Last week I had a great dinner at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen on commercial Dr.
The 4 of us shared a bunch of appetizers and sushi rolls. My favorite appetizers of the night were the Toro Tataki and the miso eggplants.
The fatty seared tuna was topped with lots of green onions and garlic flakes. The ponzu sauce was light and made the dish really refreshing. The eggplant was grilled perfectly and glazed with sweet caramelized miso crust. I really liked the fact that they cut out the meaty part of the eggplant and utilized the shell of the eggplant as a bowl. It’s both easy to eat, and pretty at the same time.
Speaking of pretty, we were all so wowed by the presentation of the sushi rolls we ordered. Everything came on a big plate and it was decorated with daikon flowers, daikon lamp, and some edible sticks (don’t really know what it is) that made the plate so fun and 3-D. It was really like a sushi theme park on a plate, because each section of the plate was decorated differently. It was hard not to take a picture of it before you eat.
As for the sushi, they were delicious. I loved the spider roll that was rolled in a thin sheet of daikon. It had the mix of crunchy deep fried soft shell crab and creamy avocado with the refreshness of the daikon, really tasty.
My next favorite was the Mamenoki roll. This vegetarian roll was wrapped in avocado. On the inside, there were edamame, carrots, and cornflakes. It’s my first time having edamame in a roll, and I liked it a lot.
Another special roll I ordered was the Salmon Oshi Sushi. It was salmon battera with cream and jalapeño on the top. Another thin slice of salmon is sandwiched in between the rice. Each piece of the sushi was flavorful enough that you don’t need soy sauce with it!
Finally, we finished off the meal with home made black sesame and yuzu ice creams. Black sesame at a Japanese restaurant is almost always a must for me, and this one didn’t disappoint. I was impressed that it was home made.
It’s really nice to see a sushi restaurant that is fun and creative with their food in Vancouver. Besides from the fresh and tasty food, the plating won a lot of bonus points from us. It’s an instant favorite sushi joint for me for sure.
Note: Closed Mondays. Restaurant is tiny, reservations would be wise. One thing we found really weird was that to get more tea, the waitress takes away our cups instead of bringing a pot of tea to our table. It was a little distracting because it kept us concerned if she was going to return each of our cups to the right person.
Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen
2054 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N