Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant- Raw Oysters, Fruit Jell-O, and Shark Fin Sushi

For my birthday celebration with Dup, Dirtygirl, Pudding,
Meta Knight, and Cupcake, we went to Ninkazu for an AYCE (all-you-can-eat)
feast! I totally forgot to make reservations and we were told it would be a 45
minute wait. Luckily, we couldn’t decide on where else to go, and they somehow
got us a table in about 20 minutes. Yay!

 We were super duper hungry because we played sports
beforehand so please forgive me for the blurry pictures. I tried to take a
picture as soon plates landed on our table but I couldn’t let the camera focus
fast enough before chopsticks started digging in! 😛 We are a savage bunch.

We ordered off their Deluxe
Dinner Menu ($22.95)
 because I specifically wanted the raw
oysters (Kaki Pon). I absolutely
love raw oysters!! These were of decent size (considering you can get as many
as you want) and tasted quite fresh. I pretty much finished the whole plate…

The Ebi Sunomono was average. It’s refreshing, sour, and a great way to start off the meal.

I didn’t try the Chopped
Scallop Cones
but I assume they were okay because I heard no complains. The
Soft Shell Crab Roll was super good
2 out of the 3 times we ordered it. Our first time ordering it, awesome.  Second time, tasted like mush. Third time,
awesome! So if you get a bad roll, just do what we did and order it again Muahahaha.

I was pleasantly surprised that they took the effort to make
the presentation of the sashimi look pretty! In this platter, we had Salmon Sashimi, Toro Sashimi, Tako Sashimi,
Hokkigai Sashimi, and Tuna Sashimi
. These
were all pretty decent. My only criticism would be that their Toro was frozen
which is always a no-no.

Ugh. The Tuna Tataki
and Beef Tataki were completely
frozen! *shudders* AVOID.

In front is the Sweet
Potato Tempura
and behind is the Korean
Salmon Sashimi
. Dangit!  I didn’t try
any of these… they must have been out of my reach!

These Chicken Karrage
were not horrendous but not great. They needed some definite seasoning. Or salt
and pepper.

Wow what a sight! On this platter, there is Tamago Sushi, Abalone Sushi, Masago Sushi,
Shark Fin Sushi, Wakame Sushi, Chopped Scallop Sushi, and Tobiko Sushi
. Out
of these, I like the Shark Fin Sushi the best because it is extremely
flavourful and the chopped jellyfish provides a perfect crunch against the soft
sushi rice.

We ordered Ika
which is essentially raw squid. Cupcake loved it but everyone else
thought it was a bit slimy. 

This platter contained more Chopped Scallop Sushi, Ikura Sushi (salmon roe), Mirugai Sushi
(geoduck), and Ebi Sushi (cooked prawn).
I don’t think I’ve ever had
geoduck before and it tasted pretty good!

The Beef Teriyaki
was really tasty and I believe Dirtygirl quite liked the Chicken Teriyaki as well.

The Prawn Tempura
disappeared right when they landed the table! I felt that the batter could’ve been crispier but it wasn’t too bad.

The Agedashi Tofu
were delicious! Dirtygirl enjoyed them a lot.

And of course, we had to get Fruit Jell-O! You can’t really screw up on these so obviously they
were delightful. 

I personally really like the Mango Pudding even though it does not have a hint of real mango in
it. LOL Or actually!…Maybe they use real mango puree?

We actually ordered way more but I didn’t have the time and
patience to capture every single item! All in all, I think Ninkazu is one of
the better AYCE places in Richmond/Vancouver and I would definitely return.

Based on these reasons:
  • pretty cheap if you order their Late Night Menu ($12.95)
  • their quality is better than other AYCE joints such as Richmond Sushi or Sui Sha Ya
  • they have all you can eat raw oysters!! Enough said!
  • Their tiny parking lot is a pain

Service Rating: 3.5/5
Food Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $$-$$$$ (can range from $15-35)

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 

Happy Eating!

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2 thoughts on “Ninkazu Japanese Restaurant- Raw Oysters, Fruit Jell-O, and Shark Fin Sushi

  • October 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    The lunch at ninkazu is pretty good
    unfortunetly is limited stuff
    but for $10 before tax its still decent!


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