Dosanko is a newly opened restaurant in the heart of Vancouver’s Japanese community. Blocks away from a Japanese language school, this restaurant attracts after-school Japanese students, and the area’s industrial lunchtime breakers.
The cooking style is considered yōshoku, a “Japanized” interpretation of Western cooking- per their website. The married-couple owners share their story of the first dish Akiyo cooked for Nathan, and how they decided to share food with the world together.
The space is naturally well-lit by the big windows at the front of the restaurant, and towards the back, the restaurant takes on a family-friendly persona with couches and a kid-friendly area. The dark wood furniture creates a comforting atmosphere with cool hand-drawn art pieces on the walls.
Onto the food:
Dosanko is definitely a Japanese comfort-food stop. Tasty, simple food that hits all of those feels triggering nostalgia about my recent trip to Japan. Whenever I’m missing Japan, I’ll come here!
I had been wanting to visit Sushi Loku for a long time but somehow kept forgetting about it. After seeing a great post on my Mimi’s (Indulge with Mimi) feed, I told my boyfriend we had to go the next chance we got!
As a lover of all things aburi, I decided to try as many of the aburi items as possible!
Would I Return? Yes.
Overall, I enjoyed the food and aburi but was hoping the salmon oshisushi would be similar to Minami’s. I would return knowing that I would get decent quality sushi, but probably wouldn’t bother ordering the oshisushi. I would recommend the regular aburi nigiri!
The Meat Lovers for 2 ($55) is around the same price for an all you can eat dinner. Even though the food isn’t “unlimited” and you may not end up getting as much food, I would choose to eat here over an AYCE barbeque place because I prefer quality over quantity. This option is for those who love meat and want to try a lot of their different kinds of meat. To be honest, I can’t remember which was my favourite, but they were all good anyways!
I’ve always loved every meal I’ve had at any Guu location, and this location was no exception! As always, everything was tasty, cooked well, and I had great service. This location is definitely the most quiet one as I’ve never had to wait for a table. One downside is that they don’t have my favourite item at the Gastown location- the Mushroom & Cheese Bibimbap. Also, their Sashimi Salad was slightly different than the Gastown location in that they served the sashimi in larger pieces rather than smaller, easier to eat pieces. Other than that, no complaints! My favourite thing was the Scallop Carpaccio, but that may be because I’m a scallop junkie.
Right in the corner of Steveston, this busy, Japanese restaurant offers a full menu of a typical Sushi restaurant, alongside lots of specialty rolls and creative dishes. My favourite was the Godzilla Bites- the deep fried rice was crunchy on the outside but soft and chewy inside! We did have to wait a while for our table because it was was so busy, so plan ahead!
I love this place! The food is fresh, healthy, and tasty! I can’t say anything wrong about this place. For one, it’s super cute inside- cute, clean decor is always a plus. The service has always been great, and their menu is fresh and unique. If you’re into brown rice, salads and fish, you should check this place out. Their drinks are good too, and you don’t forget to try their matcha soft serve!
My sister absolutely loves Minami in Yaletown, so for her birthday I thought I would take her to Miku. Minami opened after Miku, and I always have an affinity to “original” things (I never prefer sequels or remakes to originals). I also ate at Miku, then Minami in sequential order so my first exposure to Oshi Sushi was at Miku. My first bite of Oshi Sushi (at Miku) has resonated with me ever since as the original creator of Oshi Sushi.
That being said, a Minami frequenter, I told my sister that she had to try the original place that sold Oshi Sushi- Miku. In my mind, it would be slightly better than Minami, but by the end of dinner (I think it was our seating and our server) we had both decided that we preferred Minami over Miku. Ambience and service tipped the scale, but I found the food quality to be almost identical.
This cute Japanese-run cafe is in the middle of nowhere! I thought it cornered Granville St but it was a few blocks away from Granville. Contrary to my boyfriend’s critique, I loved both the pastas we ordered. He really liked the chicken Karaage and we both found the Italian sausage to be a little underwhelming- it reminded me of the kind I buy from market and cook myself at home. We were way too full to order dessert although I had been eyeing their apple dessert. I’ll save that for next time!
This restaurant, in the heart of Yaletown initially attracted me with their “zushi” copy of Minami/Miku’s Oshi Sushi. Complete with a jalapeno slice (which was actually pretty spicy, unlike Minami/Miku’s), the aburi style salmon box sushi is similar, but not quite the same. The dish I enjoyed the most was the Salmon Yuke because it was unlike anything I’d ever had before. If I had to describe it, I would say it’s like hawaiian poke with a poached egg on top. The unagi roll was a typical unagi roll. Would I come back? Yes. But now that it’s crossed off my list of restaurants to try I would choose trying someplace new!
Gastown location 105-375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
Food rating: 10/10
My favourite Guu location! Always friendly staff and consistently good food- although not pictured, hands down my favourite thing to order is the Mushroom Cheese Bibimbap! That being said, I love everything I’ve ever had and it’s one of my favourite places to go for food (in all of Vancouver!) followed by drinks (namely sake shots)!