Location: 1508 Yew Street, Vancouver, BC 6K3E5
Kibune Sushi is located right by Kitsilano beach. Though it isn’t very big, the place is easy to spot; just look for the oriental-looking storefront with a Japanese sign.
This cozy little restaurant gave off a very traditional/authentic vibe. They were quite understaffed, as on several occasion during dinner, it took several attempts to get the attention of our servers. In terms of price, the food here is on the expensive side of the spectrum. We’d like to believe that it is due to the quality of the cooking, and to a certain extent, the neighbourhood in which this restaurant is situated.
For our dinner for two, we ordered the following items:
- Miso marinated sablefish ($14)
- Ocean maki ($7.50)
- Osashimi dinner ($25)
We really like to order sablefish, and this one didn’t disappoint! The fish was very buttery, and the miso taste is strong but not overpowering. We thought the cherry orange (?) was a good substitute for a lemon wedge. It gave the dish a even greater depth of flavour.
This is supposedly one of Kibune’s original creations. The sushi roll contained tobiko, avocado, cucumber, and hamachi (yellow-tail). These were devoured pretty quickly 😛 Considering the fish, $7.50 was a decent price.
You get a little bit of everything – miso soup, spinach goma-ae, shrimp sunomono, assorted tempura, assorted sashimi, and dessert (fruits or ice cream).
Every component (ok maybe that not the ice cream), was prepared with delicacy. Soup was hot and flavourful. Salads were refreshing, and not drenched in sauce. Tempura (prawn, carrot, green bean, and pumpkin) were lightly battered and crisp.
Our boat was loaded with 13 slices of sashimi: tuna, wild salmon, hokkigai, octopus, tai, and hamachi (yay!). These were high quality sashimi, as we could really taste the distinct flavours of each fish. Even the hokkigai and tako (typically bland and chewy in most other places) had great flavours and textures.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Excellent sashimi. A little bit pricey, but still worth a visit. Also take a stroll along the beach before or after the meal!
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