Kishimoto Japanese Vancouver on Commercial Drive has really long line ups. Lately it is one restaurant I frequent more than others. Not because it is new. But I happen to in the area. We Vancouverites are so spoiled in terms of good quality food and variety in cuisines, that it is hard to wow us anymore. We can tell you our sins and you can sharpen your knife. Kishimoto Japanese has good variety of sushi rolls, fresh seafood and cooked food that suits even the pickiest food connoisseur. Their oshisushi is often compared to Minami Restaurant and Miku Restaurant, which are known for the go for Aburi sushi. I beg to argue they are equally good in their own respect.
The decor at Kishimoto Japanese Vancouver is more relaxed and casual when compared to Minami Restaurant and Miku Restaurant. You would probably go to Minami or Miku on a special occasion or want to take someone on date night. Afterall, it is tad more upscale and trendy. Anyways, let’s stay focused here with Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar.
Daily Special – Tempera Fiddleheads with Matcha Green Tea Powder and Sea Salt 9.98: The fiddleheads temperas does not have a strong bitter taste. It is lightly breaded and flash fried so there is still a nice crunch. The Matcha powder mixed with sea salt wasn’t very bitter. It was a nice touch to compliment. Tempura dipping sauce is also available if you so choose. But for 10$ I was have expected a few more pieces of deep fried fiddleheads than six.
Ebi Oshisushi (top) and Salmon Oshisushi (bottom) 11.75 each: Ebi Oshisushi pressed battera sushi has a layer of cooked prawn, pesto cream sauce, fresh cracked black pepper and seared by torch. I really liked the dollop of pesto cream. Salmon Oishsushi pressed battera sushi has a layer of salmon, cream sauce with fresh cracked black pepper, seared by torch and topped with jalapeno. The jalapeno was a nice touch giving it some crunchy and heat. Very similar to Minami Restaurant and Miku Restaurant. Too bad Kishimoto does not also have the Saba Aburi.
Unagi Roll: unagi, avocado and cucumber. There was plenty of unagi and I liked that it wasn’t drenched in sauce.
Soy Paper Roll 6.95: Scallops, sockeye salmon, radish sprouts, mayo, masago and seaweed wrapped in soy paper. This was a very light tasting roll with fresh ingredients.
Negitoro Roll: How can we go without ordering our favorite negitoro roll. Still, we prefer Matoi Japanese in Coquitlam. I find they have the perfect green onion and minced toro ratio.
We hope your wait at Kishimoto on Commercial Drive won’t be too long. We suggest you go early. Line ups usually begin 5:30 pm. Kishimoto does not take reservations.
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar
Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Tue 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wed 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A9