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Fujiya (Vancouver, Japanese Market/Boxed Sushi to Go, Pictures)

  • fmed Apr 16, 2008 01:54 PM
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I picked up some sushi for a meeting we had at work today....so we drove over to Fujiya on Clark at Venables. Fujiya is a great place to get boxed sushi, sashimi grade fish (Angel Seafoods just up the road is actually best for this), and other Japanese groceries. You can also get bento, and cooked foods to go.

All the sushi is freshly made in-house in the back. The best time to pick up sushi is just before lunch time and dinner time when you can literally grab the boxes just as they finish making them. The rice and fish is guaranteed to be fresh at these times.

So for those times when you need to get sushi to go, this is the best place in Vancouver to get it, IMO.

 
 
 
 
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    1. Location

      (I only list the Clark Dr location here. They have a couple of others)

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      Fujiya Japanese Foods
      912 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L3J8, CA

      1. I love Fujiya in Victoria, but I don't think it's even half the size of that one! We have frozen fish, a variety of sauces, nori, noodles... But the best part is the take-away! My favourite is the ebi croquette (panko prawn and potato patty). I haven't tried the hot dishes yet. I just love how the sushi is so fresh (for take-away)!

        Also, the one in Victoria, is within walking distance from UVic. Students frequent the place, as well as other demographics. Did I mention it's cheap? Yep, I, too, love Fujiya.

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        1. re: miss_bennet

          The only problem with going to Fujiya for their excellent and reasonable takeout is that it's hard for me to leave without trolling through the aisles for other Japanese foodstuffs. So many sauces, candies, types of rice...somebody stop me. Suddenly that inexpensive sushi lunch is costing $$$ :-).

          1. re: miss_bennet

            >> I just love how the sushi is so fresh (for take-away)!

            It actually is fresh...take-away or not! Along with Angel Seafoods, many of the top sushi restaurants in town source much of their fish from here.

            1. re: fmed

              I had heard that too, and then one day, a couple of years ago, I was in Fujiya and bumped into the head sushi chef at a now-defunct but then higher end sushi resto that I frequented. Guess what he was doing....

              1. re: grayelf

                What kind of sushi do they have for purchase? It seems like there would be a large assortment, from sashimi to house rolls. And how are the prices?

                1. re: Hoj

                  They have dozens of different types of sushi/sashimi/bento for cheap...example pricing: Spider Rolls for $4.95; Negitoro $3.95; Yam Roll $3.25 per box.

                  1. re: fmed

                    More prices (I had a close look at one of the images I posted and went through the leftover boxes):
                    Small Nigiri Sushi Pack $5.90, Large Nigiri Hosomaki $5.30

          2. I've been to the Clark location numerous times, mainly whenever I was driving out of Vancouver to head back to Alberta. Best things to grab for a meal to have on the road. Always preferred the bento items with cooked food and rice, as I was not really impressed with the sushi. The latter reminded me of the machine made and formed stuff one finds in the sushi items at convenience stores in Japan.

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            1. re: jay_kay

              >>...I was not really impressed with the sushi. The latter reminded me of the machine made and formed stuff one finds in the sushi items at convenience stores in Japan.

              Hmm. You may not have purchased it within the strategic fresh window (around lunch and dinner). I certainly think it is much better than machine made, convenience store sushi...which have stale waxy rice and fishy fish. That usually comes from sushi that has been sitting around for half a day. The sushi we purchased today was very fresh, and tasted fresh, IMO. The sashimi we got were sliced within a few seconds of purchase (literally - I watched them slice it).

              Cheers, jay_kay.

              1. re: fmed

                The Gomae-both Spinach and Green Bean-are often outstanding, most likely there for lunch tomorrow as I often am.

                Great thread and let's not forget the friendly enthusiastic and charming Staff!

                1. re: fmed

                  I usually go at the times you noted, heading out on the highway with a meal to be had an hour or two later. By my lack of satisfaction and comparison to the sushi in convenience stores in Japan, I'm referring more to the robotic shape of the rice that accompanies them. The 'neta' weren't overly impressive either though, not saying it wasn't fresh, just wasn't great quality. Thus my preference for the cooked bento items for my takeout meals there.

                  1. re: jay_kay

                    >> By my lack of satisfaction and comparison to the sushi in convenience stores in Japan, I'm referring more to the robotic shape of the rice that accompanies them. The 'neta' weren't overly impressive either though, not saying it wasn't fresh, just wasn't great quality.

                    I'm sure they are using their B grade fish for take-out -- reserving the A grade for the restaurant chefs that come around. I'm OK with that...for a lunch meeting with non-chow co-workers, the sushi here is just fine. I'll go to Octopus' Garden or Blue Water for my A grade fish.

              2. I stop by there now and again and pick up a box of sushi, and the prices are certainly very reasonable for what one gets. The price of the groceries is fair too. It's a bit refreshing, since in San Francisco, the Japanese supermarkets gouge their customers -- you could often get identical grocery items at a Chinese market for a fair bit less!

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                1. re: aburitoro

                  >aburitoro
                  I'm not sure if I am with you there on the price of the grocery items being fair at Fujiya. For a lot of stuff, I see a healthy markup. Then again, I usually get my stuff from a direct importer here in town, and I am also not aware of how high the retail prices are in SF, so maybe your definition of fairness is a bit off from mine. :)

                  1. re: jay_kay

                    I looked at the prices of a few Japanese items at Fujiya, and they seemed cheaper than T&T in Chinatown. Same goes with a couple of the Chinese markets in Richmond. I only looked at prices of a few products and was going off of memory, so I could be wrong. Prices at Fujiya seem comparable to SF Japanese supermarkets, but the Chinese supermarkets in Vancouver definitely seem more expensive than those in the SF Bay Area (though the selection does seem better up here).

                    1. re: jay_kay

                      >>Then again, I usually get my stuff from a direct importer here in town,

                      Care to share? ;)

                      1. re: fmed

                        A 25+ year relationship gives me the privilege of 'at cost' prices for many things I crave from Japan. Though for the most part, I have to walk thru the massive storage warehouse and pick and select things myself, when I know most of the orders (from retailers, restaurants) are for the whole entire box. But no pre-made bento boxes obviously, so thats where Fujiya comes into play. :)

                        1. re: jay_kay

                          IMHO Fujiya sushi is just OK....it is freshly made but the fish is definitively not the top grade....same goes for their sashimi selection....good alternative for take out to majority of sushi places in Vancouver....