Walking down Granville, one of the most representative streets of Vancouver, I found this funny Japanese place. The moment you walk in you're greeted by the staff, although they seem to be shouting, they are really welcoming you. They're super attentive. I recommend the spicy salmon tartare -not too spicy for Mexicans accompanied by seaweed or a traditional Ramen. My favorite was the Hitsumabushi, a typical dish of Nagoya with rice, fresh eel and broth; the first half of tazon is eaten dry and then you add broth. After paying your bill, you prepare to go, and get ready! Because the goodbye is also in Japanese!
Mabui had been a long time favourite Japanese Restaurant back when I lived in Kekowna, but this past month I got to re-experience it, and I was reminded just how good it really is.
Centrally located, this place is casual enough for a quick lunch but nice enough for a date night. The restaurant is fairly small, but it's got a quirky charm.
The best thing you could do here is order several different menu items and share them. There are so many things to choose from, and you'll want to try them all! The rolls and the sashimi are wonderful, but try a few different appies as well. Your server will be able to tell you what the local favourites are!
O-Zeki has been my favorite Japanese restaurant in Kelowna since I was a little girl. It's probably the best value you'll find in the city, plus a cozy, friendly atmosphere and great service.
I typically always order one of their Bento Boxes, which comes with a meat entree (I usually have salmon), a selection of rolls, a salad, and some steamed rice. We also always get a pot of green tea. Something about drinking it there just makes it taste better.
The restaurant has regular tables and booths as well as a few Japanese style dining rooms that are enclosed, and in these ones, you must remove your shoes.