Location: 4231 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 3L7
Phone: (604) 279-9077
Hours: Lunch – 11:30AM – 3:00PM | Dinner – 5PM – Midnight | Late Night – 9:30PM onwards (7 Days a week)
Web: http://www3.telus.net/ninkazu/ | Menu: Available on website
- Limited parking space and parking time in complex
- Reservations accepted and recommended
- Popular: Late night menu, Deluxe Dinner menu
- Free Pepsi with all dinner menus.
- A La Carte available
- AYCE Dinner menu price increases as of July 1st, 2013 (read bottom)
On Father’s Day (or I should say the day before Father’s Day), my family and my girlfriend’s family celebrated Father’s Day here at Ninkazu. It was probably right around prime dinner time, there were people waiting to be seated. We made reservations in advanced so we were able to get seated right away.
Our server was guiding us to the back and I never knew there was a hidden room in the back. And it was empty, it only lasted for awhile until other tables started to fill up the room. But still, it’s semi-private. So if you have a big enough party, you can definitely reserve a room.
It’s important to note that Ninkazu or rather all AYCE Japanese restaurants will take out anything from the kitchen that makes your stomach full first. So that’s all the rolls and cones with loads of rice in them and the deep fried stuff with super-battered exteriors. So if you want to be strategic about it, check off only the sashimi first. Although, the parents were raving greatly about the chopped scallop cone.
We also ordered assorted veggies tempura, which were not too heavily battered and pretty crisp. However, the prawns tempura that were ordered never came until our reorder.
Since we are on a streak with deep fried food, let’s continue:
This was probably one of my favourites for the evening. The inside was still hot and juicy and while the outside was hot and crispy. The chicken wings were seasoned evenly and not too battered. They also had a grilled wings, but wasn’t as good as this one.
This dish is one of my favourites anywhere they have it. They have little “eggs” inside that is just indescribable when you bite into it. The ones at Ninkazu are full of eggs.
The parents got this, it looked too fishy for me to try it.
The beef tataki was way too frozen to be served and didn’t have much taste to it. The tuna tataki was much the same. Both were a bit underwhelming.
The sashimi are nicely presented. If you start ticking off everything on the order sheet in sashimi, this is exactly what you will get every time. The sashimi appears to be quite fresh for an AYCE place. My favourite two was the Toro and Ika. The Toro melted almost instantly in my mouth and the Ika was slimy and chewy just how I liked it. My least favourite ought to be the Korean style sashimi. It had a little burnt after taste to it.
The golden of tonight’s AYCE were these shucked oysters. We had probably at least 6 dozens. The oysters were of decent size and tasted quite fresh. All that was missing was some horseradish.
Unlike Kingsway Sushi which has AYCE Mirugai sashimi, Ninkazu has Mirugai. The Mirugai was still quite fresh but having too many of these will make you full instantly.
Here are a couple of their special nigiri’s that you might not find elsewhere, the bottom is quite common and one of my girlfriend’s favourite “Ikura”. The brown one on top is their “Shark Fin” nigiri topped with jelly fish, obviously not made from real shark fin. And the top green one is their “Abalone” nigiri topped with seaweed.
The soft-shell crab roll is recommended, very flavourful.
As for dessert, they have jello cubes, mango pudding, and oranges.
If I was to pick, I’d probably go for the oranges. At least they were fresh and sweet. The others, I could easily make better ones than Ninkazu.
Overall, a deluxe dinner at Ninkazu will cost around $25 before tips which is significantly cheaper than Kingsway Sushi Deluxe dinner. The dining experience is mediocre, Ninkazu has been around for awhile and it’s nice they are on the 2nd floor which looks over Aberdeen but other than that there really isn’t much of a “view”. The service was alright, it wasn’t the best. But I also wouldn’t say it was bad either. Although our orders sometimes were missed or was just delayed (probably due to Father’s Day).
Note: Starting July 1st, the deluxe and lite dinner menu will increase by $1.