Time at Tokiwa

Looks like the hot weather is finally letting up! I know, I know, talking about the weather is drab, blah blah blah, but it was basically the only thing I talked about with customers while at work on Friday. For the first time in forever, Vancouverites are actually happy to get some rain! Now hopefully a good rain-washing will make our firefighters’ jobs easier and safer.

We got a bit of rain today, and it’s much cooler out. I had tea & cake with my mom and some family friends at their place near Boundary earlier, which was nice. And I went to the library. My ideal quiet day!

Yesterday was still very warm, though. It was still summer weather. So, after a busy Friday for the both of us, F & I decided to take a peaceful neighbourhood walk to Tokiwa for dinner.

(Apologies for the Nexus 4 phone camera quality.)

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I had never been to Tokiwa, despite it being a neighbourhood favourite. Or perhaps I had; years ago, in Tokiwa’s place was a similar sushi joint called Yoshi’s. I went to get a California roll. The wait was an eternity–an eternity equating to approximately forty minutes–and this wait is why I believe Yoshi’s and Tokiwa might be connected.

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If you’re going to Tokiwa, take a slow living approach to dinner. You’re going to wait a while to get it, most likely. If you go in expecting it, you’ll be fine. Don’t go starving! We made sure to go before we had worked up an appetite.

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Master of Cheap Wooden Chopstick Splitting.

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Tokiwa was for their aburi. Not many places offer it, and here it’s affordably priced!  You get what you pay for though, so it’s not as drool-worthy as the aburi from Miku.

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Started with the large miso soup with vegetables. I wasn’t expecting carrots and celery… I thought maybe seaweed and radish (the white slices above are radish), that sort of thing. 

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F ordered the seaweed salad. Tangy.

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The salmon aburi.

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F’s chopped scallop roll. He looooves scallops.

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The tuna aburi.

We ordered both aburi options. The tuna aburi was better than the salmon–maybe it was just this single batch of rice, but we found that the rice in all of our rolls had a mushy texture. Combined with the avocado filling, the salmon roll overall was mostly mushiness. As F noted, even the addition of a few strips of cucumber roll in the filling would help improve the texture. No complaints about the seared fish itself, though. Yummy!

Would we go to Tokiwa again? Definitely. I see why it has good ratings on Zomato. It’s super affordable and despite the texture of the aburi, it’s all good food for the price you’re paying (though if you’re thinking of getting aburi, go for the tuna over the salmon!). When we’re craving sushi and want someplace close by, we now know where to go!

–Miriam

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