Where do you find the Best Sushi in Vancouver?

Vancouver is a haven for the best sushi bars in Canada. It has more than 600 sushi restaurants which makes it the country’s Sushi Capital. With all of this amazingly good restaurants (from high to mid-end), it will surely be difficult to decide where you’ll eat if that sushi craving attacks again. You, your friends, and your family may ask where you should go on your next sushi adventure, a lot of people will surely have their own recommendation as to what is indeed the best sushi bar in Vancouver. Similarly, people take into consideration different factors in deciding such as the price and the quality of food. This article will give you the top three best sushi restaurants in Vancouver, taking into account the price (whether it’s worth it or not), the taste of the food, and the overall quality of the dining experience.


  1. Zest Japanese Cuisine

Address: 2775 W 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6K 3X5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-731-9378

Website: zestjapanese.com

First on our list (it’s not cheap – not on a student’s budget)…Zest Japanese Cuisine offers a dining experience that is surely one of a kind. The place’s overall ambiance gives of an elegant vibe together with its selection of fresh sushi which the chef (and the owner) Yoshiaki Maniwa prepares using the fish he usually buys the day itself. Its vegetables and other seafood are guaranteed fresh and you’ll be able to feel that yourself.

Some of its bestsellers and definite must-tries include its five-piece omakase (literally means “I’ll leave it up to you”) sashimi, Tuna Amigos sushi roll, Ocean Pacific roll among many others. These are served one at a time which gives you enough time to savor its tastiness and freshness. Pair your choice of sushi with their incredible wine selection and surely you’ll get a unique sushi experience.

Just a warning, though, Zest Japanese Cuisine’s menu is a bit pricier than other sushi restaurants—but it’s certainly worth your money’s worth. If you’re dining with a friend, better prepare around 80 CAD for average consumption.


  1. Miku Restaurant

Address: 200 Granville St #70, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1S4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-568-3900

Website: mikurestaurant.com

Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver is another phenomenal high-end sushi stop for all you sushi lovers. Its ambiance is exceptional and it delivers first-class dining experience starting off with its beautiful interior which displays traditional Japanese paintings. Their service crew are also top-notch; they are efficient and they make sure that you get the first-class experience that you deserve.

Miku is known for its Aburi Oshi Sushi (Aburi-style sushi is sushi that is blow torched – ideally with a charcoal for additional flavor as they do at Miku) or ‘cooked and pressed’ sushi wherein you can see the chef blow torching the raw fish and decorating the plate to give you not just exceptional taste but pleasing aesthetics as well. While you’re there, make sure you order their bestseller, the Salmon and Ebi Aburi Oshi Sushi—it literally melts in your mouth. And while you’re at it, try their famous desserts as well—they’re equally delicious.

Another reminder though, Miku’s wonderful dining experience comes with a price. If you’re dining with a friend, prepare around 90 CAD for average consumption.


  1. Toshi Sushi

Address: 181 E 16th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4R2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-874-5173

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Toshi-Sushi-133112986718262/

If budget is a little tight but your sushi craving cannot be extinguished, then Toshi Sushi in 16th Avenue in Vancouver is the place for you. Toshi Sushi offers highly delectable and authentic Japanese sushi at an affordable price.

You will surely be overjoyed with Toshi Sushi’s food selection however, you may want to try their fresh and delicious classic nigiri and sushi rolls like King California roll and Philadelphia roll. These are made with perfectly cooked rice and undoubtedly fresh raw fish. They also serve torched aburi sushi if raw does not suit you. Toshi Sushi also serves a variety of food other than sushi and sashimi. Their miso-glazed eggplant and black cod are a certified hit.

Their services are also good considering that their place is always busy because people go crazy for their food. If you’re dining with a friend, prepare to pay around CAD 25 depending on how much you’ll order. Just a reminder, there are always people lining up to get a table because they don’t accept reservations, so be there early. Don’t worry though, the wait will surely be worth every bite. If you’re not a patient kind of person, Toshi Sushi offers take outs too.


These are simply three of the best sushi bars within Vancouver; and surely, there are more. What can you say about this list? Do you agree with my top three or do you have your own?  Share your thoughts!


This is an article written by Marie Concordia for UBCFoodie. Share your comments and thoughts bellow.

A look on Vancouver’s Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is a super-food; that’s not even up for a debate. If a person feels depressed, they resort to eating chocolates. According to a study, people tend to eat 55% more chocolate when they are depressed compared to when they are not. Furthermore, eating chocolate has been proven to be beneficial to a person’s physical and mental health. In fact, eating chocolates can lower blood pressure since it regulates the body’s blood flow. As a result, it reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. It is also a source of powerful antioxidants which helps cleanse your body and get rid of bad cholesterol.

According to reports, chocolate manufacturing is a massive and competitive industry.  Almost 50 million people depend on chocolate for their living. According to the International Cocoa Organization, in 2015, the top ten chocolate manufacturers in the world had a net sales of approximately $80,000 USD.

In Canada, the industry of commercial chocolate production is being challenged by small-scale chocolatiers. Currently, the biggest market shareholder, Nestlé, holds 19.2% of chocolate sales in Canada. It is notable, however, that small-scale Canadian chocolatiers hold 12.3 % of the market shares—higher that the share of big chocolate manufacturers like Mars (11.2%), Lindt (10.2%), and Ferrero (7.3%).

Among the cities and provinces in Canada, Vancouver’s artisan chocolate industry is the most promising. Artisan chocolaterie is a movement in chocolate manufacturing wherein products are hand-crafted and produced in small batches. It provides people a different way of indulging in this delight apart from those that are commercially manufactured. For artisan chocolatiers, chocolates are not simply food; they are works of art.

For Vancouver chocolatiers, it is very important to focus on the quality of the chocolates as well as the creativity demonstrated in the product. To ensure this, they are hands-on from the moment the cacao beans are harvested, to the moment they are refined and mixed with other ingredients, and until they are packed and bought by the customers.

Moreover, in 2012, locals have spent 69% more on chocolates than they did in 2011.The locals’ support to Vancouver’s chocolate industry is also manifested in their participation in the city’s Annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Now on its 6th year, Vancouver’s chocolatiers exhibit their creativity and unique approach to chocolate-making. You get to experience edgy and creative hot chocolates for one whole month.

And that is the trait of Vancouver chocolates—they are edgy. According to the International Chocolate Awards, Vancouver artisan chocolates incorporate the kind of culture learnt by their community. Since they encounter people from different places, they were able to cultivate a way to create a mix of those and integrate them in their artisan chocolates.

In Vancouver, the artisan chocolate scene is growing and the future for Vancouver chocolatiers look hopeful. More people are being encouraged to invest in the business and more consumers are patronizing their local chocolate products.

The industry is indeed promising. In 1907, the first ever homemade chocolate was sold in Vancouver by Purdys Chocolates. Now, there are approximately 20 world-class artisan chocolatiers in the city; and this number is still growing. According to Thomas Haas, the owner of Thomas Haas Chocolates, more and more small artisan chocolatiers are entering the Vancouver chocolate scene; and as more companies arrive, the better it looks for the market.

This article has been written by Marie Concordia for UBCFoodie.

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The BEST sushi in Vancouver

Let’s kick off the first post with something that’s infamously Vancouver…sushi. Vancouver has some of the FRESHEST sushi in Canada because of it’s proximity to the ocean. The price and quality is also tops; as you learn in your economics 101 – competition (supply) will bring down prices. Common sense says that competition is also good for consumers in terms of quality and pricing. It’s true.

With hundreds of sushi shops across the lower main land, Vancouver has no shortage of sushi eateries to savor. Many of which also provides excellent value and quality.

Here’s a list of the BEST sushi in Vancouver (for quality) from Vancouver Local Q&A site.:

(1) Ajisai Sushi Bar – Easily one of the BEST sushi in Vancouver. Not to be missed. Only 10 minutes from UBC at Kerrisdale

(2) Sushi Bar Maumi – Actually REALLY good and fresh sushi. Your textbook could probably only buy you 20 pieces from their Omasake menu. It’s downtown, central.

(3) Hoshi Sushi at the Sandbar – Nice view and ambiance with good sushi on Grandville Island. Not necessary the best sushi in Vancouver by it self but in combination with the experience, it’s a good sushi experience. Somewhere you may go on a fancy date with your significant other; maybe a celebration for passing your exams?

(4) Miku: We all already know about Miku. Best Aburi sushi in Vancouver and good modern Japanese food. It should probably be higher on the list for the best sushi in Vancouver but they are already very well known.

(5) Hitoe Sushi: A little lesser known hole in the wall. VancityAsks.com likes to feature good local places that are lesser discovered. Hitoe Sushi is one of them. They don’t even have a proper website which in this day and age explains why such good sushi can go relatively unnoticed. Their website is mostly Japanese but at least you know the chef, owner-operator is truly Japanese. Sushi is good, bordering on the best sushi in Vancouver list. (there may be others better but this is competitive just like your scaling)

Yes ToJo’s wasn’t on the list surprisingly. I suppose it’s over mentioned already.


Here’s a list for the BEST cheap sushi in Vancouver (for value to quality) on VancityAsks.com:

(1) Sushi Garden

(2) Broadway Sushi

(3) Hoshi Sushi

(4) Shabusen Yakiniku house

(5) Matsuyama Sushi Richmond – In Richmond but it’s worth the hike for the late night specials. It’s only 30 minutes by transit on the 480 to bridgeport or the 49 to Langara station then take a short stroll from Lansdowne to Matsuyama for some good and cheap sushi in Vancouver.

There was another sushi store I tried the other day in Granville St. call Jako sushi (it’s a Japanese/Korean Sushi store – JaKo) that’s worth a mention. The sushi is sub-par at best by measure of their rice and the execution of the rolls but the value is likely unbelievable. 22 pieces with miso for only $5.95. Add tax to that and you’re looking at $6.45 for a very filling sushi experience. It’s mostly a take out place though.


Apologies for any grammar or typos. You’d think with studying at UBC and taking ENGL mandatory courses, my writing would be better – truth is I didn’t do so well with those ENGL courses. Kidding, I’m writing this in a rush because I rather spend my time eating at these best of Vancouver sushi restaurants than penning words on a casual UBC blog. Priorities.

Like Obama choosing SXSW over Nancy Reagan.