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Raymond’s Sushi Adventures: Episode #225: Sushi Den


Vancouver (Downtown), $ (Price range)


Whereas ready for our film to begin, Puzzlefighter and I have been in Chinatown in search of Japanese eats. Puzzlefighter likes fancy nigiri much more than I do, however once we eat collectively, we at all times find yourself ordering insane quantities of meals. One time, the 2 of us went to MYST and ended up paying greater than $90 for dinner. I actually don’t know how we ended up in that predicament. It isn’t like we’re notably huge guys. This time, since each of us have been fairly hungry, we went to Sushi Den to maintain the invoice inside purpose.

Sushi Den is a reasonably giant Japanese restaurant positioned close to Worldwide Village. It’s fairly common on account of its low-cost pricing and respectable assortment of menu objects. Sadly, this meant that there was no approach that Puzzlefighter and I have been getting out of there whereas nonetheless in a position to stroll correctly.

Toro Sashimi – A-

The Toro Sashimi was simply $9 for six items, and we have been happy with the freshness. The toro was easy and buttery, and it got here in beneficiant slices. A few of the items have been noticeably softer than others.

Negihama Roll – B+

Subsequent up, the Negihama Roll (chopped yellowtail with inexperienced onion) was neatly wrapped. The inexperienced onion gave off a pleasant zing and a slight crunch, whereas the seaweed was not too chewy. Nevertheless, the flavour of the hamachi was not notably wealthy.

Out of Controll – B

Since we went uncontrolled on the ordering, we thought it will be becoming to get the Out of Controll, a particular roll with “a number of stuff.” We discovered salmon, tuna, tamago, and sockeye contained in the roll, which was dressed with spicy mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing. Though it did seem to be the chef went just a little uncontrolled, the fish was contemporary, and the roll was very giant and filling. We discovered the roll just a little rice-heavy, which weakened the flavours of the fish.

Flower Tuna Nigiri – A-

Flower Salmon Nigiri – A-

Ikura Nigiri – B

Uni Nigiri – B+

After all, we needed to attempt each varieties of flower nigiri, which was primarily sashimi wrapped round masago and cucumber (no rice). The Flower Tuna Nigiri got here with actually smooth and contemporary tuna, whereas the Flower Salmon Nigiri contained contemporary, buttery salmon. We felt that the cucumber was simply there for visible enchantment, because it did not actually match the flavour or texture of the fish. 

The Ikura Nigiri got here in large parts, and the creamy flavours of the uni and avocado labored properly collectively within the Uni Nigiri. The seaweed wrapping was just a little powerful although, which made it arduous to eat the nigiri neatly.

Tai Nigiri – B-

Unagi Nigiri – A-

The Tai Nigiri (snapper) was not powerful, however got here with just a little an excessive amount of sushi rice, which overwhelmed the flavour of the tai. The Unagi Nigiri, then again, was actually juicy and meaty. The unagi had a superb smoked flavour.

Beef Quick Rib Yakiniku – A-

The Beef Quick Rib Yakiniku is a enjoyable dish the place you possibly can grill your individual brief ribs on a small tabletop grill. Since I did not wish to set the restaurant on fireplace, I let Puzzlefighter do a lot of the grilling. When executed appropriately, the brief ribs have a pleasant charred flavour. The gentle marinade didn’t overpower the ribs, and the meat was not powerful as a result of skinny cuts.

Ten Zaru Soba – B

After all of the meals above, we determined to get a filler to essentially hit it dwelling. The Ten Zaru Soba got here with 5 items of tempura (two prawns and one piece every of yam, candy potato, and kabocha). We discovered the tempura fairly greasy, however sufficiently juicy and crispy. The chilly soba was refreshing, and the inexperienced onion and sesame seeds livened up the dipping sauce. We fairly loved the soba till Puzzlefighter discovered a slight error.

Sure, there was a stray udon noodle within the soba! Whereas the udon noodle did not actually trouble us, we thought they must be just a bit extra cautious, in case different issues slipped into their meals…

Total, the meals was respectable given the costs, and the service was pleasant and sufficient. Though the environment is not notably fancy, it’s a place the place you may get number of meals for funds costs. Regardless of the quantity of meals we ordered, our invoice was solely barely over $60 altogether.

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