Charcoal Sushi and BBQ Restaurant

For Mother’s Day, my brother and I took my mom out for dinner at Charcoal Sushi. Located in the complex on No. 3 Road and Westminster Hwy, there’s plenty of parking here! Charcoal Sushi has about 7 medium sized tables inside and some bar seating. Each table also has a covered grill in the centre for BBQ meats. They take reservations but didn’t seem very busy for the Mother’s Day weekend.
Charcoal Sushi

We started off with a Chopped Scallop Roll and Smoked Salmon Roll. Fairly standard, the scalloped roll could’ve been rolled better. Read more

Yakinikuya-Lunch Sets

While we were brainstorming ideas for our Friday lunch, my co-worker recommended Yakinikuya for their lunch sets. They’re a Japanese BBQ place with some Korean influence. It was the only real rainy day of the month that day and the restaurant was empty. All the lunch sets come with a bowl of miso soup. By the way, their online menu isn’t quite updated.

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VanVan Izakaya

Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own

I was invited to another ChineseBites event at VanVan Izakaya on Robson across from Forage. All the dishes below were shared between 6 people and we tried most of their menu. If you see awkward shadows in my photo, that’s someone else pointing their camera at the same time (or everyone)!

VanVan IzakayaThis was the Unagi Kabayaki with teriyaki sauce.  The eel had a nice sweet flavour from the teriyaki sauce and it was tender. I like eel so I approve of this. Read more

Sushiyama-Donburis Done Right

Sushiyama is located on the corner of Brunswick St. and Broadway right across from Kingsgate mall and also across from Pho Thai Son. Everyday is a good day for sushi so I was excited to try them out.

Sushiyama

I actually did not really end up getting sushi since I had the Katsu Don. It was a great deal for $6.25 and it comes with miso soup too. The pork cutlet was nicely battered, not dry and fried with an egg on top. There were also some mushrooms and onions underneath too. The  rice had the right amount of sauce unlike the really dry rice I had at Zipang Provisions. Also the pork at Zipang wasn’t cut up either so it was more difficult to eat. I definitely liked this version better! There isn’t that much rice though so if you eat a lot this probably won’t fill you up.

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Sushi Mura-Affordable Sushi

Sushi Mura opened in my neighbourhood and I’ve been there a few times already so that’s a pretty good sign. It seems like they’re open by the same people as Sushi Garden and the inside looks very similar too. Pricing is also really cheap! They always have long lines so be prepared to wait.

Sushi MuraSeaweed salad. Pretty standard and one of my fave salads so I enjoyed it.

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Manna Sushi

Manna Sushi opened on W2nd and Ontario a few months ago but I never got around to blogging about it. It is pretty much the only sushi place around besides Aqua Sushi and Juice Bar which focuses on healthy food and makes their sushi with brown rice. The inside of the restaurant was pretty spacious.

Manna SushiThis was a half order of the Salmon Sashimi (6pcs). It was fresh and they cut it in an interesting way that I can’t describe here but it’s like the ends were a bit thinner? Or they were trying to cheap out on us…

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