Restaurant: Tokyo Thyme
Area: Vancouver West
Address: 5405 West Blvd
Parking: Street Parking
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 11:30 am – 8:30 pm
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent
About couples years ago, we drove all the way to Kerrisdale to eat at one of our favorite Japanese restaurants called Ajisai, only to find out it was closed…..we were like…oh no…what are we going to do with this major sushi craving? I even made up a sushi song on the way here (that’s how much I was excited!). So, I took out my iphone and began searching for an alternative Japanese Restaurant in that area. I found out that Tokyo Thyme was only a few minutes walk from there and it has been in my wish list for the longest time so we thought this is a good chance to try them out! And what a surprise! We made the right choice by visiting Tokyo Thyme because it turned out to be a real hidden gem! After my first visit, I still continue to return here time to time and their food is always good!
Tokyo Thyme is a fairy small restaurant located on West Blvd but I’ve never had to wait for a table. They have a lot of menu options and I wanted to try them all! As usual, I started ordering whole bunch of things and the waitress warned me that it would be too much (I often get this warning lol)! Despite of this friendly warning, I assured her that we would be able to finish them and I continued to order all the things I had to eat that day. Curious of how much I ordered for the two of us? Please scroll down to see!!
Red and White Tuna Stack– 3.5/5
- Tower of red and white tuna, yamaimo, avocado, served with sushi rice and seaweed for wrapping; add quail egg for 50 cents
- First of all, you have to smash down this really well presented tower and mix them a bit (I felt so guilty!).
- Then, take a sheet of nori (seaweed) and put a thin layer of sushi rice to cover the one side of the nori.
- Place the mixed tuna onto the rice covered nori and wrap it up to eat!
- The tuna tasted really fresh and it’s a fun way of eating your sushi!
House Special Sunomono (half order)– 4/5
- Crab, prawn, smoked salmon, yamaimo, avocado, tamago, wrapped in cucumber.
- Don’t expect the normal sunomono because it is nothing like it!
- I would categorize this dish as a roll rather than a sunomono but it was really yummy and was very light and fresh because there was no rice!
Sesame Crusted Tuna Steak– 4/5
- Seared tuna covered in black and white sesame, served with spicy sauce on a bed of mesclun green
- It was like a tuna tataki but with sesame crusted exterior!
- They were evenly seared and came with green and yellowish tobiko eggs which went well together.
Nigiri Sushi (Toro– 4/5, Saba– 4/5, Amaebi– 3/5, Tamago– 4/5, Chopped Scallop– 3.5/5)
- Starting from left top: Toro $3.25, Saba $2.00, Amaebi $3.50, Tamago $1.75, Chopped Scallop $2.50
- Their toro nigiri melted in my mouth and I was also impressed with how delicate the saba nigiri (the best saba nigiri I’ve had was from Sushi Bar Shyun though).
- Overall, I was really pleased with all the nigiri sushi I tasted here. The only small complain would be rice being a bit plain (I’m a bit picky when it comes to nigiri sushi)!
Unagi Cheese Roll– 3/5 , Ika Tobiko Shiso Roll– 3/5 , Tekka Maki– 3/5
- Starting from your left: Unagi Cheese Roll $5.50, Ika Tobiko Shiso Roll $4.25, Tekka Maki $3.00
- Unagi Cheese Roll: BBQ eel, cream cheese, cucumber (BBQ eel and cream cheese just go really good together!)
- Ika Tobiko Shiso Roll: squid, flying fish roe, shiso (This roll had all the ingredients I love!)
- Tekka Maki: tuna roll (excelling a basic roll like this can really represent the skill of the chef)
Peppered Tuna Roll– 3/5
- Seared tuna, black pepper, avocado, kaiware, shiso
- It was simple roll and was just okay for me.
Spring Wave Roll– 3.5/5
- Smoke salmon, prawn, and avocado on top; unagi, tamago, shiso, and cream cheese inside
- All the ingredients tasted fresh and carefully executed.
Indian Summer Roll– 4/5
- BBQ unagi and avocado on top; BBQ unagi, green bean tempura inside
- The unagi was perfectly cooked and the deep fried green bean gave pleasant crispiness!
Green Tea Mochi Icecream with Azuki Caramel – 4.5/5
- I’m not really a dessert person but I would come back just for this!
- I’ve always loved the mochi icecream but the highlight of this dish is the azuki (red bean) caramel!
- I’m super impressed of how they made this azuki so smooth and delicate!
Overall, I really enjoy dining at Tokyo Thyme because it serves really creative, yet carefully prepared Japanese Cuisine. The price is definitely on the higher side but the quality makes up for it in my opinion. I’m surprised that this place is not that busy compared to its neighboring Japanese Restaurant in Kerrisdale, Ajisai. I wouldn’t say one is better than another because I think they are good in their own way and I would definitely recommend Tokyo Thyme!