Osaka Sushi – near Children’s Hospital BC

Osaka Sushi, South Cambie Street Pictures

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being at Children’s hospital in Vancouver, whether for an appointment or an extended stay, you may find yourself wishing for more than coffee shops and cafeterias.  When you need some fresh air but don’t want to travel far, you are in luck.  There is a decent sushi shop just blocks away.  The exercise might do you well, the walk is good for body and mind and the food is better than the vending machine.

We had the regrettable opportunity to visit Children’s hospital more than once in the last little while and needed a place to go and eat.  When I asked the six small children in my care what they were interested in for dinner, they all yelled ‘sushi’.  I was proud considering the options I had presented included pizza and Mcdonalds.  So on recommendation from the ICU doctor, we made our way (read: ran) a few blocks down to Oak and King Edward and found Osaka Sushi.  The kids rushed in, I smiled sweetly and we piled all 7 of us in a little booth.

We ordered a copious amount of cucumber rolls and teriyaki chicken rolls and the children gobbled them all down. I am not sure if they are the most discerning eaters, but they all gave them thumbs up.  What is not to like about cucumber or chicken rolled up in rice and dunked in way too much dipping sauce? I ordered a dynamite roll which was OK.  I don’t like lettuce in my rolls, but aside from that it was good.  My sister joined the party and she had a spider roll which was also average.

The service was quick and friendly.  They accommodated a whole bunch of munchkins and quickly made extra rolls when ordered.  The restaurant was busy and by the time my sister joined us, there was a line up out side.  So either all the doctors recommend this place, or it is just a local favourite.

wasabi nose trickMy sister arrived in just in time for the post dinner antics of our 6 year olds putting wasabi up their noses.  🙂


Yukiya sushi restaurant – Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Harrison hot springs

We had a little Christmas get-a-way with the family over the holidays to this beautiful place, Harrison Hot Springs resort.  It is situated on Harrison lake nestled between the mountains near Agassiz BC, 1.5 hours from Vancouver.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

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We went out for dinner one night a block from the hotel, right on the lake front, to Yukiya Sushi. It is a little restaurant and it was very busy. The service was great and the owners were super friendly Koreans – aren’t they all?  friendly and Korean!? 🙂

We ordered an assortment of rolls and they were devoured quickly. The teriyaki chicken rolls were just chicken rolled up and I prefer my teriyaki rolls to have something else added to them, but they were a hit with the kids and the owner kindly gave us extra. The other rolls were your basic rolls, but the star of the night was the dynamite roll.

dynamite rollteriyaki rolls

It was a delicious combination of prawn and yam tempura, avocado and cucumber.  I love yams and this roll won my heart with the deep fried yams! The second best part was that it was not stuffed full of crab.  I admit that crab is not my favourite ingredient in sushi rolls, which is why I don’t usually order California rolls! But the dynamite roll was dynamite!

The only draw back about this place was that it was a little pricey, but given the view, it was worth the extra money.

Say “sushi! 🙂

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Hanabi Japanese restaurant review

Hanabi sushi

I am starting to get summer food fatigue.  I can’t believe I am feeling this way; I love BBQs and outside eating.  But this week I was growing weary of it all.  What to make for dinner?  Who knows?  Hamburgers? Not again.  Pasta?  We had that yesterday. I know… sushi!  At a restaurant! Even better. 🙂

Hanabi Japanese restaurant is our Japanese restaurant of choice in Langley.  It helps that is close by and owned by Koreans 🙂 (Thus I feel like I can blog about it on my Korean food site!) But those factors aside, they make really yummy food!

Hanabi sushi

We started with the 8 piece vegetable tempura which came with deep fried sweet potato, pumpkin, potato, broccoli and beans; all of which were delicious.

We ordered the party platter C, since eating dinner with us is like a party 🙂 It came with 2 Dynamite rolls, 1 Alaska roll, 2 California rolls, 1 Salmon roll and 1 Cucumber roll.  We also added another Cucumber roll since those are popular with the kids.  The rolls are beautiful and the cut into nice bite size pieces. Everyone enjoyed all the rolls, so much so they struggled to pick a favourite.

Hanabi sushi

The owners are kind and the service was excellent.  They brought trainer chop sticks for the kids to use and several new pairs of chopsticks as our little guy kept throwing ours on the ground.  The waitress was friendly and quick and our tea cups were kept full.

All in all, I am reminded again why they are my favourite!

Check them out at #21 20811 Fraser Hwy, Langley

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