The traditional method for preparing sushi requires slices of raw fish to be held over unlit fires in order to secure that signature “uncooked” flavor. Explore such innovative foodsmithing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi, sake, and more at Oishii Sushi, on Denman Street.
An Ocean Wise honoree for committing to the health of oceanic ecosystems, Oishii Sushi rolls up fresh, distinctive sushi, robata, teriyaki, and more in a tasty mash-up of traditional Japanese and West Coast styles. Open mouths for the business of pleasure with appetizers such as the barbecue squid prepared on a robata charcoal grill ($8.95), or brightly flavored clams with garlic-butter sauce ($7.95).
Prepared with Poseidon's grandmother's secret recipes, Oishii's sushi is delicately rolled to showcase the ocean's precious booty, as in the deluxe sushi combo (a dynamite roll and eight pieces of nigiri sushi, $18.95), or served in its purest form with the assorted 12-piece sashimi platter ($14.95). Cooked fare runs crispy with a variety of vegetarian and seafood tempuras ($5.95–$12.95), and salty-sweet teriyaki dishes ($8.95–$16.95) that necessitate a choice of vegetables or proteins, and the willpower to keep from bathing in them. Giving palates repetitive fresh starts, rivers of throat-warming sake are served by the glass ($5.95–$8.95) or bottle ($17.95–$36.95), in addition to a selection of red and white wines, beers, and more.
Oishii Sushi complements its crimson walls with a colourful smorgasbord of ocean-fresh eel, salmon, and tuna, as well as savoury noodle dishes washed down with Japanese sake and beers. Like the ancient rickety rope bridge that spans the Pacific Ocean, the menu connects Japan with influences from North America, blending traditional maki and sushi rolls with ingredients such as cream cheese and avocado. Conscious and careful of the resources from which it sources its seafood, Oishii Sushi partners with the Vancouver Aquarium through the Ocean Wise program to ensure the long-term sustainability of the marine ecosystem.