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My friend and I were at Steveston for the Salmon Festival and got us to cool down at the cafe. After we left the cafe, we went back to the place where we parked her car. By the time we got to the car, it was getting dark and we were talking about dinner. As I’m not familiar with Richmond, she suggested some places and I chose one. However, when we arrived the restaurant, it wasn’t open. So, she was thinking about somewhere else.

We headed to Seto Japanese Restaurant. It is on Alexandra street, located between Garden City Road and No 3 Road. We drove in the area, so I’m not sure about the exact location, but it looks like you can walk from Canada Line Lansdowne station. They serve authenticated Japanese food that their website says.

We ordered from their dinner menu.

Seafood Salad

Seafood Salad at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

Vegetable Tempura
(10 pieces)

Vegetable Tempura at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

Ika Karaage
(Deep-fried Squid, Geso)

Ika Karaage (Geso) at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

It was getting greasy eating at the same time as Tempura, I was happy to have them!

Unagi Roll
(Grilled Eel)

Unagi Roll at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

Umeshiso Roll
(Pickled Plum & Shiso)

Umeshiso Roll at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

The combination of pickled Japanese plum and Shiso leaf always helps refreshing our mouths.

Nigiri Sushi (Aji & Uni)

Aji Nigiri Sushi at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond Uni Nigiri Sushi at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

Regular Spider Roll
(Soft Shell Crab Roll)

Regular Spider Roll at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

This tasted good, but by the time when we got this, we were full by the other Sushi and fried food. We should have ordered less at the beginning.

Well, dessert is always for a different stomach, right? :p Once we settled our stomach, we had this Japanese confections.

Cream Mitsumame with Green Tea Ice Cream

Cream Mitsumame with Green Tea Ice Cream at Seto Japanese Restaurant in Richmond

This should be called Anmitsu rather than Mitsumame. “An” for Anmitsu indicates pasted red beans. “Mitsu” is brown sugar syrup. “Ma-me” is beans. Anyways, you can refer to this.

Overall, the food was not bad, although we had heard some rumor that their food wasn’t good.

Note that the pricing seems up since, as far as I saw their website.

Seto Japanese Restaurant

Address: #155 – 8460 Alexandra Road, Richmond, B.C. (map)
(Close to Kwantlen Street)
TEL: 604-231-9493
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/ Dinner
[Mon, Wed – Sun] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 22: 00
*Closed: Tuesdays

Price Note
– Seafood Salad $8.00
– Vegetable Tempura $7.50
– Ika Karaage (Geso) $8.00
– Unagi Roll $3.50
– Umeshiso Roll $2.75
– Aji Nigiri Sushi $3.25
– Uni Nigiri Sushi $3.25
– Regular Spider Roll $12.00
– Cream Mitsumame $5.00 each

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One night in June, Collin said he wanted to eat Sushi for dinner, but he was so hungry that he couldn’t wait in line. I was thinking where we can go and remembered that my friend had told me that there was a new Japanese restaurant open on Kingsway, close to Nanaimo street and it wasn’t bad. Although we had to take a bus to get there, we decided to go.

Sushi By Yuji is probably in 15 min walk from Nanaimo Skytrain station. They serve mainly Sushi, but there are some appetizer like Gyoza, and some dessert, on the menu, too.

We ordered from their regular menu and special on the board.

Complimentary Tea

Tea at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Morokyu

Morokyu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Morokyu is an appetizer that are served cucumber with Moromi Miso. Moromi Miso is liquid salty chunky Miso.

3 kinds of Roll
(Ebi & Asparagus Roll, California Roll, Hamachi & Avocado Roll)

3 kinds of Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Ebi & Asparagus Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver California Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Hamachi & Avocado Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Hamachi & Avocado roll was on their special, which was so good. Surprisingly, the Ebi & Asparagus roll was simple but so good, too.

Ebi and Botan Ebi Nigiri

Ebi Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Botan Ebi Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Is Botan Ebi spot prawn?

Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri

Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Engawa is the edge of fish that is the muscle they use. You can see it in this video, around 4:30.

Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan

Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Anago Nigiri

Anago Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Aji (Horse Mackerel) Nigiri

Aji Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Negitoro with Egg

Negitoro with Egg at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

This was new to me. Negitoro with roe quail egg. Negitoro is chopped fatty tuna and green onion. I saw this on someone’s blog and had to order! This was good! It looked small, but it got mouthful. 🙂

And, an extra picture of the restaurant exterior.

Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Overall, Sushi was good. If the restaurant was packed, there would be some slowness, because there is only one chef working. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. You can choose the size of rice for Nigiri! In Japan, Sushi tends to use quite small amount of rice, which is designed for bite-size.

I like their Facebook page shows what kind of fish just gets delivered, which looks so fresh and clean!

Sushi By Yuji

Address: 2252 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(150 m west from Nanaimo Street)
TEL: 604-434-0003
Facebook: page
Twitter: @yujihu
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon] 17:00 – 21:30
[Tue – Fri] 12:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:30
[Sat – Sun] 15:00 – 21:30

Menu

Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Price Note
– Morokyu $3.00
– Ebi & Asparagus Roll $4.75
– California Roll $3.75
– Hamachi & Avocado Roll $4.25
– Ebi Nigiri $1.75 each
– Botan Ebi Nigiri $3.75 each
– Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri $2.75 each
– Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan $2.50
– Anago Nigiri $3.50 each
– Aji Nigiri $2.50 each
– Negitoro with Egg $2.50

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After the busy work storm was left, there was a quiet weekday. I was texting with my friend after work, and we ended up going for dinner. It was Friday and I had been busy, so she suggested somewhere close to both of us.

She had an idea, which was Hyoga Japanese Cuisine, on Kingsway, close to Joyce Street. They serve Sushi, tapas, as well as some of combo menu. The restaurant is really small, and it doesn’t have noisy Izakaya atmosphere, but it is casual and comfortable to eat there. There are lunch dishes on their menu, so I asked we can order. The server said you can order but pricing will be added $1.50.

We ordered from their regular and special menu.

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi
(Seared Sockeye Salmon Sashimi Savory Creamy Yuzu Sauce Seasalt)

Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

The creamy Yuzu sauce was interesting, and my friend really liked the sauce.

Nasu Dengaku

Nasu Dengaku at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Nasu is eggplant, and Dengaku is sweetened Miso grazed. I liked this dish!

Korroke and Fried Fish Set
(1pc of Panko Crusted Aji (striped mackerel), and 2pcs each of Pacific Cod, Creamy Corn Croquette with Tonkatsu Sauce, Salad, Rice, Miso Soup)

Korroke and Fried Fish Set at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

We both enjoyed fried Aji. I generally like cream corn croquette, but I don’t know if they actually made by hand. (Sorry…) I preferred one from Fujiya.

Pork Okonomiyaki

Pork Okonomiyaki at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake. This one was quite soft than I usually make at home.

They serve a lot of Sushi, so I might want to order some next time.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Hyoga Japanese Cuisine

Address: 2 – 3343 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block east from Joyce Street)
TEL: 604-435-6670
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:30
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed: Sundays

Menu

Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Price Note
– Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi $12.50
– Nasu Dengaku $5.00
– Korroke and Fried Fish Set $9.50
– Pork Okonomiyaki $9.00

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