On the weekend, hubby and I went to this Japanese restaurant beside our building called Aki (for the fellow Vancouverites, it's at Thurlow and Alberni, in the same underground complex as that Brazilian restaurant Samba)
It's very authentic in every way. The chefs and the wait staff are all Japanese and are very friendly. I even chatted with the sushi chefs as we sat at the sushi bar. The decor and the architecture of the place is very at-home to me..., cozy and it really feels like you are in Japan. Many of the patrons were also Japanese (which I think is a good sign if you are looking to dine at an authentic restaurant...)
The food was awesome. I watched the chefs make various dishes and they have a way of presenting the food very aesthetically. Another fun thing at this place is that they have the Robata grill in the middle and you can watch the cooks grill stuff in front of you.
We had chirashi, BBQed (Robata) salmon belly (highly recommended) and BBQed smelt. I wish we had more money to spend/had bigger stomachs cuz their sockeye salmon sashimi looked beautiful and delicious.
Here are some reviews
By A Yahoo! User from Vancouver
Groups, Seafood, Sushi
This place has a great atmosphere. The servers are very friendly and extremely quick. I actually find that perhaps they are a little too quick.
The food is always fresh and always tasty. I have had a lot of Japanese food in Vancouver and I have to say that I think it's the best. The robata is wonderful. I love the miso-mayonnaise oysters but if you don't like rich tasting food, you may want to skip this dish.
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel...rant-BR-1.htmlFavorite among the Japanese local. There are not many Japanese restaurant in Vancouver that are actually run by Japanese anymore, which it is unfortunate. My idea of a great Japanese restaurant... regular customers eat at the sushi bar almost at a nightly bases, talking and drinking with the chef, other regulars and the owner. The architecture... "japanese" of course, a lots of unfinished BIG beams of wood beams and columns... THE FOOD IS EXCELLENT.
whatever on the freah sheet.
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Price: US$31-40 » Currency Converter
Comparison: more expensive than average
Address: 745 Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5
Phone: (604) 682-4032
Directions: Downtown, Thurlow and Alberni, down the stair
^^I didn't think it was all that expensive though, I'd say it's average or even cheap for this type of establishment and the quality of food, we spend about $50 (add 20% on top for the tip) for 2 ppl.