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Vancouver---Best Sushi place that also serves cooked food

MVNYC Jun 16, 2011 12:45 PM

I have a friend from NYC that is going to Vancouver next next month and is looking to get some excellent sushi. He knows his stuff as far as sushi goes and is looking for a place that has quality nigiri especially if they have a good variety of local fish and shellfish. The only caveat here is that is girlfriend does not eat raw fish so they need to go to a place where they also serve cooked food. The most important thing here is the sushi though. i have not been to Vancouver in a while so I was lost on any suggestions.

Thanks in advance

  1. LotusRapper Jun 16, 2011 01:07 PM

    Shouldn't be a problem finding cooked food offerings at any Japanese restaurant here :-)

    And certainly no shortage of opinions on the best sushi places neither:


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    1. re: LotusRapper
      MVNYC Jun 16, 2011 02:30 PM

      Yes, I saw that thread but was looking for current opinions.

    2. grayelf Jun 16, 2011 01:09 PM

      Kimura is my go-to for interesting cooked food as well as lovely raw fish. He's a bit fast and loose with the knife skills at times but the flavour and freshness is there and so reasonable in terms of price. No idea what a sushi-phile from New York would think though -- would be interesting to hear, actually.

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      1. re: grayelf
        MVNYC Jun 16, 2011 02:31 PM

        Kimura looks good, do they offer a good variety of fish? Anything out of the ordinary?

        1. re: MVNYC
          grayelf Jun 16, 2011 09:54 PM

          I've only had omakase there so I get what he offers :-). We've had some great belly cuts from various fish beyond the usual suspects though -- he seems to get different kinds of mackerel, and sometimes he'll have a fish that there isn't an English name for which is fun.

      2. LotusRapper Jun 16, 2011 02:11 PM

        One place I really like their nigiri & sashimi is Ajisai Sushi Bar in Kerrisdale (2081 W 42nd Ave


        1. waylman Jun 16, 2011 02:24 PM

          Ajisai is very good but not much cooked food.

          Not sure if you are looking for this type of thing as it's not a sushi resto per se, but Blue Water Cafe has incredible sushi and some of the best food in Vancouver. Warning: it's very expensive!

          Lastly, Octopus Garden would be a very solid choice!

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          1. re: waylman
            MVNYC Jun 16, 2011 02:29 PM

            No he is looking for something traditionally Japanese. But I will pass that on as well.

            1. re: waylman
              moyenchow Jun 16, 2011 10:17 PM

              Has anyone been to Blue Water Cafe and tried the sushi since Yoshi Tabo left? Is the quality still the same.

              I have been to Ki which is Yoshi's new restaurant and the sushi is great. Expensive just like Blue Water.

              1. re: moyenchow
                fmed Jun 16, 2011 10:20 PM

                Ah that is the first report on Ki here, thanks. Worth the price moyenchow?

                1. re: fmed
                  moyenchow Jun 16, 2011 10:33 PM

                  Not sure how much the meal cost in total as it was on my boss' tab but it is just as expensive as Blue Water from what I remember from the menu.

                  The quality and execution was excellent but expected since it's Yoshi san running the show even though he was off that night we went.

                  The interior reminds me more of a steak house a la Gothams than a japanese restaurant.

                  In terms of value nobody is going to beat Kimura's omakase, but I would recommend if it's a special occasion or you are willing to drop a lot of money. I rank Ki higher than MIku if that gives you perspective.

                  Here's a pic of the some of the rolls we had. The rolls are more innovative. I think the salmon one had apple in it which I have never seen. Memory is a bit hazy.

            2. MVNYC Jun 16, 2011 02:32 PM

              If a place has live spot prawns please let me know. I have never seen them in NYC and have only had them on the west coast. Thanks

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              1. re: MVNYC
                MVNYC Jun 17, 2011 07:20 AM

                Thanks for all the recommendations, I will pass these along to my friend. Does anyone know if Spot Prawns will be available early July?

                1. re: MVNYC
                  fmed Jun 17, 2011 08:13 AM

                  The actual season ends late June (approximate). They may be available in early July.

              2. waver Jun 16, 2011 05:12 PM

                I like both the cooked and raw offerings at Dan on Broadway (not downtown though).


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                1. re: waver
                  Sam Salmon Jun 16, 2011 06:01 PM

                  Agree on Dan-if it's traditional Japanese you want Dan is The Place.

                2. modernist Jun 20, 2011 04:12 AM

                  my go to place back in 2003 was sushi sakae. i'd eat there twice a week.
                  traditional nigiri but its closed. what would be a close approximation to that?

                  basically i'm interested in traditional nigiri with a large selection of fish from japan.
                  i thought tojos was gross with all the heavy sauces.

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