Kizami is a small Japanese restaurant that opened up last year in a tiny strip mall on Leslie Road & No.3 Road. The team comes from Manzo and is Chinese owned and operated. Kizami menu offers both fresh sheet and fish flown in from Japan […]
Hanamori Sushi is located in Coquitlam (North Road / Lougheed neighbourhood). It is awkwardly located below an apartment building in the backlane behind Insadong. The restaurant has gone under new management/ owners. The restaurant is tiny with two booths, two tables and a four seater […]
Kai Japanese Restaurant is located in Port Coquitlam by Fremont Village (beside A&W, near Wal-mart). This new sushi bar / izakaya has only been opened for approximately four months. This new sushi restaurants offers oshi sushi (pressed sushi similar to Miku and Kishimoto). So you can imagine how excited I was to try this!
The interior is roomy and clean. Lots of booth seats, four tops and bar seats. It is baby friendly and opens seven days a week! Prices are reasonable and service is friendly. I also liked that the menu offers a variety of tapas, tempura, pan fried noodles, rolls, sashimi and oshi sushi (pressed sushi).
To start things right we ordered two Sapporo on tap.
Salmon Oshi Sushi 13: sockeye salmon, serrano pepper, kai sauce. It was tasty and comparable toto Miku and Kishimoto plus we don’t have to drive to downtown! We also really liked their Saba and albacore tuna version as well.
Few nigiri pieces we always order is saba, hotate and toro.
Grilled Skewers: We love their spicy pork skewers and chicken loaded with green onions.
Giant Bomb roll
We are happy that Kai Japanese Restaurant is now in the Fremont neighbourhood and can’t wait to go back. It’s been a long time since we’ve had an Izakaya. I also am already craving their oshi sushi pressed sushi!
Kai Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi Bar, Izakaya
Mon 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 10:00 pm Open now
Thu 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
It’s been a very long time since we last visited Sushi K Kamizato. Even though we live mere minutes away, we’ve been going to eat at other places in the Tri-Cities. The menu has changed a lot since they first opened. It is more concise and focused on sashimi, […]
Every spring a dusty array of Millennial Pink coats the city with cherry blossoms. While pictures of sakura probably is flooding your Instagram, the truth is the taste of cherry blossoms is even better than their smell. The flowers and leaves of the cherry tree […]
Sushi Bar Maumi is a by reservation only Japanese restaurant in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver – particularly between Bute and Davie. Menu focuses on traditional nigiri sushi. The omakase menu consists of a course of 11 pieces of sushi for $75 per person that is served with Ara miso soup made with grilled fish bone broth. If you are still hungry – it is possible to order by pieces (Okonomi) from their daily fresh sheet. There are two seatings: 6pm and 7:45pm.
This tiny restaurants has only 10 seats and you must call in person to make an reservation. It is an adult only. It is not baby friendly. In fact is does not admit children under 18 years old. Also they do not serve rolls. And they do not serve alcohol. They do not have a liquor licence.
There are four different homemade sauces on the fish:
- Nikiri Shoyu (strong): bonito flakes, dried kelp, soy sauce, mirin and sake
- Irizake: sake, umeboshi pickled plum, bonito flakes, kelp
- Nikiri Shoyu Tsume (regular): BBQ conger head, sake, soy sauce, sugar, bonito flakes
- Mojio: Hondawara, kelp, sea salt
Sushi Bar Maumi is operated by Maumi Ozaki (previouslly trained at Fuji Sushi in Coquitlam) and his wife. A two person operation much similar to Sushi Hachi. When we arrived, we quietly greeted and seated behind the bar.
The humble restaurant is very quiet. In fact, the restaurant is so strict, we felt like we couldn’t even chat. Once everyone was seated, the Chef presented us with a few rules – one of which, if you can’t finish your rice, let him know so he can make you smaller portions.
The chef studiously studies his handwritten notes in front of him and begins pulling out the fish from the refrigerators underneath the bar. Slicing and serving us nigiri pieces one by one. Whispering the names.
Maumi Sushi Bar Omakase Menu
Amaebi Sweet Prawns
Suture Ika Flying Squid
Shima Aji stripped jack
Ara Miso Soup
Blue fin tuna
Blue Fin chu toro
Anago sea eel
Overall our we thought Sushi Bar Maumi warranted a solid “good” but it didn’t blow our minds. Although fresh (imported from Japan few times a week), we didn’t think there was a great progression of mild to bold tasting flavours. My rice was uncharacteristically a touch too warm. The prices are steep without being orgasmic. Truly a disappointment given all the recommendations from everyone.
SUSHI BAR MAUMI
Mon 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tue 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Wed 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thu 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
1226 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1Z8
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Edo Japan is opening this May Long Weekend at Pacific Centre Mall in downtown Vancouver! This Canadian fast food chain specializes in Japanese traditional Teppanyaki style cooking made with freshly prepared and delicious ingredients.
There are over 100 Edo Japan food court and storefront locations across Canada. Their menu includes Teppanyaki Grill, Sushi, and Noodlefull Bowls that are made with premium veggies, thin ramen-style noodles and your choice of flavourful chicken, beef, shrimp or veggies. All made to order. Check out their full list of their menu items.
Sometimes when I’m pinched for time but want something more nutritious than a greasy burger, Edo Japan’s sizzling sukiyaki beef with brown rice is my go to fast food option.
To celebrate Edo Japan’s grand opening this coming weekend we are giving away $50 gift card!
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Nubo Japanese Tapas is located on a quint little corner on 739 Pandora Ave. in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. We were over on Vancouver Island for a weekend getaway. Every time we are on vacation we always crave Asian food at least once – we […]
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For lovers of Tannis Ling’s award winning Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto at 263 Pender Street is a must visit. It was voted number one enRoute Magazine Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2016. This highly anticipated restaurant with long lines and lengthy reservation waitlist does not disappoint. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Joel Watanabe and Sous Chef Alain Chow creates a menu focused on classic Italian / Japanese fusion with a touch of Chinese cuisine.
The 75 seat restaurant was completely gutted and renovated from a dormant commercial space. Up the long staircase to discover a new aesthetic approach. The decor is sublime and sexy straight from the 60s jazu kissa of Japan. Ste Marie (Savio Volpe, Mosquito, Ask for Luigi, Homer Street Cafe, Bao Bei) transports guests to a different time and place. Pink vinyl banquettes, brass rails and jewel tone accents the dark and eccentric space.
“Kissa” is an old Japanese word meaning cafe and “tanto” in Italian means a lot.
Pickle Plate 9: a rotating selection of pickled vegetable. My favorite was the pickled lotus. Appetizing to get your ready for a feast.
Daily Fish Crudo 21: Shiso vinaigrette, radishes, Tokyo leek, capers, pickled almonds, Castelvetrano olives, and mustard greens. Subtle flavors and great mouth feel.
Sedanini 22: sausage ragu, rapini, ground roasted sesame, and pecorino. One of my favorite dishes and would crave this late at night.
Fish – market price: flash-fried whole fish with daikon soy dipping sauce. Option for Perch whenever possible for a meatier bite. MP $33 for a small, $35 large.
Eggplant 8: whole roasted Japanese eggplant, miso besciamella, and almond crumble. Soft, buttery and bursting with umami flavors.
Cuisine: Italian, Japanese
Tue 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
263 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T8
Round 1 of Dine Out Vancouver 2017 we made our way to Ancora over at 1600 Howe Street. I haven’t been back to Ancora since their grand opening. Personally, I’m dying to have their caviar service and sushi made by Sushi Chef Yoshi Tabo again. […]
Pokérrito (poké + burrito) is a new Poke restaurant at 558 Dunsmuir Street in Downtown, Vancouver. Serving gluten-free sushi burritos and flavorful marinated raw fish sashimi in your choice of rice or salad bowls. It’s generally a sushi-lover’s fast-food dream come true. Chef Jung Moon […]