Scenic Vancouver, BC is known for a few things: mountains, beaches, and maybe most importantly, sushi. The city has been dubbed the Sushi Capital of North America, and with over 600 sushi outlets in metro Vancouver alone, it’s easy to see why. But the sheer amount of fish and rice in the city can make finding the right sushi spot difficult, especially if you’re on a budget. Here are the 10 winning options to get sushi in Van.
Ultra fresh fish and efficient service are standouts at Naruto Sushi, which strikes a perfect balance between a fast-casual sushi counter and a more formal dining destination. They also have a special Happy Combo, which allows you to choose your three favourite items, served with miso soup for just $11.50. Now that’s a deal!
Ocean-friendly seafood and streamlined communal seating bustling with downtown energy make Sushi Itoga a modern and delicious walk-in sushi experience. If you choose to stop by, try the Alaska Maki, filled with cucumber, avocado and masago, wrapped with wild salmon and topped with their signature creamy-crunchy sesame sauce.
Volcano Sushi & Grill
Volcano Sushi’s menu offers some of the most innovative chef rolls and amazing deals on dinner specials. Try the Commercial Roll — named after the restaurant’s charming Commercial Drive location — complete with chopped scallops, fresh tuna, cucumber, avocado and crunchy tobiko.
Located just outside of Vancouver you’ll find some of the freshest, most generous portions of wild sockeye salmon the city has to offer, for unbelievable prices at Sapporo Kitchen. Try their Mr. Big roll (a fan favourite) that comes complete with cucumber, avocado, deep-fried prawn inside, with torched tuna, deep-fried yam flakes and four signature sauces on top. With friendly service and amazing lunch specials, Sapporo makes the trip to Whiterock more than worth it.
Kadoya features a selection of eye-catching specialty rolls chock-full of ingredients like bonito flakes, BBQ unagi and fresh seaweed salad. Try any of the chef’s recommendations, including the Snow White roll: prawn tempura, ebi, tamago and coconut shavings. But for only $4.50, their spicy rolls might be the star at this beloved downtown destination.
With the freshest melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and 24 pieces of sushi for $5.99, Yamato Sushi is a go-to destination for Vancouverites looking for a delicious and affordable bite of the good stuff.
Mo-Mo Sushi House
With extra-large portions of sashimi and pour-your-own green tea, Mo-Mo Sushi House’s no-frills menu and demeanor make it hard to spend more than $10 without leaving full and satisfied. They’ve also got Korean dishes on their menu, which includes the popular bibimbap.
Fujiya offers a large variety of quality take-out options for a great price, with their maki rolls (12 pieces) starting at just $3.50! They also offer donburi (assorted Japanese ingredients served on rice), onigiri (seasoned rice balls) and a number of tasty sides like gyoza, tempura and seaweed salad.
Sushi Bay Japanese Restaurant
Good portions as well as good prices, speedy service and a variety of enticing rice-free rolls make it hard to go wrong at Sushi Bay. Try their special roll, Hockey Pucks on Fire (because, why not?), that’s filled with spicy salmon and crab, wrapped in seaweed (no rice) and deep fried. As an unexpected bonus, their affordable lunch boxes are also available at dinner.
Kyzock/House of Sushi Bowl
Don’t let the styrofoam plates at Kyzock fool you. You won’t find anything but the freshest fish at this unassuming local restaurant. With emphasis on pick-up and speedy delivery, it’s the the go-to spot when you’re looking for delicious sushi brought straight to your door.
Claudia McNeilly is a food writer living in Toronto.