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Japanese (including Sushi)

December 30, 2023 |
Wendy Underwood

985 Hornby Street – West End/Downtown, 604.568.0013
Distance: 5-minute walk
Price: Rolls ~ $5 – $20
We love this healthy, creative sushi spot! Everything is made with brown rice, most of the seafood is sustainably sourced, and there are loads of vegetarian options. They also have a location in South Granville.

1375 Richards Street – Yaletown, 604.681.5886
Distance: 10-minute walk
Price: Rolls ~ $9
A little neighbourhood sushi spot – nothing too fancy about the décor here, but the sushi is excellent and amazing value! Eat in or take-out.

1118 Mainland Street – Yaletown, 604.685.8080
Distance: 10-minute walk
Price: Appetizers ~ $20, aburi sushi ~ $21
A high-end Japanese / West Coast restaurant specializing in aburi-style sushi (flame-seared) and nigiri. Don’t miss the Japanese-influenced classic French desserts.  

788 Denman Street – West End, 604.682.7568
No website
Distance: 20-minute walk
Price: ~ $14 – 18
Every Vancouverite has a favourite ramen place, and Kintaro is often top of their list. This place is small, so you might have to line up, although they thankfully now offer take out. Alternatively, there are lots of other excellent ramen places in the blocks around Kintaro.

263 East Pender Street – Chinatown, 778.379.8078
Distance: 30-minute walk, 10-minute drive
Price: appetizers ~ $27, mains ~ $42 – 65 (for sharing)
The marriage of Italian and Japanese cuisine might seem odd, but at the upscale Kissa Tanto, it works! Bringing together the delicate flavours of Japan and the warmth of Italian cuisine, this is one of the city’s most sought-after reservations, especially after they were lauded in the New York Times, and again after earning a Michelin star.