Inventive Japanese dining with French and continental influences. Not your ordinary teriyaki or california take out! Located in the south Granville strip.
This is our first try at the new location. The ambience is exactly like I remember it, almost like they just picked up the old location and planted it here. Nice, classy place that looks higher end.
Is this a Japanese restaurant? Hard to say about that. Yes, it offers sushi, but most of the main dishes are more like "Japanese inspired" western type dishes. Bottom line though, they really delivered on the presentation and preparation. Most of the dishes were done excellently. We had some sushi and it was solid as well. Just expect the prices to match the look. Most mains were $15-25 and were not large (to be fair, we did not leave hungry).
The biggest downside was the service. The waitress & waiters were excellent, friendly and attentive but perhaps lack of experience shows, not quite at the top level of the other places in town. The kitchen though? By far the slowest place in recent memory. It's an open kitchen and we see the 2 chefs in the back working away. Including us, there were only 3-4 tables, not more than 20 people for sure, far from being capacity. Not sure what the issue was, the guys in the back look like the old experienced guys, we didn't order anything special, they don't do take-outs ;-), yet it took probably more than an hour to get our food out...
Hopefully it was just a one night stumble, because otherwise it would be a good place for a minor special occasion, nice safe date place... worth a return sometime.
Took my elderly auntie for dinner last night. She was thinking more of the traditional "bento" type of Japanese restaurant.
I had been to EN when it was still on Granville. It seems to be moving upscale from then.
Service was impeccable. Ambiance is austere but classy.
We ordered miso soup (in a flat soup bowl, not a laquered cup), the avocado salad (dressed greens with pine nuts, and raisins), the avocado tempura-fired in a delicate batter...oh YUM.
Also had some nigiri sushi, impeccably fresh. And crispy beach oysters, the tempura tuna roll, and eby gyoza. All very, very nice.
Price....hmmm. Quite upper-end. Overall, very nicely done and very tasty.
This is sushi art that tastes exceptional. Everytime I have dined here, it has been an experience. I always sit at the counter and eat what the chef recommends - mainly the raw stuff. You can't go wrong by dining this way. You have less control over the bill but it's worth it. The people here really pay attention to detail when it comes to both the customers and the food. I don't even know what to recommend because I don't know the names of what I've eaten there - most of it is probably not on the menu anyway.
Nice presentation. Fresh fish. But still no Tojo. More expansive menu in comparison though. Service is somewhat indifferent to pretentious. Still not worth the price. Money better spent for the unpretentious mouthwatering experience one can get at Tojo's though with a more simple/basic menu unless you order the chef suggestion.
I have been dining at EN Japanese restaurant for the last 7 years, and I still don't mind driving from the North Shore to Vancouver to enjoy the delectable food served at this restaurant. For years I have enjoyed the pumpkin cheesecake (without cheese) a secret recipe that melts your mouth. I have always been greeted by my name, and the staff always remembers me. The atmosphere is calm and elegant. The waiters are very professional, the chef enjoys what he does and he is very detailed and artistic. On occasions, we have waited in the past, but much worth it. Who is in a hurry?. My friend and family introduced me to this restaurant, and I am still a loyal customer.
This is a great restaurant. They serve the highest quality organic and wild meats and fish. For anyone who knows running a restaurant or cafe, would know how tempting it is to get less expensive meats and then marinade or stew it. Not here. They use the best meat money can buy. Not bad for a small restaurant. Ordered a wonderful vegetarian dish and then a cheesecake. I was told by our server that the restaurant makes all dishes, including dessert in house. Will definitely go again. Wine list is well thought out as well.
We dropped by without a reservation on a Tuesday night and were surprised to see a neighbourhood Japanese restaurant with cloth tablecloths and subdued lighting. We looked at the menu and the prices looked decent, so we thought we'd give it a try. The food is what I would call "Japanese-inspired" more than purist Japanese, but the flavours are subtle and the presentation is lovely.
Our waitress took the time to point out the evening's specials and what was the most fresh. Based on that, we chose yellowfin sashimi, and it was tender and tasty. We then had three small plates to share- prawn gyoza, chicken yakitori, and miso-marinated angus beef. They were all good, but the beef, slivered in tiny pieces, was the standout. We had spicy scallop rolls and California rolls, and both were very good as well.
Service was fast and friendly and knowledgable. The total bill, including a large Sapporo beer, was just under $60.
We enjoyed En immensely. The food had a unique creative twist, and was a welcome change to some of the other more traditional Japanese places around town. The service was attentive and friendly, the decor contemporary and comfortable. The bill was more than we expected, but as they say, you get what you pay for!
We've eaten at EN countless times and it has never disappointed. The food is fascinating and delicious. Don't bother with the regular sushi items which are good but similar to what you get elsewhere. Start with the best miso soup in town and order a bowl of rice to add to it. Then try the seared tuna served with black and white sesami seed sauce, the asparagus gyoza, the prawn gyoza, the tuna nori wasabi (done in a barely visible tempura batter), and the bok choi in a nut sauce. That would be a big meal for two and would cost $60. We try other restaurants and find the odd good one but we keep going back to EN for real value and amazing flavours.
Yami's cooking is sensational, and the dishes served are truly unique. Calamari rice bridge may not exist anywhere else in the world, and the zucchini flowers are incomparable. Ingredients are always fresh, and the servers are well-trained and truly attentive. The food may seem to appear slowly, but that is totally a result of Yami's perfectionism. He only cooks to order, and will never take a shortcut to produce a dish quickly. A small price to pay for perfection.
While others jam the "restaurants of the moment", true perfection is to be found at this quiet bastion of great food. And now I've let the cat out of the bag...
My wife and just ate at EN by accident, it used to be the amazing Wabi Sabi which appears to be gone, we didnt realize until we sat down that it was a different restaurant. The ambiance was still there so we decided to give it a try. It turned out to be the most expensive meal we have had where the food was truly bad; dry tuna, fishy fish, stunningly overpriced ($15 for one plate with 6 tiny pieces of tuna maki on it???) Each tiny tapas was around $15, none were great, several were awful. We will never ever be back... where oh where has my Wabi Sabi gone???