Food

Jin Sushi – Reluctantly, My Secret Sushi Spot

Vancouver’s sushi scene continues to improve.  A few years ago, there was probably only one choice for good omakase.  Everywhere else had the typical tuna and salmon (and California rolls).   Now there are several.  Jin Sushi, about 1 year old, is a great addition to the omakase scene.   I wanted to keep this place a secret, despite numerous social media requests asking about the location when posting pics of their sushi.  Its a small place run by Korean chefs.   The only drawback of the place is they don’t have a proper sushi bar.  You can request a table in front of the sushi prep area though and see them at work.

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I believe there is an a la carte menu, but the omakase is what you want.  I have gone 3 times in the past month, I always get B and the uni tray.

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The uni tray allows you to compare the difference between local and uni from Hokkaido, Japan.  I prefer the local.  99% of people I have dined here with feel the same.  The flavor and texture of the local is more appealing.  Shocking!

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Since there is no bar, the meal will be served individually on plates.  As with any self respecting place, the soy and wasabi are already added for you.

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The Shrimp nigiri have wonderful shrimp flavor.  The chef told us he infuses soy sauce with the shrimp heads.

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Blue fin from Japan are the next three including Chu and o Toro.  Its not the best blue fin I’ve had, but its pretty good.

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The last parts of the meal are my least favorite at Jin.  I find the handroll not as delicious as others.  I think the seaweed can be improved.  I like more crunch and seasoning.

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The meal ends with tamago.

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…and a small piece of chocolate cake.  The cake is a nice touch but I think more thought can go into the dessert.

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Overall, the service is good.  Some areas I think need work are the miso soup where the dashi broth does not come through much, and the rice which could use more seasoning.  The wasabi looks freshly ground but needs to be incorporated better into each piece.  Some pieces of fish are chewy at time.  The blue fin is good, but not of the mind blowing type.  However, its still a really good omakase.  Budget about 2 hours to complete, but you will be entertained and fed all at the same time.  8/10

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