Fine tuned sushi bistro with equally balanced tapas, mains, and desserts
Stopped by this place for a quick lunch-couldn't be happier!
The Chirashi Sushi was only $10 for a large bowl with Sockeye Salmon/Tuna/Herring Roe/Tako/Shrimp and Tamago on a bed of the Best Rice I've eaten in years.
With increasing food costs many places-Yes even Japanese run ones-have cut costs by switching to lower grades of Rice but what Juno uses is a top level product and it's done right.
The place is tiny maybe seating 30 people @ a pinch but it offers a full kitchen and excellent bar seating as well as quality Beer, Wine and Sake.
I was strolling by and popped in for lunch. It wasn't very busy and I started chatting up the Chef who was also the owner. Seems like a really nice guy. The quality of the food was top notch! This guy is a sushi artist. This is the choice you have to make. Juno is pressed in between several other sushi places that have better dollar value and still taste good. So do you want lots of good food at cheap prices or, not as much excellent food at slightly higher prices? Juno is a much higher quality restaurant to go out to for a nice dinner instead of a quick lunch like the places next door. But do yourselves a favor and stop in to try some really amazing and super fresh food prepared beautifully. Thanks Juno, see you soon!
The concept of a sushi bistro is quite new in Vancouver. We have lots of izakaya and sushi places but not something in between, so I gave Juno a try for dinner. The restaurant is quite small and the only server in the bistro basically takes care of everything in the front of the house. I wasn't surprise that it took her awhile to take our order and give us our drinks during a busy Friday dinner service.
The menu has a good selection of sushi, sashimi, and rolls. There a wide range of interesting creations, such as yam poutine with teriyaki gravy, and traditional izakaya items from the kitchen as well. I tried to sample food from both menu, so I ordered Ebi Mayo, Sablefish Miso Yaki, and Aburi All-Star. The decision to order Ebi Mayo is to see how Juno brings new light to this classic izakaya dish. It end up a disappointment . The batter for the fry prawn look and taste the same as lower grade tempura batter from a sushi takeout. It couldn't hold up to the thinner fruity mayo sauce which made the whole dish soggy. The sablefish miso yaki was okay, nothing special. If it was grilled more, the dish would be better. I think the Aburi All-Star is the only good dish I had from Juno. It was three kinds of lightly seared sashimi --- amberjack, mackerel, and tuna belly. The fish was fresh and the sauce was nicely balanced.
All in all, I would give Juno another try base on the sashimi. I would order more items from the raw menu and less from their kitchen.
not izakaya and not just another ho hum, cheap sushi/teriyaki joint. Juno does a great job of using quality ingredients to serve food that is exceptionally consistent. I eat lunch here at least once a week with a colleague and have tried everything on their lunch menu. Seriously, Vancouver does not have another Japanese restaurant with this mix of food and price. At $15 or less I don't think this place can be beaten. If I had any complaint, it would be nice to have a coke every once in a while or a glass of kirin on Fridays.
Finally! some decent eats in my neighborhood. Went with a friend to Juno a couple of nights ago. The place used to be Mango's for a short stint. Exposed brick, simple decor, comfortable sushi bar and viewable kitchen round out the ambiance.
The food was briliant. We had a wide variety of dishes.
Kurobuta Kakuni (braised pork belly with soy/sake cured boiled egg)
The pork was melt in your mouth and the Japanese mustard provided another level of flavor. Kabocha Croquette (pumpkin, avocado, cheese topped with sour cream and tomato sauce). Aburi
All Stars (seared Kanpachi, Shime Saba, and Toro) nice presentation, all were seared perfectly. Had a few others that were all equally delicious but I don't want to run this review too long. But I have to comment on the Tofu Cheescake with Matcha Syrup. Very smooth with a subtle sweetness and the Matcha although bitter was a welcome contrast. I loved every spoonful. Service is attentitive without being obtrusive. Considering the ingredients, the food value is top notch.
Definitely will be a regular here.