Ki Isu Japanese Restaurant is a small place on the edge of Yaletown. The menu is moderately priced and the food is a mix of traditional, fusion, Western style and creative.
What I mean by creative is that the there are ‘house specials’ in which the chef tries to put his mark on sushi and Japanese food. At most places, the chef’s take on sushi ends up to be pieces of forced experiments of ‘local ingredients’ and then name it after a Vancouver street or area. I’ve been to the restaurant a couple of times and I can say the specialties are a notch above these. Also notably there are healthier West Coast style options like sushi made with brown rice.
We immediately order our usual must have: Ebi Mayo
The large deep fried prawns were crunchy and bouncy with each bite. I was glad that the it wasn’t overly battered and greasy but a tad heavy handed with the spicy mayo.
It was a hot day and we wanted something fresh which led us to the Mango and Salmon Steak Roll.
It’s a roll wrapped in thinly sliced mango and filled with cucumber and salmon then topped with a sprinkle of tobiko. The salmon was surprisingly still moist and the mango did help lighten the roll in general. I’m beginning to think they love their mayo as this sushi would have been fine with out the drizzle of the mayo sauce.
This one roll already started to carb us out but there was another roll that we needed to tackle.
Ki Isu’s version of the Rainbow Roll was topped with with thinly sliced salmon, ebi, and avocado with generous amounts of tobiko on top. I find these types of rolls as just one big cacophony of ingredients and you couldn’t make out what’s what. It’s definitely a massive sushi roll that can be a meal on its own.
If you want sushi within walking distance of Yaletown, this is the place to check out. I appreciate the mix of different types of sushi found at this little spot. If you do go, for sure check out the Seasonal Specials and their varied lunch options.
Ki-Isu Japanese Restaurant
1275 Pacific Blvd