After a long day at work and hungry, Val called me up to see if I wanted dinner, but I wasn’t really in the mood (studying?)…until she said she’d treat me to Ajisai in Kerrisdale. Winner winner chicken dinner! Okay well there was no chicken to be had at this dinner, just straight up sashimi and sushi, as it really is a sushi bar. No hot or cooked food here folks. Well, I guess the seared or broiled stuff would count.
Arriving just past 630pm in the midst of dinner hour, it was busy and we had to wait about 20minutes, roughly 4 parties ahead of us. It’s surprising, given its off the track location and the sub 40 seats they have inside. Once we were seated, seeing as it’s one of Val’s favourite restaurants, she did most of the ordering.
Seafood Salad, plenty of fresh greens, chunks of tuna, salmon, squid and shrimp with a slightly salty salad dressing topped off with corn flakes.
Special Assorted Sashimi: tuna, hamachi, red tuna, scallop, salmon roe, tako, amaebi, salmon and the one in front of the lemon I can’t remember.
Uni Ikaru Don うにいくら丼 … mmm is all I can say, not a single rice grain was left in this bowl at the end. Refer to this episode of No Reservations, I suggest you watch the whole thing, but if you’re just curious about Uni-Ikura, start at 9:45.
Curiosity got the best of me and I had to order something from the fresh sheet, but I had no clue what Madai 真鯛–a red sea bream snapper– was at the time. It had plenty of ‘snap’ and not at all fishy.
Finally to close off the night, we ordered Toro Sashimi. I know it’s probably sacrilegious to the traditional ways of eating sashimi, but sometimes I just like to eat each individual layer of the fish, slowly nibbling it between my lips and tongue, just so I can savour the taste and texture. Trust me, I don’t eat slow often, so this means something.
While the bill wasn’t cheap and I was still hungry, but that being my own fault, it really is quite a reasonable price for the quality of food that you are consuming.
Ajisai Sushi Bar
2081 W. 42nd Ave., Vancouver, BC