Hello there. It’s Clement from Westcoast.
Sushi in Vancouver is typically at two ends of a price spectrum. It is generally either very cheap, or very expensive. It is hard to find a restaurant in the mid range.
Kishimoto, located on commercial drive near Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, is one of these restaurants. Not cheap, but not super expensive, this is a great place to go for people who want to experience high quality Japanese cuisine without paying an arm and a leg.
Only open at dinner time, this restaurant is always packed from its 5:30 opening time, and reservations are not available. Consequently, the wait times can be as long as an hour if you wish to go during peak times. While waiting, you can enjoy the fantastic decorations, or take a glance at the menu for daily specials. Servers will also take your order while you wait for space to open up.
Once inside, it’s easy to see why the restaurant is so popular. Take a seat at the bar facing the open kitchen to see appealing dishes being prepared and served right in front of you! Service is quick and prompt, and there is always a server nearby should you need an extra piece of cutlery, more tea, or to order yet another dish if desired.
Kishimoto offers many pleasing types of Japanese cuisine. Rolls, Nigiri, Oshi Sushi, and other traditional foods are offered, some with a twist. The smoked Oshi sushi is real treat, as it is brought to you in a small container used to contain the smoke and infuse the salmon and rice with as much flavour as possible. A delicious addition to a Japanese food! Other delicious foods include the Triple Salmon Donburi and the Maguro-zuke Donburi, both great dishes great for people who enjoy raw fishes. For those who want something a bit more accessible, the Karaage is another delicious offering, lightly battered, fried and seasoned well.
Japanese restaurants are easily found all across Vancouver. However, few have such amazing quality for the price point. It is a little higher in cost than most Japanese restaurants, but the quality of the food is the same as that which is found at more expensive ones. Find a time to drop by this restaurant and you will not be disappointed!