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Sushi party trays in Vancouver

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dustthouart Apr 11, 2012 11:26 PM

Throwing a party and would like to complement the food I'm preparing with a sushi party tray, mostly so I don't have to cook everything. I live pretty close to Samurai Sushi on Cambie, which is cheap, but I'm willing to spend more if the quality is better. Ideally a mix of rolls and nigiri.

Anyone have any recs or warnings?

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    jmil Apr 16, 2012 08:36 AM

    I would second Tokiwa sushi (Oak st. and 21st)
    I've ordered trays from there before and was pleased with the quality.

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      dustthouart Apr 15, 2012 09:49 PM

      I ended up getting delivery from Dream Sushi. I was impressed by the quick (and free) delivery, but I found the sushi itself lacked something. However it was a big hit with my guests. I didn't get a chance to try any of the nigiri on the tray, though, and I like nigiri more than rolls, so maybe that's why I wasn't too impressed.

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        LotusRapper Apr 15, 2012 11:27 PM

        IIRC, Dream Sushi's rice doesn't seem like traditional short-grain glutinous rice mixed with rice vinegar, sugar & salt. Their rice just feels like medium or long-grained rice cooked more "wet", and without flavouring, and used in nigiri & maki applications. Maybe that's what it was for you ?

        Glad they were a hit with your guests (if not you), at the end of the day it's the guests you're most trying to impress !

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          dustthouart Apr 16, 2012 12:27 AM

          When I like rolls/maki, I like each ingredient to stand out, and I felt like it was a little flat and blurred together. I just tasted one blended and muted taste instead of several harmonious but distinct voices, if that's not too twee. The rice was definitely seasoned, fwiw.

          But, yeah, happy guests are what it's all about as hostess. :)
          Oh and thanks for the rec~~~! Can't believe I forgot to say that.

          1. re: dustthouart
            LotusRapper Apr 16, 2012 09:26 AM

            Maybe I was recalling a different sushi resto [blush]

            For your description of rolls & makis, try Ajisai in Kerrisdale. Can't go wrong with them ! Other than in recent years the portion sizes seemed to have shrunk somewhat, maybe to keep prices the same.

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        watashi Apr 12, 2012 09:14 PM

        I've ordered trays from Ogenki on Main, and the quality is decent for the price. But the last time I ordered a tray, they did not give it to me in a standard sushi display tray, but rather just stuck it all in styrofoam boxes. Not sure if you have to ask for a tray, if they charge for it, or if they have just stopped using them.

        Fujiya does catering: http://www.fujiya.ca/Commerce.Web/pro...

        1. LotusRapper Apr 12, 2012 11:53 AM

          My $0.25, Samurai Sushi, while cheap, provides "sustenance" sushi, appealing to giant portions and low prices, with poor quality ingredients (+MSG). Look them up on Dinehere.ca or Urbanspoons and you'll see why.

          But party trays can cost $$ and you're probably not wanting to spend and arm & leg.

          My recs include:

          - Tokiwa (Oak @ 21st)
          - The Clubhouse (W. 2nd @ Alberta)
          - The Eatery (W. Broadway @ Waterloo)
          - Toshi Sushi (E. 16th @ Quebec)
          - Zipang Sushi (Main @ 21st)
          - Dream Sushi & Ogenki Sushi (Main @ 27/28th)

          Call to confirm if they do trays or even delivery.

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            hamsup Apr 12, 2012 11:00 AM

            I've had pretty good sushi (tray form) at ASA sushi.. :) its not too far from where you are.. It's in kerrisdale...(not sure what price point you are looking at)

            There is also QQ sushi.. i've gotten take out from them.. it's pretty decent.

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