Black Rice Izakaya
A delicious find. We really liked the cloudy saki, sweet and yogurty in flavor, a unique drink. Sukiyaki was very flavourful. I thought the rice was soft in the aburi, which is different from other places, but maybe it was supposed to be like that? Also had the seafood ceviche on taro crisps.
Have been here many times and service levels are inconsistent. Sometimes your food arrives when everyone else in your party has finished their meals. This last visit they had 4-5 chefs and 5 wait staff and it was excellent. Usually we only see two waitresses. But on this night with 5 wait staff - They were attentive and lovely, and not run off their feet and overwhelmed by orders and customers. Food is excellent. Prices are what you expect to pay downtown.
Food was great, music was too loud. That’s easy to fix.
Good menu variety, excellent food and friendly service. A must !
My review is solely on the fact that we had to wait 45 mins for our food to come. If my friend hadn't reached out to our server and ask for an update, then I think we would've waited even longer. I think our server forgot to 'Send' the order and only realized it when my friend asked. She did offer some free drinks but it definitely left a bad taste and was an unfortunate first experience.
The food was beyond compare and exceeded our high expectations.
My wife and I ordered Set A and Set B for our lunch. The foods were excellent. The portions were little small and price is about 10% more than other local restaurant. The service were really poor. The servers did not look like they were ready for lunch service (they look like they partied hard last night and not awake). There was even chopstick left on the floor from last night. My wife told me not to remind them to pick it up, but it is dangerous if someone had stepped on it and the person would have tripped. Overall experience was good. We will go back for the food, if they are more attentive with the services.
Awesome spot for lunch specials! Great deal for a lot of food! Had combo A and it was more than enough food for lunch!
Always been my favourite place
Never get dissappointed
Excellent menu and food. Service nice after a bit of a clumsy greeting even though we had a reservation. Smooth sailing after that.
Although the food was excellent, it was extremely noisy - so much so that you could not hear the person talking across the table. Also, we felt quite rushed with our meal - they had us in and out in under an hour for no apparent reason (there were no ppl waiting).
Food was fantastic but service was terrible as we had to ask for our drinks multiple times and waitress forgot items of our order and as well she put us dead center in empty restaurant before it got busy as we ask to be on a end table ... been here many times and this time it wasn’t enjoyable as our last few times ..
The food was great. Super upsetting they ran out of the 3 things we wanted. Uni, any Toro, wagyu. Had a mediocre birthday because of that. Sashimi was good though and black rice sushi. The seared beef nigiri wasn’t flavourful
Nice! Thank you.
Authentic Japanese food experience. The Hot Pot and Grilling Stone experience were phenomenal. Fresh and quality ingredients
The food is delicious here, there is no doubt about that. However the ambiance is mediocre at best. Everytime someone's gets up the chair scratch along the slate floor making so much noise. The chairs are also very uncomfortable This could easily be remedied making the vibe so much better.
Service was MUCH better this time, and much more attentive.
We have been so many times, and left disappointed. Food quality was OK, but the service was miserable. Took forever to take our drink order, and then food order, never came to check on us or to take away empty dishes. Left and went somewhere else to complete our meal.
Food was nice but service was bad.
Some of the best Sushi I have ever had.
It’s a bit on the pricey side however if you want quality it is worth it.
Very unsatisfied with the service, but good taste for sure. I probably won’t go again because of my experience last night. When I got seated, one of the seats had water spill, if I didn’t notice, my pants would get all wet. I asked the server to clean it up, but she decided to finish wiping an empty table first before helping me. So I had to stand there and wait... Then, when my friend asked for more tea, the server only helped her to fill her cup but not the rest of the table... Also, when I asked for the bill, I waited for 10mins and had to ask again. The server brought the machine after we were impatient and told her we waited for 20 mins to pay for the bill. Lastly, they used to give frozen grapes after we ate, we didn’t get any. Worst birthday dinner ever, so I would not go again. I have been to black rice several times for everyday dining (lunches, dinners etc), but last night ruined my previous impressions. Don’t go there for any special occasions! They can’t guarantee good service!
It was our first time eating at Black Rice Izakaya after all the amazing things we've heard. We brought a close couple friends of ours and were excited to eat everything. The food was lovely, we ordered the Yaki Udon and the Beef and Mushroom Rice in the Hot bowl, the main aburi platter, and about 3 other plates for the four of us. The food was very tasty... but we all rushed home post dinner with a bad stomach ache that lasted into the evening. Luckily it wasn't anything serious... but it would be odd that all 4 of us had stomach aches all around the same time.
We celebrate our birthday here but seems like nobody cares. We have mentioned it on open table and thought the staff will do something special
We went there before our show at Queen Elizabeth theatre. It is just half a block to the theatre, so super convenient.
We went early before 6 on a weekday, so the restaurant was quiet and the service was good. We ordered agedashi tofu, chicken karaage, beef with black mushroom and rice in a hot stone bowl. All are outstanding.
We also ordered a tuna toro aburi. My friend noticed the fish tastes not fresh, the server told us that is how that dish taste like. We did not know who to believe, so we returned the dish (with no charge).
Overall, we had good experience at black rice izakaya. But I might not order aburi again.
Service needs improvement.
Great Food. A little noisy for these old ears - but this was a Friday night. Staff scattered -- they need a more systematic approach to servicing tables. Smoky also -- stronger vent gents!
The lunch teishoku are great way to try different items from their menu. We enjoy the angus steak aburi sushi!
I love this place. Food is well priced and exceptional. On this particular visit the service was horrible. We waited 30 minutes to get our 1st drink. No one came to the table for 25 minutes and waited another 15 minutes for a pitcher of beer. Something was not going well for the staff that night.
We found that many of the items we wanted to order in terms of both food and alcohol were out of stock and unavailable which would’ve been nice to know beforehand but we still managed to find dishes to order. The food presentation was lovely but slightly on the pricer side for certain dishes. Service was pretty average to start with but the other server we had for the second half of the night was a sweetheart and ended off our night on a good note. Overall, a good meal but there are some other options with a better pricing and dish selection.
It was delicious!
It seems that the waitress only cares about thier special customers. She would treat you poorly if you are new and don't know the chef.
Great fresh Sushi
This restaurant is located right next to Hotel Blu, where my husband and I stayed recently. It was our last night in Vancouver and we decided to eat nearby after having walked the city for days. Although the room was a little too warm (they use the AC sparingly) and the music a tad loud, it had a good vibe. Most importantly, the food was excellent and very innovative. Many options were not your standard sushi/sashimi fare. The deep fried tofu starter was divine, as were all our other dishes. The sake we had was also the best we had ever tried. Definitely will be back.
Food was delicious and service was great! The chairs are a but uncomfortable and there isnt any dessert options.
An evening out with my daughter before a concert, this place was a special surprise.
Delicious food, but in my opinion, just barely worth the price. Definitely worth trying though, would come again!
the food was good and authentic. the service was curt, like they didn't need you there. overall, the food helped compensate.
They were extremely busy. Luckily the food didn’t take too long and the food was excellent.
Great place to have dinner before he soccer game.