March 8th, 2013. Kishimoto on Commercial Drive
So, my lunch date suggested that we meet up at Kishimoto on Commercial Drive for lunch. He claimed that it’s the most solid sushi joint he’s discovered since moving to Vancouver and that he’s becoming a regular there.
He also warned me that it’s small and is always extremely full, so it was a good thing I arrived a little early to get us a table! True to prediction it was packed when I got there and I was actually feeling lucky when I got sat about 15 minutes in!
When I saw Chawan Mushi on the menu I got super excited!! There is nothing more exceptional than a perfect chawan mushi!! Super silky, soft egg custard steamed so that there’s almost this umami-like broth or consomme, this one had bits of chicken, prawn, mushroom, gingko nuts, and fish cake.
Amazing mouth feel as you take a spoonful, it was as delicate as a cloud and mind-blowingly simple in taste but complex in the intricacy. Every singly component was perfectly cooked and was singing in harmony. LOVE!!
Give it up for presentation! When the rolls came out the plate was decked out with a coconut bowl of dry ice, crispy edible adornments and and edamame and daikon decorations! Hahaha, whimsical and delightful!
On the plate: A simple Spicy Salmon Maki. Fresh, uncomplicated and straight forward.
Also, the Spicy Cactus Roll. To the naked eye it may just look like a California Roll rolled around in sesame seeds, but it’s actually spicy crab, tempura bits and avocado THEN rolled around in sesame seeds and topped with tobiko 😉 Yum!!
Mmmmm~ I love a good Tuna Tataki! Perfectly seared tuna just melting in your mouth with the freshness and kick of the green onions, rustic flavor of garlic chips and the sweet and salty of the ponzu sauce. So delicious!
I also just really enjoy the fatty richness of Salmon Kama. Simply a baked salmon cheek with garlic chips and ponzu sauce, it can be very tender, succulent and has loads of flavor! One of my personal favorites wherever I go 🙂
To round off the lunch I couldn’t resist this gorgeous Yuzu Sorbet. The perfect palate cleanser, it was refreshing, light, and a great way to end the meal on a pleasing note 🙂
I feel like the constant thread throughout the lunch was simplicity done at such a level of excellence that it transcended into intricacy. I loved it and would come back again and recommend it to everyone!!