Chef Karasu uses top quality ingredients and expert skill to prepare excellent sushi.
After I saw Chasiubow's review I was eager to give this place a try and finally got around to it.
This is pretty much a takeout place with 3 2 seater tables to accomodate a small amount of people who might want to eat their food there. It seems as if it is just Chef Karasu running this place all by himself, the hours are something like 11:30 to 7:30 every day, and it is open 7 days a week. I'd describe him more as a sushi vendor than a sushi restaurant. Chef Karasu is certainly japanese too. So this isn't quite a full service restaurant.
The menu is pretty much all sushi. Miso soup is I think the only non sushi item. When my Japanese (yet somewhat cheap) wife saw the prices on the menu her eyes kind of bulged out and she started getting all excited. This is what sticks out most to me about this place, the prices are very cheap, especially considering the place is authentic Japanese. Most nigiri was $1.00 a piece. Tuna or Salmon rolls are $1.95. A 46 piece party tray of rolls was $20. A can of pop is $1.00. And so on. Basically everything is pretty darn cheap. In fact I think Chef probably messed up a bit and set prices too low, when my wife wanted to get some Ikura and Masago he said he didn't have any because it cost him $100 a pound so he would just be losing money I guess.
Anyway, we ordered some miso soup and the biggest party tray he sells. The miso was very good. The sushi was good. It's certainly not the best I've had in both taste and in how well it is made but it is still quite good, no complaints about any of it. The rolls are also pretty decent in size (not stupidly big) so there is good value there. My Japanese wife was very happy with the food.
At the end when we went to pay he doesn't even have a place to put a tip in on the mastercard slip. Almost had to argue with him to give him a tip - so very Japanese (no tipping in Japan).
Myself I wouldn't say I am dying to return to dine in - I really prefer very full service restaurants. I will probably come back for the unique experience from time to time though. The wife on the other hand would love to come back. If I ever need takeout on the north shore, this is 100% where I would come to get it, and I heartily recommend everyone else does too. I'm not sure how much business he has being in such a nondescript location (one other customer got a small order when we were there for an hour). I might imagine weekday lunch would be busier as this would be a great place to grab some takeout for a work lunch.
This place in my mind qualifies as a hidden gem. Without Chasiubow's review I would have hardly noticed it or ever tried it. I have noticed some sushi restraurant there before I think, but never tried it because it is just so nondescript. So I'm just writing this here and asking anyone who wants some sushi takeout on the north shore to give this a try lest he be so hidden away he goes under.
Forget the pricey sushi joints in the DT, North Van has a new champion. This unassuming place is behind McD's in a strip mall off Pemberton. The restaurant itself is very small but it is clean and cozy. The owner/chef Karasu is real Japanese sushi chef. I kept wondering what he was doing in this nondescript eatery.
I had a party tray with smoked salmon roll, Cali roll, tuna roll, and a few maki sushi rolls. All were excellent. I was told that they only use top ingredients in the sushi, and you can tell. It was awesome! The price was right too, and the chef was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Karasu means blackbird or crow in Japanese, so I am guessing that it is the surname not a descriptive name. I think that the customers will flock to this hidden gem of a restaurant once they discover how great it is.