Best Formal Japanese Restaurants 2011
May 1, 2011
1133 W. Broadway
“There is still plenty of buzz, and bucks, spread around in the name of Tojo—and he’s still worth it,” enthused a judge about our Gold winner. “His skillful constructions of the very best ingredients still rate an ‘Are you kidding me?’” At Zest (Silver) the “cool, cerebral décor complements lively, contemporary food, strongly influenced by Italy, from another veteran Japanese chef Yoshiaki Maniwa. The prix fixe is a steal at $45, but don’t miss out on his exceptional soba crab roll, crab-and-radish salad, or the first-rate sablefish.” Bronze to Miku for attentive service, a great sake list, and especially for the fine aburi (slightly grilled) sushi. Honourable Mentions to Kitsilano fave Octopus’ Garden and Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar.
Finalists for Best Formal Japanese Restaurant
2775 W. 16th Ave.
1055 W. Hastings St.
1995 Cornwall Ave.
1095 Hamilton St.