Review: Sushiyama

by gigi on August 25, 2009

After reading Sherman’s post about Sushiyama a while back, I decided to give it a try. I had driven past it several times and had no idea that such a Vancouver sushi gem lay behind its doors.

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We decided to start first with a dish of appetizer sashimi. I was pleased to see that this did not include the usual offering of just pale tuna and salmon. I quite enjoyed the red tuna sashimi as well as the piece right in the foreground of the picture below although I’m not sure what it was. Any ideas?

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Due to a miscommunication with our server, we accidentally ordered the Boston Roll, which had cooked prawns, cucumbers, and avocado. Both Jenkins and I felt this roll was pretty tasteless so it’s unlikely we will order it again.

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The next roll we had was the Kamikaze Roll, which was a spicy offering of tuna, cucumbers, and tobiko enveloped in a spicy sauce. I would have liked it to be spicier but found this roll pretty enjoyable overall. The generous and chunky tuna filling was the highlight of this roll.

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I really enjoyed the Negitoro Rolls at Sushiyama. The toro was nice and fatty and there was just enough green onion to really complement the toro.

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The smoked salmon roll was only so-so for me. It was basically a California roll with salmon on top. I found this roll to be a bit dry so I ended up dipping my pieces in more soy sauce than usual.

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Finally, we had the Salifornia roll, which is a deep fried California roll with salmon skin. Although it was pretty unique, it actually reminded me of one of the special rolls at Taiko in California. The crunchy exterior of the roll gave way to the creamy avocado and crab meat, which was an interesting contrast of textures. Obviously, you wouldn’t be able to order this all the time since it’s not very healthy though. :)

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We had both hits and misses at Sushiyama but both Jenkins and I felt it was good enough to warrant another visit. We’ve been back a couple of times since our initial visit and are slowly starting to familiarize ourselves with the menu and now know which rolls are good repeat candidates. Although not all of their rolls are winners in our opinion, they are all made with very fresh ingredients and I think this is partly aided by their large customer base and quick turnover.

Details:
371 E. Broadway, Vancouver
Tel: 604-872-0053

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2.5]
Price: $$

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