When I was visiting Vancouver back in March, I was in the mood for a casual sushi dinner and decided to go back to Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar because my friend C and I were pretty impressed with the food on our previous visit and also because we were craving their yuzu ice cream.
We started off sharing an order of the Wakame Sunomono ($3.95), which contained seaweed and rice noodles marinated in a housemade vinaigrette. Compared to our first visit, we were disappointed that the seaweed on this visit was not hydrated enough and therefore was really chewy. Flavor-wise though, it was as good as the one from our first visit and I could taste subtle smokiness in the vinaigrette.
Next, we had an order of the Ahi Tuna & Avocado ($11.75) again. This was one of our favourites during our first visit. The dish consisted of red tuna sashimi that were served on avocado wedges and topped with a yuzu miso. The avocado wedges were fresh and creamy and contrasted nicely with the citrus flavours from the yuzu miso. Unfortunately, there were a couple of pieces of the red tuna that were fibrous and a bit on the chewy side.
For our third dish, we tried the Ebi Chili Mayo ($7.95 for 5 pieces). Ebi mayo is my friend C’s favourite dish so we pretty much order it whenever we see it on the menu. I found this version at Kishimoto to be just ok and we’ve definitely had better ebi mayo before. We didn’t find this batter to be very crispy. The batter could definitely be lighter and more crispy. Though the housemade chili mayo was tasty, we probably wouldn’t order this again on our next visit.
Next, we tried the Toro Tataki ($9.95), which consisted of seared tuna belly topped with ponzu sauce, garlic chips and green onion. This dish was one of the Daily Specials and not part of Kishimoto’s regular menu. Though normally, I prefer to consume toro raw (as in sushi or sashimi), this dish was actually really tasty and one of the highlights of our meal. I liked how the acidity in the ponzu sauce balanced out the fattiness of the toro. Overall, it was a really successful dish and I would order it again if it was available on my next visit.
Lastly, we had the Salmon Oshi Sushi ($9.75) again. It consisted of sockeye salmon layered with a creamy sauce and was torched and topped with thin slices of jalapeno. Even though my favourite version of this dish is actually the Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi at Miku Restaurant, this version at Kishimoto is still very tasty and great value at $9.75 compared to $14 version at Miku. I just feel that the version at Miku is slightly more refined as the salmon just melts in my mouth more and the rice is softer.
For dessert, we had the Yuzu Ice Cream ($3.95) again. This is probably my favourite item on the Kishimoto menu. The ice cream is perfectly balanced, not too sweet, and very refreshing. I like how the tartness from the yuzu is offset by the creaminess of the ice cream. This Yuzu Ice Cream is the main reason for me to keep coming back to Kishimoto.
Perhaps, it was because of what we ordered, but I didn’t find the presentation of the dishes to be as impressive on this visit as the ones from our previous visit. Overall, I thought our meal was good but not stellar and certainly not as memorable as our first visit. Though the food was very fresh, I felt some of the dishes could use a little refinement. Our favourite dishes on this visit were the Toro Tataki, Salmon Oshi Sushi, and of course, the Yuzu Ice Cream.
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar
2054 Commercial Drive