Sakari

Sakari Sushi Japanese Restaurant

Address: 202-1184 Denman St (upstairs, on the corner of Davie and Denman), Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604.408.7557

OKAY! I have an important update – Sakari is closed – but there is a silver lining to this –> Kadoya took over the spot and opened a location there! WHOOOOO!

But – if you love reading for no reason feel free to read my outdated review of a restaurant that no longer exists:

Anyway, despite having a chipped water glass, spilling tea all over my leg, and almost choking to death on a loose piece of tempura — Sakari was really enjoyable.

Try to get a table outside, because it has a really nice view of the bay. The service was fantastic — after the tea incident I was given repeated apologies (even though I was the one who knocked the tea over), and I got 80 bagillion napkins. The service was fast, ultra friendly, accurate, and all the staff were obviously trying really hard to ensure that we had everything we needed and that we were happy with our food.

They don’t have all you can eat (which is all the rage for some reason). And I don’t consider them to be cheap — but the price is okay. However, they do have a few things that differ from the usual japanese fare like robata and donburi. The robata (japanese B.B.Q.) has everything from eggplant ($3.75) to short ribs ($4.95). The majority of the robata menu is seafood with the most expensive item being the eel for $7.50.

Yea, I went there for dinner tonight. We decided on the veggie tempura to start. But why is there no yam? I have NO idea, instead there is an assortment including green pepper (boo! THE worst of the peppers), carrot, taro, and a variety of squashes. The tempura prices range from $3.50 for the small veggie to $9 for the large prawn. Next up, we went for the assorted sashimi ($10). And it is F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S! I mean it, fabulous to the extreme! Not chewy, not slimy. It’s that melt in your mouth awesomeness you’re always hoping for. Even the surf clam was good — and who really likes surf clam, anyway?

Onto the goods – the maki.

We had the california, spider, sunshine, and caterpillar rolls. The california roll ($4.50) was a gooder. It is made with avocado,  REAL crab and cucumber. Yum! Some of the goodness was due to extra amounts of sesame seeds. Yay for sesame! The spider roll was…uh…okay. Not my favorite, and certainly not worth the $7. The sunshine was nice as well — the mango, prawn, smoked salmon, and basil were really good together. Best for last: the caterpillar roll was so, so, SO kickass! It was totally worth $9. Not only did it have the additional avocado on the outside it also has salmon wrapped around it and that really finely sliced lemon on top that you’ll usually only get at fancy sushi places. Ahhhhh! I wish I was eating another piece of it right now! I wonder if actual caterpillars are that delicious….

Sakari — the service is amazing, the food is good, and the prices are okay. Try it of you’re in the area – but not exactly worth going out of your way for.

I will certainly be going back to Sakari for more sashimi and caterpillars. I’m also looking forward to sampling the robata, agemono, and teriyaki….so much food, so little time!

Open: 11.30am – 11pm daily

….or so I thought! I went back on a holiday Monday at 8.15pm and they wouldn’t seat us – saying they close at 8.30! what a bunch of bull! We ended up going to Don Guacamoles instead.

OKAY! I have an important update – Sakari is closed – but there is a silver lining to this –> Kadoya took over the spot and opened a location there! WHOOOOO!

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