The Best Japanese Restaurants In Vancouver

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Best Japanese Restaurants In Vancouver

Sushi, sashimi, ramen, tempera – those just a few highlights in the delectable world of Japanese cuisine. Being the birthplace of the California roll, it’s not entirely surprising that Vancouver has a large variety of Japanese eateries catering to our every whim.

But in a sea of options, just exactly where is the best Japanese restaurant in Metro Vancouver? This is not a question to take lightly in this city, so we gathered the opinions of 9 local foodies.

Victoria Sushi

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$38 for aburi salmon oshi ($11), scallop oshi ($13), and beef oshi ($14). Their aburis are really yummy! I love the aburi sauce – it adds extra butteriness to the fish! The beef one has to be my favourite! The beef was seared to perfection and it was so tender. If you are close by, definitely have to check this place out! What is your favourite sushi? . . . . This is at Victoria Sushi (Royal Ave. – New Westminster) . . . . #foodblogger #vanfoodie #foodcoma #instafood #foodlife #604now #foodstagram #vancouver #f52grams #vancitybuzz #eeeeeats #foodoftheday #instafoodie #curiocityvan #604food #dishedvan #foodporn #604foodie #mixvancouver #yelpvancouver #vancity #britishcolumbia #dailyhivevan #gastropostvan #igvancouver #nomsmag #604eats #crunchvancouver #victoriasushi #aburi

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What they had to say about it: My nomination has to be Victoria Sushi. While their pricing is more on the affordable end,  the quality is on the higher end. My favourite is their beef oshi sushi. Seared to perfection, I love how tender and flavourful it is. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Where to get it: 15 E Royal Ave #10 in New Westminster

Kurosan (Also Known As Mr. Black)

Recommended by: Melody (@blackholetummy)

What they had to say about it: The Gyukatsu Wagyu Beef Set is my favourite! Wagyu beef tenderloin lightly battered on the outside served with a hot stone for you to cook to your liking – it’s as heavenly as it sounds. The set also comes with traditional Japanese sides like natto on rice. One word: YUM!

Where to get it: 2790-4151 Hazelbridge Way in Richmond

Kingyo Izakaya

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What they had to say about it: Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this sashimi bowl is? Kingyo Izkaya actually serves a good selection of traditional Japanese food and people can enjoy a huge and delicious lunch under $20. Besides the sashimi bowl, I also highly recommend their pork cutlet.

Where to get it: 871 Denman Street in Vancouver

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba  

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kokoro mazesoba 🥚 — 📷 Cheese Mazesoba, Pork Gyozas — 3rd time here at @kokoro_mazesoba and somehow I managed to order a different bowl every time I come! This time I got the Cheese Mazesoba and didn’t like it that much. The cheese were in HUGE chunks that didn’t melt at all and the sauce was too spicy for me 🌶🌶 The pork gyozas were quite small for the price and there was so little filing. It’s also quite oily, would not recommend 😩 My favs 💗 from this restaurants are the Mentaiko Cream and Zenbu Mazesoba as well as the Tokyo Iced Milk Tea (ask for less ice bc they put hella ice in there!!) . . . . . . . #nomsofvan #vancouver #vancouvereats #vancouverfoodie #vancouverfood #dishedvan #dailyhivevancouver #nomsmag #vancityfoodie #vancityeats #vancityfood #yvreats #604eats #604food #yvrfoodies #foodcouver #eatcouver #yelpvancouver #foodiesofig #foodstagram #foodphotography #mazesoba #kokoromazesoba

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What Jovi had to say about it: The hottest Japanese eatery currently is no doubt Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba. They introduced mazesoba, which is a soupless mixing ramen to the Vancouver food scene! Their noodles are chewy and the sauce you mix with is extremely flavourful. You definitely need to try out the Zenbu and Mentaiko Cream Mazesoba — it’s the best!

Where to get it: 551 Seymour St in Vancouver

Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba (Again!)

Recommended by:  Sophia (@sopheats)

What they had to say about it:  A relatively new kid on the block, my pick goes to Kokoro Mazesoba. I can’t decide if it’s the slow braised chasiu, the decadent sauce, or the thick broth-less noodles but this Japanese eatery really hits the spot every time. The style of noodles is very interesting because there is no soup, but the many ingredients and sauces in the bowl speak for itself. After mixing it all together, it makes for a delectable mash up. Don’t forget to ask for a free scoop of rice at the end so you can mix it in with the remaining sauce! My favourite dish is the ‘Zenbu Mazesoba’ because it comes with so many tasty components!

Where to get it: 551 Seymour St in Vancouver

Green Leaf Cafe

Recommended by: Sylvia (@food.thyme)

What they had to say about it: This is one of my favourite places to grab Japanese fusion cuisine. While they do serve some of the best aburi sushi I’ve ever tried, their Asian fusion pastas are equally amazing. I highly recommend their linguine alle vongole bianco which includes a generous serving of clams and sprinkled with a bit of heat.

Where to get it: 9604 Cameron St in Burnaby

Kitcho Izakaya

Recommended by: Caleb & Nerissa (@forkthatdish)

What they had to say about it: This a place that isn’t talked about as much as the rest of its Izakaya peers but this hidden gem is definitely our pick. Their Yaku Soba dish is absolutely mouthwatering with its delicate texture and flavourful special sauce. Not only is its presentation beautiful, dipping the noodles is a unique experience on its own.  

Where to get it: 4800 No 3 Rd in Richmond

Santouka

Recommended by:  Victor (@foodvictory)

What they had to say about it: Santouka Ramen, is one place I highly recommend for Japanese ramen. Their ramen is a great deal and most importantly, really tasty! I like going there for my ramen fix, and the sides aren’t too bad either! Try the miso ramen with gyoza  and let me know what you think

Where to get it: 2 Locations in Vancouver:

  • 558 West Broadway
  • 1690 Robson Street

Uma Sushi Bar

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I DONUT 🍩 ever get bored of SUSHI 🍣 – 📷: Double Donut Combo @umasushi_bar Uma Sushi is the only place in Vancouver to get my fix for sushi donuts, which are only served during lunch time, from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm The current menu offers 3 kinds: 🔷 SALMON ON FIRE: aburi salmon, crabmeat, avocado, masago, furikake 🔷 TUNA LOVER: aburi negitoro, avocado, shiso, green onion, masago, furikake 🔷 SCALLOP MAYO: aburi chopped scallop, crabmeat, avocado, masago, furikake Each is $7, but I recommend trying their sushi donuts as part of the Lunch Special. The "Double Donut Combo" is a better deal ($13.50), which comes with your choice of two sushi donuts, and is served with shitake miso soup and side salad. For my combo, I chose Scallop Mayo (photos 1 & 2) and Tuna Lover (photo 3). For absolute sushi donut lovers, try all 3 for a special deal of $19, or share with someone and get 6 donuts for $36. – . . .

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What they had to say about it:   Originally a humble food stall at the Chinatown night market, this sushi bar quickly became popular with a unique offering: SUSHI DONUTS! Although the concept originated from Australia and was made into a sensation on social media by a sushi chef in California, it was Uma Sushi that introduced this new sushi creation to Vancouver. Sushi donuts taste nothing like donuts, but instead are traditional sushi rolls shaped like a donut, so rest assured that they are actually much healthier without the sugar and calories. To make the sushi donuts, Uma Sushi begins with a ring of rice with thin pieces of fish mixed in, and adds on top a generous portion of fish and other ingredients. Their current menu offers 3 kinds: Salmon on Fire, Tuna Lover, and Scallop Mayo. All are made aburi-style. These sushi donuts are not only tasty but are Instagram worthy as well!

Where to get it:  450 W 8th Ave in Vancouver

 

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