Masayoshi on Fraser Street is ranked #48 in a list of Canada’s Best 100 Restaurants for 2018. This chef-owned Japanese restaurant is by reservation only and offers an Omakase-only menu. The Chef, Masayoshi Baba comes from Tojo’s and creates all omakase dishes prepared with no MSG, real wasabi, and organic ingredients.
The cozy restaurant seats 20. It is an adult only. It is not baby-friendly. If you are still hungry at the end of your meal, it is not possible to order by pieces (Okonomi) from a daily fresh sheet.
Omakase Menu Prices
- Nigiri Omakase $100 – 14 PIECES, MISO SOUP, DESSERT
- Nigiri Omakase $130 – 16 PIECES, APPETIZER, MISO SOUP, DESSERT
- There are two seatings each evening at 6pm and 8pm.
What We Ate
The multi-course menu changes based on seasonal ingredients – including hot and cold dishes and finishes with rice.
- Dungeness crab. Turnip, melon
- Albacore tataki
- Black cod. Marinated Soy vinegar
- Wild yellowtail
- Baby snapper
- Mirugai geoduck
- Bluefin tuna
- Pine nut soup with garden eel. Lime juice. Bone-in
- Isaki grunt
- Baby hamachi
- Bonito with ginger on top – very smoky flavour profile
- King crab
- Scallops from Hokkaido
- Tamago – soup soaked. V eggy savoury
- Anago eel
- Panna cotta matcha sauce
Overall our experience was delightful. The fish was fresh and I especially enjoyed the smokey bonito nigiri. The price at $130 per person was a little steep considering a one-star Michelin restaurant in San Francisco is only slightly more. This would be considered higher-end prices for Vancouver.
It would have also been great if they gave you the option to order by pieces (Okonomi) from a daily fresh sheet at the end of the meal if you are still hungry or fancied a repeat of any particular fish.
What was your favourite dish? Let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @instanomss if you’ve tried this menu. I’d love to see your food photos!~
Masayoshi Japanese Restaurant
4376 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4G3
Monday to Saturday 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
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