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5 of our favourite Japanese spots in Vancouver, and the Lower Mainland

Who doesn't love Japanese food?!

There's a plethora of amazing Japanese spots around Vancouver for you to get your Japanese cuisine, ranging from sushi, bento boxes, noodles, and so much more.

We're sharing five of our favourite Japanese restaurants and spots in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland... and trust us when we say this won't be the last time we curate a list on Japanese food in the city.

Raisu is the definition of 'everything is absolutely delicious.' They've got a choice of both traditional Japanese dishes, and fusion-style concoctions that'll make any foodie drool.

They're well-known for their Teishoku, which they define as "naturally balanced meal components on a tray." Choose from their pork cutlet, Triple AAA beef steak, to Wagyu... their lunch and dinner options are bound to make a fan out of anyone.

A Japanese snack bar that serves amazing sushi options, both traditional and fusion-style.

Located on one of the food havens of Vancouver, Broadway St. is the lucky home to this go-to date spot. Their dishes are great for one person, or two share around the table! Last time we were here, we enjoyed their Truffle Pork Miso Carbonara Udon, which is delightfully rich and mirrors a creamy, saucy pasta... but with udon noodles!

Their Aburi Blue Fin Pressed Sushi was also to die for... it's delicious, Japanese food done right with local, delicious, simple and premium ingredients.

They are traditional Japanese food done well with local and simple ingredients. In the heart of Upper Kitsilano, you can enjoy some of the freshest sushi and sashimi in the city.

Gyu-Kaku is the Japanese standard for social dining, and all-you-can-eat.

Japanese BBQ is one of the best social experiences you can ever have; cook the meat, veggies, and other amazing dishes right in front of you.

Wagyu, Triple-AAA steak, pork, chicken, seafood, and so much more.

There are two locations in Vancouver, and both restaurants are requiring you to wear masks, will take your temperature before entering, spaced-out seating with limited party capacity, limited menu during this reopening period, and require reservations before coming.

Want to try some of the best ramen noodles in all of the Lower Mainland?

More often than not, ramen places serve delicious noodles with their signature pork broth (using pork bones, chicken bones, etc.), but Marutama has specialized in their creamy chicken broth (toripai tan) that is to die for.

There are six locations across the Lower Mainland... there's nothing left to say, other than to try it for yourself. You may or may not go to another ramen spot ever again.

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