Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)
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.
Closed on Mondays
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Sun 8:30PM - 8:45PM
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 5:00PM 8:30PM - 8:45PM
We took our son and daughter-in-law to Yuwa for dinner on their last night in Vancouver. They are not only committed foodies but also know and love Japanese cuisine, having lived five years in Tokyo. They were impressed with the highly creative menu and collaborated with the excellent server to make great choices. All four of us found the dishes sumptuously delicious and beautifully presented. The sake selection advised by the host was outstanding. All in, the meal was exceptionally good value for money. We will be returning to Yuwa ourselves and will enthusiastically recommend it to our friends who enjoy fine Japanese dining.
Attention to detail throughout in this elegant Japanese restaurant. Not for a hurried meal, the courses progress one by one, prepared with care, and the best quality ingredients. Sit back and savour!
At the former site of longtime neighbourhood favourite Zest Restaurant, Yuwa Japanese Cuisine carries on the tradition of superior Japanese dining. Clientele from nearby have remained faithful. Classy, quiet room. Attentive bilingual (Japanese and English) service. Nice to have this without the need to venture downtown. Free parking! Sake tasting flights available on request. Probably one of the few places that serves whole lingcod heads, but come early as quantities are limited. Kaiseki (traditional multicourse dinner) can be enjoyed if you make your request 48 hours in advance. For your birthday, they will sing you the Japanese version of "Happy Birthday".
Best Japanese in Vancouver
Wonderful experience. Some of the best sushi and wagyu beef we’ve ever tasted. Easy to get to on the bus, a plus for tourists like us.
Excellent service and amazing food. Very k ownkwlwdgeable server and exacting chef. No better Japanese anywhere.
Unique and creative food and a very pleasant environment for enjoying the food.
I was expecting interesting delicate Kaisei dishes and we ordered 4 of these from the specialties menu, as well as their costliest roll. The specialty dishes were very small (as expected) but not particularly exciting. The smoked tuna dish had potential if the slices had not been so thin that there was nothing to taste. The sushi roll had excellent rice and tasted very fresh but again the thin slices of shrimp and salmon lacked flavour and I picked up no taste of the crab, which was a major ingredient. Decided to bail rather than ordering more. Likely the less expensive sushi were likely a better choice. Quality of the ingredients was excellent, but I guess my palette is too crude for this restaurant.
This was a remarkable dinner. Everything was perfectly prepared and presented in a perfect progression. What a fantastic restaurant!
Excellent services and tasty food!
Most of our dishes were very tasty & beautiful presentation. But the portions were VERY TINY & VERY EXPENSIVE! It was quite shocking! I soon realized I needed to order several more dishes to feel full. They need to increase the portion size or reduce the prices. We will not be coming back.
I have been to Yuwa several times under its current name and when it was known as Zest.
The food is always wonderful. Chef is very creative and uses the best, freshest and whenever possible locally sourced ingredients.
The menu is changed often but offerings are always flavourful.
This is not all you can eat cuisine but well worth spending time to truly enjoy the meal. Always truly memorable food.
Food was absolutely fantastic! Service was top-notch, would recommend this place to everyone (and I already have!)
Nothing special. Vancouver has amazing sushi all over the city. Don’t waste your money.
The total experience was terrific as always. One of our favorites!
Fantastic as always
We were Zest fans who drifted away as its menu kept changing and great dishes like the Chicken gyoza disappeared.
We tried Yuwa and were pleasantly surprised. The cuisine was creative and satisfying, although the gyoza have yet to return. The service was helpful and enthusiastic. Much characteristic Japanese courtesy and ceremony which we appreciated. We will be back !
Outstanding food presentation. Exquisite dishes and arrangement of the food.
Expensive but delicious!
The menu is interesting and they have a fresh sheet with more selection. We had the stuffed mushrooms, dragon roll, veal cheeks and sockeye salmon tartare with yam chips...yummy!
Presenation is excellent. Service is great. Portions are decent. Taste is great
Great food and excellent service
Pretentious restaurant.. Would not come back again. Server was very condescending because we didn't order the more expensive items on the menu. Not only that, service was slow and good came out even slower. Ended up giving 10% only for tips.
It would be better if the service could pick up pace.
walking distance to our home. so impressed. fabulous unique dishes and sushi rolls. order what you cannot order at every Japanese restaurant. love, love , loved. Will be regulars.
absolutely exceptional- very passionate cook. truly outstanding quality
Fantastic meal, with amazing fresh ingredients. The staff were excellent.
Great food and service!
I was here twice last week. The food is very good. I’m vegetarian and had no difficulty choosing many interesting dishes. The staff are lovely. And if you want peace and quiet, a challenging commodity in any restaurant, this is your place.
This place reopened with a new chef after a lengthy closure. Formerly Zest, it was one of the treasures of Vancouver. We returned expecting that the experience would be unlikely to meet the high standard of Zest and were pleased to see that they weren't far off the mark. The menu is a combination of the usual Japanese fare and creating and unusual dishes. The duck salad and the agedashi tofu were spectacular. We were well looked after and not rushed. There are hundreds of Japanese restaurants in Vancouver and this one stands out. We were not rushed and will looked after by our host. Next door is Glace, the best ice-cream in Vancouver, so make sure that you go there for dessert.
What a gem of a restaurant. The food is authentic and delicious. The service is impeccable - friendly, sincere and helpful. We will be back again ... and again!
Yuwa is my go to restaurant when I want exceptional Japanese food. The chefs are so creative, each dish is carefully composed and presented and most importantly delicious!
This is not an all-you-can-eat run of the mill sushi place. But a place to go if you have time to leisurely enjoy a wonderful meal.
A gem located off West 16th and MacDonald.
Mother’s Day dinner. Food and service were great but portions were tiny.
My husband wanted to come here for a Mother's Day dinner as he had visited previously. The interior was very basic and relatively crowded more like a casual moderately priced place. So I was shocked when I looked at some of the prices on the menu. $300 for some of the bottles of wine and sake. The sake was so incredibly high priced that I lost interest. The beer was a little more reasonable at $12 for a large bottle. I settled on an $8 glass of wine. The appetizer prices were not too bad and the food was good if not exquisite or gourmet. I had passed on the $26 sablefish entre as I didn't think I was hungry enough given that we had ordered a few appetizers for the table. I needn't have worried as the dish was appetizer sized. My $17 smoked tuna was even smaller. The highlight was the desserts we ordered to share which were reasonably priced and delicious.
We loved our evening. We have traveled to Japan, and being at Yuma is absolutely authentic in every way. As an aside, my husband was recently at Tojo’s and will not go back as the prices were much more costly than Yuma,difficult service issues, and the group he was with thought the food was not as good PLUS, luckily everyone checked the bill because they were double charged for the wine and noticed it.
Families with young children were there, plus every other age of people and everyone was happy. Free parking all around the restaurant. Fun having a new kind of green tea, and love watching the sushi and other dishes being constructed.
Our first choice when we want an authentic Japanese meal. Loved it when it was Zest, and love i5now.
Environment is good. Food is ok. Service is disappointing.
Our server went beyond and suggested a great wine when the one we ordered was out. She was very engaging
Just think if it makes sense to u about this restaurant will be charging u with same price of 10 pcs assorted tempura with shrimp and 5 pcs of tempura yam, for me it’s non sense, however it happened in this restaurant just because 5 pcs of tempura yam are not on their menu. Dinner time was limited to 2 hours which it’s normal usually but our food came so slow so how can we finished our dinner within the time frame that they set for the customer. My dinner was from 630 pm to almost 9 pm which after we pushed them our food to come faster or cancel my order! Food taste just so so nothing really surprise me, dessert menu was lack of choice.
Excellent food, refined service. A real gem!
I liked the ambience a lot. Decor was simple yet gives a very modern and classy feel, with the main focal point on the center of the sushi bar. Raw food (nigiri,sashimi) were fresh and prepared well. Cooked food were executed nicely, had nice flavors and presentation. Every dish came on a timely matter, definitely a place to enjoy your meal and not to be rushed.
Wonderful warm ambience with outstanding service.