Review: Birthday Eats at Bistro Sakana

by gigi on July 23, 2008

Another year, another birthday! :)  This year, I went for dinner with Samantha, Lucy, and Jenkins.  I really wasn’t sure where to go for dinner but then I remembered it had been a while since I was last at Bistro Sakana.  I’m not sure why there was such a lag since my last visit since my meals at Sakana are always yummy and enjoyable.  In any case, here is what we feasted on for my birthday dinner…

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We were first served complimentary appetizers.  It was a light and refreshing salad with bean sprouts, cucumbers, and diced chicken tossed in a sweet chili vinaigrette.

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Samantha enjoyed the green tea immensely and requested that I take a picture.  :)  It was quite strong and had a very nice green tea taste.

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Sakana always has a list of daily specials.  On the day that we went, they had a bunch of fresh oysters.  We all decided to try a Kusshi oyster with ponzu sauce.  The oysters were very fresh and slightly sweet.

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The yaki-spaghetti with chicken was an interesting spin on yakisoba.  The spaghetti was cooked al dente and had a nice texture to it.  It also served as a great “filler” dish for us.  :)

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The miso black cod came with a small bed of wild rice and a drizzling of balsamic vinegar and cranberry sauce.  Although it was quite a small dish, this was very tasty.  Then again, how can you really fail with black cod? :)  The cranberry sauce added a nice tanginess to the rich fattiness of the cod.

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We also ordered quite a few rolls.  I can’t really remember the names of everything that we tried, but I can assure you that they all tasted great.  :)

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The spicy tuna roll was a regular tuna roll with spicy sauce drizzled on top.  It was different from what we were used to but very tasty.  The spicy sauce was also slightly sweet, which I think added to the overall taste.  The crunchy California rolls are always my favourite here.  Regular California rolls are rolled in some crunch panko bread crumbs.  It was so good that we ordered a second serving!  The Negitoro rolls were more commonplace but still very good.

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The chopped scallop rolls were probably the most mundane dish out of everything we ordered.  It just didn’t seem to have much taste to it.

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The okonomiyaki took a while to make (about 20 minutes) so when it arrived, we were actually quite full.  It was much thicker than the okonomiyaki I was accustomed to although I’m not sure which version is more authentic.  It was packed with veggies, spaghetti, and some seafood.  I have to admit though that I was not too fond of this dish.  Because it was so thick, it seemed like the middle parts were not well cooked and had a cakey/thick texture to it.

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Although it had been a while since I was last at Sakana, I was quickly reminded why I used to go there so much.  The food is always fresh and tasty with a nice mix of sushi and izakaya items.  I also like that they have a list of daily specials so you can always try something new.  My only peeve is that the service is quite slow so make sure you are not in a rush when you go there for your meal.  They are friendly enough to make up for the slowness though.  :p

Details:
1120 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-633-1280

Summary:
Food: [rating:3.5] (I would have given it a 4 had it not been for the scallop roll & okonomiyaki mini-busts)
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $$

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