Last night we went to Kishimoto, a Japanese restaurant on Commercial Drive that always has a long line, mainly because the seating is limited and they do not take reservations. My tip for an early dinner would be to arrive there 10 minutes before it opens to ensure you receive a spot! The atmosphere is cozy, with wood paneling and decorative lanterns. The food itself is phenomenal in its presentation. They use an array of candles, edible flowers, and other decorative items to make your plate look extremely pretty and appetizing.
The sashimi used to be plated on a literal block of ice (very cool) but now it’s placed inside this interesting curved bowl. Try the wild salmon sashimi, the texture is soft and really melts in your mouth.
Next was the eel rice bowl, which the waitress poured sauce over and helped us mix up before serving. This was delicious, and the clay pot was a nice added touch.
Of course, we had to have the salmon oshi sushi, which was a pressed roll made with the most delectable charred salmon topping with a hidden layer of fish inside as well. This was amazing, and almost comparable to Miku’s. We also had a spicy chopped scallop roll which was very saucy but still delicious.
The service was very attentive as we had our tea and water refilled many times. However, keep in mind this restaurant does get very busy throughout the night. Overall Kishimoto is one of my top recommendations for an intimate date night when you don’t want to try a restaurant downtown.