Ajisai Sushi Bar is a place you have to arrive at really early if you don’t want to be waiting outside in the cold for a long period of time. Many locals swear by this place for their fresh selection of sashimi and authenticity. I was in the area so I decided to revisit this little gem on my own before jetting off to my actual dinner 😛
I knew I had a good shot of grabbing a seat right away because it was just ten minutes after opening (5pm). To my surprise , the place was already at about 80% occupancy! Ajisai has a pretty clean selection of sushi, nigiri, and sashimi to choose from on their menu. If you’re looking for cooked items, they do offer a limited selection of donburi, grilled fish, and common appetizers.
I sat right by the bar so it was fun watching the sushi chefs in action.
Probably one of the better complimentary green teas I’ve had from a Japanese restaurant.
Chirashi Don ($15) Fresh selection of sashimi like salmon, tuna, hamachi, ika, ebi, tako, and tamago on a bed of rice. Sashimi was fresh and melt in your mouth tender. My favourites were the tuna and salmon. The tamago was also very light and had a hint of sweetness.
The rice was surprisingly memorable with toasted sesame seeds,minced shiitake, mushrooms and chopped seaweed. The extra touches brought the rice to another dimension and flavour. I really enjoyed how the combination came together.
From left to right: Uni Ikura ($5), Chopped Scallop ($2.50), Toro ($3)
The Uni Ikura had suberb flavour and texture. The saltiness of the salmon roe complimented the rich softness of the sea urchin. Quite an interesting combination that’s a rare scene in Vancouver. The price is a bit steep so it was definitely considered a luxury ordering it.
Chopped Scallop nigiri was pretty standard – nothing special
Toro nigiri was insanely fresh and melt-in-your-mouth tender! Mmm I could’ve easily downed 5 of them if I had the money to spend here. 😛
Be prepared to spend big money here as this place is not cheap but the quality speaks volumes.
2081 42 Ave W
Contact: (604) 266-1428