Raymond’s Sushi Adventures: Episode #225: Sushi Den


Vancouver (Downtown), $ (Price range)


Whereas ready for our film to start out, Puzzlefighter and I had been in Chinatown in search of Japanese eats. Puzzlefighter likes fancy nigiri much more than I do, however after we eat collectively, we all the time find yourself ordering insane quantities of meals. One time, the 2 of us went to MYST and ended up paying greater than $90 for dinner. I actually don’t know how we ended up in that predicament. It isn’t like we’re significantly massive guys. This time, since each of us had been fairly hungry, we went to Sushi Den to maintain the invoice inside cause.

Sushi Den is a reasonably giant Japanese restaurant situated close to Worldwide Village. It’s fairly standard resulting from its low cost pricing and respectable assortment of menu objects. Sadly, this meant that there was no method that Puzzlefighter and I had been getting out of there whereas nonetheless capable of stroll correctly.

Toro Sashimi – A-

The Toro Sashimi was simply $9 for six items, and we had been happy with the freshness. The toro was easy and buttery, and it got here in beneficiant slices. A number of the items had been noticeably softer than others.

Negihama Roll – B+

Subsequent up, the Negihama Roll (chopped yellowtail with inexperienced onion) was neatly wrapped. The inexperienced onion gave off a pleasant zing and a slight crunch, whereas the seaweed was not too chewy. Nonetheless, the flavour of the hamachi was not significantly wealthy.

Out of Controll – B

Since we went uncontrolled on the ordering, we thought it will be becoming to get the Out of Controll, a particular roll with “plenty of stuff.” We discovered salmon, tuna, tamago, and sockeye contained in the roll, which was dressed with spicy mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing. Though it did look like the chef went a bit uncontrolled, the fish was contemporary, and the roll was very giant and filling. We discovered the roll a bit rice-heavy, which weakened the flavours of the fish.

Flower Tuna Nigiri – A-

Flower Salmon Nigiri – A-

Ikura Nigiri – B

Uni Nigiri – B+

After all, we needed to attempt each varieties of flower nigiri, which was primarily sashimi wrapped round masago and cucumber (no rice). The Flower Tuna Nigiri got here with actually tender and contemporary tuna, whereas the Flower Salmon Nigiri contained contemporary, buttery salmon. We felt that the cucumber was simply there for visible attraction, because it did not actually match the flavour or texture of the fish. 

The Ikura Nigiri got here in big parts, and the creamy flavours of the uni and avocado labored properly collectively within the Uni Nigiri. The seaweed wrapping was a bit powerful although, which made it onerous to eat the nigiri neatly.

Tai Nigiri – B-

Unagi Nigiri – A-

The Tai Nigiri (snapper) was not powerful, however got here with a bit an excessive amount of sushi rice, which overwhelmed the flavour of the tai. The Unagi Nigiri, alternatively, was actually juicy and meaty. The unagi had a superb smoked flavour.

Beef Brief Rib Yakiniku – A-

The Beef Brief Rib Yakiniku is a enjoyable dish the place you’ll be able to grill your personal brief ribs on a small tabletop grill. Since I did not wish to set the restaurant on fireplace, I let Puzzlefighter do many of the grilling. When carried out appropriately, the brief ribs have a pleasant charred flavour. The delicate marinade didn’t overpower the ribs, and the meat was not powerful because of the skinny cuts.

Ten Zaru Soba – B

After all of the meals above, we determined to get a filler to actually hit it dwelling. The Ten Zaru Soba got here with 5 items of tempura (two prawns and one piece every of yam, candy potato, and kabocha). We discovered the tempura fairly greasy, however sufficiently juicy and crispy. The chilly soba was refreshing, and the inexperienced onion and sesame seeds livened up the dipping sauce. We fairly loved the soba till Puzzlefighter discovered a slight error.

Sure, there was a stray udon noodle within the soba! Whereas the udon noodle did not actually hassle us, we thought they must be just a bit extra cautious, in case different issues slipped into their meals…

Total, the meals was respectable given the costs, and the service was pleasant and enough. Though the environment is not significantly fancy, it’s a place the place you may get an excellent number of meals for price range costs. Regardless of the quantity of meals we ordered, our invoice was solely barely over $60 altogether.

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