With this in mind, we visited Tomokazu on 20-1128 West Broadway, Vancouver.
We arrived at ~6:30pm, well before the cheaper late-night AYCE kicks in. The regular AYCE menu, although pricier, has more options and generally tastes fresher. Think of the late-night AYCE menu as the restaurant’s last-ditch effort to clear out their food before closing.
With the price of admission set at over $20 per person for the regular AYCE, you better eat a lot to get your money’s worth.
Thankfully, Tomokazu offers many options on their AYCE menu.
There are many varieties of sashimi, sushi, and rolls. If you aren’t a fan of raw fish, there are many cooked options as well: teriyaki meats, tempura, gyoza, salads, fried tofu, etc. You can even get beef tataki (raw beef).
We ordered a bit of everything. Everything tasted good. The sashimi and sushi were fresh, the tempura was crispy, and the cooked meats were tasty. Although nothing was outstanding, Tomokazu is certainly one of the better Japanese AYCE places in town.
The biggest challenge of AYCE Sushi is deciding when to call it quits.
Do you quit when you’re full? Or do you stuff yourself until the restaurant kicks you out after the 2-hour AYCE time-limit (which is seldom enforced btw)? To complicate things, restaurants usually charge for unfinished sushi; you don’t want to over-order and then have to find creative places to hide unfinished pieces of raw fish (inside the teapot works well..)
I’ve created the graph below to illustrate the different stages of a night of AYCE sushi.
Note that there is an inverse relationship between the taste of the food and how full you are: the more you eat, the worse it’ll taste.
On this night, we played it smart and didn’t progress far beyond the “i’m full” threshold. Thus, we left Tomokazu both full and satisfied.