Sushiyama

Sushiyama Japanese restaurant

 

Address: 371 East Broadway (at Kingsway), Vancouver

Tel: 604.872.0053

Get anything, it’ll be dee-licious! Sushiyama’s menu is six long pages of fresh eating goodness. The maki listing is longer that what you’d find at most places — including items that, in an ideal world, you’d be able to find anywhere; like the asparagus, spinach, or mango rolls. The prices on the 38 types of maki rolls range from $2 for the kappa, tuna, and salmon rolls to $6.75 for the spider roll. The rest of the menu is pretty standard: sashimi from $6, loads of different types of nigiri ($1-2), donburi ranging from $6-9, breaded deep fry ($7), noodle soups ($6-9), tempura choices ($4-11), plus appetizers and soups/salads.

The nigiri and maki are fantastic here – big pieces and amazing fresh tastes with browned sesame for added crunch and flavor. The sashimi is delightful – the huge slabs are still delicate.  The hunks of fish rival the enormous mouthfuls found at Samurai (on Davie).  Oh! the miso, the gyoza, the donburi, the tempura….let’s save time — everything I’ve tasted at Sushiyama was fantastic and my wandering eyes kept encountering plates at every table that looked terrifically tasty. 

This hot spot is always busybusybusy — and there’s a reason. The food is fantastic and the prices are certainly on the low end. The value here at Sushiyama is terrific — especially for lovers of sashimi. But then there’s a downside to a cheap place that’s always busy — poor service. Not unpleasant or rude, just overworked. It’s hard to get a hold of a server and it’s unlikely that they’ll have time to check up on you. But don’t just sit there feeling snubbed — jump into the action, be a little assertive, wave your arms like a maniac, shout, get into the game. Is this the type of place I’d bring my grandma to? no…my kids? hell no. It’s not classy, it’s not attentive, but it’s everything else you’ve ever wanted. The sashimi melts in your mouth, the fish is fresh and the cuts are good, the gyoza is hot and crispy, the veggies are surprisingly  fresh, and the portions are ample.

Rating: It’s worth the bus ride. Four and a half stars from kelly and leanne. 

Open: 11.30am – 10.30pm Monday thru Saturday

Reservations: Make one! This place is always hoppin’.

Bonus: The bathroom is spacious and it’s always clean!

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Perfect pairing:

Band of Horses – Cease to begin

Indie rock with a dollop of Southern. A soothing and relaxed album that is as melancholy as it is graceful. 

or

Attack in Black – Marriage

Modern indie punk that doesn’t totally suck….except it sorta sounds like Seth Rogen’s the singer. I like that they’re not “indie pretentious” they have a mere four members and the only extra instruments are an occasional trumpet, piano, and sax. No additional percussionist, violins, 9 keyboardists, or back up dancers. Sorta like the get up kids…but not as amazing.

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