It was Saturday evening in Whistler. Time to find dinner somewhere.
It turned out that a girlfriend visiting from Australia and her co-worker, along with another friend of ours, arrived in town for the night as well. We all decided to meet up to eat, and I was in charge of finding a good restaurant to go to. We all felt like sushi, and I’d heard earlier that day that Sachi Sushi is a newer place in Whistler Village that has really great Japanese food. I’m not sure how long ago they opened, but they don’t have a website and were difficult for me to find at lunch earlier that day (although it turned out I was probably less than a minute’s walk away from it at one point).
Since they only take reservations for groups of six or larger, we decided to just stop by at around 7:30 and put our names down. It was lined up quite a bit, and there was a substantial number of groups ahead of us. Regardless, we threw ourselves on the list and gave them our phone number so they could call once there would be room (none of us were even all that hungry yet), as it would be about a 45 minute wait. In the meantime, we thought we’d check out a few other places, but they all seemed to be just as busy. So although we had other options we really just wanted to go for sushi!
After getting some tea and wine at the nearby Bread Garden (who knew they have a full bar at the one in Whistler!), we eventually got a call to one of the other restaurants who could seat us. Upon deliberating with the group, it turned out we would rather wait instead, so we wandered back to Sachi and asked if it would be much longer. It turned out they were just settling up a bill and we would be ready to go in a few moments. Perfect timing!
Once we were seated, we perused the menu and almost everyone threw in a choice or two of what we were going to share for dinner. There was even one sushi virgin dining with us that evening, and was he ever in for a treat! We definitely picked a great starting place for him! (And of course, he also had to try cold sake for the first time too – not a fan).
Before getting into any seafood, we started off the meal with some Agedashi Tofu (deep-fried). I loved the bite-sized pieces, mixed together in the sauce, with nori, green onion, and finely grated radish over top.
The Sockeye Salmon and Tuna Sashimi was first up from our raw selection, served with the usual radish, wasabi and ginger, plus yummy shiso leaves. The sockeye itself was really good, but that was overlooked as we all dug into the amazing, buttery, delicious tuna. I haven’t had tuna like that in awhile now, and I will never forget it. Super fresh, and so good that we had to order an additional plate of it when requesting a second round of food later on. Absolutely divine.
After having that, I was excited to try the rest of the rolls that were yet to come. It all arrived beautifully prepared on a large boat that fit perfectly in the middle of the table, in reaching distance of everyone. And reach we did! I think we set a record for fastest consumed sushi rolls that evening. I guess after all that time waiting we had managed to work up our appetites.
Now on to each individual roll.
The Unagi and Avocado Roll was the favoured choice for my girlfriend at the table that loves eel. I’m not a huge fan of it on any occasion, but I am sure those who like it would also really enjoy this. What I found great in the rolls that I ate, besides having very fresh fish and other seafood within, was the amount of each component within – everything was made in just the right proportions.
The Spider Roll, which is made up of whole soft shell crab along with avocado and cucumber, was also fantastic. Slightly crispy, and completely delectable. We almost ordered another one later on in the meal, but thought we should try something different instead to get a bit more variety.
One of my usual favourites is the Spicy Scallop Roll, and this one was no exception. The chopped scallop pieces within were large and juicy, and the spicy mayo wasn’t overpowering all of the other bits and pieces inside (cucumber and scallop).
For a more refreshing alternative, the Mango Roll and house named Sachi Roll hit the spot. These were actually quite similar, and the reason why I only took a single picture of them both – I assumed before eating that they were one and the same. The mango roll also had salmon, avocado, asparagus and tuna inside the egg wrapper. To be honest, I can’t quite recall what the difference was between the two, except that maybe the mango was replaced with tempura prawn in the Sachi Roll. I guess I’ll just have to go back again to find out!
During our next round we ordered some duplicates, but the one different roll we wanted to try was the Tempura Roll (known as the Dynamite Roll at many other places). Again, this did not disappoint.
Finally, we tried a roll similar to a Rainbow Roll that I’ve had in the past, but this one was shaped in rectangular pieces and also had very thinly sliced lemon wedges over top. I’m not sure what it was actually called, as I didn’t take any pictures of the menu, but it was very good. There was sockeye salmon and prawns on top, and it was filled with avocado.
The only dish that I found to be quite average and not something I would order again was the Pork Gyoza. They also have a prawn and a vegetarian version of this, but the group went with the most popular type. There was a strong meat flavour, and not a lot of added spice to make things a little more interesting.
Overall, Sachi Sushi is an excellent sushi restaurant with a large variety of unique rolls and also an extensive sake and drink list (that we unfortunately failed to try out). The quality and freshness of the seafood was incredible, and I know where you’ll find me next time I head up to Whistler.
4359 Main Street #106
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4