Green Leaf Sushi Cafe
Green Leaf Sushi in Kitsilano caught our attention on social media with their Aburi (blowtorch) style sushi. The popularity results in long waits for a table without reservations and there is limited seating. They have one large table that fits 8 people. 24 hrs notice is required when reserving a table.
The most popular dish is the Aburi Sushi Platter which comes with 6 pieces of each of the aburi oshi sushi, and 8 pieces of their aburi roll. (38 pieces in total)
It was just the 2 of us, so we opted-out of the platter. We picked 3 Aburi Oshi Sushi (18 pieces) Plating is beautiful, tasted fresh and packed with flavour that worked well with each other. Our favourite was the Salmon Oshi Sushi.
WHAT WE TRIED:
Salmon Oshi Sushi | $12
Wild salmon, oshi sauce, jalapeno
Kani-Ume Oshi Sushi | $16 |Dungeness crab, tiger prawn, ume oshi sauce, crispy capers, ume dressing.
Spicy Unagi Oshi Sushi | $16 | Double layer BBQ eel, sweet spicy miso, garlic chips, green onion, sesame oil
OVERALL IMPRESSION OF GREEN LEAF SUSHI:
The wait is long and tables are crammed but the aburi dishes sing! If blowtorch sushi is up your alley then you'll love this place. We suggest looking at the menu while waiting for a table and order when seated. The aburi sushi & rolls could take a while since most people come here for that. The pricing on their aburi sushi is lower than their rivals, Miku & Minami, while not sacrificing quality in flavour. If you're hungry, you can try ordering an appetizer from the cooked menu. We suspect the food from the kitchen will come out much faster since every table is ordering aburi sushi & rolls. If there are any dishes you love at Green Leaf Sushi and think we should give it a try feel free to contact us! We will be back to try the other aburi dishes
- Long waits for a table and aburi dishes.
- Limited and cramp seating.
- Aburi dishes use fresh tasting fish with lots of flavour.
- Best bang for buck compared to other aburi restaurants.