Real Japanese Restaurants in Vancouver?
Aki on Thurlow is closing in the middle of February and who knows when, and if, they'll find a place in the increasing sterile heart of Vancouver.
Any suggestions for other real Japanese restaurants in Vancouver?
For me a Japanese restaurant isn't the same unless it's run and staffed by Japanese people. Somehow there's a different feel. The Japanese seem to be more respectful and caring of the food and customers.
I love the indifferent panic of a busy Chinese restaurant but when it comes to Japanese food it's not the same.
Any suggestions including seemingly obvious places would be appreciated.
I'm not real Japanese, but real Japanese friends consider these (presumably among others) to pass the realness test:
Dinner with friends: Dan, Suika, Miku
Dinner with clients: Suika and Miku
Dinner w/drinking friends/clients: Suika
Ladies who lunch: Sanpachi and Miku.
Take-out with kids: Hitoe
Special family dinner out: Miku, En
I would add Zest, but not sure if its real : )
Tojos is horrible. Don't bother spending your money there.
Go to Ajisai.
Go to Sushi Hachi (in richmond).
Go to Hamaei (in North Vancouver)
That is sad news about Aki. I literally walked in there by accident a couple years ago and had the best time there after having a recent meal at one of the Guu's nearby.
Old school grease pit full of smoke (food, not tobacco) where the gaijin are sat in a separate section - love it!
Y'all know Aki re-opened along Pender street & Jervis, right? Went in early Aug. and it was strange to sit in the new restaurant with its modern decor. The Japanese business men were there in full force.
The sushi and cooked foods were as good as before. As for the robata, Ordered the eggplant and black cod robata and it was good but it was missing the smokiness. Tried to spot the robata grill from the old restaurant but didn't see it.