Ajisai – Vancouver, BC
Ajisai Sushi Bar
2081 W 42nd Ave
Consistency of quality is an aspect of restaurants that I hold in high regard. When it comes to serving raw food, this perhaps becomes even more relevant and all the more important. Case in point, my somewhat regular routine of having sushi perhaps a few times a month. I suppose I have a couple of standbys that I patronize most often now in the greater Vancouver area.
However among them, Ajisai in the Kerrisdale neighborhood remains tops when it comes to plating things in a very predictable manner – by that I mean the quality of the ingredients, the quality of the knife work, and maybe most importantly, the quality of the rice – all come through as exactly the same as the previous times I’ve eaten here.
Unlike some other places that have fallen on my ladder of favorites with their decreased portion sizes, knock down in product quality, etc., Ajisai remains solid and has for me for years now. Status quo is sometimes a good thing.
In addition to the expected level of food here, the crowds at this popular sushi bar remain consistent – meaning always present. Despite that, you will often find me here on a Friday evening, maybe the busiest night of the week. And with my impatience when it comes to lineups, that probably tells you something that I of all people, will put up with a wait.
With the inclusion of some ingredients that you don’t often find at other places around town – the fresh sourced-from-Japan octopus for example – on their sushi menu, I’m at a loss when I see so many customers though go for the dreaded California Roll. Seeing plate after plate of them (or the other pet peeve of mine, the spicy tuna roll) circulate past me on the arms of the wait staff in the rather cozy confines of this place, I wonder if the people know what they are missing out on when they could instead go for the excellent straight up nigiri.