Craving sushi one evening, we chose Mazuya Sushi for dinner because it was within walking distance from our home, and the restaurant had decent reviews. It has taken me forever to write this post because, sadly, we did not have an enjoyable experience…
First of all, we were seated at a table that had not been wiped down because there were still dirty sticky areas. And although Mazuya was full of customers, the restaurant was very quiet and its atmosphere was somewhat solemn – I’d say the complete opposite of upbeat and lively. After we placed our orders, our food took a while to arrive because it looked as though the kitchen was concentrating on take-out orders.
We opted for some appetizers to start: Mazuya’s Miso Soup and Edamame ($2.95) were reasonably priced and tasted like standard items you’d find at comparable sushi restaurants. But as you can see from the photo on the right, they need to purchase new dishes. The handle was broken off the edamame dish and the bowl had loads of pieces broken off. Were the pieces in our food? I mean there’s ghetto, and then there’s I just don’t give a s***. Having previously worked in restaurants, we wouldn’t dare send out chipped dishes. As Gordon Ramsay would say, “Wake Up!”. Perhaps part of the problem was our server appeared as though she really didn’t not want to be there – she didn’t really speak to us and just tossed us our food. No quality check either.
Combo D ($9.50) – This sushi combo included six-piece California Roll, five-piece Yam Roll, and five-piece Dynamite Roll. The sushi rice was over-cooked and slightly soggy – overall, really unpleasant sushi, so we couldn’t finish all the rolls.
Burrard Roll ($8.95) – This eight-piece roll consisted of prawn tempura, avocado, cucumber, and spicy tuna. The hot ‘n spicy red sauce was unusual in flavour (like rancid) and there was far too much of it drenched on the roll.
Bento Box C ($12.50) – Three pieces of salmon sashimi, two pieces of tuna sashimi, tempura (or choice of steamed gyoza), house organic salad, beef (or chicken) teriyaki on steamed white rice. The sashimi was not particularly fresh, and as you can see from the photo, the beef was a very peculiar light colour, and didn’t taste much like actual beef.
The wall we were seated next to displays notes from customers who’d enjoyed their experiences at Mazuya Sushi – quite baffling to us. Sadly, we were disappointed with every aspect of this restaurant. If you’re looking for a great sushi restaurant in the area, head on over to Temaki Sushi on West Broadway and Arbutus.