Vancouver: best sushi for most reasonable price?
- sushi seeker Aug 25, 2004 10:38 PM
Sorry for overlap with any similar postings in the past. But plain and simple: What's the best place for reasonably priced sushi in Vancouver? Not so much money to be deemed expensive, but not such low-quality to be deemed forgettable.
Okada Sushi - all the way. Fresheness is really important to me, and this place is above and beyond its competition in the same price range.
As well, I was pleasantly surprised when I had a choice of Atlantic or Pacific salmon sashimi. If memory serves, it is located on Nelson and Howe...maybe Nelson and Hornby...
Kibune Sushi - Located at Kits beach (right next door to the Starbucks on Cornwall & Yew). Very fresh traditional sushi in a very "japanese style setting" All the staff are Japanese and the service is outstanding. Sit at the bar and order piece by piece. The quality is outstanding,the price is very reasonable. Fresh fish brought in daily & posted behind the sushi bar on a "daily special" board.
Do you want good rolls or good nigiri sushi? The rolls are inventive and memorable at Octopus Garden. You can get very reasonable high quality nigiri sushi and sashimi platters at Ajisai. If you want to taste both, then try Yuji's on 4th.
I just visisted Vancouver and went to Okada Sushi - super fresh, it was excellent. Last year I went to Tojo's and I don't think anything can touch that experience. Tojo was so inventive and the sushi was super fresh and of the highest quality. 2-people eating omikaze with 2-beers and tip - $325 Canadian - and it was worth it.
Okada Sushi I did by myself and asked them for omikaze. The quality of sushi was on the same level as Tojo. Not as inventive as Tojo, but the Yellow Fin Tuna was the best sashimi I've ever tasted. It was spectacular. Scallops were as big as 10-silver dollars that were stacked up, and they made me cry they were so good. 1-person eating omikaze, drinking green tea and tip - $60 Canadian - was it worth it? It might be the bargain of the century.
Saying that, the next time I'm back in Vancouver, which will I go to Tojo or Okada - I really can't say. They both are incredible!
If you can make the drive....go to Mars Sushi in Abbotsford (that's right, Abbotsford...) on Essendene Ave. This place is brilliant. Authentic Japanese food from a real Japanese chef. Some of the best sushi in Canada. Creative items like the pear role or oyster motoyaki. Fantastic prices, because I suspect he doesn't need to charge all that money to pay the rent. The chef previously owned a very busy restaurant in Kitsilano on 4th Ave, but told me he sold it in order to relax...Part of me wants to keep this restaurant a secret, but then the rest of me wants to see this guy get the success he deserves.