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It was another very cold day in the middle of January, yet it looked beautiful outside with blue sky. I went out to get some lunch and get some fresh air.

There are a few choices, and I chose Shiosai Sushi Bar. It is close to Joyce Skytrain station. They have only window counter seats in the restaurant, so I think they expect most people to go.

I ordered from their daily menu to go.

Chirashi (Assorted)
(Sliced fish on Sushi Rice in a bowl)

Chirashi (Assorted) at Shiosai Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Chirashi literarily means scattering or spreading. I have their version of Chirashi for the first time. There were Saba, Toro, Salmon, Daikon pickles, deep-fried Tofu, cucumber, egg omelet, octopus, surf clam, and Tobiko, on top of the rice.

It was good. Nothing special, though.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

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Shiosai Sushi Bar

Address: 5228 Joyce Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1 block south from Joyce Sky train station, next to Subway)
TEL: 604-436-2565
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Tue – Sat] 11:00 – 20:00
* Holidays closed

Price Note
– Chirashi (Assorted) $10.50

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For my birthday night, I chose this restaurant, because I saw the Klip magazine that they would provide a complimentary food for your birthday. I called them a few days prior to my birthday and asked how it works. They will provide the service on or one day before or after your birthday by showing your ID.

Octopus’ Garden is a Japanese restaurant in Kitsilano. It is close to Kitsilano Beach. I talked to the owner and they have been really long time for this business. He is a funny person so that even though I went there alone, he entertained me a lot.

As I showed my ID, they prepared for the complimentary Chirashi Sushi Box. I felt bad about not paying anything, so I asked the owner if I can order something that I can eat with Chirashi (portion-wise). He asked about Wagyu (Japanese beef) Nigiri, so I ordered them.

Here is a cute chopstick rest that shapes like an octopus.

Chopstick Rest at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

There were a lot of kinds of seafood in it, such as red Tuna, Albacore tuna, mackerel, bonito, squid, salmon, salmon roe, yellowtail, etc.

The owner showed me a hunk of Wagyu, and he also explained how well cows were raised so that the beef was expensive and showed me its certification. This is Noda Beef.

Noda Beef (Wagyu) at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Mmmm. So good! Melting in my mouth! I really thought I could die on that day. 😀 He said he would make two Nigiri, but he gave me three! It was very nice of him.

Certification for Noda Beef

Certification for Noda Beef at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Green Tea

Green Tea at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

And, a gummy shaped like an octopus came with the bill.

A gummy at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Oh, I’d love to go back on special occasion for that Wagyu! 🙂

Octopus’ Garden

Address: 1995 Cornwell Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Maple and Cypress street, close to Maple street)
TEL: 604-734-8971
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Tue, Thu] 15:00 – 21:00
[Fri – Sat] 15:00 – 21:30
*Closed: Wednesdays
*Lunch menu is available until 17:00.

Price Note
– Glass of White Wine, Hillside Estate Pinot Gris $9.00
– Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box $0.00 (Complimentary with the coupon book and ID)
– Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi $15.00 each
– Green Tea $3.50

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On the weeknight, I went to downtown Vancouver to have my hair cut. By the time when it’s done, it was dinner time. I decided to eat out somewhere. I felt like eating either warm dish or some fish. I couldn’t think of any other restaurants, so I went to Sushi Zero One.

It is in a walking distance from Waterfront station. The store is really small that can take 3-4 stools on window counter and three 2-people tables.

I ordered from their today’s special menu.

Today’s Special C (Gorgeous Chirashi Don with Miso soup)
(Albacore Tuna, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Yellowtail, Mebachi Tuna, Scallop, Shrimp, Egg Omlet on Bowl of Sushi Rice)

Gorgeous Chirashi Don with Miso soup at Sushi Zero One in Vancouver

There are regular and large sizes to choose. This is regular one. I should have taken a picture, moving Shiso leaf to show all fish underneath. ;P

* The winter business hour is applied since the end of November. No open on weekends.

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Sushi Zero One

Address: 559 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Seymour and Richards streets, in front of a bus stop)
TEL: 604-605-1625
Facebook: page
Twitter: @sushizeroone
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:00 – 20:00
[Fri] 11:00 – 21:00
*Weekends, Holidays: closed

Price Note
– Today’s Special C (Gorgeous Chirashi Don with Miso soup) $15.00

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