Vancouver has some of the best sushi in Canada, and the best Vancouver sushi restaurants offer a truly authentic culinary experience for anyone who loves this Japanese favourite.
There are all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants on practically every corner in Vancouver--they're as ubiquitous as Starbucks--but these Top 5 Vancouver Sushi Restaurants offer quality over quantity and will please even the most discerning palate!
Owned by world-renowned chef Hidekazu Tojo, Tojo's is arguably the most famous Vancouver sushi restaurant: It's a favourite among celebrities and locals alike. Joe Perry of Aerosmith is just one of the many stars who love this Vancouver landmark, declaring to the Georgia Straight that "It wouldn't be a stop in Vancouver if I didn't go there at least once." Although Tojo's does offer a la carte options, it's famous for its omakase ("leave it up to us") dinners: After asking about your likes and dislikes, Chef Tojo et al create a customized dinner just for you. Only downside to this sushi haven is the price: Omakase dinners run $60 - $100 per person.
2. Aoki Sushi
Looking for something much cheaper? This little, Japanese-ran eatery is one of the best Vancouver sushi restaurants in town! Small and cozy--there are only about eight tables in the entire place--this is the place I go for sushi. As good as the famous Toshi Sushi (see below)--but without the staggering wait times--Aoki serves up melt-in-your-mouth fresh fish in big pieces beautifully presented for very reasonable prices.
3. Toshi Sushi
One the best "bargain" Vancouver sushi restaurants and one of SoMa's Best Restaurants period, Toshi's serves fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sushi along with hard-to-find Japanese specialties. The only downside to this neighbourhood favourite is that there's almost always a long line to get in. Worth the wait? Absolutely.
Along with serving super-delicious sushi (at affordable prices), Kitsilano's The Eatery is also well known for being one of the zaniest Vancouver sushi restaurants: its walls are covered in Astro Boy and pop-culture decor. Often packed with UBC students, it's the creative rolls--like the "Japanese Fortress Roll" of spicy tuna topped with yam fries--that make this worth a visit.
If you live in East Van and want The Eatery-style rolls without heading all the way to Kits, go to their sister restaurant The General Public on Main St. & 17th Ave.