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Feb 27, 2009 07:57 PM

help with the best kid's friendly sushi

hi folks we will visit your beatiful city in april with our two well behaved kids (4 and 5) and we just love sushi and will like to have your opinion with good sushi places around canada place that will feel comfortable having lunch or early dinner with them, please help!! thanks a lot

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  1. by the way we will not have a car but we are willing to move around a little bit in order to find good sushi!!

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    1. re: garz

      beautiful city ,you obviously mean strathmore lol sorry no sushi here .im thinking that you mean vancouver.lots of recs there

      1. re: garz

        There a number of places near Canada Place...head towards Robson and Denman for Japanese food central. I have taken my kids (granted they were older - 6 and 8 the first time) at Hapa Izakaya, for example. Not a sushi place (it's an izakaya), but they do serve sushi.

        Down the road on Denman at Davie is Tanpopo for all you can eat sushi...this is my kids' favorite sushi spot - the quantity more than makes up for the quality -- not fantastic (but is not bad at all considering it is AYCE). There are a number of others.

        Going the other way on Hastings St is Miku which specialises in 'aburi' - blowtorch sushi -- where they singe your fish with a blowtorch tableside prior to serving. Looks pretty exciting especially if your kids are budding pyros.

        Also there are a few conveyor-belt sushi places ('kaiten-zushi') around town which look pretty cool for kids. One example is Tsunami on Robson St where the sushi comes in little boats that the float around the sushi bar. Fun for kids..but again, not the best sushi this city can dish out.

        If you want higher-end stuff...the popular 'tourist' rec is Tojo's. Like most sushi places, be sure to sit at the sushi bar for maximum entertainment value. (As a local, I get my sushi elsewhere, however).

        1. re: fmed

          Fmed, do you think these wee sushi-philes would appreciate Octopus' Garden? The caterpillar roll is so darn cute, and the room also seems like it would be perhaps more attractive to small people than your average sushi bar. It is a $12-15 cab ride from Canada Place, OP.

          1. re: grayelf

            I think they will...I thought of recommending it. The sushi there is fantastic. I recommended the other places purely for (kid) entertainment value.

            1. re: fmed

              Yeah, I meant OG as an alternative to Tojo's -- shoulda been more clear (that's what I get for steath-posting during a board meeting!).

              1. re: grayelf

                Ah yes. OG over Tojo's for sure!

                1. re: fmed

                  Thanks a lot!! actually we have think and read a lot about tojos and octopus garden and were more on the side of OG but werent so sure if is a kid friendly place other places that we have read good reviews are ajisai and yoshis as well as hapa izakaya, are these places ok with kids? thanks a lot again.

                  1. re: garz

                    I have not been to Ajisai, but Hapa is fine if you don't have to endure a line-up. Yoshi's will have a lineup and may set the kids off (I know what that is like).

                    1. re: fmed

                      Ajisai is my parents' "local" for sushi and we also get takeout from there a lot. Quality is good (try the avopara roll and the sashimi salad), no deep fryer so they use Japanese corn flakes for crunch in rolls and they have some unusual things I haven't seen around town (eg) mountain yam. Dining in is a bit of a crap shoot as the space is very small and quite popular, so you're likely looking at a line up. I would say it is reasonably kid friendly once you get in, but I found the non-sushi bars seats a bit uncomfortable.

                      Ajisai is also relatively far from Canada Place (probably more than a $15 cab ride).

                      1. re: grayelf

                        I wouldn't recommend Tojo's to anyone with kids-service is not Tojo's strong point and that's being polite about it.

                        Octopus Garden often has kids from the neighbourhood and Staff there are very welcoming.

                        My personal fave Sushi Aoki is more of a budget place but 100% Japanese, very cozy, the Itamae wears a mask on his head to welcome/pretend to scare kids with and they take ressies.