10 Best Omakase Vancouver Spots That Will Transport You To Japan
You’ve probably tried sushi, at least once in your life, so have you ever heard of Omakase – the highest level of sushi?
In Japan, “Omakase” simply means that the customer leaves all control to the chef to decide what to serve you. Or in short, ordering an Omakase means that “I trust you, Chef”.
Whether you’re looking for high-end, intimate Omakase Vancouver spots, or affordable, hidden gems that offer you exclusive omakase dinners to straight-from-the-market Japanese fish, you are sure to find your favourites with our suggestions on the 10 best Omakase spots Metro Vancouver has to offer.
Get ready for the most unforgettable dining experience ever!
Being a small, inconspicuous sushi restaurant doesn’t stop Matsuzushi from being so famous for serving the most affordable and stunning omakase in Port Moody. And trust us, this is a pure hidden gem to the locals! With only 5 tables inside and is operated by an elderly Japanese couple, so you might want to make a reservation to get the most out of their dining experience.
The $35 omakase comes with 11 pieces of nigiri, cone sushi, and a bowl of miso soup along with green tea, your palate is sure to be pleased! Every piece is phenomenal, especially the Ooto, fatty tuna, which is a delicious, pale-pink color with a fatty, delicate taste.
People love coming here for their rolls as well, so in case you want something else for dinner, don’t hesitate to settle down with Futomaki Roll!
What to order: Matsuzushi Omakase, Futomaki Roll, Chirashi Donburi.
Address: 4-3130 St Johns St, Port Moody, BC V3H 5E3
Among so many Japanese restaurants in Vancouver that offer you sushi, ramen, and such, Octopus’ Garden is a must-try place that serves you the most out-standing Omakase in the authentic, minimal Japanese style. Even if you’re a newbie or a big fan of Omakase, this is still the spot when offering two different levels of Omakase to choose from!
Settle down with the Chef’s Omakase, also known as the “more advanced” one with nigiri, salad, seafood tray, tempura, and miso soup. Must mention the Bluefin Tuna Tasting, from which you can give a try to different parts of the tuna; and the Seafood Tray with all the seasonal and local seafood. Fresh and tasty as ever!
The most flavoursome of all should be Yellowtail Teriyaki, a simple, elegant dish with a perfect glaze of teriyaki sauce over the crispy skin, which locks in the juice, fat, and umami of the fish. A true flavor bomb, we might say!
What to order: Chef’s Omakase, Jumbo Negitoro Roll, Caviar Shooter
Being the most well-known upscale sushi restaurant in Vancouver and credited to creating the California Roll, we have to say that Tojo’s ain’t like any typical sushi points you have ever visited (or imagined). Instead of a jumble of tiny tables and a backline of tatami rooms, you’ll be impressed by the modern, open atmosphere, and spacious tables Tojo’s has!
If you’re looking to go the distance, the Tojo’s Ultimate Omakase is your choice. Besides sashimi, agemono, and sushi courses, the Ultimate Omakase also features courses such as namagaki oysters and Miyazaki wagyu steak. Can’t go wrong with those!
What to order: Seasonal Omakase, Tojo’s Ultimate Omakase, Uramaki, Golden Roll
Being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Burnaby, Stem Japanese Eatery is one of the places that you should never miss making a reservation at! The reason lies in their excellent Omakase, of course, and their Kaiseki – essentially the highest form of dining possible at a Japanese restaurant. Nothing can compare to their presentation, aroma, and taste. Stunning!
Settle down with the Stem Kaiseki, which includes Hokkaido Shirako, Winter Buri, Kawahai, Snow Crab, Dungeness Crab, Bluefin Tuna, and more. Every piece coming after one another just compliments each other so well; altogether, it gives out such wonderful and wholesome taste that you can write a whole poem about that Kaiseki experience!
For sure, don’t miss their famous Chef’s Omakase 7 Course Delight as well, you will be surprised by how much creativity the chef has put into the course. And remember to save some room for desserts, their Yakiimo Ice Cream and White Sesame Cheesecake are to-die-for!
What to order: Chef’s Omakase 7 Course Delight, Stem Kaiseki, Obanzai Plate, Fresh Oyster On Shell
Being an authentic Japanese restaurant specializing in Omakase, Sushi Bar Maumi is known as the locals’ favourite to satisfy their sushi cravings. Once coming to Sushi Bar Maumi, you’ll be welcomed with such a cozy ambiance, traditional-inspire interior, and most importantly, top-notch & affordable Omakase!
It is always a must to have their Omakase Course, from which we bet you’ll notice the Suzuki Nigiri that has a smooth mouthfeel and the house sauce on top just adds in a lot of flavors. The Surume Ika with a criss-cross cut to hold the decadent flavors from the sauce; or the omelet Tamago with fish, prawns, potato, and dashi is appealing as well!’
In case you still have room for a few more pieces, don’t hesitate to try their iconic Medium Fatty Bluefin Tuna marinated in special soy sauce, which tastes so good that it turns out to be a pure joy to eat!
What to order: Omakase Course, Medium Fatty Bluefin Tuna
Being famous for its elevated omakase, Masayoshi is a high-end sushi destination in Vancouver’s burgeoning Fraserhood that can make you fall in love immediately. Welcomes you with such elegant ambiance and authentic Japanese decoration, Masayoshi promises to offer you the traditional solemnity of the omakase experience.
Trying their Nigiri Omakase is a must! Starting with Japanese bream and enjoy the sweet, clean-tasting, and the rice packing a subdued tang. Move on with Tunisian octopus, three different cuts of bluefin in a procession of increased fattiness from chutoro to otoro! A lightly chewy flank of needlefish, then a deeply flavorsome prawn. Be prepared, because this course is too good to be true!
Masayoshi is one of the few Japanese restaurants allowed to serve alcoholic drinks, so make sure you’ll try some brightly refreshing sips of Kubota Senju sake! At the end of the day, we bet you’re ready to check your calendar for when you can make it back.
Tetsu Sushi Bar is a place where you can find authentic Japanese spirit, culture, and taste in the heart of West End Vancouver. With an intimate space and top-notch food, Tetsu Sushi Bar is a good choice to soothe your omakase cravings and light up your whole day!
Settle down with their signature Tetsu Omakase, which first comes up with a 5-piece appetizer set; if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get the BBQ Eel, Smoked Katsuo Bonito, and Smoked Oysters. They are tasty and packed with so many flavors in just one bite! And then the nigiri, Ikura cup, Negitoro Roll, stunning!
Besides the omakase course, this place is also famous for its rolls, including Spicy Tuna Roll and Real Crab Roll. Don’t forget to save some room for dessert – the Brown Sugar Warabimochi! Dusted with nutty roasted soybean powder and drizzled with brown sugar syrup, these soft, chewy, and jiggly goodness are amazing!
What to order: Tetsu Omakase, King Salmon Teriyaki Don, Spicy Tuna Roll, Real Crab Roll
Have you ever discovered a restaurant that’s so good that you just want to keep it to yourself? If yes, you’ll want to note down this little hidden gem in Surrey – Yagufu. Being loved for serving super affordable omakase with 5-star quality (which is so rare as an average rating), it’s no surprise to see the earliest reservation available are a month out, as they only take several seatings per day!
The Yugafu Omakase Course starts with some Steamed Egg Custard, Gindara Sablefish with spinach gomae, and Monkfish Liver with torched spot prawn & uni. The true bomb flavors only start when the nigiri comes up, especially the Chutoro, Unagi, and Amaebi. Each piece is made with such precision that you can literally burst into tears because of happiness!
Last but not least, dessert! Don’t leave without trying Matcha Mochi Ice Cream, the adorable, sweet little frozen treat with matcha ice cream balls wrapped in a thin, chewy mochi skin.
What to order: Chirasi Don, Yugafu Omakase Course, Matcha Mochi Ice Cream, Uni Nigiri Sushi
Known as Vancouver’s most exclusive omakase sushi bar by offering some of the freshest selection of seafood and masterful Japanese cuisine, Sushi Bar Shu is an incredible place to satisfy your omakase cravings. You will have an unforgettable omakase experience here when being able to chat with the chef, and be sure to book in advance as they don’t accept walk-ins.
They have 2 different choices of Omakase: the basic Omakase Sushi comes with miso soup, 12 pieces of nigiri, and a handroll to finish. The more advanced Omakase Sushi Course is way more interesting! With an appetizer platter, sashimi tasting course, miso soup, 12 pieces of nigiri, a handroll, and dessert, we bet your taste buds will be thanking you for this!
Besides omakase, there is a highlight that you might want to consider – the famous Akami, which has the most umami tuna flavor of all other fattier cuts. Once you get a bite, it’s hard to stop!
What to order: Omakase Sushi, Omakase Sushi Course, Akami
Tucked neatly beside the loud signage next door of gyro wraps and blinking corner store signage, Sushi Jin is a small, intimate restaurant that no omakase lovers in Vancouver do not know. As they only have 6 seats around the bar, you must make a reservation and get ready to have a conversation with Chef Jin about your course!
People love coming here for their Premium Omakase Course, which includes 18 dishes of Otzumami, Nigiri Zushi, Temaki, Tamago, and dessert. Every piece of fish is so fresh, prepared with great care, and plated nicely. An indulgent dinner that you would love to have again and again! You can ask the chef for the toro neck that offers the best mix of texture and fat for a next-level taste!
They also have Premium Omakase Course with Snow Crab for all the crab addicts. While feasting your palate with the chef’s choice, you will also experience your favorite crab in a totally new way!
What to order: Premium Omakase Course, Sashimi Platter, Premium Omakase Course with Snow Crab
And there you go – the best omakase Vancouver has to offer! Though having differences in operation, style, and size, they all share 2 things in common: creativity and uniqueness. So, prepared to be surprised piece after piece!