Review: Kadoya

Kadoya is, bar none, the best sushi restaurant in Vancouver. While its standard sushi is outstanding and other typical Japanese fare is excellent, Kadoya stands out with its specialty rolls.

Standard Sushi

Kadoya has all the standards – from salmon and tuna sushi rolls, to yam tempura to nigiri (single pieces) containing roe (fish eggs) – they have it all. And, (so long as you’re able to stomach some of the more adventurous options) they do them all well. Highly recommended is the yam tempura roll, and their salmon is very good.

If you’re right into fish, make sure you try sashimi – it is large pieces of raw fish (without the rice wrapping). The wild salmon is particularly good.

Non-Sushi Choices

What, scared of a little bit of raw fish? That’s fine; Kadoya has all the standard teriyaki dishes, as well as some excellent appetizers. If it’s a fishless main you’re looking for, the rice bowls (don) are good – chicken, beef or vegetarian teriyaki on rice (other types of rice bowls are also available).

If you’re only browsing this section for an appetizer, Kadoya’s got you covered as well. Their Edamame is excellent (as well as healthy), they make a terrific seaweed salad (Wakame) and their Gyoza are done perfectly. They also serve tempura (in mixtures of prawns and vegetables, such as yams).

Specialty Rolls

As mentioned, this is what you’ll want at Kadoya. These are deluxe rolls with combinations of standard ingredients -like salmon, tuna, yam – and unusual (sometimes bordering on outrageous) offerings – like cream cheese, coconut, asparagus and even bacon.

The Maple Roll is exceptionally good – salmon and cream cheese with smoked salmon on top. If you intent on avoiding fish, you can go for the Princess Roll – no shame in ordering this one, guys (okay, maybe a little – but it’s good enough that it’s worth it). It features yam tempura, eggplant and egg (Tamago).

Other Considerations

The atmosphere (imaging me sighing here) used to be great. The walls were full of drawings and letters of praise from customers from around the world. It was comfortable, unique and gave you something to read, while waiting for dinner.

For some reason, the decided to remodel, and made an ugly modernized mess of it. The walls are now an odd wavy plastic with a blue light behind them. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not hip enough to like it, but I don’t.

Other than the decoration, everything is excellent. Typically, they serve green tea with your meal, but they also have Japanese beer and (of course) sake. If you haven’t before, try the warm sake – it’s an interesting experience.

Another great point about Kadoya is the price. It may be a little more expensive than most sushi joints in Vancouver, but you’ll still be hard pressed to spend more than $15 for a huge meal (not including drinks).


Not enough positive words in the English language to fully describe Kadoya, so let’s just leave it at saying that it is an absolute must. If you love sushi – or you’re planning on trying it for the first time – Kadoya is the place for you.
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