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“The real sushi thing” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ajisai Sushi Bar

Ajisai Sushi Bar
2081 West 42nd Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 2B4, Canada
604-266-1428
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Ranked #377 of 2,789 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Rome, Italy
1 review
“The real sushi thing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We have visited Ajisai two times in four days! The quality of the fish is truly excellent. Even our 2-year old daughter (who ate cooked fish though!) loved this Japanese spot, where kindness is distinctive of a real Japanese establishment.

"The Happy Family"

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Vancouver, Canada
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“Very good sushi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Two of the best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver are located in Kerrisdale, virtually across the street from each other. Of the two, Ajisai is the more established (the other restaurant is Nakamura), and they are properly proud of their sushi. There are items on the menu other than sushi and sashimi, although once one gets beyond these and a fairly standard array of appetizers, the menu is somewhat limited. On the other hand, focussing on what they do best produces some wonderful results.

Dishes are presented very much in the Japanese tradition, which is to say they not only taste good, but everything looks attractive when it is served. In terms of flavour, texture, presentation and overall care with which the fare is served, Ajisai is the antithesis to sushi bars where oversized chunks of maguro are slapped onto little balls of tasteless rice and crammed into a plastic container. Eating at Ajisai will let you know why sushi became known as a delicacy in the first place.

For something a little different, try the Aji tataki (seared horse mackerel). It is not always available but well worth the visit if it is.

Ajisai is a little pricey, but the quality of the food and service warrants the prices. The restaurant itself is also a little cramped and not suitable for large groups. If you are by yourself, get a seat at the sushi bar.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Best restaurant in kerrisdale”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

Kerrisdale has always suffered from lack of good dining choices. Ajisai is a great addition serving up tremendous sushi at reasonable prices.

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Vancouver, Canada
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“A well hidden secret. high quality sashimi.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

I came here with 2 other people. This place was recommended by a friend.

This is very well hidden to start with. You won't see the address 2081 if you simply look on the buildings. It's actually hidden BEHIND the buildings, between appartment blocks.

In summary, this place is only known to locals. Nothing fancy in terms of choices for sushi, but very high quality. The sashimi was particularly impressive (not a hint of fishy smell, not partially still frozen).

My only negative comment was on the content of one of the makis. Instead of crispy tempura flakes, there was Kellog's corn flakes......which was odd. This happened in only one maki, the rest being near perfection. I don't know what happened in the kitchen for that one.

Service was good. Very tiny place, so arrive very early or make reservations.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Freshest sushi in Vancouver”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011 via mobile

I am reluctant to review this restaurant, as I live in Vancouver, and good reviews will just mean longer lines. We eat here every week, as they have the freshest sushi and the best quality. There are very few seats at tables and a small sushi bar. Not much is cooked so this is strictly sushi, sashimi, and a few other dishes.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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