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My friend, who is a mama now, was planning to leave here for one year, and she and her parents invited me and the other friend for dinner out. There were only a few weeks left before she left, so we set a date in the middle of September.

The place we went was Fishworks where she tried a couple of times with me and liked, and she wanted to take her parents. As its name, it is a seafood restaurant. They are located in Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver. You can walk from Lonsdale Quay Seabus station.

Oyster Bar

Oyster Bar at Fishworks in North Vancouver Oyster Bar at Fishworks in North Vancouver

That day, there were two kinds of oysters, one was Stellar Bay Gold, and the other was Barron Point. Unfortunately, my favorite, Kusshi, wasn’t in season.

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Fishworks in North Vancouver

We ordered some appy to share and an entree per person.

Seared Scallops
(Garlic, ginger, and soya marinated Eggplant, toasted cashews)

Seared Scallops at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Dungeness Crab Cakes
(Wasabi-Lime Mayonnaise)

Dungeness Crab Cakes at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Both appetizers tasted great as usual.

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold)

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point)

Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

The first one was buttery like Miyagi, and the second one was a bit bitter. It is fun to compare to eat. 🙂

Whole Fish (Sea Bream)

Whole Fish (Sea Bream) at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Wow! It looks good, doesn’t it? Her mom ordered this, and I tasted some and really liked it. It was fresh and cooked perfectly that you can actually taste the originate fish taste.

Fishworks Paella
(Saffron rice, Clams, Chorizo, Honey Mussels, Organic Chicken, Prawns)

Fishworks Paella at Fishworks in North Vancouver

This is what her dad ordered, and again I tasted some. I preferred the rice more al dente, but the taste was fine.

Sockeye Salmon Wellington
(Cranberry-almond crust in Crispy Phyllo, pistachio pesto)

Sockeye Salmon Wellington at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I have eaten this before, and it tasted so good. My friend, who invited us, ordered this and enjoyed it.

Halibut Poutine
(Goat cheese gravy, garlic confit, Sun-dried Tomato, balsamic)

Halibut Poutine at Fishworks in North Vancouver

I also have eaten this before, and the halibut was thick and tasted good, too. The order friend enjoyed it, but it seemed a bit bigger for her stomach.

My choice, Egmont White Sturgeon
(Butternut squash, Mushroom duxelles, smoked pancetta)

Egmont White Sturgeon at Fishworks in North Vancouver

This mushroom duxelles was amazingly good! The fish was firmer and less fatter than I thought. The pancetta was a bit too much for me. This was a huge meal.

At the last, some of us ordered dessert.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse at Fishworks in North Vancouver

Overall, I’m glad that her parents really enjoyed the seafood in this restaurant, and we had a great time.

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

Fishworks

Address: 91 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Two blocks from Seabus Lonsdale Quay station)
TEL: 778-340-3449
Facebook: page (Login required to access)
Twitter: @fishworkslolo
Urbanspoon: page
Reservation: accepted on Urbanspoon

Lunch
[Mon-Fri] 11:30 – 14:30

Dinner
[Mon-Sun] 17:00 – late

Price Note
– Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Stellar Bay Gold) $15.00
– Fresh Shucked Oysters Half dozen (Barron Point) $10.00
– Seared Scallops $14.00
– Dungeness Crab Cakes $12.00
– Whole Fish (Sea Bream) MP
– Fishworks Paella $26.00
– Sockeye Salmon Wellington $20.00
– Halibut Poutine $24.00
– Egmont White Sturgeon $29.00
– Creme Brulee $6.50
– Chocolate Mousse $6.50

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At the last time when Collin and I went to this restaurant, there was a long waiting list, and he couldn’t wait, so that we left for another Sushi place. This time on his day-off at the end of July, he seemed to have a craving for their Sushi and asked me to go there for dinner.

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar is a casual Japanese restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. They serve Sushi, decorating beautifully.

We ordered from Sushi menu. He chose rolls and I chose Nigiri. I ordered some Nigiri for him as well, because those were rare fish and I wanted him to taste.

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll
(Cactus Roll: Spicy Crab Meat, Avocado, Tempura Bits, Mayo, Sesame & Tobiko on top)

Spicy Cactus Roll and Spicy Dynamite Roll at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage
(5 pc with Garlic Sauce)

Chicken Karaage at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Gyoza

Gyoza at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Salmon Oshisushi
(Pressed Sushi with Sockeye Salmon, Creamy Sauce & Jalapeno)

Salmon Oshisushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

I have heard this Oshizushi is so tasty, so I had to go for it, although I can’t eat Jalapeno. Both of us really liked this! The salmon and creamy sauce melted in your mouth.

Nigiri Sushi
(2 Amaebi, 2 Tai (Sea bream), Toro, 2 Hirame (Flounder))

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver Nigiri Sushi at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Tai and Hirame were on Specials. He didn’t like either of them. Those seem like slimy to him. Oh, I loved them all! He ordered Dynamite roll to refresh his mouth. 😀

Here is dessert.

Yuzu Ice Cream

Yuzu Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

We liked both ice cream. Of course, he preferred Yuzu one.

I saw the to-go menu updates on their Facebook page last month and noticed pricing went up again.

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Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar

Address: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between 4th and 5th Avenue)
TEL: 604-255-5550
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Fri – Sun] 11:30 – 14:30
[Tue – Sun] 17:00 – 21:45
*Closed: Mondays and holidays

Special Menu

Special Menu at Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen + Sushi Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Spicy Cactus Roll $8.50
– Spicy Dynamite Roll $5.25
– Chicken Karaage $6.50
– Gyoza $6.25
– Salmon Oshisushi $10.95
– Amaebi Nigiri Sushi $2.75 each
– Tai (Sea bream) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Toro Nigiri Sushi $2.75
– Hirame (Flounder) Nigiri Sushi $2.50 each
– Dynamite Roll $4.95
– Yuzu Ice Cream $4.95
– Black Sesame Ice Cream $4.95

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While I was in Japan, my uncle took me, my mom, and my grandma to Himi city in Toyama. Himi is famous for Buri (yellowtail), Udon noodle, Gyu (beef), etc.

We drove around, starting Toyama city, when he was trying to find a place where serves special food in his area to us, and we ended up arriving Himi city. After asking a couple of places, we found a place, Jyoyama (城山).

Jyoyama is a Japanese style of lodge that provides bed (Futon) and meals, but they also accept people just for meals. Their web site says that they don’t have a regular menu and that they do make a menu by using best ingredient of the season and looking at fish in the morning, which is unloaded from a ship .

They serve plate by plate when it’s ready, by placing in a certain position of the table, instead of putting in the center in front of you. These dishes below are served per person.

Amuse-bouche-like dish: 3 kinds of small taste; marinated Ikura (salmon roe), Tofu with Uni (sea urchin) sauce, shellfish in vinegar (I think.)

3 kinds (marinated Ikura, Tufu with Uni sauce, shellfish in vinegar) at Jyoyama in Himi

Kani (Queen/Snow Crab) and dip sauce

Kani (crab) and sauce at Jyoyama in Himi

Kani (crab) in sauce at Jyoyama in Himi

Appetizer-like dish: Trout sushi, Baigai (a shellfish), and sweet potato mush
A bright sheet on the top of the sushi is made of Konbu (Kelp), I believe.

Trout sushi, Baigai (a shellfish), and sweet potato mush at Jyoyama in Himi

Sashimi

Sashimi at Jyoyama in Himi

Grilled fish: Madai (Red sea bream)

Grilled fish Madai (red sea bream) at Jyoyama in Himi

Chawan-mushi (Savory steamed egg custard in cup)

Chawan-mushi (savory steamed egg custard) at Jyoyama in Himi

Seafood Gratin

Seafood gratin at Jyoyama in Himi

Fried fish (I can’t remember what kind of fish it was)
You can eat whole fish, including bone.

Fried fish at Jyoyama in Himi

Himi Gyu & Udon Sukiyaki Nabe (Himi beef hotpot)

Himi Gyu & Udon Sukiyaki Nabe at Jyoyama in Himi

Cooked rice and Miso soup

Cooked rice & Miso soup at Jyoyama in Himi

Cooked rice at Jyoyama in Himi

Dessert: melon

Dessert melon at Jyoyama in Himi

And, extra picture. View of Toyama Bay in front of the place.

Toyama Bay view in front of Jyoyama in Himi
Jyoyama (城山) (Japanese only)

Address: 527 Ao, Himi city, Toyama (map)
TEL: 0766-72-1431

Menu sample

Lunch/Dinner Hours is unknown

Price Note
– Daily 5000-yen course

There are 3 daily courses, 5000-yen, 6000-yen, and 8000-yen.
Also, there are weekday-special courses, 3000-yen and 3800 yen.
Staying with two meals is also available.

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