(This story is sponsored by Kishimoto.)
Commercial Drive restaurant Kishimoto (2054 Commercial Drive) takes Japanese cuisine to a new level in Vancouver.
The talented team of chefs has won more than 20 awards during the eight years it has been open. The restaurant’s list of wins is almost as impressive as its diverse menu and welcoming atmosphere.
Kishimoto's space is small and cozy—with red bricks covering the walls and glowing lights adding to the warm ambiance. This creates the perfect place to try freshly sliced sashimi, wagyu tataki, and deep-fried matcha ice cream.
Sourcing the finest ingredients, the eatery offers guests the option of “kaiseki”—a tasting menu selected by the chef, which showcases the foodstuffs in season during the time of dining. During fall and winter months, the kaiseki menu features fare such as matsutake mushrooms, chestnuts, squash, and local sea urchin.
This detailed menu that includes five to six courses is available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, though quantities are often limited.
Chef Akira Kishimoto creates traditional and unique fusion dishes and he is passionate about sharing his Japanese culture with the guests. Everything is made in-house, including the housemade ice cream, sorbet, and desserts.
Dishes like the “smoked oshi” (cherry wood-smoke-infused salmon pressed sushi), the warm slow-cooked beef cheek, and sweet miso eggplant are sure to warm restaurantgoers on chilly fall evenings. For those hesitant to stray from traditional Japanese grub, guests can find a selection of sushi rolls, colourful nigiri, soba, and udon soups on the menu.
Although Kishimoto focuses on supporting local businesses and farms, the restaurant also imports melt-in-your-mouth fish from the Toyosu Market in Tokyo.
All of the delectable dishes can be accompanied by a handpicked selection of premium imported sake from Japan, local wines, and of course, Sapporo beer.
Kishimoto has started taking a limited number of reservations again so snagging a seat at the trendy Japanese eatery is more convenient than ever.