Azuma Sushi is a newcomer to the Victoria sushi scene. Serving up Japanese classics made to order with only the freshest ingredients.
The food here is definitely not as good as other sushi places I've been. You also get much smaller portions, and at greater cost.
I've been here a couple times. The first to try it out. The second because I was really craving sushi and this was the only place still open, and therefore my only option outside of grocery store sushi.
The second time I went I ordered salmon and avacado rolls but received spicy salmon rolls instead. The waitress also forgot to refill my glass both times I went, and neither time was the restaurant busy.
All in all, its a decent place but definitely could be better, and in my opinion is overpriced for the portion sizes.
The service is a little slow here. I hate places that have servers who never remember to fill your water. It's so simple yet here it's not done!
Also, the sushi is just average. One time the rice was not fully cooked yet and was still warm. Sushi shouldn't be that way. I got 3 different rolls and they all tasted exactly the same. I couldn't taste the flavour of any of them! The sashimi slices are so small too and are not worth the price they make them as.
However, if you get a donburi of any sort, it is pretty good. The steak sauce they put on the rice really compliments the meal too.
It's a really nice place in a nice area but they need to do some upgrading on their sushi rolls.
I went here while on vacation in Victoria and decided to get take out. This sushi was really expensive compared to what they charge in vancouver. The rolls were dry and the dynamite roll was mainly rice. The food wasn't ready at the time the host told us it would be.There are so many good sushi places in victoria, sadly this place isn't one of them, don't recommend this place at all
Too bad they are the only Japanese restaurant on tourist map. My family went to Victoria for Easter long weekend vocation. We decided to have a Japanese food for out dinner and Azuma Sushi was the only choice on the map.
Ambiance was fine and service was good. But the chicken teriyaki was so dry and tasteless as same as Oyako Don. I can cook better than this. Never go there again and highly not recommended.
Went to Azumas for a birthday dinner on Jan 3. We had a larger table, the food and service was great until the end of the meal when we had noticed that there was atleast 12 fruitflies in the scotch, we had brought it to the waiters attention and he had gone into the back and confirmed that the bottle had a family of furit flies, the waiter didnt offer to refund the drinks or offer any sort of coupon.
Sadly, this town is solid B grades across the board not only in Japanese but Vietnamese cuisine as well. Avg food. You leave without feeling you've had good value. Nice service. With the options in Victoria you're better off here than most - Living on the Ocean, What has gone wrong w// restaurants here?
Azuma is yet another example of a weak sushi restaurant in Victoria. This city should be full of excellent sushi restaurants but sadly is not. I was perplexed to look around mid meal and see a handful of diners. Do these people not know any better or were they first time customers like myself? The menu is outdated and the quality of sushi poor. The sashimi was cut so thick I almost needed a fork and knife to get through it. Quality over quantity does not rule here. The atmosphere is akin to a late night college hangout where faux japanese fixtures abound. If you are drunk and it's late this may pass as a good place to nosh before passing out but if you know good sushi you will disappointed.
We have been going to Azuma for about 3 years now and have had great food every time!!! Everything we have had from there has been very tasty! We have tried every single sushi restaurant in Victoria and have found it to be the consistantly best, especially for the value. The service can lack from time to time, unless you get the guy, who is wonderful and I agree with the earlier poster about the girls standing up front who just talk and yawn, but if you do need anything, they will help you out without any attitude!
Maybe my judgement is clouded by the fact that I'm from Vancouver where good Japanese restaurants flourish while bad ones just wither away but was that really Japanese food or was it the "Chinese chop suey" version of Japanese food?
There were 4 of us. We ordered a couple of lunch bento boxes and two Don bowls. Usually we clean the dishes but this time there was plenty of food left over. The rice with each of our meals was mushi and tasted old. The chicken teriyaki was hard and salty. The salmon sashimi lacked that buttery feel that makes it easily glide down your tongue past your throat. The tempura batter was heavy, almost like fish and chips batter.
The service was non-attentive. We had to flag the waitress several times before she would stop by. At least the washroom was clean.
I guess as long as tourists come to Victoria they'll get their share simply because they are on a busy downtown street but I won't be back.
I'd heard a bit of a buzz about Azuma and had quite high expectations about having dinner there, boy was I disappointed. One waiter seemed to be serving the whole room, while three female staff members stood at the front till, chatting and yawning. When I asked one to get me some wasabi, she did so but acted very sullen. The soba was over boiled and soggy, the agadashi tofu looked simply plopped out of a package and served with no presentation. The waiter failed to bring hot towels (oshibori) and said it was because the owner was trying to cut back on expenses. the sushi all seemed good, fresh, but not great. There was something strange about the sake, it seemed to have a sour taste, unusual. Nice location, but there is no way I'd go back
This is strictly a suhi review. They really need to add a little vinegar and kombu flavour to the rice and not cook it so long. It was bland and the rice became mushy when pressed into a maki roll or nigiri piece. They did have a nice variety of fish and even managed to dig out some geoduck so they got good marks on that.
I used to be a fan of Azuma (which was before the renovations). Since renovated it appears the restaurant has taken some cutbacks. I quite enjoy the gomaii its one of my favorite dishes. On more than three occaisions I have been informed that they had run out. This happened twice on a Friday night before the major dinner rush!!! I think Azuma is a good restaurant for people a little "weary" of japanese cuisine because the dishes are much more heavily infused with salt than more innovative and eclectic Japanese restaurants such as Kaz Ebizo or Futaba,
I go to Azuma often and order their bento boxes. I find the service here excellent and they allow me to pre-order which is handy as have a short lunch hour. My meals are always on the table within 5 miinutes of my arrival. The staff are good in person but sometimes not as nice over the phone. I think any lack of customer service is only due to how busy it is in there. I would recommend making a reservation if you are pressed for time!
First of all we should feel lucky to live right next to the ocean, so most of the seafood out restaurants have is fresh. I go to Azuma very frequantly- the service is always fast and consistant, and the food is always fresh and tasty. I have never been disapointed at azuma, unlike other japanese restaurants I have been to. I have to say after being to most in victoria this is definately in the top three when you include: price, service and taste.
If you haven't tried the oyster ponsu or Edamame beans you should
Definitely check this restaurant out if you're in Victoria! As a Kiwi I'm quite particular about my sushi, but have always found this little place to offer delicious, fresh sushi at a reasonable price.
The seafood used is of top quality - no imitation crab in sight! The bento boxes are great, too; you won't be hungry after one of those.
Try and get a booth if you can - great ambience. The only downside is the (sometimes) slow service during busy lunch hours. The staff are always happy to bill individually if you're in a group, which is great.
I've been reading the reviews about this place and I have to say my experiences don't match up. I've been there twice now and both times the food service and prices have been very good. The environment is nice. I had the fresh oysters and they were really good and cheaper than anywhere else in Victoria. I also had sushi rolls terryaki chicken and many other items and all came in perfect timing and excellent taste.
Restaurants can go through staff issues and clearly whatever they were doing wrong they got it sorted out. I hope it stays this way.
Coming from Vancouver, I'm constantly on the search for a good sushi restaurant in Victoria. Sadly, I've yet to find one. I've been to Azuma once on a Friday night. It was pretty busy, so I assumed it would be quite good, and I'd heard from a few people that it was so. Our server was great - super friendly and interactive. The food, however, was a little lacking. The sushi, as with all the sushi I've come across so far in Victoria, was just meh. It wasn't horrible (not T&T sushi), but it was only about on-par with the Clark Drive Fujiya's better days. I was really hoping for more, and Azuma, despite recommendations, just did not deliver.
Food: Ordered pork gyoza and an eel & avocado roll. The arrived promptly and was tasty. Nothing spectacular here. The roll was a bit on the small size, but contained smooth, soft avocado which countered the usually strong flavour of unagi. The menu also features a good list of Asian beers, though avoid the Tsing Tao - it has a strong after taste.
Service/Ambiance: Azuma's had a renovation since the last time I visited which I have to say has given the place a fresh new, upscalre look. What is nice is the flat panel tv's, making it a great new place to watch the playoffs, eat some good sushi and chill with some sake or Sapporo :)
Having spent a year in Japan I know a little bit about Japanese food, and what Azuma serves up doesn't even come close to resembling proper sushi, with the fish cut far too thick for the unseasoned rice, and taking over 40 minutes to arrive even in a half-full restaurant. The staff are unfriendly; the menu is way overpriced; I don't know what the "yakisoba" dish that they serve is meant to be, but it doesn't even vaguely resemble real yakisoba... The only good thing about this restaurant is that it looks pretty and has a trendy location.
Avoid at all costs.
Stop in almost daily for the bento box. Quick easy lunch. Easy to do take out as well. Servers are you usually nice, not overly friendly and always seem to be in a rush. Food is always amazing, rarely have their sushi but when I do it's delicious. Just recently started doing take out, so convenient. And they're part of the dine in victoria thing for when I'm feeling especially lazy.