Wakaba serves authentic Japanese sushi prepared by owner/chef who has had many years of experience in the Vancouver Japanese restaurant scene. Located inside Il Mercato mall across the hall from Lombardo's and Tim Horton's.
These guys are great, the food is fantastic. I've eaten here several times.
They aren't very busy yet because they've just opened up. Be sure to start a conversation with the people that work here. Mr. Kamida really knows his stuff!
I ordered the Salmon Tartar for a quick lunch, and it was exactly what I needed. Keep in mind, this place doesn't serve north american portions. The serving size is just what the body needs. When I ordered I was asked if I wanted to have a choice of Wild Salmon or Farmed Salmon. Awesome! I loved that I had an option. The wild salmon is obviously a little bit more, but if you know the difference you know its worth the extra dollar!
The meal came with a cube of brown rice, wasabi, and of course the salmon. (which of course, was great)
I asked about the mint leaf that was served with my meal, which was enormous for a mint leaf. Apparently its a special Japanese variety. "You should eat it" he said. "Very good for the body and health, just like Wasabi, ginger too".
This place is somewhat hidden, and so they are not too busy. Wakaba is inside the Mercato building at 1st and Commercial. It is worth trying out. I am certain that if more people knew about Wakaba there would be people here more often! Excellent quality and service.