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
Celebrating mom’s birthday tonight! Excellent food, presentation and service. One of our favourites.
We went to Yuwa because we were Zest clients and really enjoyed that experience. Yuwa is even better! Each dish was at the top. Elegant, beautiful with a lot of depth and excellent execution. We will be back for more.
Wow! What amazing food and amazing service. Went for my birthday and was really something special
Delicious food and lovely, professional service. A delightful evening for us all. We highly recommend Yuwa Japanese Cuisine.
Excellent food: super fresh and fine fish sashimis. Delicious sushis and special rolls.
Wonderful! The dinner was so delicious;)
Our favourite place that never disappoints!
Such a pleasant surprise in a nice quiet neighborhood, service is outstanding, food is amazing.
Outdoor dining on Yuwa's patio was quiet, the food amazing and the service was great, too.
We had to wait a while for some reservation mistake, but they made up for it by sincere apologies and service. Food is great. We are glad we went.
Wonderful meal in the outdoor patio
It was a super nice dining experience. Me and my friend was very satisfied with both food and service. Definitely will recommend to friends.
Excellent service. Food is delicious and well plated.
The location is quiet, and free parking close by.
Menu selection a bit disappointed.
Drink menu is better than expected.
In my opinion Yuwa is the best Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. The staff is very knowledgeable and the Sake selection is top notch! The food is so fresh and delicious. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.
A gem in the neighbourhood. Food was delicious and artistically crafted. Service was attentive and not overbearing. Very calm atmosphere. We will be back.
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.
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 915 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.