Tsunami Sushi adds an interesting twist to your typical sushi restaurant: the sushi comes around to your counter seat on little wooden boats. You just remove from the boats the plates that you want.
There are 4 differently designed plates, with different prices ranges. At the end of the meal they simply count how many of each plate you have. As long as you don't partake in too many of the black or red ones then the price is most reasonable.
This is a great place. The food is great...although I tend to gorge myself--taking almost every plate that goes by; service is good. But, they don't take reservations so if you want to be guaranteed a seat you'll have to be there by 11:30AM for lunch.
Tsunami Sushi is one of the first sushi joints I used to frequent in downtown Vancouver on Robson Street. I think the first time I went there was in 1998.
While it's more touristy than most, Tsunami is unique because the entire restaurant consists of a giant oval-shaped sushi bar of floating boats. The boats float around displaying tiny dishes of sushi and robata. As you sit at the bar, you pick out the sushi you want to eat, pick up the dish and put it on the table infront of you... and enjoy! Little dishes of wasabi and pickled ginger are also on the floating boat - take as many as you need. Each dish of sushi is colour-coded to a set price. Prices are quite cheap - they vary between $1.50 to $4.00 (Canadian) a dish.
If you don't want to eat at the sushi bar, you can always sit at a table, but I fully recommend the sushi bar - it'll give you the entire experience! This is a great way to introduce yourself to sushi or refamiliarize with some of Vancouver's sushi trends. You can also order items off the menu from the sushi bar, and if you don't see what you like on the boats, just request the sushi chef to create you what you want.
Favorite Dish: The food here at Tsunami is not only delicious, but it's aesthetically-pleasing to look at. Tsunami makes the best spicy tuna rolls because they put avocado inside. They also make the best dynamite rolls in the city because they're tasty, and they don't fall apart when you try to eat them. Tsunami makes delicious gomae too (spinach in a peanut/sesame sauce).
This is what $30 (Canadian) bought me the last time I went:
4 pieces of dynamite (prawn tempura w/cucumber) roll
8 pieces of chicken karaage
4 pieces of salmon sushi
1 order of edimame (salted soy beans in the pod)
2 pieces of sweet rice dessert sushi
6 pieces of spicy tuna roll
Vancouver is definately the town for sushi and on Robson St. This place is about the best. There is an outside patio for the smokers, but inside they have the sushi that comes around by way of water! Cool Eh!
Favorite Dish: No real favourites, I just go for the sushi!
This is a great place to go eat sushi if you are new to Japanese food. The sushi bar consists of a floating boat train letting you see the items before you select them. This is a great way for you to try items that look interesting to you, rather than reading a menu full of line entries.
Can get pretty busy.
Favorite Dish: dynamite roll
The city of Vancouver is known for having excellent sushi. Since my visits to Vancouver have been extremely brief, I haven't had the opportunity to seek out the places noted as "best".
I happened on Tsunami Sushi on Robson street around lunch time and was pleased by the quality of sushi offered on the boats that float around the sushi bar - a kind of floating buffet.
The type of platter you select indicates the price. For example, 2 pieces of Unagi were on a black platter, which indicates a price of $3.85.
The food was good, and catching it as it went by was fun, too.