Japanese style suikiyaki, hotpot and fresh noodle restaurant.
If you are looking for a good place for sukiyaki, DO NOT EAT AT POSH. They are marketing sukiyaki as something stylish and exclusive, hence the name "Posh" and the ridiculously pretentious decor. Sukiyaki is traditional peasant food, often eaten at winter parties in relaxed, casual environments. There is nothing traditional about this dump though.
After a twenty minute wait, our food came out clumsily heaped, with no regard to presentation, on a stained and chipped plastic plate. Our udon noodles came out a cold solid brick, obviously just taken from vacumn sealed plastic and just dumped into a bowl. Many of the ingredients were clearly not fresh. Black and rotting spinach, soggy translucent enoki, and old looking cabbage bespeak poor or no quality control. I doubt that any of the produce was locally grown.
Often a good indicator of a restaurants standards, the bathrooms were disgusting. Toilet paper and paper towels on the floor. Piss on the seat and the floor. Dirty sinks, drty walls, everything in the restaurant looked somewhat dirty actually. Our party of four arrived at the beginning of dinner service and the place was empty, so the bathroom could not have been cleaned that day and I would guess not the day before either. Curious I looked at the VIHA health inspections website and my fears were confimed as they received a high hazard rating.
Food better than this place can be found in your local food court for less money. Posh cares more about it's image than it cares for you. Spend your hard-earned money somewhere else, somewhere that deserves it.
Useless waitress ruined the night for the most part. I was made to sit alone at a separate table because I could not eat the "all you can eat" with my friends due to a serious allergy. Waitress ignored me completely, and when my order finally came the chicken was raw, to which she simply said "yeah, another person had that happen to them too". Never came back to ask me if I wanted a drink or to correct the mistake. Refused to tip her and was informed that "tipping was automatic" and could not be changed, and I had to pay the 15% extra. I will be calling the manager to complain. Completely ridiculous. What I ate of the meal before the raw chicken tasted pretty good.. not anything spectacular that you couldn't easily make at home. Ambiance has a cheap feel to it.. we were the only people in there at dinner time, which you'd think we would have considered to be a bad sign.
I've been a frequent customer at the Richmond Posh location as it was only a few blocks from where I lived. I've also tried the two other locations in the Lower Mainland (Vanc~Broadway and Bby~Kingsway). Before trying Posh, I've always looked forward to eating Sukiyaki from my previous relationship.
I was visiting Victoria for a few days on a Dr's appt, and I was sick and tired of eating at another Chinese (Western style) buffet. I wanted a change. So i came across a listing online for Posh in Victoria on Fort St. and I thought to myself; "what's the point, if I can have it back home anyway?". It was a toss up between Thai food or Posh. I walked in and the staff was very accommodating. I looked at the menu which was almost entirely different than what I've been used to. They served other types of dishes and they served Ramen! The price of the Sukiyaki was pricier than I had expected and I was told it was because of the quality of the food and the beef that they were using was "Certified Angus Beef", as opposed to "AAA Angus Beef" that they used on the mainland. They also mentioned that price difference was because of the different clientele in the area, which being an avid restaurateur back home, I can understand. Damage was $23.95/person for all you can eat. All I can say is: "It was well worth it and I'd pay that in a heartbeat!". The ingredients were better prepared and they had some ingredients that were not available on the menus at the locations on the mainland. Examples: Inoki Mushrooms, Fresh Halibut, etc... To top it off, the drinks were good as always. I tried the "Tropic Blush" and I had my favorite back home: "Kiwi Blush". I will make this place a mandatory stop for eats next time I'm in Victoria!
This restaurant serves food in a unique way. Food that is clean, beautifully presented and composed of obviously fine ingredients. The twist is getting to cook the food yourself in a deep skillet over a beautiful glass burner in the middle of your table. Although the Sukiyaki element of their menu can be a bit one note in that all of the food you cook yourself is in the same sauce, you can vary the intensity of the flavour at any time by adding a little fresh water or a little more sauce. This lets each item, vegetable, noodle or meat speak for itself, and their ingredients are top notch.
I look forward to trying other items on their expanded menu, but will go back for Sukiyaki again and again.
The actual "doing" of the business of putting your bits of meal together and tending to them with your table mate made for one of the most engaging, interesting and intimate evenings I have had with my favourite dining partner in many years! We talked! We shared! We were engaged in the meal and found ourselves delightfully engaged in it together. Sounds wishy washy, but it was true. Great place to literally share a meal and the warmth that that brings.
Looking forward to their liquor license coming, but hope they keep the inspired fruit drinks they serve as signature drinks. As fresh, clean, well prepared and presented as their meals.
Squeaky clean staff with a friendly enthusiastic attitude about their space and what they offer.
I've never written a restaurant review before and was inspired to do so by my experience at Posh! Really!
Went back a week after my first visit, this time with a party of four and found that they've been busy tweaking the menu.
The Sukiyaki menu now simply lists the All you can eat option at 23.98 or the "set" at 15.98. The Sukiyaki set doesn't offer any choices but gives ample portions of thinly sliced beef and pork and a large platter featuring their 12 "most popular" vegetables.
I asked about the Veggie option and aparently while not on the menu a vegetarian customer can get all they can eat for 15.98.
They have quickly solved my soba dilemma by reducing the portions (and prices!) and making their noodle bowls appetizer or light lunch friendly. The most expensive is Tender Rib Ramen served in your choice of Shoyu or Miso broth at 8.98 and the lovely chilled soba is now just 5.98.
Since we're approaching the end of the summer season and their fruit drinks are made with fresh fruit, the choices are changing. I had a "Berry Lychee Slush" (4.88) that from the colour was heavy on the blueberries. I made such a fuss about how good it was one of my dining companions had to order his own and agreed it was exceptionally tasty.
The same companion is a fan of the hot and asked for the hot chili sauce that I had found eye-wateringly warm and pronounced it very good.
I'm a vegetarian so my point of view for this restaurant is different from meat eaters. We went to Posh in a large group and overall the service was good/quick. The food was fun to make! Definitiely a cool experience. This is indeed a very posh place for hotpot (unlike the traditional cheap-looking one's in Van). You can order lots of veggies if you like. My friends found the food very, very good (incl. the meat). Overall, a cool hotpot experience, nice ambiance, and good Japanese sukiyaki-style food. Worth going there on a date or with friends.