I love sushi. It is tasty, usually cheap and doesn't contribute to my double chin or my ponch.

Sushi Aoki has always served my sushi cravings nicely and I am not the only fan as there are often lines outside of this small establishment. When it comes to cheap sushi there are many bad spots out there, it is definitely a buyer beware situation. There are only a few cheap sushi spots that I will eat at, and Sushi Aoki is one of them (the other Zipang).

They have one of those electronic, automated voice boxes that yell out "irrashaimase" when you walk in (similar to Konbinya downtown) and the sushi chef wears some sort of mask on his head, on this day he was Pikachu.

They have a good number of fusion pieces on the menu but I generally stay away from the remixes (I do want to try the godzilla roll, just so I can say GO ZILLA like I was in the movie) and stick to the negitoro, chopped scallop roll and tamago nigiri. All tasted great and fresh. No bad fishy tastes at all. We also ordered a large tempura which came with a few pieces of shrimp, and shredded deep fried vegetables which was an interesting alternative but I think I like the whole pieces of potato, yam etc better.

I also ordered a pork bun with mozzarella cheese in it. Not sure why I did this but it reminded me of chikuwa cheese from Gyoza King so I had to try it out. This combination was a little too crazy for me and made me a little sick.

Overall, Sushi Aoki is a great, small sushi spot. The atmosphere is not anything special but the fish is fresh. For those people who will only go to Japanese owned sushi spots, yes the owner is Japanese. Our total bill was under 23 dollars for the both of us, and we walked out pretty full. Check this place out if you live in the area and want some good sushi.

Sushi Aoki
1888 Broadway W
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y9
Aoki on Urbanspoon


shokutsu said... @ February 23, 2009 at 11:51 PM

I've heard on other local message boards that Aoki is a well liked place, though frankly the images of your meal aren't screaming "spectacular" to me. But for the price point, it sounds like its not a bad option.

Any reason given for the whole mask thing?

Lydia said... @ February 24, 2009 at 12:10 AM

My Japanese classmate told me this is one of her favourite sushi spots. I've only been there once, so thanks for reminding me of it. We keep on going to Zipang because it's closer to my house and we heart it.

Gyromite said... @ February 24, 2009 at 12:32 AM


I would not put it up there with Ajisai, Kibune, O. Garden, or Yoshis but for the price point I think it offers a great value.

No idea, what the reason is for the mask, I guess I will have to go back and ask.

I see you got the Jellyfish Chicken salad at Koon Bo, I love it.

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