Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)
Chef Masahiro Omori is the Executive Chef / Co-owner of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine who was born and raised in Chiba, Japan. His grandmother "YUWA" passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 50 years. Yuwa's dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with his professional experience at a well-known long-established Kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.
Chef Masahiro Omori brings specialized regional dishes from across Japan taking advantage of the highest quality, freshest local BC ingredients. These can all be paired with our specialized selection of wines and sake.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
T.U.I (Tuna, Uni, Ikura) Sushi
Everyone's favourite — uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe) and chopped bluefin tuna, rice cracker, fried shrimp, honey crisp apple, avocado on sushi rice, wrapped with soybean sheet
Wild Albacore Tuna Sashimi
7pcs of wild BC albacore tuna
fried local free-range BC chicken thigh marinated in ginger + garlic tamari shoyu, yuzu pepper paste
AMAZING. Fantastic! Family owed
Great staff awesome food the best
Good food, great service! Excellent wine and sake lists.
The setting of the place is not Japanese style.The raw materials and cooking of food are far inferior to craftsmanship.
Glad to see Miho again, the best server at Yuwa.
Sashimi fresh: squid, bluefin and japanese Mackerel.
Chicken was a bit over fried and salty last night.
Super lovely. The food was delicious. Easy to find parking. Staff were very nice.
Thank you for the special birthday dessert!!!
The atmosphere looks expensive and the prices are high, but the food is not worth it. I would not recommend it.
Fantastic dinner, Service was excellent as always.
Horrible sushi and rolls but nice beef carpaccio and a good sake menu. It is very expensive with little to show for that.
This resto is not just a neighbourhood gem, it is a Lower Mainland destination. The fresh fish variety is fantastic, varying daily. I tried some Japanese fish I was not familiar with and I was not disappointed. The chef has found a wonderful combination of taste and texture and seasonal favours. Corn ice cream, made with fresh corn, for example. Yum. There’s a great selection of Sake and Japanese spirits, some available by the flight. The service is attentive and very knowledgeable about the food and Sake. There is an outdoor patio as well.
5 stars all the way !
The kitchen was really busy and it took longer than expected to prepare the food. Not a very pleasant experience. Other than that, this is decent restaurant.
Always excellent!!! Best chicken karaage in Vancouver!!!
There are 2 menus. I recommend the menu that dosent have any main dishes on it. We are of they’re Japanese i Ajay’s menu with only the specials and they were all delicious!
We had a very friendly and attentive server who made great recommendations with both the food and drink menus! The sushi rolls were unusual and especially deliciously!
Food was fantastic. Best Japanese food I’ve ever had.
Superb fine dining Japanese food. Very flavourful and outstanding visual presentation.
Can’t wait to go back.
Uni nigiri was very badly made, with the rice not properly compressed, and so fell apart at the first touch. The amount of uni was also far too small, and this definitely cannot be considered good value for money, especially considering how high the price is.
This place always delivers and we love it! The people, the food, the service all of it is top notch.
Cannot say enough about this restaurant. The food is sumptuous, creative and served with grace.
The Yuzu Sake is like drinking a summer day on a bed of clouds.
Yuwa never disappoints!
This meal was superb. The best sushi by far we have ever had.
Inventive flavours, authentic and progressive sushi bar.
Always excellent. Lovely staff. Excellent food and great value for quality
The service is friendly and food is fresh. Quite reasonably priced considering the presentation and quality.
As always, wonderful food and exceptional caring service!
Excellent food! Excellent service! Love this place!
Good food, just cannot find some dishes we used to like from the changed menu
It was recommended to us by our daughter a little further than we wanted to go as we live in the maple ridge area. We were pleasantly surprised. The presentation of food was definitely top notch. Prices were reasonable for what we ordered. I said to my husband when you get food like that you really don’t care how much it cost as it was so so good. We will definitely be making that drive again
I look forward to trying different items next time
Fish tasted very fresh. One of the best tamago unagi and chicken karage I ever had.
we had to wait a while between each dish that was served and the wait became really long. they ended up forgetting one of the dishes we ordered but they took it off the bill. would recommend to people who drink as they eat and enjoy long dinners but not people who want to get all their food at the same time.
Unique dishes with creative flair, Yuwa is a lovely restaurant to enjoy the flavours of Japan.
Sashimi or sushi did not surprise me in such price level. Grilled or cooked cuisines are good though.
Great sushi. Good place to go if you appreciate good sushi with fresh fish, but be aware that it is pricey and you don't get big portions (for understandable reasons).
We would recommend this place, but nothing really stood out for us. No wow factors.
It also might not be fair for the restaurant, because only their patio was available when we visited. Their indoor might have better feelings.
The food was authentic and delicious and served at just the right pace. The wait staff were delightful and knowledgeable - particularly about the wines, and careful thought has been put into compiling the choices available.
sashimi prices overcharged if you order by piece, it's a big rip off
Yuwa never disappoints. The food quality and taste is always high, consistent and amazing. It is absolutely one of my happy places. The staff and the service is amazing.
Outdoor dining on a quiet, scenic patio. The best, most creative Japanese food in Vancouver. Delightful servers. It doesn’t get any better !
Superb! It’s always great to have a nice blend of authentic sushi & cooked dishes :)
The best Japanese in the city
The staff at the resturant were very respectful and friendly. The food was amazing, I highly recommend this resturant if you want fresh and flavourful Japanese food !
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 731-9378.
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) is rated 4.6 stars by 902 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.