushi at a great price
I live about 2 blocks from this place and decided I would try every Sushi restaurant heading from East to West on Davie St. I tried the one behind the roundhouse once and it was just ok and overpriced. Then I heard some gross things about the Sushi place across from the Canada Line stop about them using leftover food (heard it third hand, so I can't confirm it) I then one day tried Yamato Sushi. It was great quality sushi for a good price. The turnover in this place is crazy. The seating area is the size of a closet so many people just order it to go and pick it up. There are pics all over the walls of their specialty rolls which normally would scream Oh No! But this really works well because of the varied types of rolls. The cones are delicious, my favorite Spicy Tuna Roll is at this place. The service is polite, and prompt. I also like any place that offers a cup of tea while I wait for my food to go. I only have good things to say about this place. My one and only negative is at the front door, there is a mail slot by the ground and it is stuffed with paper to keep rodents out I would guess, but makes the place look cheap and dirty. Give this place a try. I know I get great food and service here so I haven't made it any farther West than this restaurant.
Great little sushi bar with decent food, medium-sized portions and very friendly service by owners--Jennifer and Newman. A wonderful place or a cheap meal that comes with tea, miso soup and a welcoming smile. Always our first choice in Davietown.
I have been going to this place for years and absolutely love it. I think the price-quality ratio is superb. I tend to stick with my Sushi combo A and i really think its great value. The rolls are a good size and are consistently good, which is not something you can say about a few popular places in Vancouver like Samurai, etc. Also tried the bento boxes - also very good value.
One thing to keep in mind is if you eat in and order these sushi combos, you get an extra salad that you don't get if you take out. But once you take a look at the sitting area, you will know why i ALWAYS take out. Its extremely cramped and uncomfortable when its busy because not only are the tables close together, there is a group of ppl waiting for their take out orders too. So they just stand there watching you eat and listening to your conversations. I just can't enjoy eating under those circumstances. It becomes hard even to walk in a pick up food. When its nice out, just pick up your food and sit in the park across the street, its just much nicer.
Service is however pretty good. The lady always remembers me and my order. They are all quite friendly and efficient with their service. Definitely nothing to complain about there.
Can't recommend this place enough for take out. Best i've found in the Yaletown area in my 7 years of living here.
This is a *very* solid, no-B.S kind of sushi joint. The food is always fresh, affordable, and fast.
Many people may say it's cramped, but I gotta admit, it adds to its 'Tokyo'-ness of this little gem in the wall. Having never been to Japan though, I did a Google image search; what I found was a bunch of pics of places that were strikingly familiar to Yamato Sushi's size and energy.
It's always bustling, which also always means fresh fish and pleased patrons.
It is, however, not the greatest choice if you're bringing a party of more than 3; otherwise, it's cozy and well-lit (i.e. dim enough that you look good but bright enough that you can still see).
It's also always a bonus when you don't have to listen to the top-40 in the background, but instead just a gentle noise of chatter and friendly staff cooking away in the kitchen.
If you're lucky to grab a seat (and you can bear to wait because the turnover is relatively fast), you'll be quickly offered hot green tea (with steady refills) and a menu filled with awesome $5.95 sushi combos (that come with miso soup and a salad), $7.50ish Bento boxes (that come with 2 pieces of tempura shrimp & 2 yummy dumplings too!) and an extensive a la carte menu (their Yakisoba serving is huge!)
It's definitely my go-to sushi place in the downtown core. Try it. I dare you (to go anywhere else ever again).
I have ordered a pick-up over the phone and arrived as told after 15 minutes. I still had to spend another 10 minutes waiting for the food to be packed.
Place is small, cramped and the service is slow and bad. Over the counter you can see cooks bitching loudly in a very messy and dirty kitchen. I would definitely not recommended it for in-store dining experience.
After unpacking, we realized that the order was all screwed up..(wrong order?) Tried to call them, but the first person to answer the phone hardly spoke any English. Then a very unpleasant lady took over declining any responsibility and claiming that the order was OK. Eventually she told me to come and take whatever is missing.
Once on premises I was again interrogated and blamed for everything by the same lady who declined to replace the order and wanted to charge me for extra items. She accused me in front of the other customers that "I am crazy and that I am coming there every second day to make problems" I left the place ashamed and shocked. My husband who was waiting in the car could not believe what happened and went in to argue and ask for an apology, but got the similar treatment.
I have spoken about this experience with a couple of my colleagues and was surprised to find out that two of them had similar unpleasant experience after they complained about the service (it seems to the same lady) Their comment was that "the lady is crazy" and wanted to kick them out of the premises.
I never had such a bad treatment in any kind of restaurant before. I will never order from this place again and will strongly recommend to anyone I know to do the same.
The gang at work calls this place "Bucket O' Sushi" because the $6 lunches are massive.
But, they're pretty mediocre. Heavy on seasoning, thrown together, but not great sushi.
The gyoza in the lunch boxes are deep fried and not good. Sushi is flavorful due to plenty of mayo, salt, or sauce, but it's not the quality of the fish, or the harmonious balance of flavors that make it worth eating.
You definitely get a lot for your money, and it tastes "good", but is it really good japanese food? I don't think so.
This tiny place has very good sushi at an outstanding price. We always phone in our order and pick it up as it is a tiny place and it gets VERY busy. We love sushi, and we usually order from here at least once a week. Staff there is usually very good, have only mixed up our order once- in about 30 orders I think that is pretty good considering how busy they are.
Yamato Sushi is, without a doubt, some of the best sushi in town. Great bento box deals, awesome selection and very creative, very, very tasty original rolls. I can't understate the quality of the sushi here..truly some of the best around. Price is very fair; I eat here at least twice a week. The staff are extremely friendly, though often seem overworked...the place gets really, really crowded. However, despite being crowded all the time, you can expect to have your food fresh and ready to eat within 10-15 minutes. Only problem; its a tiny place...doesn't take long to fill up and once its full, there's nowhere to sit.
I moved to Vancouver approximately 2 years ago, right around the time when Yamato had just opened for business. Working from home, I always looked forward to lunch time, when I could go out and explore delicious Vancouver cuisine. I didn't have to look very hard before I discovered Yamato, where I kept coming almost on a daily basis to try their delicious food. From their tuna sahimi to their udon soup and their fancy 'famous rolls', I've always had an amazing experience there. It's been almost 2 years and I've seen Yamato grow on popularity and quality. Unlike most restaurants that go downhill once they become popular, Yamato has kept and even improved. Service is magnificent. The owners Newman and Jennifer always strive to provide their customers with a superb experience while in their restaurant. Lastly, price is just great. You can have an amazing dinner for under 10 dollars and for those in a more tight budget, their combos offer a delicious and VERY inexpensive alternative to their ala carte menu. I recommend this to all sushi lovers, I can guarantee you they will not be disappointed.
My work is right by Yamato sushi and today at lunch, I decided to give it a try after reading all the great reviews about it but unfortunately it didn't go so good. I ordered a Bento box for take-out that included teriyaki chicken, salad, miso soup, gyoza, tempura and california rolls.
First off, sure there is a lot of variety but the quantity and quality are quite low. They gave me half of small bowl of miso soup which was peculiar because wasn't it full? Same with the salad just half a small bowl. The teriyaki chicken was bland and soaked in sauced and the gyoza didn't even look like gyozas because it was just a tiny fried little ball of dough. Plus there was only 4 pieces of california roll and the pieces were falling apart. I only ate it because I was hungry other wise it would've went in the trash.
The service was pretty bad as well I called for take-out and they told me to come in 15 minutes, I got there and still had to wait another 10 minutes for my food. I didn't mind waiting but while waiting, all I heard was the cooks and the servers bitching loudly in mandarin about how they hate working on a slow day since they didn't think I would understand them. Plus the restaurant didn't look too clean either.
The worst part of this is an hour after eating, I had intense stomach aches and I felt like I was either going to throw up and run for toilet while I was at work. I would recommend you to go to
Jako (just 2 doors down )instead, much better quantity and quality.
Discovered this place one night when walking home. It really is a tiny place and not an ideal spot to sit down and enjoy a meal. It is so small that people coming to pick up take out have no where to stand inside. That said, the food has always been great and the service good. Great value for price paid. But take my suggestion and order take out if you don't want to be bumping elbows with the other dine in customers.
I'm a pretty damn poor student. I lack many things a person with normal income should have, such as a cell phone, a TV, and a couch. One thing I don't skimp on, however, is food...good organic food at home and fun dine outs with friends once in a while.
Yamato Sushi on Davie is the perfect place for me. They have great combo deals, like 18 pieces of sushi for $5.50. That's what I always get. Sushi combo, and with a little extra cost, I can twist the combo a little and get the special rolls I love (the avocado roll).
The portions are on the larger side. The quality of the sushi rice is nice, soft and fluffy. The wasabi is to kill for. It is very strong, I love it.
Can't diss this place. I always come out satisfied and thinking it was well money spent.
Anyhoo, if you've got some cash on you and don't wanna spend it all. Head over to Yamato to get some solid and affordable yummy sushi.
Although I am a dedicated Sushiyama paron, Yamato is for sure a very close second, and always my first choice when looking for great sushi downtown. A little on the tiny side, this place is best suited for take-out, unless you don't mind a dozen hungry people watching you eat while they wait for their food. Food is always fresh, delicious and served quickly but never sloppy. Service is excellent, friendly and always very happy to suggest something new or interesting. The combo boxes are a great deal and the philidelphia-style roll is amazing.