April 26th, 2013. Alpha Global Sushi Bar
In Vancouver you definitely have to have sushi! It’s a must. Like, really. I mean it!
To kick off our spring break I took us to Alpha Global Sushi Bar. Yelp and other food reviews have almost always steered me in the right direction and I’d been hearing about this place for a while. While it’s at a higher price point than many the promise of unique twists and good quality just outside the Yaletown neighborhood had me anticipating a good meal 🙂
The space is small, with very limited seating, typical of your more traditional Japanese style joints. It’s cozy. The interesting thing about Alpha is that you also get a hefty book on Japanese history along with your table and menu. Intellectual!
Mojitos are a must on sunny days and when reuniting with a friend! Refreshing, minty, subtly sweet and crisp! My favorite cocktail 🙂
The Ebi Fry seemed to be a fan favorite, so we ordered it. Light, crispy, and super hot on the inside! The cool tartar sauce helped cool down our tongues and added a tangy punch!
We ordered the Spicy Tuna Sashimi with sliced onion, seaweed, green onion with a spicy ginger sauce. Fresh tuna has a clean, sweet flavor and your teeth sink in the surface and then you get a slightly bouncy give towards the middle. The spicy ginger sauce was refreshing and paired in a lovely way with the tuna!
The famous and namesake Alpha Roll has mango, tobiko, mayo crab, wrapped in albacore tuna, and avocado with a plum wine mustard mayo sauce. You know me, I love sauce! This roll was again, quite clean tasting and the sweet and rich sauces just added a decadence to it. I am usually not a fan of mango, but this roll was nice 🙂
For our second roll I went with the Philly Roll. Sure, it’s one of those “been there, done that” items, but I can’t help my love for cream cheese and smoked salmon 😉 While not being exactly exciting I was happy that they didn’t skimp on the smoked salmon as many places do.
Mind blowing moment: The Mentaiko Udon. Like, MIND. BLOWN. It was essentially udon noodles in a spicy cod roe sauce…..but what made it so amazing was that it was tossed in BUTTER! Like, WHAT???!!! How could something so simple, make something SO AMAZING!! Oh, right, IT’S BUTTER! Okay, maybe I’m just a little crazy, but this was so so so so awesome. I loved it!!
Despite the fact that it seemed like a solid meal I couldn’t help feeling at the end that I wasn’t quite satisfied. Like, even though we were both full it still left me feeling like I was wanting something more. Hmmmmmm………