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Sushi Yen – Have you got a yen for sushi?

I’ve mentioned it before, but there are tons of tiny little sushi joints all over the Lower Mainland. Sushi Yen on Sixth St in New West is one such tiny place.
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Zipang Provisions

Zipang Provisions is a modern Japanese restaurant located along Main St (ie. Hipster Central). From the outside, you would hardly imagine that it’s a Japanese restaurant and looks more like one of the many hip bars in the neighbourhood.
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Aotoya Blue Door Japanese Restaurant – Hit and Miss

What, pray tell, is behind the blue door? Well, we’re in Vancouver so the odds are it’s a Japanese restaurant.
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Hi Sushi or “Hai” Sushi?

Hi Sushi is located on Carnarvon Street, behind the Plaza 88 and New West Skytrain Station. The interior walls are decorated with large dictionary-style explanations of what the word “Hi” means in English and what the phonetically-similar word “Hai” means in Japanese.
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Ikoi Sushi – Japanese Run Sushi Place in Sapperton

I’ve kind of run out of interesting restaurants within close proximity of my work place so I’ve been branching out to the relatively close Sapperton area of New Westminster lately. While I’ve driven down East Columbia many times in the past, I’ve never noticed Ikoi Sushi before… probably because it’s located at the far end of a tiny strip mall.
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Sushi Bella (Burnaby) – Sashimi and Ginza Karaage

Sushi Bella recently opened their 4th location in a small location on Kingsway just east of Metrotown. While it’s true that the Lower Mainland needs another Japanese restaurant like we need another rainy winter day, I was pleasantly surprised by my visit here.
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Sekai Udon Bar – Hit and Miss

There was a time when I didn’t really mind the Sui Sha Ya that occupied the location next to the Bay in Metrotown. I remember actually having a really good unagi congee there once. Of course, over time, like most AYCE places, quality went down and we stopped going there. Recently, the tired and dated Sui Shaw Ya has been replaced by a udon bar.
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Gyo-O – The Fish King

Gyo-O is tiny little Japanese restaurant with an unusually high ceiling.  They’ve taken advantage of this extra space to put in a huge mural on one wall as well as decorating the remaining walls with wooden blocks covered in kanji.

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Sushi Tang – Disappointing Sashimi

Sushi Tang… okay, the name doesn’t really inspire confidence.  Who wants their sushi to taste “tangy”?  Anyways, this restaurant is located on busy 6th Street in New West. Read the rest of this entry

Victoria Sushi – Hidden Gem in New West

Victoria Sushi is a wonderful hidden gem located on Royal Avenue East in New West (just east of McBride).  I don’t call it a hole-in-the-wall because the interior is actually pretty nice with comfortable seating, dark wooden tables and red-padded chairs.  On my visit in February, the flat screen on the wall was locked onto the Olympics.

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Hyoga Japanese Cuisine – Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi

When I first visited Hyoga Japanese Cuisine on Kingsway, I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.  Three meals here within two days and I was hooked.

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Kiku Sushi – Lunch Combos

Kiku Sushi is a Japanese restaurant located in a mini mall in Burnaby, across from London Drugs. We’ve been here a few times before because it’s convenient when we’re running errands. Read the rest of this entry