Kibune is a small boutique sushi house next door to Starbucks on Yew..
There's more sushi places here in lower mainland than there are Starbucks but only a few are authentic, very few. Kibune is one of them. Kibune has neat tatami rooms and although the lady at the front lacks the skill of shallow veneer tooth smiles of a Earles hostess, she does her best by serving, helping to take orders and running the payment through. When you hire students on a work holiday visa, you do need to be on top of the finances. She does not try to ignore but rather she is often distracted by what else needs to be done for the other guests. Once you get her attention, things are good. I love their dinner combos which is a feast on its way for less than $20. Their sukiyaki combo is my favourite. The food is stellar, the service adequate and the ambiance is authentically Japanese. Their ability to stay in business since 1982 is a testament to how good they are. They are like the only authentic Japanese place I know in all of Kitsilano.
This place has been around longer than any other establishment in Kits and for good reason - good authentic food in a relaxed setting. The sushi bar runs the entire length of the restaurant. The sushi chef has been there for over ten years maybe more. The same owner from the beginning. Lots of private booths that'll sit six people easily. The sushi is fresh and the presentation is superb. This place doesn't advertise much and probably no need to get new customers. This is like a little secret place like many of the cool sushi bars in Japan.
Having driven across town to try a new sushi place that had been recommended this restaurant was a let down. Slow service, expensive (assorted sushi $15.95) and mediocre food and no high chair for our little one. They had nice booths but the ambience was spoilt by camping coolers and cluster...they definately have a storage problem as well as other problems. Won't be back.
went to kibune as its the only place i could find open at 4pm. I had read in the toronto star that the sushi here is reliable.
well go figure. the other dishes we had were very good. we had the tofu agedashi was good, the veggie tempura was good. the beef marinated in garlic and soy was delicios in my opinion. The salmon sushi was good, but the tuna was not good at all.
very fishy smell.
having eaten lunch at okada sushi that afternoon the difference was remarkable. big plus is the walk to the beach.
The ambience was interesting. youre own booths that ensure privacy, but it doesnt let you people watch.
Most of the Japanese restaurants in Vancouver are Non-Japanese owned.
Kibune is a Family Japanese Owned and operated busines where
the overall quality and flavor of the food is quite good.
Certainly this place isn't out to offer the cheapest prices in town, but then again it's in Kits. expensive rent
Extensive menu and our server recommened thier signature dish "Terriyaki Chicken" , Spinich appettizer, and sushi boat sampler.
Now for the food :
Terriyaki Chicken was Tasty, soft, well seasoned without the bottled taste.
Cooked Spinich appetizer was bundled up in a nice presentation with soy sauce dip.
Sushi Boat Sampler - all the firm sushi were percisioned cut and fresh.
Friendly , cozy Japanese theme atmosphere with quality food to match.
I went here after reading the reviews, so I was expecting good food and 'iffy' service.
Well, let me say, the food was OUTSTANDING. (caveat: I didn't actually eat sushi, so I can't comment on that yet; I had a lunchbox). But if the lunchbox is anything to go by, I look forward to going back for sushi. All the food was so FRESH, so perfectly cooked, and the Ohitashi was the best I've ever had. Even things like vegie tempura, which are usually so standard from restaurant to restaurant, were oustanding - it included mushroom and green bean, both cooked to perfection. The barbecued Saba (mackerel) was mouthwatering.
The service was fine! We were on the patio, so were a little slower to get 'noticed' (I had to pop inside to let them know we were there), but we weren't in a hurry, so it didn't matter. The patio is tiny, but beautiful, with a perfect view to the beach - I'd be happy to go back here ANY time.
I eat sushi at least 4 times a week. I came across Kibune a short while ago. I love the setup in there, I only wish they had a larger patio for the summer days. I've never had a problem with the service there, and am always greeted by both the hostess and at least one of the sushi chefs behind the sushi bar. The food is really good and fresh. The Spinach Gomae is a must when dining there, it's not a thick sweet peanut buttery sauce like what you would get at most restaurants, it's more of a vinaigrette with lots of flavor. The spinach is also cut so that it's not difficult to chew it.
Whenever I'm there I also always order the Miso soup, because it has a nicer flavor than that of the miso soups I've tried elsewhere. The overall freshness of the food is better than what I'm used to. The prices are a little higher, but it's really worth it for the excellent food and friendly service.
There are so many sushi places in Vancouver and of those, very few are authentic. This is one of those few, serving good quality food. Don't expect giant, cheap rolls covered in sauce over here. The food is simple and well presented. The roll menu is fairly small, but if there is anything you want that isn't listed, you can just ask. It's a bit pricier than other casual sushi places but the quality makes up for that. My favourite thing to order here is the salmon since they serve wild salmon and it's very tasty even compared to other places that also serve wild salmon. Their sunomono is also excellent. I like that they have crab sunomono and it's served with the shell on.
The service is a bit slow but at no point did we feel we were being ignored. The room is clean, simple and nicely decorated. We sat in one of the tatami rooms but there is also a long sushi bar if that is to your liking. I'm not sure if this will become my new hidden gem sushi place, but I will definitely be back!
Kibune is my first choice for casual, authentic, good quality sushi in Kits. It is a bit pricier than some of the other sushi joints in the area, but makes up for it with high quality ingredients. The special assorted sushi is excellent if you like sushi and are not afraid of things like eel, sea urchin and sweet shrimp. The servers are polite and attentive, and the sushi chef is friendly and clearly skillful. Great spot all around!
A nice quaint sushi place close to the beach. The best sushi is Kits is still TENMAKI on broadway off Arbutus, but this place is a block from me so sometimes I just stroll down for a an Uni and cold Kirin fix, Like I said solid Uni quality ( sea urchin for the california roll only types) usually means the rest of the fish is uber fresh as it is the easiest to spoil. Have had three good snacks there.
I eat Sushi quite often, 2 times a week at a minimum and this honestly was the worst I've had for as long as I can remember.
We had the Sushi dinner for two and the soup was fine, the Sunomono was ok, but the shrimp were a little too fragrant to be anywhere near tasty.
The tempura was ho hum but the nigiri platter was TERRIBLE. I ate one piece of each (there were approximately 7 different pairs of nigiri) and I instantly felt ill. The fish was not fresh and had an awful texture. My wife couldnt eat any of her half of the nigiri.
I will not return.
I've made Kibune a staple of my dining out repertoire. It is a refreshing break from chain restaurants, crowds or over-priced hoity-toity sushi places.
The charm is in the service. Although you may wait longer than other places, the service is sincere, and the hostess who runs the restaurant is clearly trying her best.
The food is great, very fresh and well-priced. The sushi is delicious, the sashimi incredible, and the apetizers are so tasty. The dinner combo's are probably the best bang for your buck, and leave you feeling full and refreshed.
There is not much new here, so if you're looking for really innovative and creative rolls or sushi this is not the place. This may not be totally fair, because the menu does say that they will make any roll you want by special request. The house "kibune roll" is great, and I always get an order of these.
Try it on a weeknight when the place is not so busy, and it's sure to please.
If you're considering this place, save yourself the cash and grab a 6.95 meal of airport sushi- even if it was made yesterday. I was looking for a new sushi joint as my regular stopped serving lunch and came across this place. Never have paid SO much for so little and not very good portions either- ordered 1 cali roll, dynamite roll, avocado roll, half order tuna sashimi, spicy tuna roll and 1 miso soup. Bill comes to 32.00- TAKE out. I suck it up looking forward to a kickass lunch and get back to the office to find tiny little cookie-cutter sushi rolls that look like they were printed by a computer. California roll was made out of pollock, not even shredded first- nice little cube of the stuff. Spicy tuna roll was smaller than most kappa rolls and not a drop of sauce or creativity near it. I finished my meal GREATLY disappointed and feeling quite ripped off. Skip this place.
I took several people out for a business supper and was very impressed with all aspects of the night. From the moment you step through the door you know you are in a different place than the street you stepped from. Everyone greeted us when we came in and lots of smiles. Very attentive service and excellent food. Extensive non-sushi menu that really delivered. I would highly recommend this to anyone for any occasion.
seriously.. getting take out is no reason for these guys to treat me with such contempt.... im sitting on a chair by the door with a bottle of cold campogrande orvieto paperbagged in my lap prepping for a me night and the lady at the cash is painfully ignoring me.. i stand and wait for her to look up from her frantic number crunching -while the place is empty, save for 1 table- to place the order. i feel like ive imposed myself and immediatly sit down and cross my ankles. i wait.. feeling ashamed. several times the hostess whips into her kiosk with a white bag- no visual que, but i raise to my feet and advance to pay..she keeps her head down, i step back and sit... this choreography repeats at least 3 times and my thighs are becoming pretty sore. Im going to nail these guys on dinehere.. i pay and leave.. so what if there's a picture of freakishly toothy goldie hawn above the till beaming with her kibune bento... i feel so cheap. im so angry i rip into my hiro makki. It's still just barely warm from freshly palmed rice and steaming crunchy tempura prawn but then cool from firm generous slabs of fresh avacado-grown on their own potted trees which you are invited to paruse i understand from a sign into which i burn uncomfortable holes while waiting for a visual que from ice hostess...i cant believe it... its amazing. buttery and crisp in the proper respective places...it tastes less generic...almost homemade if i might be permitted the gall to say.. and the gomae.. oh my..so good.. its pressed into delish spinach cylinders and burried in heaps of sesame seeds.. very little oil if any used..whether or not its proper, it tastes so fresh, nice non limp texture... i love it this way i decide.. and at $2:50 a serving, it's galvanized into my food repetoire forever... kits sushi is two doors up...trust me on this one: walk the extra 20 feet. i've had both and despite the residual shame of being a cheapo solo take out patron.. i gotta side with goldie..