A couple of friends invited me along to their favorite sushi place, Bistro Sakana. To be honest I had never heard of this place before. It is not huge, looks like it seats maybe 50 or so. It is definitely not your typical Japanese eatery. It was cool, sophisticated, and felt like it belonged in L.A. or N.Y.C. It is great to see this kind of establishment in Vancouver.
The food: Very fresh, creative, and beautifully presented. I definitely enjoyed the fusion dishes most. Some dishes were illuminated with small lanterns made from paper thin carrot and radish. The flavors were amazing and there was a lot to choose from on the menu.
The Service: Remarkably attentive on a busy Friday night. Language was a slight problem with one of the servers. They all seemed to be from Japan. At least one of them spoke fluent English and they were all quite helpful, friendly and welcoming. I noticed that one of the sushi chefs was female, That's kind of neat, I've never seen that in a Japanese restaurant before.
Value: Not your cheapest Japanese restaurant, but as I mentioned not typical either. I felt that we received fairly good value for our hard earned money. The quality was certainly there. We drank some very good cold sake, they had a great selection, but it wasn't cheap!
Ambiance: This was an area that really impressed me. The music was contemporary jazz, the lighting was intimate, and I loved the black and white samurai movie projected on the wall. Again, the place had a very big city sophistication about it.
I will definitely be back.