It was a very cool sweet night of sushi, champagne and hockey. As decadent as that sounds, it was pretty low key and fun. I was in the company of wine and food experts Weston of Beau Charles Wine & Food and Derrick of Blasted Church Vineyards. And if you’re in a group (excluding myself) of connoisseurs, one should expect a Canucks’ night that’s a bit better than just burgers and beer.
Wes suggested to order in some sushi from the new Japanese restaurant, Kai Sushi Bar. It’s a small Japanese restaurant around Oak and West 15th, and is already popular with the locals. They’re fairly business and social media saavy because when you step into the restaurant there’s even a sign that encourages you to mention them on Urbanspoon.
We ordered various sushi rolls and sashimi pieces such as red eye tuna, salmon, hamachi, saba, and special BC rolls. West also made some delicious and deceptively simple butternut squash miso soup.
The sushi pieces were big portions like what you might find at Samurai Sushi. But I did like the quality and freshness of the sashimi that we ordered. Their menu of Japanese food is carefully selected of premium items ranging from hot dishes to rolls and scones.
When we brought back our takeout, just for kicks, Wes seared some of the sashimi a la Aburi Style (searing with Japanese Charcoal) which was absolutely fun to watch.
Now to add class to our sushi in styrofoam dinner, we helped ourselves to champagne and sparkling wine. With wine scholars like Wes and Derrick, the quality of champagne was unquestionable….well I was disappointed that a Moet wasn’t served (kidding!)
Below is the list of drinks we had (notes from Weston):
Jose Dhondt Blanc de Blancs – Brut – NV [Non-Vintage] – From Oger, Champagne
Gaston Chiquet – Brut – 2000 – 1er Cru – From Dizy Champagne [Disgorged 08/10/2007 ] Oyster Bay Sparkling
Blasted Church – OMG – Bubbly [Derrick Said it was first batch so it is Traditional Method]
The other highlight of the night was witnessing Derrick ‘sabre’ a champagne bottle with a wine glass…now that’s a party trick to try to master
Kai Sushi Bar
3093 Oak Street