where to get higher end groceries?
That's true in a strict sense. Real Japanese Wagyu (same breed but raised elsewhere) of a similar grade can be exported out of Japan. Nikuya's websites states:
"Kobe Beef" is a brand of Wagyu Beef that is produced from cattle that is raised and slaughtered in Hyogo Prefecture where Kobe is the largest city. Technically speaking, only Kobe Beef raised and slaughtered in Hyogo Prefecture can be called “Kobe Beef” but currently there are no meat packing plants in Hyogo Prefecture that are eligible to export their beef overseas.
However, all famous brands of Wagyu Beef such as “Kobe Beef” or “Matsuzaka Beef” are all from carcasses that grade either as A4 or A5 grade. Therefore, Nikuya’s Japanese Wagyu Beef is the same or better in terms of quality and taste as these famous Japanese Brands. To put things into perspective, an A5 grade carcass is even very rare in Japan.
Nikuya’s Japanese Wagyu Beef is processed at the only production facility on Japan’s largest island that is approved for export to the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and also the Japanese domestic market. With Narita International Airport just a few hours away by truck, the products arrive via direct flight to Vancouver. Hence, our products are the freshest in North America.
None of these are in Richmond...off the top of my head:
Foie Gras, Truffels - Gourmet Warehouse
Organic Duck, Bison, Venison - Hills Foods (not sure about raw duck...try Armando's on Granville Island)
Wasabi Root - South China Seas Trading...and Fujiya (once in a while)
Sea Bass - Granville Island (I've seen it at T&T as well)