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The best Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, according to the 2022 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
GOLD: Yuwa, 2775 W 16th
SILVER: Stem, 5205 Rumble Street
BRONZE: Masayoshi, 4376 Fraser Street
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Tojo’s
The battle for best Japanese in our fair city could be a bloodbath—just bring the subject up with your buddies for a guaranteed argument starter—but instead of fostering uncompromising, self-serious chefs, Vancouver is a locus of humble dedicationand unshakable creativity. After two second-place standings, in 2019 and 2020, Yuwa deservedly takes the top spot in 2022: from Masahiro Omori’s always-evolving menu to the beautiful room to the superb front-of-house hospitality, it’s a masterclass in elegance.
Stem’s elevated Japanese comfort food (not to mention the impressive specialty sake list) earns them a solid silver.
Masayoshi takes bronze thanks to their delicious omakase-only offerings that are as delightful to watch prep as they are to eat. And we’re awarding the honourable mention to a very honourable spot: the iconic Tojo’s.
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