Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Photo credit: awhiskandaspoon | Flickr

Photo credit: awhiskandaspoon | Flickr

It’s no secret that Vancouver is a sushi paradise.  With plenty of fresh fish just off the coast and a health-conscious population that just can’t get enough sashimi, the city supports hundreds (if not thousands) of sushi restaurants.

Real sushi connoisseurs have no shortage of high-end options to get their fix.  Tojo’s on Broadway is widely regarded as one of the best Japanese restaurants in Canada. (In fact, the Emperor and Empress of Japan have eaten there.)  Meanwhile, Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe puts a trendy, modern spin on things with its swanky sushi bar.

But, as bargain lovers know, the real challenge is finding a great cheap sushi joint.  So I’d like to hear from you:

Do you have a favourite cheap sushi restaurant in Vancouver?  Share your bargain secrets by leaving a comment below.  

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Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver? You Make the Call!

Defining the “Human Flavour”

Chef Hiroshi Endo shows off the Spicy Maguro Yukke from Miku's summer menu. Photo: Dan Poh photography

The following article was written by guest contributor Denyse Johnson.

He may not speak much English, but when it comes to the language of culture, community and food, Seigo Nakamura, owner of Vancouver’s Miku sushi restaurant, needs no translation.

As a teenager, the Japan native was a promising baseball athlete—an honour comparable to being an up-and-coming hockey player in Canada. But, in his early twenties, his fate changed when his father had a stroke, and he took over the family’s small, sushi restaurant in southern Japan.

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Defining the “Human Flavour”

Adventures on Main Street, Part 1: Restaurants

Mention trendy Vancouver neighborhoods and the list of usual suspects comes to mind:  Yaletown with its boutiques and bars; chic and understated Kitsilano; the West End with its commanding views of Stanley Park; etc.  But often absent from that list is one of my favorites: Mt. Pleasant, which sits at the southern end of Main Street, just outside the downtown core (Hipsters and marketing gurus have also dubbed this area SoMa, short for South Main)

Mt. Pleasant, unique among many of Vancouver’s ‘hoods, hasn’t lost touch with its gritty, working class origins.  At the same time, new restaurants and edgy shops have lent the area a bohemian vibe, with just a touch of sophistication.  Add to the mix deep ethnic roots – the zone was once home to a sizeable Chinese population – and you’ve got one of the city’s most eclectic neighborhoods: on the cusp of gentrification but still clinging (precariously) to authenticity.

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Adventures on Main Street, Part 1: Restaurants

Vancouver’s Overlooked Sushi Scene

With abundant fresh seafood and a large population of Japanese descent, Vancouver has some of North America's best sushi.

With abundant fresh seafood and a large population of Japanese descent, Vancouver has some of North America's best sushi.

In the tourist shops in Gastown, Vancouver’s historic downtown district, you can find lots of quintessentially Canadian eats:  jugs of maple syrup, boxes of sweet BeaverTails (fried dough shaped like . . . you guessed it) and even bottles of frosty Canadian ice wine.  But one big piece of Vancouver’s culinary scene is missing from this spread: sushi.

Blessed with abundant fresh fish and a large Japanese population, Vancouver has one of the most vibrant sushi scenes in North America.  Sushi here is fresh, authentic and cheap.  For about the price of a Starbucks latte, you can get a freshly made dynamite roll and probably have change left over for a miso soup.

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Vancouver’s Overlooked Sushi Scene