the salmon oshi sushi – pressed bc wild sockeye salmon, jalapeño, and miku sauce that’s flame-seared to perfection.
you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu since everything is so delicious, but where you can make the biggest mistake of your life is if you don’t order the salmon oshi sushi as part of your meal.
and just in case you were wondering what $300 of salmon oshi sushi looked like…
toshi sushi is located on main street and there is usually a line-up that goes out the door. the place itself is miniscule and if you’re coming with a large group… good luck. they also won’t seat you unless your entire party is there.
although toshis (it sounds better no?) is only open for dinner (starting at 5 pm), and is known for its long lines (a decent-sized line already starts to form as early as 4:30 pm), this does not stop its increasing popularity and business. the sushi here is of such a first-rate quality that people keep coming back, even though they know how long they’ll have to wait for a table; you even might be forced to share a cramped table with complete strangers (i repeat, this place is MINISCULE).
it is the perfect balance between quality and price: the food has the quality of a high-end restaurant, but for regular and reasonable sushi prices. the fish is incredibly fresh and the sashimi just melts in your mouth. all the rolls are delicious, and it doesn’t even matter what you’re eating because everything is made with the same pristine freshness and quality.
worth the wait? absolutely. best sushi in vancouver? arguably so.
tsuki – my favourite sushi place in the crosstown area, hands down. the fish is fresh, and the rolls are creative. some of my personal favourites are the caterpillar roll (avocado on top of a yam roll), the philadelphia roll (cream cheese, cucumber, and avocado with salmon on top), and their dynamite roll (prawn, cucumber, kaiware, spicy mayo, and masago torched w/tsuki sauce). i don’t usually order dynamite rolls from generic sushi restaurants, but theirs is different because firstly, it’s not deep-fried. and i don’t know what this “tsuki sauce” that they put on top of it is, but it is delicious.
during lunch, your meal comes with a complimentary miso soup, no matter what you order.
i love the interior design of the place – it’s classy but cozy at the same time, and its modernness fits in well with this up-and-coming neighbourhood.