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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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To reiterate, we were pretty disappointed about this sushi joint in Coquitlam that people were raving about. Some driving 1.5 hours to get to this place for “the best” aburi sushi. Suffice to say we were not mind blown but felt completely underwhelmed.
Aburi Salmon 3 each: Reminds me of the Tiger Eye from Sushi K Kamizato. It has rice and scallops in the center wrapped in salmon then torched. The teriyaki and hot sauce was just unnecessary.
Aburi Jumbo Scallop 3.25 each: Jumbo is such a loose term when it comes to their “jumbo” scallops. The scallops were lightly torched compared to the other aburi. But I liked that the sauce was lighter.
Aburi Salmon Belly 3.25 each: very standard and neutral in terms of taste and freshness.
Red Dragon Roll 14: 2 pieces of prawn katsu, imitation crabmeat, avocado, seared spicy tuna on top with house special sauce. We found this roll to be overly saucy which completely covers the flavours of the individual ingredient. You can see the Korean influence use of sauce for this sushi roll.
Salmon Oshi 13 (6 pieces): salmon pressed sushi heavily sauced with mayo (but without flavour). The jalapeno was sliced too thick thus making the sushi too spicy and was not torched together with the oshi. Nothing compared to Miku, Minami, Sushi K or even Kai Japanese.
Scallop Oshi 13 (6 pieces): The nigiri oshi had an artificial sweet taste from the mayo. The scallops were dissatisfyingly minced instead of chopped or whole pieced.
Tempera Udon 10: Perhaps the silver lining of this piece was the nicely battered tempura. Light and crispy without being too greasy.
As mentioned, we were not impressed with “the best aburi”. Suffice to say our standards are spoiled by Miku, Minami, Sushi K. But it’s hard to justify a re-visit or a visit for those who have never been when a restaurant misses the mark on so many levels.
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Mon 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
120 – 511 Rochester Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 0A2
Phone: (604) 939-2422
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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 contain a small amount of coumarin that provides a distinctive delicious roasted almond and sweet hay aroma. In Japan, to enjoy the flavour cherry blossoms all year, fresh cherry blossoms are preserved in salt (sakura no shiozuke 桜の塩漬け), and then used to flavour rice, tea and sweets. Plum vinegar is added to the cherry blossom brine to accentuate the pink hue and fruity taste.
One of my favourite way to enjoy Sakura is in tea. Here are four Sakura-yu teas you should definitely try!
Brilliantly blended with notes of wild Rainier cherry and rose blossoms, this marvellous green tea from the Haute Couture Tea Collection® yields an exceptionally fresh and fruity infusion with a subtle floral aftertaste. The delicate sweetness of wild cerise enveloped by lingering notes of romantic floral.
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Mildly grassy and cherry with notes of hay with a sweet cherry finish. It is high in antioxidants. This Cherry Blossom tea pays an homage to the hanami festivals of Japan and exquisite beauty of the blossoms, our Cherry Blossom Green showcases our artistry in blending through the harmonization of fresh, grassy Japanese Sencha with sweet, candied cherry. Featuring one of Japan’s most popular natural leaf teas, Sencha Fukujyu (“Green Spider Leg”) is known for its refreshing sweet and grassy taste.
This 2018 Silver Medal at the Global Tea Championship award winner offers a joyous pairing of tart cherries, flowers, and organic green tea. Named for the annual Japanese cherry blossom festival, each cup invites tea lovers around the world to breathe in and appreciate the fleeting beauty of spring flowers in bloom. USDA Organic with flavour notes of cherry with a lightly floral & fruity aroma.
Light and smooth, this Sakura Tea is mildly salty with a floral aftertaste and plum undertones. A transparent pink expands in the cup revealing a flowery aroma with hints of the sea. This tea is made by preserving cherry blossoms in salt and plum vinegar. Its salty taste is common in Japan and the tea is most often used for celebrations and special occasions.
Cherry Blossom Tea Steeping Instructions
1. Heat water to 175˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
4. For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
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Cuisine: Japanese, Cafe
Mon 9 AM to 4 PM
Tue 9 AM to 4 PM
Wed 9 AM to 4 PM
Thu 9 AM to 4 PM
Fri 9 AM to 4 PM
Sat 11 AM to 4 PM
2007 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1T9
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