A friend of mine suggested that we try Hyoga Japanese Cuisine as it had Japanese owners unlike the overwhelming sea of Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-owned sushi restaurants in Greater Vancouver. It’s not that I have an issue with those restaurants. In fact, the affordability of those places allows me to have a regular night of sushi whenever I want. However, there’s something about the way authentic Japanese restaurants run their restaurants, including the politeness and cleanliness.
Hyoga Japanese Cuisine is located on Kingsway, not too far from Burnaby. We had trouble locating the restaurant as the signage was “unique”. FinestDish also joined us for the night.
We started with the Negitoro Tartare which was described as chopped toro with green onions, sesame seeds, and Hyoga’s seaweed sauce. It was one of three dishes listed under Hyoga’s Special (we ended up ordering all three specials).
The Negitoro Tartare arrived with some intriguing surprises. The first thing that I spotted was the prawn crackers. It was a happy surprise as I grew up grabbing every piece that I can reach. The other surprise was the rice wrapped neatly with nori. The plating here is definitely a stand-out compared to the run-of-the-mill sushi restaurants in town.