Everything we ordered was
Everything we ordered was fantastic and the service was very attentive, courteous and friendly. From the organic green salad to gyoza to the chopped scallop rolls, it was all very yummy. The decor is also very nice and contemporary and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants delicious, higher end Japanese cuisine.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is one of our favourite
This is one of our favourite Vancouver Restaurants.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wild Mushroom Salad
Wild Mushroom salads are great. The service is great.
My advice is to park on the street as the parking lot in front of the restaurant is quite cramped.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
food is excellent, original
food is excellent, original and so fresh. Very good desserts too.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
High quality Japanese food
Have not been here in a couple of years, a prior visit having been a bit disappointed. Quite different this time. Superb sashimi (especially the tuna), creative dishes (calamari salad, tofu), and rolls that were innovative in taste and texture. Both the traditional Japanese and fusion dishes were well-executed. Prices are in line with quality. Happy to return soon.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Zest is the Best!
Truly delicious. Zest for gourmet Japanese food that everyone can enjoy. We enjoyed everything about our meal, the service, our table. Flawless! This will be a regular dining spot for us.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another amazing evening
I'm still and remain a great fan of Zest. The fiddleheads and spot-prawns (both in-season), white asparagus and sable-fish were all amazingly prepared and wonderfully delicious -- as was the special vegetarian dish I requested for my guest. And the service, as always, was prompt, seamless and unobtrusive as always. Well done, everyone (at Zest)!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious tuna roll, zucchini
Delicious tuna roll, zucchini blossom and tako carpaccio
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the 2nd time coming here after a few months, and the food is still amazing!
- their dragon roll just melts in your mouth
- the braised pork belly too, so soft. It also had some pickled eggplant that my wife absolutely loved
- the duck carpaccio was also delicious and had a tasty black sesame sauce
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Japanese Food. We
Excellent Japanese Food. We also ordered an heavenly Green Tea Tiramisu for dessert.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous neighbourhood restaurant
If you live on the west side of Vancouver, and you love fine and innovative Japanese food, then you will love Zest. It is more expensive and high end than the run of the mill Japanese restaurant but worth every penny. It's quiet so great for conversation, the service is impeccable, and the food is fabulous.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best part of the dinner
The best part of the dinner would have to be the service. Our waitress was fantastic; attentive and friendly. There was a brief mention during the dinner that it was my birthday and at the end of dinner she remembered and offered a free dessert of our choice, birthday candle included!
The Albacore tuna & avocado w/nori soy sauce was the best of the various tuna dishes we tried.
Zucchini flowers stuffed with shrimp and edamame were quite good.
Had the Spider Roll, Zest Roll and Rainbow Roll as well as a specialty roll they offered that evening with calamari and a beet sauce. They were all good, but nothing really stood out besides the beet sauce.
I have been here before and would come here again!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Order this in advance. It's a multi course set price and varies depending on what ingredieints are available. So special I don't want to spoil any of the surprises. This is world class food, does not get ANY better! 3 of us, all felt the same. Not one disappointment. I eat here frequently, always outstanding whether you order Omakase or just from the menu, which has wonderful specials each night. Usually quite busy so good idea to reserve. This is must go to place for all foodies!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most surprising thing about Zest is the Italian-inspired menu. The stuffed zucchini blossoms offered at Zest were not just unexpected outside an Italian eatery; they were also delicious. Same for the tiramisu, featuring matcha tea in its colour and flavour. Our foursome included one person who has lived in Japan and really knows Japanese food: she was extremely impressed, starting with the pickles. Two others were familiar with Japanese dining options and found Zest an absolutely enjoyable experience on every level. The fourth person was essentially a novice with Japanese food; she too thoroughly enjoyed the new tastes and flavours. The sake 'flight' was a very good choice. We will be back and will also recommend Zest to friends.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent return visit
This was our second visit in 3 months. The high standards of a previous meal were repeated. Some dishes are outstanding: Squash blossoms, chef's signature sashimi, mango panacotta, as examples. The quality and variety of fish served is very high. Servers are attentive and quite knowledgeable about the intricacies of the various dishes. The menu departs from traditional Japanese into interesting fusion directions. Room decor is basic; noise level can get high when larger parties arrive.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
I am always impressed with the quality of both the service and the food at Zest.
My guests were equaly impressed with the quality.
I look forward to visiting again in the near future.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a Zest loyalist-have been for years. It's the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Zest Experience
My partner and I love Japanese food and I have to say this is some of the best we have ever eaten The Chef's Summer Roll was exceptional. Excellent choice of sakis available and very knowledgeable serving staff. Not cheap, but worth the price.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative but often misses the mark
Certainly good. Sometimes the creativity doesn't really work but certainly a good and interesting meal.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
great first trip to zest
great food and service
will be going back
standout ling cod agedashi...I want it everyday
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A neighbourhood gem
We enjoyed the stuffed zucchini blossoms and the delicious and attractively served organic green salad, sable fish and beef tenderloin, and finished with mango pannacotta and apricot creme brulee. Service was gracious on a relatively busy weekday evening. Zest is truly a neighbourhood gem.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
Very good food. Great presentation and fresh sashimi. Fusion style. I love the service too! Very attentive and detail service.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visiting vancouver for a conference, heard the sushi in vancouver was great, so we looked for a place that wasnt too crowded.
The fish was fresh and tasty, wine and sake good, and not overcrowded and not too noisy.
Would go back if Vancouver wasnt so far from Florida!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Japanesse food I have ever had
Zest takes some of the traditional Japanese dishes and makes them outstanding. Their Daikon Beer pickles are out of this world. As soon as we tried them we ordered another. The pacing of the dishes coming to the table was perfect. I have lived in Japan and therefore enjoy many different kinds of Japanese food and I would say this is the best Japanese food I have had. This is a great place to meet friends or for a special occasion. I will definately go back again and again.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best find !
Just a great restaurant for any occasion. Fantastic personal service and superb food quality . Highly recommend it.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, fresh, and tasty and satisfying Japanese food! Very good sake list. Service is outstanding.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of a kind experience
The omakaze menu was unforgettable. It's a rare opportunity to taste authentic Japanese food using local ingredients in Vancouver. Really special. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended! Thanks chef Yoshi!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my 4th trip to this restaurant and what keeps me going back is the food,service and not many people know about it.
Really fresh food.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
great dishes except sushi
All the dishes we tried were excellent. The sushi was just so-so.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual,the food and service
As usual,the food and service was excellent and the staff very friendly
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Tasting menu was very
The Tasting menu was very good... every dish was very flavourful
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chose Zest last minute and the food was amazing. Very authentic Japanese food. Would definitely be back to Zest in the near future.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Sympathetic restaurant in
Sympathetic restaurant in a part of the city where there are few good restaurants.
Delicious, atypical Japanese food. Friendly & attentive service.
Our second visit. We will definitely go back many more times.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM