Octopus Garden Vancouver is a small Japanese restaurant run by sushi Chef Sada on 1995 Cornwall Ave. A quick search for the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver probably may queue you a list with Octopus Garden on it. We’ve came several times to enjoy their collection of bluefin of o-toro and chu-toro a la carte. Tonight we came here for their omakase menu which requires pre-order.
The owner/chef Sada-san is a humble, welcoming and friendly man. He is social with his customers especially if you are sitting at the sushi bar. Of course, the sushi bar is the best place to sit.
To start the evening, Japanese snacks were provided.
- Mirugai sunomono – a refreshing light salad marinated in rice vinegar. A good start to appetize you.
- Wagyu beef lolli – a tender bite that is breaded with panko
- Oyster – fresh raw oyster with ponzu
- Eggplant – marinated grilled eggplant
- Brussel Sprouts – roasted brussles with a light spicy sauce.
Uni Shooter – one of Octopus Garden’s signature omakase dish. Mountain potato, Japanese sushi rice, raw quail egg and some crunchy black wood ear mushroom topped with a minty Shiso leaf and freshly grated wasabi. Mix up all the ingredients before shooting. Fresh!
Mushroom Soup – organic shiitake dobin mushi holds a individual serving of steamed soup. The broth is delicate and the soup contains fish belly morsels and mushrooms. The soup itself is poured into tiny cups and meant to be savored. Personally I’d prefer a giant bowl to gulp down. But that that wouldn’t be artsy now would it?
Green Salad: A simple green salad. Look at how cute the heart shaped cucumber is!
Sashimi: A selection of thinly fresh fish.
- Blue Fin Tuna
- Wild Salmon
- Amaebi spot prawns
- Herring Roe
- Monk fish liver
Dragon roll – Beautiful presentation. A light battered crunchy deep fried tempura unagi eel, asparagus and topped with tobiko. The roll itself was warm and not very flavorful and requires some soy.
Wagyu Beef – grilled teriyaki beef. Tender and flavorful.
Grilled Blue Fin Tuna – a ginormous, generous portion of a fatty tuna. It was delicious but at times too rich to eat alone. You need some rice with it.
Nigiri Sushi Box – A simple four piece box. Each nigiri piece had a good sashimi to rice ration albeit thinly sliced.
- Blue Fin Tuna Toro
- Butter Fish
Dessert – ending the night is a platter of tiramisu, ice cream, macaron and a chocolate cake.
Overall the omakase was a-okay. We still prefer ordering off the menu instead. The omakake menu from Park Restaurant in Montreal and Miku has far better presentation and value.
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Cuisine: Seafood, Japanese, Sushi
Mon 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
1995 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C9