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Toshi's is a small room that barely seats 30 people. You might have to wait, for the queue here is long. Two things you should have here are the eggplant and spicy beef and gomae. This place offers generous amounts of good quality food at affordable rates. So be prepared to wait if you want some great Japanese sushi food.
The most remarkable thing about Tojo's Japanese restaurant is that people have been known to make pilgrimages from far corners of the globe to savor its offerings. Vancouver is known for its sushi obsession, and this particular purveyor is internationally renowned. Make reservations for the bar and watch the artist Tojo at work. The Omakase, or Chef's Arrangement, is a popular option. The restaurant's original creations include the Great Canadian Roll (Atlantic lobster and asparagus with smoked Pacific salmon). For further details, please check the website.
A refined and comfortable ambiance greets diners at Minami Restaurant. The decor has artistic motifs like Japanese murals on the walls and whimsical imagery throughout. The food reflects the same sensibility with innovative contemporary options. Some of the dishes to try out here are Kaisen Soba Pepperoncino, Spicy Pork and Local Oyster with Yuzu Sparkling Sake Foam. The private dining rooms and the patio are also excellently adorned to cater to varied sensibilities. Check website for more details.
Hapa Izakaya is a Japanese hotspot in the city, which plays host to Asian big-shots as well as locals. Sushi and tapas are the main dishes here, apart from some great off-beat dishes like bacon-wrapped asparagus or fresh tuna-belly chopped with spring onions and served with garlic bread. The cool and sassy interiors, along with the smartly-dressed wait staff and good food, make for a fine dining experience. The Izakaya-style setting helps this place stand out and makes it an interesting restaurant to dine in if you're bored of the usual fare around town.
With an emphasis placed on the fresh-off-the-boat sushi here, land lovers shouldn't expect to find the usual offers of chicken teriyaki or tempura here. Thats because downtown's Kaide Sushi serves up only the 'chicken from the sea'. Thick pieces of wild sockeye salmon rest atop sticky rice for the perfect nigiri, while big bang rolls with spicy tuna and avocado offer a satisfying crunch. A simple mom and pop type sushi bar, this establishment is well worth a try for their unbelievably fresh rolls!
One of the local favorites, Suika is a Japanese izakaya restaurant on West Broadway. It serves modern Japanese cuisine which has become a popular taste among locals in the neighborhood. The plush interiors, complete with a bar and cozy seats, is perfect for a late night dinner with friends or family. The menu features dishes such as Beef Tendon Curry, Miso-Ramen, Chinese Poutine, Grilled Fish Set, Yellowtail Sashimi and The Hellz Chicken. The food is complemented by a selection of Japanese vodkas and sake like Zuiyo and Ginkara.
Guu Garden is a traditional Japanese restaurant that was started in late 2009. Among other Guu's in Vancouver this one is the only Guu that serves Kanto-Daki Oden and Miso Oden. It has four typical courses - Sake, Ume, Take and Matsu, along with separate lunch, dinner and drinks menu. If you are a burger lover, you will just adore their Kobe rice burger served as a lunch special along with battered green beans, miso soup, shrimp-avocado salad and fish balls. Enjoy!
This Guu at Thurlow Street originally started in 1993 and also happens to be the first in the chain of Guu Izakaya restaurants in Vancouver. It is famous for its authentic Japanese dishes and also Guuu'd Ale. Guu retains its classic warm ambiance that makes for a perfect dining experience with friends and family.
Rely on this Japanese restaurant on Hastings, for an ultimate sushi experience. The restaurant specializes in Aburi-style sushis, which are sushis slightly grilled on top with blowtorch. Among the dishes worth trying are Aburi Tuna, Aburi Ebi Oshi Sushi and Tuna Gomae-ae. Apart from this, the expert chefs in the kitchen dish out exotic Japanese delicacies in meats prepared using the Sumiyaki style of cooking, as well as homemade desserts. Accompanying your meal is an equally enticing range of sakes, wines and beers.
This unassuming Japanese restaurant serves some of the best traditional dishes in Vancouver. The sushi is the highlight of the place with melt in your mouth sashimi, nigiri and specialty rolls on offer. Other delicacies on offer range from okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancake) to local Sake from Granville Island. Dimly lit and on the smaller side, Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen is perfect for a few friends or an intimate dinner date.
Hida Takayama is an unpretentious Ramen noodle spot in an already crowded Robson Market. Tucked away in the market, the food is way too easy on the wallet and the service is quick and friendly. With generous noodle and pork portions it is worth all the money you pay.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is a Japanese Eatery serving authentic cuisine from the land of the rising sun. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka has a number of outlets all over the world and are well known for their classic Ramen. They specialize in different variations of Ramen, from the delicious broth mixture of pork, rice and miso paste in their Miso Ramen soup to the Toroniku Ramen, wherein the pork toppings are served separately. If you're looking for simple flavored Ramen, you can try their signature salted Ramen - Shio Ramen or Shoyu Ramen - a Soy sauce flavored Ramen. The ingredients used by them are of fine quality and thus the taste is truly delectable and unique. One of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, it's a must visit for Ramen lovers!