Japanese restaurant offering sushi, sashimi, robata, tempura and more. "Authentic and creative fine dining by the hand of experienced chefs". Daily specials and omakase menu. Take out menu. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Approach by Eagleridge Drive and Marine Drive (head east) if coming from the Upper Levels.
We happened to be out this far west so decided to check out Takumi but it's a very remote location so I can't see us going regularly. I'm sure it's good for the operators as there's probably not a lot of competition around.
The food prices seemed a little higher than the standard (ie: small 200ml sake for $8; bowl of rice $2) and some of the nigiri seemed expensive. The food quality was good but not amazing. Ambience was very nice across the street from the Marina. Service from the japanese owner/operator was attentative and friendly.
After reading the Mia Stainsby article, we were intrigued enough that a restaurant imported fish from the Tsukiji Market that we trekked all the way to W. Van for a casual dinner meal. It was quite the effort to get there especially when you miss the Highway 1 exit #2 turnoff and end up getting caught in the ferry traffic.
Food: This was the only reason why we came here, to re-experience incredible fish from Tsukiji Market. And I must admit that for the most part, we were not disappointed. The fish was fresh, exclusive (e.g. oo toro), and not readily available at your run of the mill sushi restaurant. The sake, regular & oo toro nigiri's were delectable. The maki's were well made with rice made with proper seasoning and quality seaweed. Dynamite, negitoro, and sweet potato rolls were tasty. California roll was average. The Japanese pickles were a little disappointing, - daikon was fine, Japanese cabbage was like bland kimchi without the spiciness.
Service: Upon arrival, it took a few minutes for the hostess/server to acknowledge us but once seated, our orders were promptly taken and tea was served. The appies came out quickly and then an unexplained 25-30 minute lull before any of our sushi orders arrived. Food eventually did arrive after a request for service check. Tea was refilled and our plates were changed. Server was professional.
Value: More like a 2.5. Sushi rolls are reasonably priced for the quality, such as california ($2.95), negitoro ($4.95), dynamite ($5.95). Nigiri ranges from $1.50 (tamago) to uni ($3.95). Chu toro and oo toro ($8) were market price. I found everything else to be more expensive than its counterparts, like black cod ($15), katsu don ($16), chicken teriyaki ($18), ramen ($12). For food that has nothing to do with imported fish from Japan, I don't see the justification for the higher pricing. Our bill for 3 - $105. I guess you're paying for the location...which is actually out of the way for the majority of average folk.
Ambiance: nice view of the marina and covered patio area. The interior had leftover remnants of a Whistler inspired bistro with high ceilings and lots of green everywhere. Feels like a place I would have bennies for brunch. The "Japanes-y" feel exists in place setting, sushi bar, and landscaping near the entrance. Vibe was definitely subdued and caters to a more mature, affluent crowd (median age 45?). I even witnessed a fellow eating nigiri with a fork (yikes!). Although though the space is nice, I much prefer a livelier atmosphere.
Overall: Good food, decent service, out of the way location. Recommended for those who want to treat themselves to nice destination restaurant.
Having driven past here a number of times and having read previous reviews, I was interested in giving Takumi a try. We were not disapointed. The room has a nice mix of being airy while still retaining a feeling of warmth and intimacy. The location is the old La Regalade seafood location and they have definitely improved the decore. The sushi was outstanding. The Nori used for the rolls was top quality and melted in your mouth, I agree with the previous reviewer that the rice was properly seasoned and it was well proportioned to the fish. The fish itself was very fresh and expertly cut, not chewy or tough. Even the Squid was tender, which shows the chefs knife skills. We has a number of different Maki and Nigiri selections, all were excellent. My only complaint is that the service was definitely slow and not what I would call attentive. It was not a busy evening, and there were sufficient staff, they just did not seem to be well organized. The prices were definitely on the high side, particularly for the exclusive import selections, but given the quality of the food compared to some of the other more industrial options on the North Shore, it was definitely worth it.
All in all I would say that Takumi stands out as an island of quality in what has become a sea of McSushi restaurants around. I will definitly be back!
We were delighted to spend an evening at Takumi restaurant in a quaint part of West Vancouver. The food was excellent. We chose off the a la carte menu and were all extremely pleased with our choices- claiming ours was surely the best! One of our party members had spent significant time in Japan and at fine Japanese Restaurant establishments Vancouver and was convinced that this was some of the best Japanese they'd had in years.
The service was very good the staff were attentative, yet gave us privacy and didn't hover around.
We found the atmosphere a little lacking in that not many patrons were present to fill the beautiful space. That being said, were glad to have found it so that we could spread the good news around..."a little gem in West Vancouver's small array of restaurants worth frequenting."
Have visited Takumi before when they're located in Burnaby. This was our first visit to their new home on the North Shore. If you come from Highway 1, exit is #1; then head south towards Marine Drive. The restaurant has a very nice location, esp. when the weather is good.
If you have visited their Burnaby location, now the restaurant has become much upscaled, as reflected from their menu. We ordered Omasake (Chef's dinner) priced at C$70 per person, which included 5 dishes + dessert of your choice.
The first course was a dish comprising of 4 appetizers - Kofe beef (cold), Black Cod, baked oyster, and some kind of pate with ikura (salmon roe) on top. Second course was prawn served in a Martini-style flute. Taste was very Chinese, similar to the Prawn in Peach Sauce we've tried at Red Star Chinese Restaurant. The third course was egg custard. The fourth course was sashimi. And the final main course was a choice between sushi (5 pieces) & grilled dish (fish, mushroom & veg). Dessert was a choice between ice-cream & custard.
Food was okay, but we were a bit disappointed as there were not much surprise element as expected from Omasake, apart from the first course. We could have easily ordered our own sashimi, sushi, and egg custard, maybe at a slightly lower price. We wouldn't even consider ordering the prawn.
The day we visited was on Mother's Day. Service was EXTREMELY slow for almost all tables. Nevertheless, our server was very nice (a pregnant lady). She was never without a bright smile, which made up for the slack in service.
I don't think we'll go back for the Omasake again, but would love to try the a-la-carte menu.