Kaide caters to many tastes, offering the traditional Sashimi and Nigiri Sushi to the not so traditional but ever so popular Vegetarian Menu.
It offers just that on the menu. Sushi and more sushi/sashimi. Don't be hoping for robata/tempura and the like. But for what they have to offer, it is great in quality and pricing. A little undiscovered treasure located in a semi-quiet street. Definitely worth revisiting.... Except... no alcohol served... so it's just popping pieces of nigiri while downing a warm cup of free water, or the pay option of green tea, etc.... :)
There's nothing special about this “store front” sushi bar. It is what it is. I would expect a small sushi owner establishment to have a higher quality of fresh seafood on hand.
The ebi looked overcooked and stripped of its flavour. The Toro Nigiri was a sham, it looks like they rub vegetable oil on it to enhanced it’s appearance, didn’t taste very good either. The unagi nigiri was place into a toaster oven and nowhere near a grill. Their special Venus roll had the unagi draped on the outside straight from the wrapper (at $7.95) and still wet. The special (spicy) chop scallop roll was good but it looks like they ran out of rice. No, they did run out of rice! Our negitoro roll did not arrived until the end of the meal. We tried to cancel it but they kept assuring us it was made. When this item finally arrived, the rice had the chilliness of a frozen Newfoundland Cod.
Now I would be nit picking, if I suspect the soy sauce in those little bottles on the table were refilled with Chinese soy sauce. And they charged for the green tea. Have you ever wondered why some customers tip less? There is no tipping in some overseas restaurants or in Japan. That is why they charge for the tea. You can’t have it both ways.
There are two good things I’ll carry from this meal: the waitresses were nice and caring. The other is we had order four unagi nigiri and only received two.
Won’t be going back anytime soon.
I work nearby and love eating here. For the past few months, I ended up eating sushi at places closer to work, but after a visit here, remembered why I came so often in the first place.
The sushi is here very well balanced. Size, rice to fish ratio, seasoning of rice, and temperature are great.
Some standouts for me are the saba and chopped scallop. Great balance that a lot of other shops don't get right.
One thing I like to do is name how much I want to spend, some likes or dislikes and let the chef feed me. It's always worked out great for friends and I.
the food is AMAZING, the ginger isn't canned, the miso is made from scratch, the sushi options are exciting and pleasing to multiple senses - pretty to look at, delicious to taste. All the ingredients are fresh and of high quality. This is not a place to go if you want a $8 bento box, this is a high quality sushi bar but worth every penny.
The staff is always smiling and very pleasant, you can watch your sushi be expertly made. My favourite by far. Could use some ambiance, but it is more a sushi bar than restaurant.
kaide is a well kept secret...it's the only place i go to for sushi....it's super fresh and tasty, and artfully prepared. my favourite "seven samurai" are tuna, salmon, toro, chopped scallop, unagi, tobiko and inari.
these appetizers are great too:
- hiyayako - silky white tofu and bonito flakes in a pool of light soy
- renkon kinpura - crunchy slices of lotus root tossed with sesame oil
- marinated or spicy tuna sashimi - the tastiest morsels you'll ever savour
the super friendly sushi chef trained for many years in japan, and worked for other japanese restaurants before starting his own. the wait staff are very gracious and helpful. and there's complimentary fresh fruit for dessert.
what more could you ask for, modest prices, high quality sushi, great service. everything a sushi shack should be!
you will be greated with a big smile from the sushi chef/owner when you first walk in.
no deep fryer in this sushi bar, the focus is on the fish. the toro sashimi was stupendous!! the wild salmon sashimi is of exquisite quality, in color, texture and taste. the sashimi peices were symmetrical and identical in size and shape. every peice was cut to perfection.
while sitting at the bar i noticed how the chef carefully handles the fish. this is a man who takes pride in his profession.
kaide sushi, if i could only clone you..
Kaide looks like nothing much if you walk by it - it looks like yet another cheap sushi bar where the prices are low because of a lack of quality control...
... but Kaide is nothing of the sort!
Despite a brightly-lit, minimally decorated room at the bottom of a Yaletown condo, Kaide delivers where it matters: friendly, efficient-service and high quality sushi!
And sushi is what they serve. With a few appetizers and donburi, the focus here is on the sushi, sashimi and unique vegetarian rolls.
The oshinko maki is very fresh, with the pieces of oshinko dusted with crushed sesame.
The BC roll is made of quality cooked salmon, lined with tiny golden herring roe.
The Diablo (spicy tuna with cucumber) is some of the best I've had - the tuna is of the melt-in-your-mouth variety - top of the line! The amount of chili they use is perfect - the rolls are not drowning in sauce, which is how it should be.
My boyfriend who's a salmon sashimi fanatic raves about the salmon here - really high quality pieces, unlike a lot of other sushi bars in this city.
The only thing I didn't like is the "Mt. Plum" (mountain potato and plum). The plum sauce was really mild, and had the texture of egg white... a bit too gooey/phlegmy for my liking to enjoy properly. Though fresh and beautifully presented, I won't order that again merely because of texture.
The service is great - sometimes the waitresses will run up to the door and open it for you, if they see you coming! Everyone - sushi chef, the owner, the waitresses - all acknowledge you when you arrive and when you leave. Orders are promptly taken. You never wait long for the food, and although you pay for green tea, it's always being refilled, even when you're getting your bill!
2/3 times I've been there, they've served us a complimentary fresh fruit bowl upon presenting the bill. The first time it was cubed watermelon. The second time was slices of orange. Each piece of fruit has a wooden toothpick in it.
Kaide has the best sushi that I've found in Vancouver - comparable to that in Japan. They don't serve cooked Japanese food, such as the karage, tempura, udon, ramen, etc - mostly rolls, sashimi, sushi, etc, so there isn't a huge choice on the menu, but the ingredients are always fresh and the staff are wonderful and very friendly. I eat here at least once a week, if not more.