Shizen Ya boasts a menu of Japanese cuisine prepared using organic and healthy ingredients as well as Oceanwise seafood. The dishes at Shizen Ya are MSG and additive free.
I was hit with a sushi craving in the middle of the afternoon and ended up at Shizen Ya. My expectations were fairly low and in the end, I left very satisfied. The inside is newly renovated and quite a bit different from the Italian coffee gelato place that use to be here. The menu at Shizen Ya has a very healthy spin to it serving organic and Ocean Wise fare; definitely not your typical Japanese menu.
We ordered some miso soup, a bunch of rolls including dynamite, negitoro and salmon & avacodo and a prawn tempura. All of the dishes came out of the kitchen very quickly despite being fairly busy. Somehow I missed the brown rice sushi sign outside so I was a little surprised when the rolls we ordered were all made brown rice sushi. I'd never tried it before and I was surprised how good the brown rice was. Overall, I enjoyed all the dishes and they were nice change of pace from the standard sushi fare served around Vancouver.
I think the bill came to about $30 including tip which was reasonable considering the dishes ordered. I will definitely return to Shizen Ya when I am looking for "off the beaten path" sushi.
I was a little bit skeptical before going there. A place that advertises organic, brown rice, etc. Does that mean that's all it can sell and it doesn't have taste?
Well, we headed there. Being a newish joint, it was clean and done up nicely. We were the only ones there at first, so definitely we got good service. Even when the place filled up with a couple of more tables, the dishes came out really fast. Still freshly made though.
It's, well, a Japanese restaurant and it has a mix of stuff. Some curry, some sushi, some noodles. Thankfully, the food was quite decent. The rolls are well executed and tasty, however, the brown rice in the rolls isn't done sushi style. Or at least not done right, none of the vinegar left in there. You can tell also by the sashimi, while nicely done, was not cut by a good sushi chef. They also decided to go different and paired it with alfafa sprouts, but unfortunately it pairs poorly with salmon or tuna sashimi. Quite bad actually.We also ordered some curry, udon noodle soup and tempura. All very nice. The tempura is apparently whole wheat. It was reasonably done, though it really has to be eaten right away or else it gets a tad soggy, so there's some work to do on that front.
At the end of the day, yes, we were quite happy with the food and the service. There is nothing mindblowing that we've tried yet, but it seems to be a solid restaurant to grab a bite to eat if you're in the neighbourhood.
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