Spicy or mild, classic or unexpected, or filled with tuna or pumpkin, the rolls and cones at Kojima Sushi dazzle palates with artfully curated flavor combinations. In addition to nigiri, sushi, sashimi, and maki, chefs fry golden-battered tempura and skewer barbecued chicken. Countless pages comprise the Kojima menu, offering taste buds of all stripes a satisfying feast.
Yakko Sushi whips taste buds into a raw-food frenzy with a varied menu of authentic Japanese munchies. Take taste buds on a true Tokyo drift with Yakko's deftly sliced sashimi dishes, such as the tender salmon sashimi ($9) or the sandwich-dodging savoury tuna sashimi ($8). Land lovers can dive chopsticks-first into a platter of buttery vegetable tempura ($6.99) or venture back out to sea with a helping of prawn tempura ($8.99). The meticulous chefs at Yakko Sushi ferry diners through a carnival of crowd-pleasing combination dishes, such as the D combination ($16.99), which introduces fish portions of tuna and salmon to a colourful and artistic arrangement of scallops, hokkigai, and amaebi, festooned with luscious negitoro and hamachi rolls. Meals can be additionally punctuated with decadent deserts such as mango ice cream ($3.99) and with air-horn accolades to the chefs.
Akari Japanese Restaurant’s menu consolidates centuries of Japanese culinary history, placing traditional noodle entrees alongside modern interpretations of classic sushi rolls. The sushi bar’s Japanese-trained chef, Lee San, creates more than 40 rolls, including 19 specialty maki that enfold tempura-fried yams, scallops, or mango. For more flame-kissed flavour, the kitchen’s chefs glaze barbecue beef ribs with teriyaki sauce and deep-fry pork cutlets. The dining room’s decor echoes the menu’s minimalist presentation while still incorporating accents from across the Pacific, such as Japanese figurines, displays of sheathed swords, and wheezing giant squids that occupy an entire floor of the restaurant.
The chefs at Zen Japanese Restaurant serve up Japanese cuisine with West Coast flair. Sushi rolls unite traditional ingredients such as shrimp and tuna with fusion adornments such as honey-dijon sesame sauce and mango chutney. Cooked selections such as new york cut strip steak and tuna paté sizzle in tempura batter or atop a robata grill.
One of the first participants in the Vancouver aquarium's Ocean Wise program, Zen also helps customers make ocean-friendly choices by marking sustainably fished seafood dishes with a special logo on its menus. Ocean views both inside the restaurant and on a heated outdoor patio also let them show their love of things marine by waving to wistful mermaids out at sea.
At Gen Sushi, chefs roll more than 100 sushi options that populate a menu marked by authentic Japanese reverence to simple ingredients. The interior is a lesson in subtle elegance, with the restaurant's friendly staff seating guests at mahogany tables in a dining room with large, black-panelled front windows and walls pocked with traditional Japanese artwork. With a boatload of sushi offerings, rice bowls, and noodles, the eatery also serves convenient lunch and dinner boxes as well as mammoth party trays ideal for corporate eating contests.
After formally studying the culinary arts in Japan, Hanamura Japanese Restaurant's chef spent 20 years accruing experience and perfecting the staples that now fill his menu. Served in a pastel-green dining room with large bamboo shoots stationed between tables, the seasonally changing entrees evoke a trans-Pacific feel. Carefully arranged schools of sushi and sashimi line plates, and orders of tempura vegetables and seafood emerge from the kitchen as crispy as an autumn leaf covered with potato chips.