Authentic Japanese Cuisine. Sometimes you just need to appreciate the simplicity of sushi without the dressing and presentation of non-authentic sushi (aka Sushi Town, Sushi Garden, Sushiaholic).
Fuji Sushi used to be my go to place for an Authentic Japanese experience that brought me back to when I visited Japan. They've since sold their business and I'm not sure where they are now. But a relatively new Japanese restaurant opened a block away called Matsuzushi. It's opened by an old Japanese couple, they had an old location on North Road so this may be familiar to some foodies.
I came here a couple weeks back with my friend and I ordered a deluxe chirashi donburi. The variety of fish and the freshness of it reminded me a lot of when I had a bowl of chirashi at the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. It was also presented in a similar fashion as the one in Tokyo. I had an awesome experience that time and the service was excellent.
Today, my second visit, we sat at the bar and ordered lunch specials which were around $10-11 dollars. I ordered the Sashimi Lunch Set and my friend ordered a Chicken terriyaki set. We were the only ones there at 11:45am so the food came promptly. Watching the chef work and press the rice into the nori was a treat. It was very methodical in which he prepared the sushi.
Another small detail to point out is that they offer warm towels for you to clean your hands before you begin your meal and tea is always refilled without asking. The restaurant would be considered a "hole in the wall" decor but it's the experience. I believe they also serve omakase but it's not listed on the menu anywhere.
It's definitely on my top 4 list of Authentic Japanese Restaurants that are affordable in Metro Vancouver. 1. Kazu Japanese Restaurant 2. Tairyou Ichiba 3. NAO Sushi (in Coquitlam, heard rumors they are no longer Authentic) 4. Matsuzushi.
As always, check it out and let me know what you think! Please reach out to me if you have any questions in the comments below or direct message me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using @Birryram.
Matsuzushi - 4-3130 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody, BC V3H 5E3