Sea Monstr Sushi offers a focused menu including 10 rolls, 3 hot, 3 cold items and a range of daily, locally-sourced specials. They now accept Visa/MC.
I have been here a few times and each time the experience has been excellent. The room is a little small so sometimes a little luck is needed to get a table; so far we have been lucky every time.
The food is different than most Japanese restaurants which I think is a good thing. They have some unique dishes that you can't find anywhere else in Vancouver. Some of my favourites include: anchovy potato salad, octopus sunomono and the negitoro maki.
The ratio of fish to rice is perfect with a very small portion of rice. The nori seaweed is never chewy and the fish is always extremely fresh. I really enjoy their miso soup as well which is obviously a simple dish but if its not good, I won't be coming back. Needless to say their miso is great and is a little different than most restaurants with great flavour. They also have Sapporo on tap and a tasty draft sake; both are reasonably priced under $5.
The service is really friendly and quick. Food comes out fast and is always prepared fresh. The prices are reasonable especially when you consider the quality of the food.
If you want a little interlude to your meal, you can even poke your head in the adjoined clothing store and do some shopping.
I definitely recommend this restaurant and it's now on my Dine Here favourites list.
A friend of mine was picking me up for lunch & asked if I wanted to have the best sushi I've ever had.. I said ok & he took me to a place I've never heard of before in GasTown. Sea Monstr Sushi. At first walking in everyone was friendly & the place looked nice inside. We sat at the front bar & the tea was there right away. We had some rolls and everything was VERY fresh, light & tasty. It melted in your mouth.. The spicy scallop roll is the best! It might be a little pricier then the little sushi places I'm used to but the quality here seems second to none. Overall I was very pleased & this is probably the best sushi I've eaten in Vancouver. I will return with the wife.
Rarely do you find a sushi restaurant that has great sushi in a cool atmosphere at decent prices but this one has it all. It was our first time here after hearing about it for a year. We sat at the long bar (just like real sushi eaters dine) and we pleasantly surprised at the nice presentation of the dishes (I think the guys behind the bar are experienced sushi creators; they spoke very little and were concentrating on their craft). The host and hostess were very friendly but not overly-friendly. The restaurant itself must only be 10 feet wide but it's deep and there's a slick clothing store in the rear. I have no idea wear they hide the kitchen. They served water in chilled bottles. Tea was luke warm but no big deal. They have a wide-variety menu and I only wish they had Natto and maybe a few more challenging dishes.
Usually anything around Gastown is catered towards tourists but this would be my hangout if only it were closer to my work or home.
We'll be back.
As soon as you enter you are immediately greeted by everyone that works there, very warm welcome, water is offered right away, our server was pleasant and professional. The ambiance is small but comfortable, theres a sushi bar and some table and stools in the back.I really enjoyed the spicy tuna roll, the flavors were excellent, the sushi rice was cooked to perfection, perfect thin layer of seaweed and best of all the really good quality fish! We also got the chopped scallop roll and california roll, everything was delicious! The prawn sunomono was fresh and well done, its not the typical ones you get at any restaurant. The gommae spinach with peanut sauce was good and tasty. The miso soup was hot and delicious! Sea Monstr is an authentic Japanese restaurant that delivers great style and taste, perfect bite size maki rolls! Too bad there is not hot food or dessert. I would definitely recommend Sea Monstr for a quick snack, lunch or light dinner.
Noticed that this place had just recently opened up and decided to try it out for lunch. Wasn't busy at all, but then again I was eating lunch quite late (around 1pm) so maybe I missed the lunch rush. Initial service was good, prompt with the tea. However never got offered a refill of my tea. Food definitely is not worth the price. Had a couple rolls, miso soup and a prawn sunomono and lunch cost me $20. For other sushi places just a few blocks away you get much better value and equal quality. I don't mind paying a premium for food, as long as it is worth it in quality and quantity. The soup was good. Never had a sunomono without noodles, but maybe that is a more traditional way of serving it? Rolls were ok, didn't fall apart or anything and tasted like standard Vancouver sushi, but were really small for the price. Could have easily eaten 4 or 5 full rolls and I'm not a big lunch eater. The space is just ok as well. Small, but the exposed brick gives it some character. Not much more to say really, just another standard, mediocre sushi place in Vancouver.