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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

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4.8
969 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Japanese

~ STORY OF YUWA JAPANESE CUISINE ~

Chef Masahiro Omori is the Executive Chef / Co-owner of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine who was born and raised in Chiba, Japan. His grandmother "YUWA" passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 50 years. Yuwa's dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with his professional experience at a well-known long-established Kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

Chef Masahiro Omori brings specialized regional dishes from across Japan taking advantage of the highest quality, freshest local BC ingredients. These can all be paired with our specialized selection of wines and sake.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Japanese (Washoku), Sushi

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 731-9378

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Masahiro Omori

  • Private party contact

    Shin Knauf-Nakamura, General Manager: (604) 731-9378

  • Neighbourhood

    Kitsilano

  • Cross Street

    Mcdonald St. x 16th Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Japanese Tapas – Small Dishes

  • 3 Kinds of Tsukemono Pickles$7.00

    • Edamame$6.00

      boiled green soybeans, rock salt

      • Goma-Ae$7.00

        blanched green kale, sesame miso sauce, 3 kinds of nuts (walnuts, almond, pine nuts)

        • Aburi Saba$12.00

          lightly seared vinegar-cured mackerel, nori soy sauce, shimeji + oyster mushrooms with grated daikon radish and ponzu sauce

          • Sockeye Salmon Sanshozuke$16.00

            sockeye salmon tartar in sanshozuke dressing (jalapeno, koji rice-malt, tamari shoyu), pine nuts, lightly deep fried onions, home-made taro root chips

            • Albacore Tuna & Avocado Nori-Shoyu$16.00

              BC albacore tuna, avocado, beets sauce, nori soy sauce, rice cracker bits

              • Albacore Tuna Sesame Gomazu$18.00

                cubed albacore tuna, sesame rice vinaigrette, shiso

                Agemono – Deep-Fried Dishes

                • Shiitake Nikuzume$10.00

                  tempura-style BC shiitake mushrooms stuffed with minced chicken, chili vinegar soy sauce

                  • Agedashi Tofu$9.00

                    lightly deep fried tofu in sweet soy dashi stock, spicy grated daikon, grated ginger, green onions, bonito flakes

                    • Seasonal Assorted Tempura$15.00

                      3pcs of tiger prawn tempura + 4pcs of seasonal vegetable tempura, sweet soy dashi stock, matcha salt

                      • Chicken Kara-Age$12.00

                        fried local free-range BC chicken thigh marinated in ginger + garlic tamari shoyu, yuzu pepper paste

                        • Ebi Shinjo Bits$14.00

                          lightly fried prawn fish cakes, shrimp salt

                          Gohan – Noodles & Rice Bowl Dishes

                          • Duck Udon$16.00

                            thick white flour noodles in soy dashi broth, sliced roasted duck, wakame seaweed, green onions, yuzu citrus zest, tempura bits

                            • Kaki-Age Ten Don (Prawn or Vegetable)$12.00

                              tempura fritter with diced prawn + assorted vegetables OR assorted vegetables on a bowl of rice, mitsuba greens, sweet soy sauce

                              Soups & Greens

                              • Miso Soup$5.00

                                Miso. ichiban-dashi (bonito + kelp broth), wakame seaweed, tofu, spinach, green onion

                                • Osuimono Soup$7.00

                                  clear ichiban-dashi (bonito +kelp broth), wakame seaweed, tofu, spinach, shiitake mushrooms

                                  • Duck Salad$18.00

                                    roasted wild duck breast, Pecorino Romano cheese, sugared pecans, tomatoes, organic mixed greens, shiso, yuzu citrus dressing

                                    • Tofu Avocado Salad$14.00

                                      tofu, sliced avocado, tomatoes, quinoa, shredded kelp, seaweed, organic mixed greens, tamari soy sesame dressing

                                      • Green Salad$9.00

                                        tomatoes, organic mixed greens, tamari soy sesame dressing

                                        Yakimono & Nimono – Grilled & Stewed

                                        • Wagyu Strip Loin Steak Toban-Yaki$42.00

                                          Snake River Farm Wagyu strip loin steak served on a sizzling skillet, sake-kasu (lees) steak sauce

                                          • Sablefish Yuan-Yaki$26.00

                                            grilled BC sablefish, 24-hour marinated in yuzu citrus soy sauce, kabocha squash salad, ginger soy marinated cucumber pickles

                                            • Chicken Kokuto Shoyu-Yaki$20.00

                                              grilled BC free-range chicken thigh, nugget potatoes, green beans, burdock root chips, Okinawa kokuto-brown cane sugar teriyaki sauce

                                              • BBQ Pork Back Rib Teriyaki$16.00

                                                4 pcs fall-off-the-bone tender pork back ribs in Chef's special teriyaki sauce

                                                • Wagyu Red Wine Miso Stew$19.00

                                                  Brant Lake Wagyu rib finger stewed in red wine miso dashi stock, BC nugget potato, oyster mushroom, carrot, Tokyo leek, garlic bread baguette

                                                  Sashimi

                                                  • 7 Kinds of Sashimi Selection$64.00

                                                    Chef's choice of 7 different kinds of sashimi

                                                    • Wild Albacore Tuna Sashimi$19.00

                                                      7pcs of wild BC albacore tuna

                                                      • Wild Sockeye Salmon Sashimi$23.00

                                                        7pcs of wild BC sockeye salmon

                                                        • Tuna & Salmon Sashimi Combination$23.00

                                                          4pcs each of wild BC albacore tuna & sockeye salmon

                                                          Today's Fresh Catch

                                                          • Bluefin Tuna Otoro

                                                            Fatty Bluefin

                                                            • Nigiri$12.00
                                                            • Sashimi$55.00
                                                          • Bluefin Tuna

                                                            • Nigiri$7.00
                                                            • Sashimi$35.00
                                                          • Akahata

                                                            Red Grouper, Nagasaki

                                                            • Nigiri$9.00
                                                            • Sashimi$39.00
                                                          • Ji Kinme

                                                            Premium Golden Eye Snapper, Chiba

                                                            • Nigiri$9.00
                                                            • Sashimi$39.00
                                                          • Kamasu

                                                            Barracuda, Wakayama

                                                            • Nigiri$7.00
                                                            • Sashimi$25.00
                                                          • Shima Aji

                                                            Striped Jack, Ehime

                                                            • Nigiri$6.50
                                                            • Sashimi$30.00
                                                          • Ebisu Buri

                                                            Premium Matured Yellowtail, Kagawa

                                                            • Nigiri$6.50
                                                            • Sashimi$28.00
                                                          • Sumi Ika

                                                            Ink Squid, Hyogo

                                                            • Nigiri$6.00
                                                            • Sashimi$28.00
                                                          • Sayori

                                                            Halfbeak, Miyagi

                                                            • Nigiri$5.00
                                                            • Sashimi$20.00
                                                          • Kanpachi

                                                            Amberjack, Kagawa

                                                            • Nigiri$6.00

                                                          Nigiri – Sushi

                                                          • BC Uni$8.00

                                                            sea urchin

                                                            • Botan Ebi$7.00

                                                              spot prawn

                                                              • Unagi$5.00

                                                                BBQ freshwater eel

                                                                • Saba$4.00

                                                                  mackerel

                                                                  • Hokkaido Hotate$5.00

                                                                    scallop

                                                                    • Chopped Scallop$4.00

                                                                      chopped Hokkaido scallop, tobiko, mayonnaise

                                                                      • Kani$6.00

                                                                        hand-peeled BC dungeness crab, tobiko

                                                                        • Sockeye Salmon$4.00

                                                                          • Albacore Tuna$4.00

                                                                            • Ebi$4.00

                                                                              cooked tiger prawn

                                                                              • Ikura$6.00

                                                                                salmon roe

                                                                                • Tobiko$4.00

                                                                                  flying fish roe

                                                                                  • Inari$4.00

                                                                                    deep-fried tofu curd pocket

                                                                                    • Tamago$4.00

                                                                                      BC free-range egg + ground prawn

                                                                                      Seasonal Specials

                                                                                      • Today's Fresh Oysters: Apex

                                                                                        ocal fresh oysters, from Baynes, BC, light and delicate, mildly sweet, with a melon finish. Served with daikon ponzu sauce + green onion

                                                                                        • 6pc$19.00
                                                                                      • Ankimo – Sea Foie Gras$14.00

                                                                                        house-made steamed monkfish liver, spicy grated daikon, green onion, ponzu

                                                                                        • Bluefin Tuna Yuzu Kosho Ae$18.50

                                                                                          cubic cut bluefin tuna, avocado, Kaiware sprouts, tobiko, nori seaweed, marinated with soy yuzu pepper

                                                                                          • Octopus Carpaccio$23.00

                                                                                            thinly sliced boiled octopus, dill, orange, shallot, shiso-tamari vinaigrette

                                                                                            • Kanpachi Carpaccio$28.00

                                                                                              thinly sliced amberjack, jalapeno, soy-mustard vinaigrette

                                                                                              • Chawanmushi$9.00

                                                                                                steamed savoury free-range BC egg custard with shiitake mushroom, free-range chicken thigh, prawn, lily bulb + ginkgo nuts, mitsuba green

                                                                                                • Yam Agedashi$12.00

                                                                                                  deep-fried taro, purple yam, sweet potato & yam with enoki, maitake, shiitake, yellow chanterelle mushroom thick dashi stock, Tokyo negi, green onion

                                                                                                  • Calamari with Curry Salt$12.00

                                                                                                    fried ginger soy-marinated surume squid from Aomori, Japan, curry salt

                                                                                                    • Buri Daikon$16.00

                                                                                                      matured yellowtail from Kagawa slowly braised in sweet soy dashi, daikon, carrots, spinach, julienne ginger

                                                                                                      • Duck Houba - Yaki$23.00

                                                                                                        grilled Fraser Valley duck breast, taro, Japanese sweet potato, eggplant, yellow chanterelle, maitake, garlic scape, jalapeno miso

                                                                                                        • Hamachi Kama Saikyo - Yaki$18.00

                                                                                                          house-blended Saikyo-Miso marinated grilled yellowtail neck, cauliflower pickles, grated daikon

                                                                                                          • T.U.I (Tuna, Uni, Ikura) Sushi$28.00

                                                                                                            Everyone's favourite — uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) and chopped bluefin tuna, rice cracker, fried shrimp, honey crisp apple, avocado on sushi rice, wrapped with soybean sheet

                                                                                                            Maki – Sushi Rolls

                                                                                                            • Aburi Miso Salmon Roll$16.00

                                                                                                              albacore tuna, cucumber, miso jalapeno pickles, sweet + spicy miso, lightly seared sockeye salmon, miso sauce

                                                                                                              • Signature Tuna Amigos Roll$13.00

                                                                                                                wild BC albacore tuna, green onions, tempura bits, spicy miso

                                                                                                                • Tiger Prawn Dynamite Roll$11.00

                                                                                                                  prawn tempura, radish sprout, tobiko

                                                                                                                  • BC Dungeness Crab California Roll$20.00

                                                                                                                    hand-peeled BC dungeness crab, avocado, cucumber, tobiko

                                                                                                                    • Yellow Magic Roll$15.00

                                                                                                                      wild BC sockeye salmon, avocado, sliced mango, mango red wine sauce

                                                                                                                      • Canadian Lobster Roll$24.00

                                                                                                                        fresh lobster, fresh mango, mayonnaise, sliced cucumber, golden tobiko, lobster bisque sauce

                                                                                                                        • Dragon Roll$19.00

                                                                                                                          seared unagi, organic greens, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, house-made unagi sauce

                                                                                                                          • Crunchy S.S. Crab Roll$23.00

                                                                                                                            fried soft-shell crab, organic greens, radish sprout, torched avocado, fried leek + carrot chips, black sesame coconut milk sauce

                                                                                                                            • Veg Lover Roll$14.00

                                                                                                                              yam tempura, green bean, carrot, cucumber, avocado, soy paper, sweet & spicy cranberry sauce

                                                                                                                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                                                                                              What 969 people are saying

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                                                                                                                                Beeper

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We are never disappointed at Yuwa. The staff wears asks which makes us feel very good about eating there. The new items that are constantly on the menu are always fun to order and delicious. The restaurant is clean. The large staff that prepares meals are well trained. The staff pays attention to your order, and rarely makes an error. Definitely go there. You will love it.

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                                                                                                                                beats

                                                                                                                                Manitoba

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined 7 days ago

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                                                                                                                                Refined sushi eating with tablecloths and excellent service. High quality and very enjoyable.

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                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                16 reviews

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                16 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Our favourite Japanese food in the city. Extraordinary in every way!

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                                                                                                                                hjkb

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Excellent selection of nigiri and sashimi. The unagi was incredible. Other dishes were wonderful as well, and the sake flight was great.

                                                                                                                              5. LW

                                                                                                                                LoisW

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Our meals were wonderful. Interesting and tasty. The service was attentive and responded easily and efficiently to our needs and requests. We were both impressed and look forward to a return visit.

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                                                                                                                                Oldman

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                3.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                The place itself was nice. The decor simple but elegant. The problem was the food. Very underwhelming. The nigiri portions were small for the value. They need to figure out what type of restaurant they are. Either make it a Japanese restaurant or a sushi place.

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                                                                                                                                vincent

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                Sat outdoors a bit chilly but they had good heaters. Kids were running all around in the garden and yelling but that was hard to control. Overall good quality always good and service very good.

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                                                                                                                                Morshean

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                20 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Excellent food, sushi, tempura, blackcod, wagu and ribs!

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                                                                                                                                pkwok

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                23 reviews

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

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                                                                                                                                A very satisfying meal. Everything was fresh and delicious. We sat outdoors. Quiet with fresh air. Service was excellent.

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                                                                                                                                HarrisC

                                                                                                                                Portland

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                4.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                The food are very nice and special. Many choice in Japanese wine.

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                                                                                                                                MLL1385

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                30 reviews

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                30 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Hands down the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. Very creative, great staff and delicious seasonal specials.

                                                                                                                              12. BH

                                                                                                                                BevH

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                10 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Peaceful ambiance along with artfully prepared dishes allow for an exceptional dining experience

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                                                                                                                                TamaraL

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

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                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We LOVE YUWA! Our favourite spot in the city and it’s right in our neighborhood! Always exquisite service and unique and delicious dishes.

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                                                                                                                                Alex

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                                                                                                                                4.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                We liked food at Yuwa Japanese Cuisine, service was very professional. All the meals we picked met our expectations. We had a pleasure of a short chat with the owner, Ms. Iori Kataoka who found time in her busy daily routine and shared her thoughts on her Japanese food experience. One advice: make sure you let them know in advance about your food allergies. Other than that, the time we had spent spent was very enjoyable. Thank you for that!

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                                                                                                                                FrankC

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                Great Japanese tapas and other interesting dishes.

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                                                                                                                                KatO

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                4.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                                                                                Most dishes we order was delicate and well prepared. Today's special (katsuo no tataki) was not satisfactory, both both taste (too thin and too much soy sauce ) and price (too expensive for that volume ). Other small dishes were uniquely made.

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                                                                                                                                GenoB

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Very Nice Place! Authentic Japanese Cuisine! Beautiful dishes!

                                                                                                                              18. ML

                                                                                                                                MLL1385

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                31 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Best, most creative Japanese food in Vancouver.

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                                                                                                                                Benjack

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Best sushi/Japanese in Vancouver. Sashimi platter is so fresh and amazingly delicious. The wagyu beef finished at your table is another stunner. We love to take advantage of all the seasonal specials- so many creative varieties of tastes, smells and textures. Great wine/sake list. Thoughtful service; quiet jazz music for candlelit, relaxed atmosphere but restaurant is always full and humming with conversation. Highly recommend!

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                                                                                                                                Marmot

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                                Thank you for beautifully presented delicious meal with seasonal touch. We will be dining again soon.

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                                                                                                                                AkiyoL

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                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on April 4, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Thank you very much for the wonderful night! They have excellent wine & sake list. It is perfect for special occasions. We were with kids but they made us very comfortable. We all enjoyed it!

                                                                                                                              22. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Outstanding food as usual. A cut above the usual Japanese offerings in Vancouver

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                                                                                                                                TimS

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                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Authentic Japanese cuisine, superbly executed. A broad variety of choices with some playful riffs on ‘classics’. I can’t wait to go back! Service is always superior to others. Food is beyond expectations.

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                                                                                                                                Marmot

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                Delicious food presented beautifully. Creative way of food preparation/cocking method to highlight freshness and good flavour of each ingredient.

                                                                                                                              25. FC

                                                                                                                                FaruC

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Nice environment. A fusion Japanese restaurant. Their sashimi selection weren’t that great. Appetizers are quite unique

                                                                                                                              26. MT

                                                                                                                                MichaelT

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

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                                                                                                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Excellent dinner at Yuwa. It was our first time, and until recently we didn't realise that this gem of a spot was in our neighbourhood. Every dish was executed to perfection. The menu makes you want to order more, anc come back to try new things next time. Wonderful staff and service- informative, attentive and professional. We'll return and recommend this place for sure

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                                                                                                                                ArthurM

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We love this restaurant. The Japanese cuisine is extraordinary and the people working at Yuwa are wonderful. Thank you.

                                                                                                                              28. JR

                                                                                                                                JennyR

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 7, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Iori and her team are amazing! The service is exceptional alongside the best Japanese food in Vancouver.

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                                                                                                                                bella

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Food and service were outstanding

                                                                                                                              30. PQ

                                                                                                                                PhilipQ

                                                                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Great food and service

                                                                                                                              31. RM

                                                                                                                                RandyM

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                33 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 29, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                                                We had a great experience at Yuwa! Good food...we specifically like the Teriyaki chicken and the Wagyu beef! Service was very good and great ambiance > had an authentic Tokyo feel!...would recommend!

                                                                                                                              32. s

                                                                                                                                shirleyt

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 23, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Excellent food. Attentive service. Convient parking behind restaurant

                                                                                                                              33. KC

                                                                                                                                KateC

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Authentic high quality Japanese cuisine. If there was a Michelin star system to categorize this restaurant, I would give it a 2 star Michelin. Lovely owner and team of staff.

                                                                                                                              34. J

                                                                                                                                Jigs

                                                                                                                                San Francisco

                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                9 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Beautiful and delicious food and excellent service in a very covid safe environment. Our view of the bar , always fun to watch, was blocked by covid partitioning but that is a small price to pay for being comfortable and safe.

                                                                                                                              35. AS

                                                                                                                                AdrianS

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                                Food was great. Wish portion size was bigger though. Service was impeccable.

                                                                                                                              36. OT

                                                                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                1 review

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 17, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                It was an amazing first experience, I love the amazing knowledge and history that they provided for every drink (sake, whiskey) we had. I will surely be back to try every other plates I did not order tonight.

                                                                                                                              37. JT

                                                                                                                                JenniferT

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                vip
                                                                                                                                4.0

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 16, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Serves dishes that highlight the subtleties of Japanese flavours in a thoughtful and layered way. Their presentation is a feast for the eyes. If you are looking for bold in your face flavours, this is not the place for you.

                                                                                                                              38. M

                                                                                                                                Marmot

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We go there regularly and it meet again our expectation of fine dining experience.

                                                                                                                              39. MB

                                                                                                                                MichaelB

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 13, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                Delicious and adventurous food, wonderful service and ambience! It couldn't be better.

                                                                                                                              40. p

                                                                                                                                parishadh

                                                                                                                                Vancouver

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                5.0

                                                                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                                                                Dined on January 9, 2022

                                                                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                                We love good sushi & are always in search of the best. This was our first time at Yuwa. The service is excellent. Ambiance is very nice, dimmed lights, cozy seats & a beautiful sushi bar. Sake selection is good. The food is outstanding and fresh. The sashimi is a MUST. The rolls are very good as well. The nigiri is awesome. The rice to fish ratio is spot on. Agadashi tofu is amazing. The mixed tempura is awesome. Every dish is masterfully crafted. I read reviews of people complaining about the price & portions. Yes, of course its pricy & small authentic portions!! Yuwa uses high quality fresh ingredients. This isn’t your typical eat till you drop spot. It’s quaint & special.

                                                                                                                              Safety precautions

                                                                                                                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                                                                                                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                                                                                                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                                                                                                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                                                                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                                • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                                • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                              • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                                • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                              • Protective equipment

                                                                                                                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                                                                              • Screening

                                                                                                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                                              FAQs

                                                                                                                              Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 731-9378.

                                                                                                                              Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) is rated 4.8 stars by 969 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                              Google Map for Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

                                                                                                                              2775 W. 16th Ave Vancouver, BC V6k 3C3

                                                                                                                              Additional information

                                                                                                                              • Cross Street

                                                                                                                                Mcdonald St. x 16th Avenue

                                                                                                                              • Neighbourhood

                                                                                                                                Kitsilano

                                                                                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                                                Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                                                                Japanese, Japanese (Washoku), Sushi

                                                                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                                                                Fine Dining

                                                                                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                                                                                Smart Casual

                                                                                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                                                                                Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.

                                                                                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                                                                                AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                              • Executive Chef

                                                                                                                                Masahiro Omori

                                                                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                                                                Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                              • Phone number

                                                                                                                                (604) 731-9378

                                                                                                                              • Private party contact

                                                                                                                                Shin Knauf-Nakamura, General Manager: (604) 731-9378

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