We came here for the first time on April 29, 2012 after reading about it in Vancouver Magazine's Restaurant Awards issue. Chef Kimura was holding court at the sushi bar and we ordered the $40 omakase which consisted of 9 dishes. Great value and excellent inventive cuisine! It quickly becomes evident that Chef Kimura is a master of textures. The first appetizer plate had lovely fresh raw oysters, soft kabocha, something gelatinous and something crunchy. All subtle flavours, but wonderful! The deep fried crunchy fish 'roll' with the single perfectly smoked oyster was my favourite dish, but the sashimi salad with tofu dressing was a very close second. The three pieces of nigiri sushi at the end were amazing - super fresh and melt-in-your-mouth fish, but just the perfectly cooked rice alone was delicious! Decor is basic hole-in-the-wall, but the servers were extremely friendly and helpful with the explanations.
Right as we were leaving, though, our server told us that it was Chef Kimura's last night at this location! He, along with his two Japanese sous chefs, were leaving and opening another sushi restaurant in Kitsilano - she took down my email address so I would be informed of the new address. However, she went to great pains to assure us that the new owners were going to "keep everything the same", including the name of the restaurant.
So just a note of caution to all future diners: the amazing Chef Kimura is no longer here. However, perhaps the new chef will be just as good!
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