We had difficulties finding the place first - it's tucked away behind the Chinese restaurant on 3rd flr in Aberdeen Ctr. Much smaller space than I expected. It was Easter Monday and the place was empty. We looked at the rather short menu and decided to start with Ebi-shinjo in Shiitake cap plus House Roll before ordering Nigiri sushi. Ebi-shinjo arrived beautifully presented and IT WAS THE BEST TEMPURA DISH I had here in Vancouver. Barely there batter (that's the way it should be) was so crisp, so light and Shiitake and Ebi dumpling was very succulent. House Roll was stuffed with fresh sashimi (most of them is flown from the biggest fish market in Tokyo, Kichiji). It was huge but being so fresh we could eat all with no problem. Nigiri was overall pricey, reflecting the cost of imports, but it was well worth it. Especially Anago (conger)!! I never imagined it would be possible to taste Mushi-Ana (steamed conger) outside Japan. It is so rich and sweet like candy. I went to heaven. I had to bring home a few more to enjoy later. Sushikan is not a place for a regular visit for us, but I'll go back every few months to enjoy the best Japanese food available in Canada.
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Definitely better than average. Make sure to make a reservation - we had to wait for 30 min. on Saturday night. Nice counter and lots of seats, but no waiting area. We had to stand around the entry way - very brutal in winter time. Food is fresh and often light/subtle in flavour. I'm from Western Japan and quite familiar with the delicate taste, but if you are looking for some bold flavour, you might feel a bit short-handed. Price is reasonable for the quality. It's great to have a very decent sushi joint outside downtown. Kiyo will be our regular sushi stop.
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