Good sushi isn’t hard to come by in Vancouver, but when you mix that with an acid trip-like atmosphere… well, that’s pretty hard to beat in terms of a dining experience.
If you’ve been here before, then you’ll already know we’re talking about The Eatery, a one-of-a-kind Japanese restaurant located on West Broadway in Kitsilano.
Whether you’re coming for the food or the blacklight bizarre decor (or both), The Eatery seems to always deliver and delight.
This dining institution has been injecting some neon into your otherwise regular sushi-eating experiences since 1983, and people are clearly not getting tired of the upbeat music, bright colours, black lights, and innovative rolls and grub.
If you want to get a taste of what you can expect from this sushi spot, visit their website with your volume up. The ‘Eatery City’ is a place “guarded by an intergalactic species”.
We’re guessing this ‘species’ refers to the neon sea creatures hanging from the ceiling of the space – a few octopi, a giant Great White shark, a skeleton, toys of Japanese anime characters, and some things we really can’t describe other than weird and wonderful.
The menu here is humungous. They have a selection of soups, salads, tempura, appetizers, and morsels like the Bacon Striptease, the Fat Elvis, and Sushi Pizza bites – and we haven’t even mentioned the 50+ kinds of rolls on the menu.
Reading the names of the rolls will make your heart skip a beat: The Bagel roll (cream cheese, smoked salmon, green onion, tomato, cucumber, avocado), The Roe Money Roe Probrem roll (crab meat, salmon, cucumber, roe, jalapeno), and The Avocado Crunch roll (tempura avocado, cream cheese) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this spot’s impressive selection.
The Eatery also has a selection of pressed sushi, curry dishes, noodle offerings, and donburi and sushi bowls, and a killer drink list with martinis, cocktails, beer, and concoctions like Sake Margaritas.
Add in neon signs reading ‘Miso Horny’, ‘Who’s Your Pimp?’, and ‘Sex, Sushi & Rock n Roll’, and it’s clear to see why this unique spot is a destination for locals – especially UBC students – and visitors alike.
Address: 3431 West Broadway, Vancouver
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 4:30 to 11:30 pm, Friday 3:30 pm to midnight, Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon to 11 pm.