Restaurant: Hakone Sushi
Last visited: November 4, 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC (Gastown)
Address: 82 Keefer Place
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Small sushi joint
- Korean owned/operated
- Cheap regular rolls
- Cheap eats
- Lunch specials 11am-3pm
- Extra charge for green tea
- Eat in/Take out
- Mon-Sat: 11am-9pm
- Sun: 12pm-9pm
Hakone Sushi is a small Japanese restaurant that just opened by the Tinseltown movie theatre in Vancouver, BC. Honestly, I can’t express how disappointed I was with the quality of sushi offered here. Actually… yes, I can express it. I was really disappointed with the sushi here. I was so disappointed that I went to T&T Supermarket just across the street to get sushi afterward, which I actually enjoyed more than at Hakone Sushi. The last time I had sushi this poor was at Katsu-Ya Sushi. I’m so tempted to “1” this, but I did eat what I ordered as much as I didn’t enjoy it.
It’s family owned and run by a Korean family and I feel really bad for writing this post, but at the same time I have to be honest and tell people that their money is better spent elsewhere. The quality is just really bad, and it’s homemade sushi but not in a good way at all. I literally watched them burn the gyoza on a small electrical stove, hesitate whether or not to still serve it, and then place it in the box for the delivery order.
They have business and I strongly believe it’s only from the locals that live in the area. There’s not really another casual to-go Japanese place around, but I still wouldn’t come again unless they change for the better. I think people go because it’s dirt cheap for their basic rolls, but they aren’t even good or even average. I read a comment on Urbanspoon that said “everything tastes like a California roll” and that could not be more true.
On the table:
- It doesn’t look good at all and the sauce is much darker than normal, but it actually tastes pretty good and I liked it. It was the best thing I ordered.
- They mix black sesame powder into the sesame sauce and I’ve never seen that done before. It almost looked like they used Hoisin sauce in it too. It’s not an authentic gommae, but unusual and still good. It was still very nutty and a bit sweeter than the standard gommae and there was enough sauce for all the spinach.
- Cucumber, Beef, Teriyaki Sauce (5 pcs) $2.99
- It’s cheap and I wouldn’t pay for it again.
- I’ve never really had a bad beef teriyaki roll until now. It’s so simple you don’t think it’s something people can really mess up.
- The beef was dry and overcooked, the rice was warm and mushy, and the teriyaki sauce tasted like watered down slightly sweet syrup. It was all very bland and the beef didn’t even taste marinated in any teriyaki sauce. You can even see the teriyaki sauce, it’s super light and almost colourless.
- Deep fried prawn, crab meat, cucumber, avocado, smoked salmon on top $5.99
- It was better than the beef teriyaki roll, but it still wasn’t good.
- This was honestly barely a house roll, I should have known as well since the ingredients were listed. There was no tamago, no tuna sashimi, no salmon sashimi and basically nothing that made it a house roll. It was more like a Dynamite roll and a California Roll and it wasn’t worth it.
- There was quite a bit of rice to make it bigger and it was mushy, warm and bland sushi rice. It could only get worse if it was wet and soggy mixed with hard pieces of rice.
- The prawn tempura tasted old, there was very little avocado, little lettuce and just little of everything.
- A great house roll is at Yoko Sushi, although I actually like the massive one at Samurai (not the best, but they’re packed with ingredients and just fun to eat once in a while).
- Avocado, unagi, tobiko, sauce on top of California roll $7.99
- This was the better of the 3 rolls, and I probably enjoyed it more because I was just hungry.
- Again, the rice was warm, mushy and bland.
- It tastes like a California roll and it was very overpriced for what it was.
- The sauce tasted like watered down Teriyaki sauce again. It was probably topped with more ingredients than what was actually inside the roll. The few pieces with eel on top were pretty good though.