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Sunday night. Sushi. Tell us where to go!!

DKS1 Jul 31, 2010 09:54 PM

Maybe I should clarify: tell us which restaurant to go to!

I appreciate all of your help with our trip planning so far, but I need another favor, please... We arrive tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. Now that we've scratched the idea of the night market in Richmond, I'm thinking our first Vancouver dinner should definitely be sushi. We'll be tired from traveling and I'm sure we'll want to stick somewhere relatively nearby...

We're staying downtown near Georgia and Howe and can cab it or hop on the subway. Just point us to the one place we should try if we are only going to make one stop for sushi this week (not likely, but just in case).

Price not really an issue, but def want good value for the $$$ if you're sending us to a super-pricey place. We're not terribly adventurous sushi/sashimi eaters, but we love what we love. And unlike some, we are fans of rolls, etc...

So what's your best bet for us tomorrow night?

Thanks, Vancouver!

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  1. fmed RE: DKS1 Jul 31, 2010 11:42 PM

    I recommend Miku which is fairly close. Their specialty is aburi sushi (torched) http://picasaweb.google.ca/gustibus.m...

    ( Check out their cheesy James Bond like video here http://www.mikurestaurant.com/


    Miku Restaurant
    1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

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      anewton RE: fmed Aug 1, 2010 08:09 AM

      Looks like a fun place but the website says they are closed on Sunday. Any other suggestions for the OP?

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        fmed RE: anewton Aug 1, 2010 08:39 AM

        Ack. Sorry 'bout that. I should pay more attention.
        Aki (which is more known for their grill) is open (according to Urbanspoon)

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          MisterBill2 RE: fmed Aug 1, 2010 10:00 PM

          I have been looking for someplace to eat in downtown next Saturday.. Aki looks like a good possibility.. but I'd like to see their menu before going (picky eater and I'd like to know the prices). Does anyone know where I can find it online? It does not appear that they have a website. Miku would also work, although some of the reviews online do not seem to be as good as for Aki. On the other hand, how much help with the menu will the servers at Aki be able to give us in English? The reviews seem to indicate that is not their strength.

          Miku Restaurant
          1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

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            fmed RE: MisterBill2 Aug 1, 2010 10:43 PM

            You should be fine communicating with the servers at Aki.

            I don't know where you can find a menu online. I'll attempt to describe it in broad terms. It is actually pretty broad...They have the usual sushi and sashimi (both are very good). The also have a grill (gas, unfortunately...they used to use charcoal). They have an assortment of yakitori dishes (chicken thigh, tsukune, hearts, liver, the usual). They also have grilled fish dishes (mackerel, sardine, salmon, cod head, tuna neck, squid, octopus, etc). They also have the usual tempura, soups, steamed items, etc.

            The main draw for me is the grill. The price is in line with the majority of the premium sushi places downtown....and perhaps slightly lower.

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              grayelf RE: fmed Aug 1, 2010 11:24 PM

              Would love to hear what you think if you go Mr Bill -- I am scheduled to attend an event there in ten days :-).

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                MisterBill2 RE: grayelf Aug 2, 2010 09:15 AM

                Sorry, you've convinced me to go to Market based on your post in the other thread. And we only have one meal in Vancouver, unless you count breakfast. We'll get on the ship for lunch.

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                  grayelf RE: MisterBill2 Aug 2, 2010 10:06 AM

                  No worries -- there just isn't much on Aki here so gathering of new data is always good. Now I will post on Aki when I go instead!

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                    eatrustic RE: grayelf Aug 14, 2010 06:20 PM

                    Hi grayelf - Since I need to go to a nice sushi restaurant on a Sunday night I was wondering what your Aug 10 experience was like (or did I miss your report somewhere?) thanks!

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                      grayelf RE: eatrustic Aug 14, 2010 07:26 PM

                      Kinda behind on my posting [shifty look] but I'd take a pass on Aki if you're specifically looking for sushi. I gather it is not their strength and I would rather not smell like a smokehouse after a nice dinner. The HVAC in that place leaves a lot to be desired.

                      I did have a very nice dinner at Dan in Kits in the late spring but you might want to check on their A/C situation. It's just too darn hot for me to go anywhere without it right now :-).

                      I've also been hearing good things about Sushi Kimura. What area of town are you targeting?

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                        eatrustic RE: grayelf Aug 15, 2010 01:07 AM

                        Too bad about Aki for sushi. I have a friend in from the Caymans who is dying for good sushi as she swears there is nothing decent there despite all the great local seafood.

                        Anywhere from downtown to the West Side works, perhaps the sushi bar in Blue Water but I doubt the master would be working on Sunday.
                        I'll just do a bit more research on the board as I'm sure there's lots to be found. I'll check out Kimura and Dan -thanks..

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                          LotusRapper RE: eatrustic Aug 15, 2010 10:32 AM

                          I've heard good things about ZEST (16 Ave @ MacDonald), but haven't been there myself.

                          And AJISAI is on the west side ....... [wink]

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                            grayelf RE: LotusRapper Aug 15, 2010 03:03 PM

                            We went to Zest a couple of years ago and it was nice with some interesting stuff on the menu. It's a bit fusiony for my taste and also a wee bit more expensive that say Kibune or Dan. The room is also a bit white tableclothy, probably best for a special night out. I'd probably head downtown to Shuraku for a more casual night out but with some of the same kinds of eats (I gather they are owned by the same person) in a more relaxed setting.

      2. re: fmed
        Scotch RE: fmed Aug 5, 2010 03:15 AM

        Is Miku suitable for kids? The photo of the restaurant on the website made me wonder if this is recommended for adults only.

        Miku Restaurant
        1055 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9, CA

        1. re: Scotch
          fmed RE: Scotch Aug 5, 2010 07:52 AM

          I think it should be fine for kids.

      3. LotusRapper RE: DKS1 Aug 1, 2010 02:43 PM

        One suggestion:

        Ajisai (in Kerrisdale neighbourhood, in SW part of Vancouver city proper). Take Canada Line south and get off at Oakridge/41 Avenue Station. Take #41 bus west (towards UBC) and get off at E. Boulevard or Arbutus (where the train tracks are, entrance to Kerrisdale). Restaurant is in a small alley way on the south side of 41 Ave, opposite the McDonald's. You will see a sign to London Drugs, follow that alley and you'll be there.


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          J and V RE: LotusRapper Aug 1, 2010 03:06 PM

          Agree with LR but note that Ajisai often closes around now for summer vacation so don't go without checking that they are open. Also, they are small and you may have to wait for a table.

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          DKS1 RE: DKS1 Aug 1, 2010 05:27 PM

          Thanks so much, everyone... Would have loved to try Ajisai, but it does seem like they're closed - phone just kept ringing and ringing just now. :( Maybe we can catch them later in the week. Any other last minute suggestions for tonight??? We've only been here a few hours and we've already had so much fun (and have even had our first Japadog!)! Thanks again for your wonderful help...

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            DKS1 RE: DKS1 Aug 2, 2010 04:56 PM

            Okay, update: we ended up at Kampei Royale. Ugh. I was so sad that our top two places were closed... Anyways, it was decent, but definitely not great. Oh well - there will be other meals! We're headed to Market tonight, so very excited about that. And we did the Grouse Grind today, so we'll get off guilt-free with that chocolate cake tonight!! :). Thanks again everyone!

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              MisterBill2 RE: DKS1 Aug 4, 2010 08:10 AM

              Please report back on Market!

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                DKS1 RE: MisterBill2 Aug 5, 2010 10:48 PM

                Will do a full trip report once we return home tomorrow (using an iPad keyboard now during our stay and I have so much to write!!)...

                But: very unfortunately, we had an atrocious experience at Market on Monday night. So bad, in fact, that one of the managers has been trying to call daily asking us to return to "try it again.". It really was the WORST service we have ever received anywhere... Luckily the food was decent, but by the time it arrived (more on that in a moment), we were so livid regarding the waiting time and the utter lack of attention (not even attention - just acknowledgement), that we just wanted to get out of there.

                We had 7:45 p .m. reservations and at the outset, even though the restaurant was only 1/4 full (remember that for later), we waited about 5-10 minutes to be seated. Then we were graced by the presence of our waitress, and we should have counted ourselves lucky since it was only one of two or three times we saw her the rest of the night... But she was so UNfriendly we could hardly believe it. Anyway, fast forward. Our apps arrived a decent time later (but still at least 15 minutes or so after the order), and they were good (a watermelon and goat cheese salad for me and a beef carpaccio pizza for my better half). Then..we waited. And waited. For an HOUR, we waited for our entrees to arrive. Only once did our server come over to say, "I just checked on your order and your food should be coming shortly." Huh?!?!

                Then...nothing still. For a LONG time. Couldn't even get our server's attention she was that aloof. Finally a bar person stopped by and asked how everything was. I gave a very terse "fine" so that he knew something was up. Then came back 5 minutes later to say that "the kitchen is remaking your food.". Again, huh?!?! I asked about that, and all he said was "they want it to be perfect and decided to remake it son that is uomto our standards.". Again, no other explanation given....

                So the food finally came and it was okay (but the asparagus risotto app we ordered as one of our side items was horrendous). We again waited after we were done (and by the way, nobody ever came to check to see how the food even was once it got to us!) and couldn't even track down a soul for the check. So we got up, went to the bar, and asked to just pay there. It wasn't until we did that that our server came up to us and apologized for the wait and asked if we would come back later in the week so that she could "buy us a drink." We had to try hard not to laugh!

                Anyways, bottom line is that it was a terrible experience and we would never go back - not even for a free meal. It was that off-putting.

                That said, I can't wait to report back on some of the other, wonderful experiences we've had while here, namely at Lupo, Chambar, and Medina Cafe...

                Thanks for bearing with me! More later...

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                  DKS1 RE: DKS1 Aug 5, 2010 10:53 PM

                  Oh PS: we didn't even try the chocolate cake - the main reason we were excited to go!! It may have been good, but nothing could have kept us in that restaurant a minute longer than necessary... Such a shame.

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                    selena03 RE: DKS1 Aug 9, 2010 11:04 AM

                    sorry to hear about your experience-sounds awful. Looking fwd to hearing about your other experiences at Lupo and Chambar....

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                    grayelf RE: DKS1 Aug 5, 2010 10:57 PM

                    How awful. There are so many things wrong with what you described it's hard to know where to start. Refiring without telling the patron is the one that most sticks in my craw. I would have started complaining after 15 minutes (that is, if I even made it to my seat -- no excuse for them not to seat you right away).

                    Looking forward to hearing about the good experiences that I'm thankful you had. Hope the Market debacle doesn't put you off of Vancouver...

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                      fmed RE: DKS1 Aug 6, 2010 03:25 AM

                      Yikes! It sure sounds like something was going on in the back or with your server that they weren't alluding to. I've never had bad service at Market (though I wouldn't really describe the service there as "great").

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                        anewton RE: fmed Aug 6, 2010 09:24 AM

                        The one time my wife and I ate at Market, for lunch, i too found the service aloof and the wait times unacceptable. And the restaurant was basically empty. And I found the food to be just mediocre. Not sure why this resto gets so many recs on this board (particularly when people recommend it over truly good places like Chambar and DB Moderne).

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                          fmed RE: anewton Aug 6, 2010 10:00 PM

                          I too would say Chambar > Market overall. I thought the food at Market has been good (maybe I've been lucky), but the service a bit stiff.

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                        MisterBill2 RE: DKS1 Aug 7, 2010 10:19 PM

                        Sorry you had a bad experience at Market. We had a great experience tonight. We were seated as soon as we got there. Service was attentive and we did not have any long waits between courses.

                        1. re: MisterBill2
                          DKS1 RE: MisterBill2 Aug 9, 2010 12:29 PM

                          Glad your experience was markedly different, misterbill! It was obvious our experience was a major fluke, but still...definitely put us off of the place.

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