This is a great higher end Japanese restaurant that really delivers great value and is worth every penny.
Food: Impeccable. The flavours were amazing - perfectly balanced and each dish had a unique flavour. Try the Caterpillar roll - fresh, refreshing avocado encrusted roll with unagi. The Chawan Mushi - a savoury delight, the egg was not too hard, soft with flavourful seafood and perfectly cooked veggies. Lobster Miso bisque - a fusion dish, two flavours that go together very well - lobster & miso. Agedash MOCHI - yes mochi, a sticky rice cake with a wonderful texture. Amazing wild sockeye salmon sashimi and specials as well.
When the bill came out, for a high end restaurant, I expected a more expensive bill. Surprisingly it was not that expensive - so worth it.
Service - From the time I made a reservation to the time we left, the service was polite, friendly, and swift. Our dishes were changed without request, extra bowls, forks for sharing were brought without request, and we were even given free amuse bouche appetizers at the start of our meal. Our waitress was so polite and helpful, with the right balance between attentive/intrusive.
Ambiance - This is a lovely restaurant with very interesting decor/set up. It reminds me of a house, with 3 stories, live piano music, and is very colourful in general. Tables are well spaced between one another creating a very comfortable environment.
I will definitely be back - this is a hidden gem. I would prefer this place over Tojo's. The food, service, and ambiance are just as good but without the steep prices.
It's a great place to take guests to Vancouver, have a dinner party, or a family dinner.
Thank you SAI Z for a fabulous time.