We were planning to check out STEM Japanese Eatery one evening for dinner but the wait time was way too long. We decided to try Makoto Japanese Restaurant next door which is a small and run by a Japanese couple.
Takeout menu posted on the window.
The inside is small with 6 tables (20 seats) and three stools at the side of the sushi bar. The husband runs the front and does the sushi/sashimi while the wife cooks in the back.
Water and tea is self serve by the counter. Best way to order is go up to the front (where the machine is) and put your order in. Second time we came, he got us to write down our order and came back to tell us “I can’t read Korean”. Couldn’t tell if he was joking or being serious. Too funny but I can see why people may not enjoy the service here.
Menu is split into appetizers, sashimi, nigiri, sushi donburi, soup & salad, maki sushi, special rolls, combos, a la carte (tempura/teriyaki/donburi), agemono and noodles.
There’s several specials up on the daily chalkboards. Make sure to take a look at both.
There’s also an imported beer, hot sake and draft sake.
We dropped in on a Wednesday evening (around 7:30pm).
Very reasonable for the quality. B says it’s the best value for toro in Vancouver.
Saba was fantastic! Wanted to order 10 more. Salmon and hamachi were fresh.
Good fish to rice ratio.
Katsu was lightly fried but meat was tender and moist inside.
We dropped in on a Friday evening (around 7:00pm) and snagged a table for four.
Definitely order a few when you go. Always well done and some of the cheapest nigiri we’ve seen around.
The sliced squid pieces and mentaiko (spicy cod roe) were fresh.
Breaded pork cutlet. Came with a side of salad, potato and dipping sauce. Not sure what happened but the tonkatsu was terrible; dry and bland. Even the dipping sauce couldn’t save it.
The salad tasted a bit funky. Only decent thing on this dish was the potato salad.
If we’re in the area, we’ll be back to try their saba roll.
Makoto Japanese Restaurant
5213 Rumble Street