My last meal in Richmond before my 2.5 month work assignment in Hong Kong! I have been to this restaurant many years ago (maybe 7) and decided to come try it again after reading good reviews about it on Yelp and Zomato. We came here on a Thursday night for dinner.
Ambiance – 6.5/10. This restaurant has a very simplistic layout. There is a sushi bar which sits about 6 people and the rest are tables of four. As the restaurant is very busy, you are expected to leave in 1.5 hours.
Food – 9.5/10. There are not a lot of variety on their menu but the food served here is very authentic! The proportions are very small and is relatively pricy. You can easily spend $40 per person here and only be 80% full. Despite the cost, the quality of food makes it worthwhile for a visit. I think out of all the Japanese restaurants I have tried in Vancouver, this restaurant serves the most fresh ingredients!
I had the beef sashimi which was probably the best deal given the price. The sashimi was fresh but I found the taste of the beef to be a little weak. I have had better beef sashimi previously but that restaurant is now closed.
I ordered the grilled mirugai (geoduck) which came in 2 skewers. The mirugai was very fresh and I liked how they cut it up so it was easier to eat.
My friend ordered the chirashi and unagi don. The chirashi don was served on a plate rather than a bowl like other restaurants. The presentation of it was very different and I found it refreshing. The unagi don was grilled just right and was very juicy.
They also ordered the grilled kapachi, negitoro roll and dynamite roll. These were also very delicious.
For nigiri sushi, we ordered the chopped scallop, amaebi, scallop and sock eye salmon. You could really taste the freshness in every bite. The sushi is bite size and it simply melted in your mouth!
Service – 9/10. The restaurant is run by a couple. The wife is the server while the husband manages the sushi bar. Food was served slightly slower than other Japanese restaurant given their manpower but you can definitely finish your meal in the 1.5 hour slot.
Good to Know! – The restaurant is only opened from 6 to 9 p.m. There are also only 5 or 6 tables so reservations are highly recommended! The restaurant is on the side facing Cambie Road.
Overall – Definitely the best sushi in town. I will be back but not on a day when I am feeling very hungry!