Came here for a late lunch yesterday with a friend, he wa starving, I wasn't. The room is minimalistic and clean. We ordered cold saki - which was fairly priced. I had the steak tataki which was just okay. The beef was actually quite sinewy, I really had to chew a few pieces in order to swallow them, great flavor though. My friend order a papaya roll, saba/salmon/tuna sashimi and some other roll all on brown rice. He really enjoyed the nigiri but said the rolls were blah. They looked blah. The server was very nice and attentive.
Our meal came to almost $70 dollars... I was blown away and not in a good way. It felt like a rip off and I'm not one to complain.. I'll spend money on good food, but it wasn't. Our saki was like $18 a bottle my tataki was 9 I think and the rest was the sushi! it was crazy. We paid our bill and left. Won't go back unforunatley.
Wow, excellent tapas. Everything we ordered was so delicious and unique. The service as soon as you enter the door to your departure is top notch. They are quick to offer the specials of the day and the food comes to the table quite quickly.
Their menu items are on average $8-9, with specials at around $15 depending on what you order. I was pretty full after the 14 tapa dishes we ordered for our party of 4, but my hubby was a lil hungry after.
You can tell that Yuji puts a lot of effort into each dish - always yummy and always presented nicely. I didn't mind the kinda expensive part but my hubby thinks that the value to quantity ratio could have been a lot better.
Excellent dishes: Hamachi Sashimi, Salmon Tataki, Kobe Beef, Mango Roll, Kiwi Roll, Cremy Asparagus Spring Roll, Sweet Potato Sticks, Hitsumabushi, and of course the Green Tea Creme Brule!
The menu looked appetizing--if only I can be full just reading off of it, but alas, it's usually the opposite that happens. The food was beautifully presented and fresh. However, they were either bland or more bland. Service was friendly. They do tend to fill up quick. Nice decor. You're better off going to Guu or other places for a tastier more satisfying meal. And for much much less $$, as well.
Instead of eating here, I might as well have flown to Tokyo for dinner. My head's spinning at the Grilled Sable Fish (Black Cod) dish which cost $9 and was basically one small slice of fish just a bit bigger than a slice of nigiri fish. The exact size may have been 1.5 of a nigiri slice, it could not have weighed more than 60 grams. It came with two thin coins of baby zuchinni and a sprig of dill. The norimaki salad ($7.50) is essentially a vegetable roll with one piece of fake crab without rice. It was great, visually pleasing, light, and tasty but to pay that much for six pieces of vegetable roll filled with a tiny amount of avocado and bunches of lettuce... The profit margins at this place are incredibly out of touch with reality. I might have just ordered the wrong things, but I was in shock at the mini portions and the overinflated prices. I felt like someone was pulling my leg. And on to dessert... what justifies charging $6 for an average serving of creme brule? And that's all that the dessert is no fruit garnish, whipped cream or anything. One serving cost to them cannot be more than $1. Their inventive rolls are normal sized but cost more as well. The only reasonably priced item I found was the baked eggplant dish, and the serving for this was about right for the price. Almost everyone had ordered the yam tempura sticks and that seems to be reasonably priced as well. Maybe I just ordered the wrong things but it's ridiculous when you can spend over $40 for dinner and still leave hungry. And the food was not tasty enough to justify the prices, it was about average for Japanese tapa's. The tea wasn't out of the ordinary either.
walked by here and wanted to try it out and in hindsight, it was a good decision.
we were welcomed very politely by the hostess and she was very friendly to us throughout the rest of the evening. however, the service in general was poor. it was difficult trying to get their attention when we needed the bill or when we wanted to order something else so being more attentive to their customers requires some work.
i thought the food tasted great! ingredients were very fresh, sashimi was fresh as well and tasty! the quality of the food here is definitely their strong point and i would return just for that.
i do understand it is a tapa place so portions are smaller but their prices needs to reflect that as well. there are so many places around town that offer huge rolls of sushi for the same price as this restaurant so why would someone want to pay more for less. a single order of salmon sashimi cost $13 (small and thin slices too) which is ridiculous for the quantity that is given.
place was very clean, bathrooms were as well. the environment is not very loud like you would expect in most japanese restaurants so that is nice to have here.
i would certainly like to eat here again but paying for the amount of food they serve is holding me back. one could easily get their bill up to $60 (or even $80) for two people without either being close to full. so when its sushi and that is the case, i find that hard to justify.
went in here with not too much expectations. When we stepped in the place smelled a little like paint thinner which put a damper on the experience... however looking past that the food was quite good. The bill turned out to be quite expensive however, compared to typical meals at guu/gyoza king.. but most items on the menu are about 8.50 on average.. which I thought was on par with those other places.. but might not be (?). It could be the case we just happened to order more expensive items.
Anyways, to the food. Was very good, nice presentation and flavors. Salmon sashimi was a rip off at 12.50 for five pieces of salmon, but was good. Tuna tataki and beef tataki had a little bit of a spicey taste to them.. but were alright. I was a big fan of the maguru trio.. and the maguru crepes. Wasabi Salman and Tuna sushi tempuras were innovative and quite good as well.
Overall, it was pretty decent.. however, I think I prefer the others. I would however definitely return in the future.
The food was excellent. It was carefully prepared and had unique flavours and twists to all the dishes. I really enjoyed the sable fish and oyster / oyster mushroom dishes. I wish they had some filler dishes though as we ran up the bill quite quickly. Also, $9 for 3 small pieces of yellowtail sashimi is too much; this is a common theme for many of the dishes.
I thought the service could have been better as we often waited for long intervals without drinks and it took a while to be served once we were initially seated at the table. The servers were both unique characters and gave the place an awkward and strange vibe.
Overall, I enjoyed my dining experience. I have a better idea of what the good plates are and will be more selective with my ordering next time I go back.
I was here once and had the Coke Cola marinated kobe beef on their daily special menu, it was a small portion but it was incredible!! It tasted so juicy and tender with a bit of sweet cola taste, just like how it sounds. My absolute favorite is the deep fried inside out sushi rolls they make, its so different eating sushi fried and it was very interesting. The yam fries with 3 different dips is another one of my favorites here. The green tea creme brulee is nicely done with a very creamy matcha taste. Great food and service!
I absolutely love Yuji's Japanese Tapas !
Fresh with a twist to each dish. I had my family try the raw oysters there and they loved them (except for my Mum, who can't stomach any raw seafood).
Prices are moderate to high, but I enjoyed the food here so much that I wouldn't mind going back!
This is Kits food at its best, and another place that can't be missed along 4th.
It's a small restaurant with a small bar and maybe less than 10 tables. The good thing is that they take reservations. The fish is so fresh! They serve wild salmon (not sure about now, but they did in August 2006)!! It tastes so different! Service is pretty good. The green tea creme brulee (I believe) is a MUST TRY! It's soooo good!! The tapas don't come cheap, but all are really satisfying.
. . . almost as much as my stomach.
Here's a haiku I wrote just for the chefs:
I be such a fool.
Tight pony tail hermi serves my food
The thought of pork cheek hot pot with chinese mushroom makes me drool.
Swirl broth on tongue
Warm sunset on my brow
I love going to Yuji's! Their food, atmosphere, everything, makes me feel like I'm in Tokyo! They have the same charm (and taste) that reminds me of those great sushi restaurants in Japan. Everytime I go is very expensive, but very very worth it. It's a great place to bring a date if you're looking to not eat too much but get a sample of lots of different flavours. Definitely recommend to everyone who aren't on tight budgets!
Cozy restaurant in Kitsilano some familiar and more unusual Japanese-inspired fare. The familiar items such as the spicy tuna roll were good but not much different from what you'd find at a takeaway. The more unusual items were much more satisfying. The tempura nigiri sushi was both beautifully presented and tasty. We had two of the weekly specials, which were very good. The sweet potato tempura sticks are advertised as one of their specialties, and they are accompanied with three different sauces: think sweet potato fries from Cactus Club, only lighter, more delicate, and more satisfying. Beef tataki was delicious: carpaccio-like slices of meat accompanied with a refreshing citrus sauce. Service was friendly and a little on the slow side.
It was my first time at Yuji's and I must say that I was quite impressed. They don't try to be fancy with the ambiance. I thought it was rather plain looking and brightly lit. The food was outstanding, very fresh and I noticed how skilled the chefs were. One other thing is that I noticed many regular customers. They seemed very well acquinted with them which is a good sign. It's certainly a place I'd go back to when I'm on 4th.
Mango roll was very fresh and tasty. Good complement of flavours.
Duck roll was chewy and forgettable. Tuna and sushi wasabi tempura wasn't as rare in the middle as promised, otherwise it was good.
Grilled sablefish with miso puree was very tender and full of great taste.
Total disappointment! I had much higher expectations, only to be shot down (and having a hungry date, after we'd just spend almost $60 was a joke)! I'll recommend ANY of the other tapas places of this.
Attempt at fusion, but way overdone. Yes, some items sounded interesting, but when it reaches the palette, it really doesn't wow me... as for whether it is substantial to even make it's way to the stomach...
We don't mind spending the $, but expect afterwards to be satisfied, in both quantity and quality.
Attempt as well at classy modern/earth-loving decor. At a closer look, some parts are nice, others are cheap solutions. Chairs are not comfortable.
Afterwards, we went out for noodle in soup.... =(
Very unlike any other Japanese restaurant in Vancouver upon entering the premises. A lot classier than that super-hyped expensive place on West Broadway near VGH. No autographed celebrity photos at this place.
The food was well prepared and the presentations were impeccable. Kudos to the young staff in the back for the kitchen dishes.
Yuji and his able assistant manage a great and unique sushi bar on a street that has more than it's share of all-you-can eat sushi places.
The service is fast and efficient but the hardwood flooring must give the servers a nightmare as they try to move fast.
Overall a gem of a Japanese restaurant in the Kits area.
The food was unique and very delicious. We even had the choice of choosing brown rice for the sushi and other dishes, which contributed to the high rating. The brown rice dishes were very, very good, much better than the white rice counterparts.
Now, the sashimi was fresh but admittedly, I cannot easily compare high-priced sashimi with low-priced sashimi. What the 5 star rating for food came from was the uniqueness of the dishes, the brown rice sushi, desert, and the hot dishes. I think sashimi really has to do with the freshness of the supply (from Hawaii, Japan, or local) and what choice cuts you get.
The black sesame creme brulee desert (sp) was fantastic, though they lacked choices for deserts.
The pricing was above average, but that was to be expected.
The restaurant is small, but it is in Kitslano, so cost/rent/space has to be factored in. In addition, it would be hard to actually get lease space in the area.
The service was good, except a few small tidbits. The all important first impressions was off, because the server did not give us tea until I asked for it, about 8 minutes after sitting down. Also, the server did not refill the cups automatically during the dinner.
The menu design was okay. It was not professional looking, but it was practical. If they could have designed the menu better, they could perhaps convince other customers that the food was worth the price.
The parking was atrocious, but that is, again, to be expected, so I did not penalize the ratings. I just thought I would let viewers of this review know that it is hard to get parking.
It was our first time at Yuji's. Because of the good reviews here, I was hoping I would get a good experience of dining.
They had some very creative dishes that were very delicious.
However, the service was very poor. We were ignored by the servers a lot of the times when they chatted with their regular customers. I was very annoyed that we weren't getting not even a quarter of the attention the regular customers were getting.
Just because we were sitting by the window, kind of far from the other customers, shouldn't justify for this bad service as the restaurant was not busy at all.
Other than the bad service, the restaurant was decent.
This was a good meal, but I found the level of service and ambiance not justifying the the price I paid.
Very good quality and good presentation sushi and japanese food. I enjoyed every dish. We had several great rolls and what I would consider exotic small dishes. Yummy stuff.
Service was not super. I will admit it was busy, but we just were not getting the attention that we needed or that I wanted.
The ambiance is definitely a japanese style, but they need something to make it a little more compelling to customers. A bit plain?
There are some great other places in the city serving up this type and quality of fare for a better price.