The restaurant formerly known as "Zest" has a new Chef/Co-owner and has successfully reinvented itself. Hard to imagine but it is better than before. An outstanding menu of thoughtfully prepared traditional Japanese dishes with a "local ingredients" twist complements the exceptional sashimi and sushi items. Brilliant wine list, not bloated with the usual suspects but all carefully chosen to complement the food. Same for the sake menu. Service; first class, food; amazing, atmosphere; serene. Don't come here expecting twenty kinds of rolls stuffed with mayonnaise and anything else the kitchen could find. And don't come here expecting a raucous Izakaya style experience. But do come here if you want to truly experience all the subtle nuances of exceptional Japanese cuisine. Congratulations and here's to many more successful years!
It was amazing! And nato (?) our server was great!
Wow...The best japanese restraunt ever in Vancouver! I strongly recommend to all Japanese food lovers. The atmosphere, service, and food.....everything is perfect. I will defenetely come back.
YUWA is becoming one of our favorite Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. The staff is very courteous. The food is always good and consistent. Book your table, they get booked up fast!
An amazing Japanese restaurant. I haven't been able to stop thinking about some of the dishes since I went. Melt in your mouth, fantastic food and the service was impeccable! Went for an anniversary and it was perfect!
Group of six with diverse tastes. Staff walked everyone through their tastes and delivered a multi-course meal that moved from cooked veal to raw fish. Highly recommended...and I’m picky.
Although the name has changed, the food is still as good as it was as Zest Japanese, if not better. The freshness of the fish, and the presentation are top notch. The authentic Japanese presentation, and service makes you feel like royalty. The prices are on the high side, but well worth it. This is the best Japanese restaurant I have eaten at in the last while, and is now my go to place for Japanese. Will definitely return for more dinners here, and whenever I need to impress my out of town guests with great Japanese food.
Took pride in everything they do. Great food and excellent service.
Yuwa offered a spectacular Valentine's Day dinner - it was perfect from start to finish! Every dish was meticulously prepared. I can't think of another restaurant that offers Yuwa's quality - worth every penny!
Yuma has taken over from Zest and although we loved Zest, Yuwa is equally good. Lovely quiet ambience, great and knowledgeable servers and wonderful food. It's our closest local restaurant and we love it.
Food was absolutely delicious and fresh. We ordered the salmon tartare, Madai carpaccio, wagyu beef dish and two rolls. One had soft shell crab which was very tasty and the other roll was the lobster roll which was pretty decent but didn't blow me away, but very fresh ingredients. The service was great as well. The only negative was they ran out of two dishes we wanted to order. Restaurant opened at 5 and or reservation was at 630, so odd to have run out of a roll by then. The other dish was a specialty dish so they probably had a limited amount of that item.
The fresh sheet was absolutely delicious ! We ordered a few dishes twice because they were so good. The service, attention to detail and ambiance is all 5 star.
The menu is all your favorites done by expert hands using the very best local and import ingredients. We are so excited to go back again and again.
Enjoy you are in for a real dining experience.
Best Japanese food in Vancouver. Great service, just excellent.
Loved the food - and the wine list was good as well. Very fun evening - everything tasted amazing!
Pricey but exceeded my expectations. Great service. Received thoughtful, discreet attention from staff. Ambiance is chic and tasteful but a little cramped for fine dining. Don't expect a lot of privacy as its a small space. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Very creative exciting menu; wonderfully tasty food. The new additions to the menu make for an even better selection than before.
VERY tasty new combinations of food, high end service, and great ambiance, quiet and classy.
Like that there is a female chef. Love the many vegetables on the menu.
It was a hidden gem as Zest and now, as Yuwa, the restaurant continues to provide outstanding Japanese cuisine - authentic, creative and worth every penny! The sushi is simply exquisite - the freshest fish/seafood and extremely well-balanced (rice/fish proportion). There are plenty of Japanese restaurants in the city and this is one of the best.
One of the BEST PLACES I have ever been. If you didn’t try heir Chutoro, you are missing out in life. It’s definitely one of those items on a bucket list.
Better sushi than in Japan - melted in the mouth! Friendly service. Nothing to much trouble. Great way to end our holiday in Canada.
We were treated like hot celebrities right when we entered the restaurant. Food was also very tasty and authentic!
Beyond phenomenal. Was so fresh and so authentic. Service was exceptional.
Amazing!!! My go to place once a month when I fly in from LA
One of the best Japanese meal I have had in a while. The sashimi was fresh, and the cooked food (saba fish, udon, tempura...etc) was all delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. We found a small piece of fish bone in our sashimi, and our server Miho took care of it right away. They gave us one complimentary dessert (sake crème brulee), and we ordered the panna cotta as our 2nd dessert. Both were excellent!! As a side note, they only have a few small parking spots in front of the restaurant. Street parking is highly recommended.
Wonderful service wonderful atmosphere and wonderful food
"Good" is a fair word to describe Yuwa's sushi quality, but is it overpriced? Oh Yes. The service was good and the waitress was kind, helpful and polite as you would expect. sushi rolls and nigiris were mediocre based on what you would expect from "one of the best" sushi places in the area.
The portion of meal is quite conservative , otherwise, food quality and service are excellent
Nothing less than the usual stellar food and service
Excellent service, staff was very attentive to needs at all times. Elegant atmosphere with a relaxed mature ambiance.
The food was delicious. Great ambience.
A perfect evening. Impeccable service — attentive, polite, friendly, efficient. Beautifully presented and delicious food. Innovative and different and tasty — lily bulb tempura, chrysanthemum gomae... If we did not like a dish, the server wanted to know why so she could share the comments with the chef for improvement. We weren’t so keen on the Berkshire pork as we thought it was a bit dry. It could have used a sauce. Loved the deep fried sole, sablefish and sushi.
The decor was lovely. Plain with muted colors highlighted with large stunning pots of orchids. Noise level low so we could hear each other and talk without shouting. Quite rare these days to find a quiet restaurant. We were very pleased.
Yuwa was amazing! Food was yummy and fresh, sashimi was delicious! Would come here on a. Regular basis!!
Very nice Japanese restaurant. Very attentive host staff. Food was lovely. More to my taste than the loud, hectic more prevalent sushi bar scene. Now on my "A" list for a nice dinner in Vancouver.
Yuwa did not disappoint. The chef's choice sashimi was exceptional. Each fish showed its own character! Lily bulb tempura and the udon were perfect. Sake brulee reminded me of zabaglione and was a treat! Altogether it was a delightful meal.
Food and service was excellent, our second time there, will come back more often
Nice atmosphere & authentic japanese gourmet with traditional pottery plates
Well hospitality and service manner !
Will comeback again!
This is Japanese food in Vancouver elevated to a whole new level. Impeccable preparation and presentation. Each dish we had was exceptional, from good old agadashi tofu to brand new taste experiences. Sake creme brulee was to die for.
Fantastic re-invention of restaurant formerly known as Zest. Awesome food with authentic Japanese items that you likely won't find elsewhere. Attentive and friendly service ... perfect. Also a great wine and sake list for excellent food pairings. Prices are low considering the quality of the food. Overall superb.
Could not ask for a more perfect night out for a meal.
Reservation via online website was a breeze, I had special requests which the restaurant emailed me back to fulfill the requests. Even phoned me on the same day to confirm my requests and my reservation.
A staff greeted me and my family at the front, offered to take our coats for us, seated us, explained the specials for the evening.
All the staff was very accommodating and friendly. Even the chef was very friendly and acknowledged myself and my son as we watched him make the special gluten-free, off the menu, sushi for my son.
The food came out in sequence so the night rolled out like a movie/play. The chef made my son's meal first so my son would be eating as soon as we sat down.
The meal and night was so perfect that we wished we could go back the next evening!!
Thank you Yuwa Japanese Cuisine!!
Excellent food and service. They went out of their way to make sure we had a first rate experience.