All You Can Eat: Sushi Garden

November 09, 2013

All you can eat (AYCE) sushi that is good is so hard to find in this city. Actually scratch that, good sushi is hard to find in this city. Edmonton is surrounded by fields with no large bodies of water nearby so it's hard to get fresh fish. And if you get fresh fish, it's going to be expensive. So a while back when friends were telling me they went for all you can eat sushi in Edmonton, I had to try it out for myself.

Sushi Garden Japanese Restaurant - 10401 Mayfield Road - Edmonton AB

Located in the west end of Edmonton, Sushi Garden is a large restaurant kind of tucked away from the main road. My boyfriend and I decided to drop by for a quick lunch to see what their all you can eat menu was about.

We entered the restaurant on a Thursday around noon to find the place just about empty. A huge restaurant with tons of tables and only one had other patrons seated and ordering food! We ended up being seated close to the kitchen and were provided with an AYCE menu right as we sat down.

Salmon Pizza

AYCE at lunch runs from 11:00-3:00 pm, costing $15.99 per adult and $10.99 per child (aged 3-10) from Monday to Thursday. Weekends and holidays have a $2 surcharge added to the individualized price. For the dinner AYCE, adults cost $24.99 and children cost $16.99 with the same $2 charge on weekends as well.

Agadeshi Tofu

Looking through the menu it seemed like there were lots of choices available to order. Different sections on the menu indicated that they did have a wide variety of dishes available: Soup & Salad, Sushi Rolls, Sushi Pizza, Hand Rolls, Vegetarian Sushi, Nigiri, Tempura, Appetizers, Stir Fry, Teriyaki and Noodles in Soup. However, I felt that everything was very repetitive. The same combinations were available in rolls and hand cones (for example, California, spicy salmon, volcano, spicy tuna, etc.). The greatest variety available was in the selection of cooked foods - everything sounded great, but I don't go to AYCE sushi so that I can eat cooked food. And I think a majority of people would tend to agree.


For lunch AYCE, Sushi Garden does not offer any sashimi on the menu. None! I was surprised as other places will often offer it but limit the quantity that can be ordered at lunch. So we had no choice but to order nigiri for raw fish, but had to force ourselves to consume the rice that came with it. And as I mentioned, there wasn't much variety within the sushi section so we ended up ordering quite a few items off the cooked food menu.

Assorted Sushi

The food at Sushi Garden is alright, but if I'm going to have AYCE I expect to be able to eat the fish I want and not have to order a ton of cooked side dishes to fill the void in my stomach. The sushi available to order was very typical and boring, and I didn't even feel excited to order anything. By my standards, the AYCE menu is pretty poor and makes Edmonton's all you can eat options look pretty bad. The upside? The lunch menu is cheap if you're looking to fill up on a variety of cooked Japanese dishes. For me, I'm going to save my money and appetite for better AYCE options outside of the city - be it Sumo Sumo or out in Vancouver. Otherwise, I would much rather pay more money to sit down and have quality sushi a la carte at another Japanese Restaurant in Edmonton. The dinner AYCE may be a different experience, but I can't say the lunch menu exactly gave me a reason to check out the dinner menu.

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  1. First off, I really love the pictures you take!!(:
    And yes I have to agree with you that good sushi
    is sooo hard to find. In my city there's only 2 places
    I go for sushi and I actually used to work at one of themlol
    It's sad to hear that your experience here wasn't good though):
    Hopefully you'll get to find good raw sushi elsewhere!!
    Thank you for the great review Andrea(:

  2. Your pics are amazing. That's not good they didn't have sashimi! I do love AYCE Japanese places but the sashimi is a must, even for lunch!

  3. love your pictures dear and the sushi looks yumy :D


  4. They need to step up their game! Too bad. Great review Andrea.

  5. I lovelove all you can eat sushi system!
    But again I love eating sushi as well c:
    This place looks nice! Xx

  6. I'm a sushi monster. I could wipe off an entire platter of them! Haha! These photos are making me crave Japanese food!

    aka The Belated Bloomer

  7. I go to sushi garden once a month because quite frankly I have no other option.

    One thing that you will find that the place is packed for dinner especially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    When the place is packed. The service is horrible!! I MEAN HORRIFIC. It takes us 45 minutes to get our food and when you put in a second order by the time you get it you are already full. ITS A RIPOFF for 30 dollars to get service like that. You can't have 2 or 3 waitressess for 30 tables in an All you can eat restaurant.

    Here I am complaining about this and I am going there for dinner with the boys tomorrow night.....

    1. Hahaha, you're awesome. Thanks for the laughs :) Hope the service was better!


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