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KISHIMOTO: HANDS DOWN BEST SUSHI IN VANCOUVER

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Kishimoto is a famous Japanese restaurant on Commercial Drive. I've heard a lot of good things about this place. Many people agreed that Kishimoto serves the best oshisushi in town. For Friday dinner, J and I visited this place and understood the hype behind Kishimoto. 
Because Chicken Karaage ($6.95) is a type of strongly flavoured cooked dish, I ate it after finishing all my raw fish. It was sitting on the table a bit long, but still tasty. I loved their sweet garlic sauce. It somewhat tasted like the Korean soy-based sweet garlic fried chicken I used to have. One thing I didn't like was the overcooked edge of the meat and batter. The middle part of the meat was completely fine, but the edge was very tough and dry (3.5/5.0).
I loved Kishimoto's delicate presentation of food. Sashimi was placed very nicely on a block of ice with thinly sliced radish sheet. 
5 Kinds of Sashimi ($22) had 2 pieces of hamachi, sockeye salmon, tuna, seared scallop and hirame. Everything was amazingly fresh and cut nicely. Scallop bursted a bit of sweetness when I had a bite, and it didn't taste fishy at all. Tuna was very rich in its flavour. I felt like they used the part near the belly as it tasted more buttery and fatty than the regular ones I've tried. Hamachi was absolutely my favourite. It had a nice burgundy colour on the surface pretty much describing its freshness (4.5/5.0).
Ahi Avocado ($12.75) consisted of avocado wrapped with ahi tuna and topped with yuzu miso sauce. It was my type of food! I can't describe enough how much I loved it. I thought this can be good a good appetizer as well (4.5/5.0).
Of course we didn't forget to order Kishimoto's famous oshisushi! We got both Salmon Oshisushi ($12.95) and Unagi Oshisushi ($12.95). The cream sauce used for both rolls tasted amazingly good. The unagi oshisushi had a stronger flavour because of the unagi sauce.
I finally understood why people were praising their oshisushi - Perfectly cooked sushi rice with a hint of vinegar and soft melting-in-the-mouth seared salmon with cream sauce. You can get this yummiest oshisushi at very affordable price (4.5/5.0)
Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience we haven't had such good sushi for a long time and were very happy to visit here. 


PROS
+ Amazingly tasty sushi
+ Fresh sashimi
+ Delicate presentation
+ Friendly service

CONS
- One washroom
- Not a variety of beer selection (only small bottles available for 5, 6 kinds)
- No big tables for a large group

RATING
Food  4.5/5.0
Ambience  3.5/5.0
Service  4.0/5.0
Price  $$

Address: 2054 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-255-5550
Hours of Operation:
Monday Closed
Tuesday to Thursday 5pm-930pm
Friday to Sunday 1130am-230pm, 5pm-930pm

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As the name indicates, I'm Sophia who Eats - a lot, and possibly everything. I basically love to do anything involved with food: eating, cooking, and even watching food documentaries! I will regularly update the lists of Must-Visit-Eateries and Hidden Gems in Metro Vancouver, so stay tuned! Hope you guys discover new restaurants and cafes that will give you great dining experiences and become your favourite spots as well!

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