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guitarpjDunbarSince March 25, 20085 Reviews
Average Rating
3.5 (3.5)
  • Food4 (4)
  • Service3.5 (3.4)
  • Value4 (3.8)
  • Ambiance3 (3)

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Toshi Sushi181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Best sushi value in town, well worth the wait...
Submitted Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 9:53am [Dine in]

First off, I want to say that this place is hands-down the best sushi place in Vancouver for the price. I find it shocking, and kind of sad, that this place only has 3 stars on Dinehere...I guess it's indicative of the poor sushi culture in Vancouver (quantity is not quality, and I'm referring the number of restaurants in the city here).

I am a sushi purist, I lived a ten minute walk from Tsukiji market in Tokyo for over three years, and I consider myself to have a relatively refined palate when it comes to fish. Needless to say, when I come to Toshi, I order nigiri. The fish here is of superb quality. The ika is crisp (never chewy), the saba is rich (never too salty), the uni and ikura are fresh, the aji is impeccable, and the hamachi will blow your mind. Sure, you may not get a scallop quite as incredible as you would at "Dan" on Broadway, but the quality is there and the prices are shockingly low. For those looking for value, I highly recommend the nigiri combo...10 pieces for 13 dollars! You won't even get that at the crappiest Chinese-owned dive in the city!

I've read a lot of complaints about the line...all I can say is that it is worth it. Go there expecting to wait 20-45 mins...if you don't want stand there, put your name down and go have a drink at the Five Point across the street! Your spot on the list will be saved when you get back.

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Timbre Restaurant2068 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Don't get it...
Submitted Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

The food was OK. But $6.50 for a 14 oz. beer??? Even considering the relatively expensive menu items, that is just outrageous. I have no idea who came up with that price point, but it's insulting... I can't imagine that I'll ever be back with all the other GREAT bars in the area that charge less for a 20 oz beer. What started out as a night that was supposed to stay within the Timbre ended up inspiring a pub crawl!

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Suika1626 West Broadway, Vancouver
The Best Izakaya in Town
Submitted Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 11:53pm [Dine in]

Suika is, in my opinion, the best izakaya in town. Kingyo (same owner) is certainly comparable, but I find the menu at Suika more exciting and more innovative. Everything bursts with flavour and the sauces and dressings they use aren't to be found anywhere else in the city. I lived for three years in Tokyo and have tried my fair share of higher-tier izakaya in Japan; I find Suika to rival even those. Japanese friends that I take to Suika are blown away, with many even questioning how izakaya fare could be so good outside of Japan. The atmosphere is excellent. As the first reviewer mentioned, it is a perfect combination of old and new, and it pulls everything off in a comfortable and lively way. The service is top-notch, and the servers and kitchen staff are all extremely friendly. The head chef and many of the servers remembered me after the first time I went there and now all come over to greet me with each visit. If you EVER have a bad experience here I would be surprised and would urge you to go back for a second chance as this place is THE. REAL. DEAL. I recommend the Negitoro Battera, Shimesaba Battera, Asian Kakiage and the Toro toro tontoro, though everything I have tried there has been delicious. The appetizer taster box is really good for a starter as well! Do yourself a favour and give this place a try. Believe me, it's far better than the rest...and I've enjoyed all the rest.

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Aoki Sushi1888 W. Broadway St, Vancouver
Absolute best quality-value ratio of any sushi place in Vancouver
Submitted Friday, March 5, 2010 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

First off, let me tell you that I lived a 15 minute walk from the Tsukiji market in Tokyo for 3 years. I know my sushi. While Sushi Aoki may not be trendy or even "nice" inside, it's clean and that's all that matters when you consider the food. All I can say is FRESH AMAZING FISH!!!!! If you want to know the true awesome-factor of this restaurant you need to get away from your California and BC Rolls, and rolls in general (not to say their rolls are bad, far from it), and get into the real stuff. Sushi Aoki has among the best saba (mackerel) and uni (sea urchin) that I've ever had. Their hamachi (yellow tail) is top-notch, and their Aji is delicious. I'll just go out and say it, they have better fish than most places that charge twice the price. If you want to get a taste of what I'm talking about try their Chirashi bowl (the regular is huge!). For 14 bucks you get what you would pay 25 for anywhere else. Their assorted sashimi plates are two-thirds the price of what anywhere else would charge and way better! Why this place doesn't have a line out the door during all their opening hours is beyond me. Aside from fish their raw oysters are incredible (1.85 each?! are you kidding me?!?!) and are a must try. I haven't gotten much in to their hot food as I'm always drawn to their raw stuff but their Prawn Gyoza are great, and their bento boxes are the biggest steal of anywhere in town. Do yourself a favour and go to this sushi restaurant! What is more, ignore any bad reviews you see as the people who wrote them were either disillusioned by bad service (it CAN at times be slow, but it's worth it!) or have absolutely NO IDEA what they are talking about. Just keep in mind, they are no longer open for lunch time. Now what are you waiting for?!

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Kitsilano Sushi3105 West Broadway, Vancouver
What's expected
Submitted Monday, March 24, 2008 - 9:16pm [Dine in]

Kitsilano Sushi is decent for the price. The atmosphere isn't special, the service can be a little cold, and the food has it's ups and downs.

This is NOT a Japanese owned sushi restaurant and there are several things that show in their food. 1: The Tuna and Salmon are actually quite decent while other fish tends not to be fresh or tasty. The Ikura is HORRIBLE and all of these factors are typical of a non-Japanese owned Sushi shop. Also stay away from the Thai or Saba. 2: The Teriyaki tends to be too sweet. I must admit I don't mind Teriyaki like this every once in a while but it is not of high quality (though the price is right!) 3: The tempura tends to be too oily, though most restaurants are guilty of this. 4: The rolls often come with too much mayo.

Despite all of these things I actually do enjoy my meals there for the most part. I lived in Japan for several years and have developed a strong sense for quality in sushi which I don't find here, but for the average Vancouverite it is probably passable. I only really go here on Sundays when all the Japanese owned shops are closed. I have never had a bad experience, and like I said the food is alright for the price.

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