First of all I’d just like to say Congratulations to Canada’s Alex Bilodeau for winning the first Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil last night! I was lucky enough to get invited to the Men’s Moguls event last minute, and was so excited to be able to enjoy the experience of being there during that historic moment!
After all the ruckus during Valentine’s Day, I was feeling really out of it and kind of tired yesterday morning (celebrating so much can do that to you), and met up with another girlfriend for lunch to soothe our souls and help feed our tired out bodies from all of the crazy festivities happening in Vancouver. We decided to try out Kaide Sushi, an authentic Japanese restaurant at the end of Richards, near Pacific.
It’s kind of strange that I’ve never noticed this place (or really any of the other stores located around it, as it’s insanely near where I live. I guess I just never head in that general direction, so it was great when someone on my Facebook page recommended it as a “hole-in-the-wall” but great place to have sushi.
Since it was a bit late in the day, we both didn’t order all that much food, but needed something besides baked and deep-fried goods as has been the norm when wandering around the city and at various events over the past few days. It was a nice change to go for something that would leave us satisfied but not overly full or gross feeling.
I started off with the Tako Sunomono, which was topped with a couple of slices of lotus root. I’d have to say it’s a bit weird that I haven’t had this before (or at least can’t remember having eaten it), but it was delicious and crispy and very fresh tasting. A definite treat on top of the sunomono itself. I actually really liked how they tied the noodles up in little ribbons so that you could put them in your mouth in specific pieces, and not risk making a mess and sloshing the noodles and juice all over your hair (for me, as a klutz, this is extremely important).
Then, to really see how fresh the seafood was at Kaide, I had to order a piece of Amaebi Nigiri – one of my all-time favourite things to eat. It was really quite fresh here, although I still think that Hapa Izakaya in Yaletown took the cake not too long ago for this dish.
Next, I tried the Big Bang Roll, which is made up of tuna, panko flakes, cucumber, sesame seeds, and Japanese mayo, with a touch of lemon. While I really liked this unique sushi, I found that the lemon was slightly overpowering, and though I liked it at first, it grew to be a bit much over a few bites. I did enjoy the idea, but maybe if it wasn’t so overpowering to the rest of it.
The Diablo Roll, is Kaide’s version of a spicy tuna roll, and was extremely well made. I love it when Japanese restaurants know how to piece together the components of their sushi in just the right amounts to make them taste excellent.
Another item we tried was the Manhattan Roll. This was filled with fresh sockeye salmon, cucumber, avocado, cream cheese (which isn’t really my preference in rolls, but I thought I’d give it a shot this time around), and sesame seeds. I loved the idea, but I would have liked it better with plain mayo replacing the cream cheese (just a personal preference though).
Although I didn’t try the Asparagus Roll, here’s a quick shot for you. Quite simple, but great for those less adventurous or more into vegetarian options. I wasn’t in the mood to try a bite as I’m one of those genetically predisposed to having to deal with the after effects (if you know what I’m saying).
Beyond the excellent, fresh sushi, I’ll be going back to Kaide again for the friendly service, and great location (for me, anyway). I can’t believe it’s been so close by all this time and I had no idea!