Going to sushi counter that is Japanese owned is in chapter one, verse one, of any self respecting sushi lover. But when even that just isn’t quite good enough, I come here. Here it is folks, the only sushi counter in Vancouver that I would recommend to people: Maumi Sushi.
Except I don’t want to recommend it to anyone: I want to be greedy and keep this small, 10 seater or so shop all to myself.
Maumi Sushi was personally recommended to me by a sushi chef at my favorite sushi place in
Vancouver Seattle: Shiro’s Sushi.
From the outside, it looked like your typical everyday Vancouver sushi shop. But once you step inside this cargo elevator-sized restaurant, that was when the lines between a West End and Japanese neighborhood sushi joint gets blurred. Tight, intimate seating, a Japanese-only chalkboard on the wall listing today’s fresh catches, and the Japanese chef chatting with its Japanese regulars at the counter – all signs of a good, authentic sushi counter.
Before I go on, there are no mutant (which some lesser mortals call it “creative”) rolls, no sauced up pressed aburi sushi, no California rolls, and no Salmon/Tuna combo A. It’s all straight up edomae sushi from here.
Its by-piece menu has the most extensive variety of fishes I’ve ever seen – and that included some of the ones I’ve been to in Japan. A check mark next to the fishes’ name indicated freshness and I noted they were continuously updated with whiteout (I just absolutely LOVE IT when they do this – pride in their product). All fishes were flown in every few days from Japan, because screw eating local – just give me the best stuff.
Speaking of giving you the best stuff, omakase is the only way to go – the correct, cultured way to go. Please show some respect and don’t embarrass yourself by ordering a la carte.
Now, to build relationship with the chef and have my go-to sushi counter, Like their FaceBook page to get updates on what fish has come in that day, and become a regular……