I'm 26 and I love my Sushi. My parents tell me they didn't have sushi in Vancouver when they were young. What a crime. Anyhow, back to the topic at hand.
A little history on me. I'm one of those sushi people that started off loving cheap All-You-Can-Eat sushi and dive bar sushi. Flash-forward 10 years and I'm now Mikey from those Life cereal commercials. Yes, I'm a sushi snob. But is it really my fault for deserving the freshest and cleanest sushi? Heeeeck no, so I'm sleeping alright, thank you very much.
Now let me lead in by saying I know there is some great sushi in Vancouver. I've been to Tojo's a handful of times, same for Yuji's and Toshi. They're great places as you would expect them to be, but a little pricey to do on a routine basis...... Enter I-Sushi...
I live about 2 blocks away from I-sushi and figured I may as well give it a shot. It's a nice little place, but I didn't expect much: There are so many sushi restaurants in Vancouver that statistically, I'll probably open 2 of them over my lifespan. haha. moving on--- I remember exactly what I first ordered. A tall Kirin, 1 avocado roll, 1spicy tuna roll, and 1 ebi mayo and an order of kimchi. -yes, I ordered too much food in hindsight.
The first thing that came to my table was the ebi mayo. Holy s***, simply amazing flavor at an amazing price. Whenever I bring friends to I-Sushi, I order this and we split it. It's a fan favorite and one of their signature dishes if you ask me. Next up, the kimchi. I usually order kimchi to clean my palette, but this kimchi is just damn good that it is more than just a palette cleanser. Next came my rolls. The spicy tuna roll was absolutely delicious and wasn't just mashed up tuna with a sauce to mask the quality/freshness (my #1 pet peeve) And finally, the avocado roll. Avocado rolls seem like they should be easy to make, and in principle they are. But most restaurants pay no attention to aging their avocado's properly; it's a crapshoot. you get what you get. But these avocado rolls are the best avocado rolls I've ever ordered. And consistently too. I've ordered the avocado rolls probably about 50 times and they have all been top quality.
Since my first excursion to I-Sushi a year ago, I have probably gone 2 times a week for the last year. They know me, they love me, and even create items on the spot for me when I'm feeling adventurous. How cool is that!
So what's the catch? If there is any catch, it's the music. I haven't worked up the courage to tell them that the music they play sucks, so hopefully they read this. The music makes for such poor ambience that I'll often order my food to-go so that I can avoid it.
But really, if that's the greatest fault of a restaurant, then you know they're doing alright.
for about $10-16 you will be able to order a meal that should probably cost a lot more just based on the quality. They have an extensive menu including some very creative rolls that are top notch. Also, the gyoza is AMAZING. All of my Kits friends are hooked on this place. I'd like to think that I had a large part to do with that, but really, all the credit goes to I-Sushi.