Diakichi Sushi offers a varied menu of quality Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dine in, take out and delivery available.
I have seen this sushi place along Marine Dr, and decided to give it a try. This was my first mistake, then it continued follow which I call, Oscar the Grouch server who grunted, flopped the menu, turned away. The menu was at least clean, and few minutes, with little eye contact, I asked for Bento box combination.
A few minutes later with her finger in my miso soup & tempera sauce, left me not trying it. After waiting my food arrives, shoves it to me, leaves never communicating, checking my order or asking if I want anything, until its time to leave. Both servers were unhappy, no smiles, and from what I could gather, would rather be somewhere else, than doing their jobs.
The Food, was okay, I definately had better at other locations on the North Shore. The chicken teriyaki was salty, fatty and not cooked very well, with clumps of poorly cooked steamed rice. The tempera was thick in batter, and after one bite, lost interest. The salmon, tuna nigiri & prawn ebi, were okay, lacking flavour or wow content, and after 1 bite of my tuna roll, it was not fresh, old tasting and stopped eating my dish. In this time, Oscar the grouch server, never came by to ask how my food, possibly knowing I wasn't a happy camper. It came time for the bill, and again she plunk it on my table & did her quick turn away. I got tired of waiting, walked up to the till, when I heard a voice sound, hoping for a tip, and paid my bill & left.
Cost of my food was $12.00
Cost of my tip, Zero
Expression on her face, Priceless.
Will not recommend in this life time, and before I forget, my stomach was queasy after the meal.
A friend was comparing sushi places with us along Marine drive and had mentioned there was a good place around here on this section of Marine that was better than our usual favourite. So we thought this must be it, lets give it a try. Well, this place couldn't have been it unless our friend has terrible taste.
The food was overall so so, but I found the portions a bit small. What really turned me off was the daikon was wet and old looking. Quite gross really.
Service was pretty similar to the previous reviewer, pretty cold, but I would say somewhat adequate at least (could have been worse). The chefs behind the counter seemed nicer than the servers.
The ambience was the only redeeming thing about the place.
Out of the several sushi places I've tried in this area, this is the worst (well except Zen, but its almost 10 blocks away and in a special category of patheticness all by itself). Do yourself a favour and skip this place for any of the other sushi joints in the area (Ichiban is my preference).
We were cruising up and down Marine Drive, looking for a good sushi place. Dundarave Sushi, our favorite, was full and very busy, and we wanted to eat soon. Daikichi Sushi looked nice from the outside. We walked in to a beautiful, well lit room, which wasn't large but they had used the space well. The server literally ordered us to "Sit by the window! Sit by the window!" Although there were quite a few empty tables. We chose to instead sit at the bar. The menu is extensive, with lots of specialty rolls, and most of the selection is beautifully photographed.
This is where it goes even more downhill.
We ordered the Dinner Combo D, a basic bento box, in addition to a Spicy Tuna Roll, a Chopped Scallop Roll and an Alaska Roll. We waited for about 20 minutes for the bento, which was fine. From the look of the hassled chefs, the incessant ringing of the phone and the takeout boxes piled on the counter, they were taking quite a few takeout orders, rather than bothering to serve the customers inside the restaurant. The couple behind us had to ask for their food after only receiving their appetizers. By now we had been in the restaurant for about 45 minutes. Another elderly Japanese couple behind us left without receiving anything, it appears they were forgotten. :(
So the Alaska Roll finally arrives. It is beautifully presented, but is made with smoked salmon both inside and on top of the roll. The photograph on the menu stated otherwise, and there was no mention of smoked salmon in the dish description. We were challenged by the angry waitress who repeated, "Alaska Roll. Alaska Roll." She was in error. We asked for a menu and noticed that the other rolls indicated whether it was fresh or smoked, but the waitress argued, saying it did say.
The food is great, the chefs are polite, but it takes WAY too long to get anything, and the waitress needs to learn how to serve. (She was also the only waitress in the restaurant.) Management clearly needs to spend something on service/wages.
Don't waste your time here, there are many alternatives on Marine.
Daikichi is the best in the area. There are a few others, which shall remain anonymous, that aren't bad - but aren't great.
The presentation of their rolls is like art - the sight of beautiful colours consisting of radish, daikon, greenery, and top ingredients make your mouth water before the plate even hits the table. Their Udon? Likely best on the shore. I have been to most of the japanese restaurants on the shore, and have tried the udon at each. The broth at Daikichi is delicious, and for the price, is loaded with meat. Even the Veggie Udon is filled with assorted mushrooms, zuchinni, brocolli, carrots, and cabage. Definitely worth your $6-9.
I will agree with my fellow review-writers with regards to the service - the attitudes can often be questionable. Due to this, we have nicknamed Daikichi "Grumpy Sushi", so that those who accompany us on our dining excursions see the service as part of the "experience". But with all honesty, once they see you a few times, it's like the ice melts away and they're pleased to serve you. Some even know your order before you even sit down - it's like "Cheers", asian style.
With regards to value, they're comparable with most other sushi places. Their lunch combos are affordable, and their rolls are definitely worth the price you pay (ranging from $3-5 for standard rolls, and $10+ for specialty rolls). With regards to ambiance, it's "solid". The place is clean, including the washrooms, and there's a tranquility to the environment which allows you to unwind for the 45 minutes you get to indulge in your food.
There is great sushi right here in West van, except one problem. the servers attitude. It's horrible. They have good food but they seem to think because it's their place, they can be rude to people. News flash people, keep this bad attitude up and you won't have any customers. I had their California rolls and salmon rolls. They were great. Also try the BC rolls, they are pretty good too. The chef is very skilled and can make up to 3 rolls of sushi in maybe a minute. Very fun to watch too since they have the chef's counter right by the tables.
all and all i recommend the food for take out and even then, watch out for one of the girls. She laughed at me the other day right to my face because she felt like $1.65 (my left over change) wasn't enough tip on a $11 take out order. It's actually unbelievable to witness and to think how careless they are about being polite and courteous to their customers.
The sushi at this place is quite good for the value. It is very affordable.
I never order the teriyakis or the chicken karages. I usually stick to the rolls and the sashimi. We always come here whenever we crave for sushi. We come at least once a month.
The service there is average. Whenever the owner is not there the waitresses seem to relax quite a bit.
We usually order the specialty rolls: Delicious Roll, Mango Roll, and Dynamite Roll.
They use real crab meat, there are very consistent and the flavour is quite good, much better than Kamakura on Broadway, which their sauces are somewhat sweeter to our palates.
Since wasabi usually doesn’t agree with me, Daikichi has a mayo-hot sauce mixture which I always order to accompany my sushi-sashimi plates. It’s quite spicy, and it complements the sushi quite nicely.
Two weeks ago, my uncles were visiting from Hong Kong and my wife and I took them to this place. My uncle likes sashimi and he usually orders Uni, sea urchin; we ordered 4 portions in total for $16 bucks which I thought was a very good price. The slices of sea urchin were big, fresh and delicious. They remind me when I used to live in Peru; I remembered my dad took me to have Sea Urchin Ceviche. I thought that it was the greatest treat I ever had. We also had the Salmon Sashimi and the Atlantic Salmon Sashimi. I really don’t like the farmed fish, but my guests wanted to try. The wild fish was very good, fresh, not fishy and not chewy. The pieces shrunk a bit since the last time I was here.
We also had the prawn and veggie tempura. Their batter is very light and the prawns were so crispy that I ate the tail too.
Overall, Daikichi is very affordable, and stick with the rolls, tempura and sashimi and you’ll be okay.
I can't get enough of the Beef Yakisoba and the Katsu Don. The appetizers are great, the food is always ready fast and the people are friendly. I also order the sushi from time to time and thats really great also. Nice presentation. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
The food was better then expected. It seemed like they put a lot of care into the presentation and plating of the rolls and tempura. The ambiance was much nicer than other sushi restaurants in West Van. Most tend to have a cold hole-in-the-wall kind of look, while Daikichi was softly lit and much more traditional, warm and inviting feel for relatively similar pricing.
But -- the timing is consistently horrible. The "appetizer" tempura arrives after we have nearly finished our mains (which also usually arrives several minutes apart). When ordering the food the server tends to seem distracted and uninterested. But the quality of food and the ambience do rationalize repeat visits.