Toren's Resto Rants vol 5: Kishimoto

I am not a fan of fish. I have no business reviewing this restaurant.

Photo from Kishimoto's facebook page
Photo from Kishimoto’s facebook page

Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant

Their blurb: None. No website. What gives?


Address: 2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4V1
Phone:(604) 558-4641
CLOSED MONDAYS, otherwise open 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-9:45pm
Booths? Not really – they have booth chairs along the wall but the tables are not separated with anything but space.
Noisy? Can be
Candies with your bill? Yes but not good ones.

kishimoto (1)I live near this place and its very rare that there isn’t a queue of folks loitering outside. I’m sure this has to do with the fact that the food is good but equally due to the fact that this dining area is miniature.  Also I appreciate a sushi joint where they provide reusable chopsticks rather than disposable ones. They do have a Draconian policy with regard to the wait list – they put your name on the list and if you leave they cross you off. As a person who generally avoids food from the ocean I usually get vegetarian sushi, goma ae, chicken, edamame and gyoza when in Japanese restaurants but I did try a bit of fish this time. Everything was well made, except the gyoza was unexceptional. We tried the crispy beet salad and it was like a party in my mouth.

I don’t remember any mention of Ocean Wise or sustainable fish on the menu and I can’t find anything online right now so I guess that’s a strike against it. Also it’s not cheap but you do seem to get what you pay for. If you want a lot of sushi for your money there are other better places, such as Sushiyama.

Also the art on the walls was not good. But who goes to a restaurant for art? NOT ME!

Biggest Rave: Crispy beet salad OMG. Also consistent business hours.

Biggest Rant: This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, and you can expect to wait an hour or more to get seated. If you don’t like line ups or are actually hungry, AVOID Kishimoto. Also the tables are too close together.

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