We met Sophie (from VancouverYogaReview.com) and Ed for dinner at Hi-Nippon Japanese Restaurant since it was central to all of us in Kits. Located on West 4th Ave. & Vine, this sushi restaurant has quasi-private booths (the Japanese style ones where they request that you remove your shoes). The booths are perfect for couples, but anymore people, and you’d end up feeling squished like a sardine. Gary and I were first seated at a booth, but then decided to move to a table so we’d have more room when Sophie & Ed arrived.
Not feeling overly famished, Gary and I ordered a few dishes to share: Chicken Karage ($5.50) – marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, and ginger, lightly coated with a seasoned starch mix, and then deep-fried to golden goodness, and served pipping hot.
Dynamite Combo ($10.25) – five piece dynamite roll with two piece prawn and two piece tuna. Gary devoured this combo, but didn’t conclude it was mind-blowing. He deduced it was something you’d experience at any other comparable sushi restaurant in Vancouver: nothing exceptional, but not terrible either.
Fire Dynamite Roll ($7.95) – eight piece dynamite roll with avocado, tempura shrimp, and smothered in a spicy red hot sauce. The sauce was a little bit overwhelming for me – I scraped the majority of the spicy concoction off my sushi.
Sophie and Ed had Dinner Bento Boxes, each served with salad and miso soup. They both enjoyed their boxes and mentioned the dishes were generous portions for their prices.
Service was fine – again, nothing special. As for the authenticity of this Japanese restaurant? All the staff were speaking Korean. Kam-sa-ham-nida! The place somewhat reminded me of being at Dan Sushi in Seoul.