One of my friends was in town for reading break so we were meeting up for lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The restaurant is located on West Boulevard right by 38th avenue. I wanted to go to Tokyo Thyme since I first read about it on a local forum in a thread called “Decent Sushi” and the people that knew about it called it “seriously a hidden gem.”
Were they ever right.
What we ate
- Deep fried tofu served in broth
- Their tofu was not overly soft like a lot of agedashi tofu
- The broth was warm, not too sweet, and a good accompaniment to the tofu
Red and White Tuna Stack
- Stack of red and white tuna, yamimo, avocado, and a quail egg
- This appetizer was served with sushi rice and seaweed. After you instagram it (like everyone will) you knock it over and mix up the ingredients
- The owner’s wife came over and asked us if we had eaten this before and explained that you’re supposed to put a bit of wasabi on the seaweed, and then add rice and tuna and make a little hand cone out of it
- Definitely our favourite dish! It was creative, fun to eat, and delicious!
Negi Toro, Chopped Scallop Roll, Ika Tobiko Shiso
- Negi Toro was the standard negi toro with tuna belly and green onion
- Tuna was super fresh and there wasn’t too much green onion. Perfectly done negi toro!
- Chopped Scallop Roll was chopped scallop, cucumber, and covered in smelt roe
- Scallop was also very fresh. There was more smelt roe than we expected but it added nice texture and saltiness to the roll
- Ika Tobiko Shiso was squid, flying fish roe, and Japanese mint
- The Japanese mint was an interesting flavour none of us have had in sushi before. The flavour of the squid was overpowered by the other two ingredients but it gave a nice slightly chewy texture
- Unagi and green bean tempura roll topped with unagi and avocado
- The unagi was really good – perfectly cooked and fatty and there was LOTS of it in and on top of the roll
- The tempura green bean was something none of us had had before either! Lots of creativity here
Definitely a hidden gem of Kerrisdale! While we ate there it looked like mostly locals coming in to eat. Next time I come back I’d really like to try some of their sashimi and nigiri, as well as their donburis and other warm appetizers!
- Very friendly service
- Parking is easy and decently priced ($1.50/2 hours directly across the street)
- Food is extremely well executed (fresh fish, creative dishes, good “staple” dishes)
- Portions are proper Japanese portions, so smaller than what you’re used to