Alpha Global Sushi Bar

January 22, 2015

April 26th, 2013. Alpha Global Sushi Bar

alpha global sushi bar

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 🙂

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 


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!

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mojitos are a must on sunny days and when reuniting with a friend! Refreshing, minty, subtly sweet and crisp!  My favorite cocktail 🙂

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

 

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!

 

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar


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 🙂

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

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.

alpha global sushi bar

alpha global sushi bar

 

 

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………

Yerba Buena (LES)

October 9, 2011

January 10th, 2011.  Yerba Buena on Avenue A

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

I’m becoming a regular here!  This little Latin bar/restaurant is in the Lower East Side bordering SOHO.  It’s always banging out Latin music you can dance to, which gives it this great energy despite the small space.  I go and always get smiles and chit chat from the staff. My first night there I brought my Bible for some reading to go with my late night dinner…and got to know Gio, the manager and Pablo, the server.  Pablo even ended up giving me a book by Deepak Chopra called “Buddah” as a gift! Yes, the guy is clever 😉

–>A wonderful ginger cocktail to ward off the extreme cold outside…thanks, Aaron 😀  You’re my favorite bartender!!

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

January 12th, 2011.  Yerba Buena

Time to try some food!  Everything on the menu looks interesting.  Not being overly familiar with Latin American food I was prepared to come here often and try as much as possible!

I got a little corner of a booth right between the bar and the front window.  Made myself a little nook and prepared to eat the night away~!

(Mmmm~~ Mojito~~!!)

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

  Ceviche: hamachi + red onion + rocoto + cilantro + maiz cancha.  Perfect zing and acidity.  The hamachi was well marinated and the grapefruit on top lent a nice sweetness that cut into the sour.  I loved the sauce….Mmmmmm…sauce….!

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

 

  Papas a la Provenzal: shoestring fries + chimichurri.  Who doesn’t love chimichurri sauce?  This was a lot more fries than I expected, which is not bad..except because the fries were so thin it started to get soggy towards the bottom of the basket.

yerba buena (les)

yerba buena (les)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise complimentary snack on the house!  Empanadas: chicken tinga + sirloin picadillo with chimichurri.  It’s easy to make empanadas dry…these ones were pretty well done, despite the fact that they were smaller.  The manchego cheese flecked in the filling gave extra flavor, too.  Yummy bites!