I got about 75 bucks worth of takeout from this place today - it was all very good. The rolls were all fresh and the rice was good, salmon sashimi was fresh and cut to proper size unlike some other places in victoria.
the teriyaki beef dinner was excellent, good dragon rolls, pretty much my point is this food was all excellent.
a little on the pricey side but I don't mind paying more if it's good. Unlike a certain trendy sushi place on yates which is also expensive but it is terrible and the service is rude there.
I have went to numerous sushi restaurants around Victoria and Vancouver and Chiba's is one of my top three. However, it is true that the service can be terrible and the location isn't "stellar or hip" for those who are obsessed with upholding a downtown "hipsteresque" reputation. But, neither will stop me from going and I will go anytime before I have to go to Azuma's or Shiki - the quality difference in the rolls is night and day and the sashimi is always excellent. I suggest you give it a try if you can live with a chance of not receiving the best service. The prices are also average with most Sushi restaurants in Victoria as Azuma's is the only one that offers the cheapest value. I am very picky about my sushi and I will take the chance of bad service to get excellent sashimi because that is one dish you do NOT want to have a bad experience of.
I've been to Chiba Sushi several times, and I am always satisfied with the service. Granted, the food can take a little bit longer than seems necessary to arrive, but the portions are consistent, and it is always quality! The prices are very reasonable, and the food is tasty. The staff are polite and pleasant. I would recommend Chiba for a date, or family dinner.
We love sushi. We've eaten the best and the worst over the years across the country. Last weekend we were stuck in Victoria due to weather and decided to order take out sushi from Chiba Sushi. It calls itself "the best sushi place in town". It isn't. This place should be torn down and sown with salt. We arrived and place an order for over $100 worth of sushi and sashimi. We waited...and waited...and waited. No offer of tea, water...nothing. We stopped a young waitress after the 15 minute mark and asked what was up. She said "it's not my fault that they're slow". Wrong answer. The restaurant was less than 1/3 full on a Sunday night at 7PM. At the half hour mark I asked to speak to the manager...the original dragon lady...and she screamed at me...that's right...screamed, saying "I can't hurry the cooks...not my fault...and so on." This is in front of customers who had just walked in as well. Finally after about 40 minutes we got our food. When we opened it at our hotel room it was dreadful. The sashimi as old...bordering on going bad. The portions we small (and I'm being generous here). They gave us one set of chop sticks. Folks, go anywhere...even food courts...and you'll get better sushi...we even had better sushi on the ferry back to Vancouver. STAY AWAY from Chiba Sushi!
We went there purely out of convenience because of the location. Normally I would choose a place I've been to before and know is good.
First of all, it took like AT LEAST 5 minutes to even be approached after sitting down.
My friend ordered a sprite and I got water.
They took a while to get our drinks and then to take our order. We each ordered an appitizer (which we asked to get first) He got tempura prawns, I got spinach salad.
Tempura prawns came first, after a long wait, and then finally the salad came which was discusting. It was wet cold spinach with practically nothing more to it. I didn't take more than a bite and sent it back (which I normally woudn't do, but I did not want to pay for it as the service was bad enough)
We ordered four rolls. One roll came, and part way through eating it realized it was not what we ordered. It was a tempura roll and didn't taste very good to me but I was hungry and ate a few bites. Then three more rolls came after and they were just horrible. I tasted each one and decided I lost my appitite. My friend didn't mind them but at the same time he tends to go to all you can eat sushi restaurants... I have slightly higher standards than that.
Not once was my friend offered a refill on his sprite until he was done eating, then the server offered and brought the drink.
On the bill, I was astonished to find a $1.95 charge for EACH fill of sprite (YES, 3.90 for the sprite) AND the spinach salad to be still on the bill! Normally I would make a big stink out of something like this but my friend was paying and I thought it would be rude of me to do that since he was paying. I am so discusted in this place - the food, the service, the COST. Our bill came close to $40 and I left hungry and disappointed. When I go to Azuma with another person, our bill comes to less than $30 without drinks, and although the odd time I have not so good service, it tends to be a way better experience than this was.