Vancouver: Omakase for lunch?
We are doing a northwest trip, and our plans have changed, so we will only be spending 1 day in Vancouver, 2 days on Vancouver Island, and 5 days in Seattle. I was saving my Japanese experience for Vancouver, but I am now in a timing pickle. We have to board a ferry back to the island at 7:00 at night so I must now try and get my Japanese experience in at lunch. I originally was going to do Tojo's Omakase, but now I am looking for Omakase for lunch. Is this even possible? We will be in the aquarium area for lunch if that helps, but are willing to drive for a spectacular meal. I will even go for East meets West cuisine (if it is good: ) Otherwise, should I just scrap the idea and have Japadogs and a nice stroll? (This is a serious question) Thanks!!
Yoshi's offers a kaiseki lunch... though I didn't enjoy it as much as their dinner items. Maybe you could order a la carte instead. It's also pretty close to the aquarium (just at the end of downtown near Stanley Park).
Okada is also downtown and has good sushi/sashimi options and some interesting looking bento boxes.
I think fmed's suggestion of dim sum is great. In the downtown area, there's Kirin on Alberni.
I'd definitely suggest Japadog, but I think that can be fit in as a snack on top of a meal elsewhere.
Save you sushi for seattle - there is the BEST sushi place called SHIRO's down near Pike PLace. Reservations a must or go early to get a seat at the bar. By far the freshest fist in the Pacific Northwest.
If you have to do lunch sushi in Vancouver then I would second that for Yoshi's on denman. Atmosphere is kind if lacking but the food and presentation of dishes is great.
Actually for lunch Yoshi's does a pre-set kaiseki for about ~$26. It's offered on the menu and I don't believe it needs pre-order, but I would call the check. It's called a kaiseki, but it's not similar to the dinner kaiseki. It's like a large tray with about 9+ different little items. No hot items, but pretty fun eats. I think I was satisfied with the amount, but not overly full... which would leave room for Japadog :)
Nothing springs to mind...hopefully someone else will chime in. Japadogs isn't a bad idea....why not Chinese which Vancouver does very well? Dim sum is a lunch-ish meal after all.
BTW There is a Sushi place near Seattle called (inelegantly) "I Love Sushi" on Lake Bellevue that is run by a former Vancouver sushi chef. Masahiko Nakashim use to run Bon and Shijo which served some of the best sushi this town has ever seen.
edit: How about ramen (a few places at Robson and Denman) or yoshoku-style cuisine...
774 Denman St., Vancouver, BC