Kaide looks like nothing much if you walk by it - it looks like yet another cheap sushi bar where the prices are low because of a lack of quality control...
... but Kaide is nothing of the sort!
Despite a brightly-lit, minimally decorated room at the bottom of a Yaletown condo, Kaide delivers where it matters: friendly, efficient-service and high quality sushi!
And sushi is what they serve. With a few appetizers and donburi, the focus here is on the sushi, sashimi and unique vegetarian rolls.
The oshinko maki is very fresh, with the pieces of oshinko dusted with crushed sesame.
The BC roll is made of quality cooked salmon, lined with tiny golden herring roe.
The Diablo (spicy tuna with cucumber) is some of the best I've had - the tuna is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety - top of the line! The amount of chili they use is perfect - the rolls are not drowning in sauce, which is how it should be.
My boyfriend who's a salmon sashimi fanatic raves about the salmon here - really high quality pieces, unlike a lot of other sushi bars in this city.
The only thing I didn't like is the "Mt. Plum" (mountain potato and plum). The plum sauce was really mild, and had the texture of egg white... a bit too gooey/phlegmy for my liking to enjoy properly. Though fresh and beautifully presented, I won't order that again merely because of texture.
The service is great - sometimes the waitresses will run up to the door and open it for you, if they see you coming! Everyone - sushi chef, the owner, the waitresses - all acknowledge you when you arrive and when you leave. Orders are promptly taken. You never wait long for the food, and although you pay for green tea, it's always being refilled, even when you're getting your bill!
2/3 times I've been there, they've served us a complimentary fresh fruit bowl upon presenting the bill. The first time it was cubed watermelon. The second time was slices of orange. Each piece of fruit has a wooden toothpick in it.