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May 3, 2014 01:14 PM

Vancouver Trip Report

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in this great food town and ate my self silly. Here's where I went.

- Sushi Umeda: this was recommended by the hotel when I asked for a place with great sashimi and not too expensive. Spot on for both points. It's a neighbourhood joint and very low key (granville + davie area). The food is as good as the setting is unassuming. Used to the toronto standards I ordered a yakitori plate and a 16 piece sashimi set. Little did I know that sashimi in yvr is 2x the size. It was one of my better boo boos. The yakitori was okay but the sashimi blew me away. Thry even gave the shrimp brains! Super fresh, great value and quality. Total bill of $21 and I was stuffed.

- T&T Osaka: meal 2 was at a friends house and I picked up marinated short ribs for the bbq. They were great for grocery store meat and the marinade was delicious too. $7 for wayy too many ribs.

- Salam Bombay: on Burrard, north of robson. Went here for the lunch buffet. While the food was decent enough the price tag of $19 was, IMO a little much. I'd go back in a pinch. The selection was good with something for everyone (veg, non_veg, fish, beef et al) service was efficient.

- Ebisu on Robson: this was the last meal and I could have done better. The food is very much like guu izakaya in quality and price. Go here for happy hour but that's it. $50 for a big meal no drinks and 8 dishes.

Random: go the Japanese store on robson near bute! It has all the crazy Japanese candy you can want. I bought the bakeable pudding kit kats (awesome) green tea kitkats (meh) and pocky midi (ugh).

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  1. Thanks for the report. I haven't heard of Umeda before.

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    1. re: grayelf

      If there is anything I learned about YVR, it's that you can't go too wrong with sushi in this town.

            1. re: justxpete

              The thing I've noticed about sushi in Van is that although you can for sure get crap sushi here, you're likely to pay A LOT less for the privilege than in other places I've attempted to eat so-called good sushi.

              1. re: grayelf

                I concur, but you can also pay much more for bad sushi - ie Zest.

                1. re: justxpete

                  I haven't had anything bad at Zest but it's been a while...

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Probably our worst sushi experience of all time, unfortunately. Can't convince the SO to try it again. But OG is so much better, it's probably not with the effort anyway.

                2. re: grayelf

                  Thanks for completing my sentence, GE. We have lots of:

                  1) cheap bad sushi,
                  2) economical okay sushi,
                  3) *very good valued* good and/or excellent sushi.

                3. re: justxpete

                  Probably. But I stick to Sashimi and am from Toronto. The proximity to the sea and resulting freshness blows most of my go to joints in Toronto (talking about normal joints)

                  1. re: meatnveg

                    Most sushi is frozen. Some sushi is also aged. I don't think the average sushi joint in Toronto and the average sushi joint in Vancouver are that much different. They both serve mediocre product. It's probably significantly cheaper here, is all.

                    Zen in Scarborough competes with a lot of the better sushi here (but does not equal them).

            2. re: meatnveg

              I'd say 90% of sushi in Vancouver is awful. That being said, I'm a huge sushi snob!

              Luckily the top 10% is knock yer socks off fantastic shit!

              1. re: waylman

                I definitely see a distinct proliferation of seemingly mediocre sushi restaurants. They're everywhere.

                What are the places you go to for the 10%?

                1. re: justxpete

                  I'm at Temaki right now!
                  Other faves

                  Octopus Garden
                  Shiro as well - although they are not as good as they used to be.

                  1. re: waylman

                    Hmm, maybe I'll give Temaki another chance. We went when they first opened and it was pretty meh.

                    Agree re downhill on Shiro.

                    1. re: grayelf

                      You must! It is easily the best sushi in Kits at that price point.

                      1. re: waylman

                        What are your recommended items? And how is it for lunch? It's pretty close to my office... hmmm....

                        1. re: grayelf

                          I usually order a couple specials (they have lots)

                          Also will grab some tuna or yellowtail nigiri or sashimi.

                          Spicy tuna roll is very good.

                          House rolls are also great...chefs roll, dragon roll etc

                          1. re: waylman

                            Thanks for the added intel. I got takeout last night and thought it worthy of a separate post:

                      2. re: waylman

                        Great stuff. Thanks for the Reco's, Waylman.

                    2. re: waylman

                      One sign that a place is crap is that they serve the crap farmed Atlantic salmon. +1 point if they serve ONLY wild sockey salmon.

                      I like Sushi by Yuji on Kingsway.

                2. i just want to know more about bakeable pudding kit kats (the final paragraph of OP)

                  am i getting confused about kit kats (thinking of the traditional wafer coated in choc candy bar)

                  edit to add - maybe you are referring to this type of product? well, seeing as we wrk nr Burrard often - i'll have to go and check this out -

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                  1. re: Georgia Strait

                    It's exactly what it sounds like. They are pudding flavoured kit kats that are meant to be eaten hot/warm after baking for 1 minute

                    1. re: meatnveg

                      Damn! I think I had those without realizing you're supposed to warm them up!