Vanya serves Japanese, home-style sushi.
Vanya is tucked away is a small corner by the major intersection of Joyce and Kingsway. I can say that I have been going to Vanya since I was a little girl (at least 13 years). I have never been disappointed by the many many meals that I have had. I have done take-out and dined in on various occasions over the years. (I take out there at least once every 3 weeks)
They recently upgraded their restaurant with a new look with hardwood floors. It makes the restaurant look a lot brighter and bigger...I was really digging it. The atmosphere almost could feel like you were in Japan, the owners and employees at Vanya are all authentic Japanese people. I LOVE that about this restaurant!
The food is awesome, I cannot complain about the quality of food. However, for those of you that are used to the HUGE rolls and giant portions they give at other Japanese restaurants (mostly at all you can eat)...then you might be disappointed with the portions at Vanya. The rolls are fairly small, however, the quality of the food and the taste will blow you away.
For all Japanese food lovers, please go try Vanya!
Rare to find a Japanese place actually owned and run by Japanese people. Because of that, has a lot more charm than most hole in the walls.
Food is good, nothing too fancy, just solid, consistent japanese fare from rolls to udon to rice bowls.
Their cooked fish dinners are tops on my list and is the kinda home cooking you won't find at other "sushi" places.
Prices are very reasonable as well.
Would go back for sure.
I've been here several times for lunch and enjoyed myself on every occasion. By no means a fancy place; basically just a hole in the wall. That aside, the food itself is nonetheless attractively presented, delicious and cheap.
This little hole in the wall is the best sushi you will get in Vancouver for the price and really the quality is all there. The best tasting dynamite rolls I have had, and what I love love love about their sushi, is that not only is it delicious, but it is BITE size...when the sushi is big, I hate to eat it. It can be the best tasting sushi in the world, but when you have to choose between breaking it up and trying to shovel it in your mouth, or forcing the whole thing and having blowfish cheeks while you try to chew it down, the taste really takes a back seat...
Good prices and generous portions. Somewhat small so seating is limited. It's been in the same spot for 20 years and I have been eating there for fifteen of those years. Consistently good food prepared in the Japanese style with the emphasis on quality and taste. An inexpensive dine if you choose a combination but you can be more generous and order whatever you like and spend lots of money. Licensed, pleasant staff and the ubiquitous owner/sushi chef and family prepare all the food in this tiny place. Good, you must go!
OK, while the hostess was certainly very nice, I found the food to be mediocre, the sashimi was too small and poorly cut and it cost like 12 bucks for 11 pieces, the donbunri was very simple and that was like 10 bucks for 5 tempura prawns and a bowl of rice. However the hostess serving us was very very nice and I gave her a 20 percent tip. The cook looked surly. I liked the ambience, liked the homely feel. I liked the hole in the wall feel of the place.
Most of the time when I eat Japanese food, I will go to All You Can Eat Japanese Restaurant. Just felt like finding a new place to try out this afternoon and I found this place. There are not much English on the menu, so it would be pretty hard to understand the menu if you do not understand Japanese or go to a Jap restaurant often. As for the food is very different if you are used to eating from the All You Can Eat Japanese restaurants. I have ordered assorted sashimi, nigiri sushi, miso soup, and some Ten Zaru. The items containing raw fish were made very nicely, but I was expecting a few more pieces. As for the miso soup, they taste like those instant miso soups from packets. As for the Ten Zaru, I had no clue how I was to eat that with no extra bowls or dishes.