Vancouver Sushi | Where To Go For The Best Fish!
Do you love sushi? I do! It’s one of my favourite types of food. Vancouver is a great place to feast on sushi due to its coastal location and access to fresh fish. Besides the fresh fish, the prices can’t be beaten. I always find myself spending a pretty penny everywhere else but in Vancouver, I can feast and still spend under $40 on a great quality sushi meal. Below are some of my favourite Vancouver sushi restaurants!
My friends, Matt and Michelle, brought me to Hamaei, a small Japanese restaurant in a strip mall in North Vancouver. I don’t always eat on the North Shore of Vancouver but if you happen to be in the area and are hankering for some good Japanese food, Hamaei is a great option. I loved that they had different items on the menu like tempura fiddleheads and maitake mushrooms as well as duck karaage (deep fried). The fish quality was awesome.
I have written about Sushi Hachi before, which is located in Richmond. It’s a very tiny mom and pop owned place so getting a table can be tough. Fish quality is great and the couple is so cute. If you find yourself in Richmond and need a sushi fix, Sushi Hachi is highly recommended.
To see more of this meal, click here.
Okay. Ajisai is probably my favourite Vancouver sushi restaurant in the city. My late parents’ doctor is located next door and they told me about this place when it opened. Being the snob I am, I didn’t really take note till they brought me home some food one day. It’s located in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood and I don’t always get out that way unless I have a car. Of course, after some time, it became popular and lineups are the norm. My best advice is to go first thing when they open for dinner or late after the dinner rush. I recommend ordering from their specials menu and sitting at the bar.
Cucumber and mayo appetizer
Miso black cod
Sushi plate| Photo credit: K. Goto
Lobby Lounge And Raw Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Raw Bar is a bit spendy but if you are staying at or near the Fairmont Pacific Rim and want some sushi, it’s quality. I stopped in for some sashimi one day and I have to say it was damn good.
Minami which is part of the Aburi Restaurant Group is located in the Yaletown neighbourhood. It’s more of an upscale Vancouver sushi restaurant but definitely worth a visit when you want to have a fine Japanese dining experience. If you like drinking sake, they have an extensive list which is curated by a “sommelier” or sake expert. One of their specialties is aburi or flame seared sushi. It is so good. Watch the video below to see how their sushi chef prepares it.
*If you are in Toronto, they recently opened a location on Bay Street near the waterfront.*
Salmon oshi sushi
Seafood pasta dish (was on the seasonal menu)
I know that some people will wonder why I have left Tojo’s off the list. I have eaten there a handful of times and spent a pretty penny on my meals but I am factoring quality, enjoyment, and price and I find that there are so many places in the city that are better.
What are your favourite Vancouver sushi restaurants?
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**Many thanks to Minami and Rawbar at Fairmont for their kind invitations. As always opinions stated are my own and I have since eaten and dined at these restaurants.**