Yanaki is a small sushi restaurant located in the heart of Ambleside.
I've walked by this place for years but never tried it mostly because it looked too cramped inside. We had some time to kill today and our usual haunt, Ichiban (a few doors down) is closed on Mondays, so we gave it a shot.
My miso soup was OK. I had a tuna sashimi. First impression is presentation was poor. It was just thick fillet of tuna cut perpendicularly - the pieces basically ended up in large cubes. I could have cut it like this myself in 3 seconds. This is just not how I like my sashimi, I want it cut thinly and with some artistry. On the other hand, the chunks were quite large so the value was good for $11. So a bit torn between presentation and value. If they had cut the 9 pieces into 18 or 27 thin pieces it would have been perfect. Taste was fine.
My wife has a chirashi-don. It seemed pretty small, not even much rice. My tuna sashimi appetizer was more food. The food was alright, though for $18 I might have hoped for sockeye salmon given its size. It seemed like poor value for what you got.
The main issue I have with this place is how small and cramped it is. I just don't enjoy dining and trying to have my own conversation when the next table is only a foot away from me. That's just me though, I'm sure others might not mind. Otherwise it was reasonably clean and decent.
The best part of the meal was the service by our waitress, "You Rim". =)
All in all I thought the value wasn't that great for the dining experience. The menu seemed generally a bit pricy for such a hole in the wall (this is West Van though I guess). While not a bad experience, I won't return, given that I think a place like Ichiban a few doors down is more enjoyable. There are also a number of other places on the north shore that are much better value and/or have better food.
Yanaki is a VERY small sushi spot located on marine drive in west vancouver between 14th and 15th. This place is SMALL but never the less out standing. Prices here are about average... You can find cheaper sushi on the north shore but Yanaki's price to quality ratio is unbeatable. I started off with the spinach gomae, as I do everytime I eat Japanese. I have proboley have had over 150 different gomaes from around vancouver and this is BY FAR the best Gomae known to man kind... well at least in Vancouver. It is made in house and the recipe was probably handed down from god himself. I then grabbed an appetizer sashimi which came with 2 tuna, 2 salmon and 2 red snapper pieces. Fish was fresh and a great deal at $6.95 . Finished up my meal with dynamite roll which was $4.95, was very tasty, large and beautifully presented. All in all Yanaki is probooely the best sushi place in West Van. Don't be scammed by overpriced places like Zen and so forth.... this small place as the fish game on lock.
Yanaki is my go to sushi place in West Vancouver. I have been to every sushi joint in WV many times and Yanaki takes the cake for best sushi in West Van. When walking in you are always greated by the 2 sushi chefs and the waitress. The place is very very small though. It is located on 16th and marine beside where the old bike shop use to be. The food is amazing. Never been let down, sashimi is top notch and fresh, and the Spinach Gomee is out of this world, best I have ever tasted, highly recommend it. They also don't overload their rolls with rice which is nice. Service is great as well. While it is not the cheapest sushi place around it is by no means expensive. Rolls here tend to cost 1-2 more than your average run of the mill sushi place, say 3.75 for a california(real crab)roll, 4.50 for a dynamite roll. Ambiance is pretty good, clean and cozy, just really small. This place is way better than places like Zen which charge rape prices. Check this place out you will like it.