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About Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

We are excited to announce that Zest Japanese Cuisine will be re-envisioned as “Yuwa Japanese Cuisine,” with our new Executive Chef, Masahiro Omori at the helm. Chef Omori’s grandmother “Yuwa” passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 35 years. Yuwa’s dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with 20 years of professional experience. Look forward to a culinary tour of regional Japanese cuisine and sake utilising the freshest local BC ingredients. Each dish has a story and a wonderful glass of wine or sake to go with it!

2775 W. 16th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6k 3C3
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm (9:45pm Last Call)

Cross Street:
Mcdonald St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 731-9378

Website:
http://www.yuwa.ca/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in front of the building off 16th or at the back of the building accessing from Mcdonald St to the back alley. Or there are plenty of free parking along 16th Ave.

Executive Chef:
Masahiro Ohmori

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer winemaker's dinner or sake maker's dinner throughout the year. Please see out Facebook page or website for the details

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Eve with us at Yuwa Japanese Cuisine. We will be open from 5pm to 10pm and offering our regular a la carte menu and chef's special menu items. Well selected bottle of Champagne or pink bubbles by the glass or special Japanese sake to Kanpai!!

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

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4.4

value

4.2

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (5)
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Healthy (5)
Cozy (4)
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Tapas (2)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Yuwa was amazing! Food was yummy and fresh, sashimi was delicious! Would come here on a. Regular basis!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food and service was excellent, our second time there, will come back more often

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Nice atmosphere & authentic japanese gourmet with traditional pottery plates
Well hospitality and service manner !
Will comeback again!

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. They went out of their way to make sure we had a first rate experience.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Wife's birthday and they remembered. Very polite Japanese staff. The traditional welcome and goodbye in Japanese way.
Service good and professional.
Sophisticated atmosphere. Nice upscale feeling.
Food was creative and high quality.

Ordered 7 dishes between wife and I. All very good.

One thing I wasn't sure about. The wasabi is quite weak and need a lot to get a kick. Other than that it was great.

The price is fair for the quality and quantity.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Not worth it. Over rated and over priced. So disappointed. Won't recommend to anyone.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Overall, my wife and I were a bit disappointed with the Restaurant. We felt like we made a mistake choosing this Restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. We both regretted not having gone to Ajisai or Minami.
For the price we paid we could have eaten more food with same or even higher level of quality at those two other restaurants.
We felt that portions were a bit short, but the biggest problem was speed. We ordered everything at once but it came at a desperate rate. I think from one dish to another we had to wait easily 15 to 20 minutes. It broke the mood of our dinner.
Very much appreciated the detail with the dessert for our anniversary. But despite that, we won't be coming back nor recommending it to our friends and family.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My friend and I shared appetizers. Every one was delicious. My only observation would be that portions could have been larger for the price. Service great and not rushed. Very enjoyable experience

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit. Delicious, excellent service, good beer, very enjoyable experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great Beer
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We missed our favourite Japanese restaurant when it closed earlier this year for a Reno and Chef change. We were thrilled to see that although the menu is different the food is all very good. The sushi rolls are the same as the sushi chef has remained the same — they truly are the best in the city!! All the original servers have returned so the service continues to be impecable!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A good restaurant that's over priced for what you get.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Perfect dishes using top quality ingredients. Nice contemporary setting and great service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were not sure what to expect (we were given a gift certificate to this restaurant), other than it had been a regular award-winner under it's old name Zest. The restaurant, however, looked very cozy and inviting with it's new decor.
After looking at the menu, I wasn't sure how to order, as there wasn't the usual "appetizers & entrees" list I'm used to and the pricing didn't reflect that either. I asked our server for some help and she explained that most of the items were "small plates" that could be shared and that you would likely order a multitude of different items.
My wife and I did our best to choose items we thought we would like, but for the most part we were guessing, as we're not familiar with Japanese food.
Nonetheless, the food appeared and tasted very fresh and was beautifully presented, including the plates they were served on.
The owner, Iori, came around was happy to chat with my wife and I and answer all sorts of questions we had.
All-in-all, it was a very good experience, but we would have benefited by going with someone who is more familiar with Japanese dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Organic, Authentic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A lovely restaurant. Excellent food and good service. It is quite noisy, which can be difficult for the hard of hearing, as is my husband.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food is amazing, but it was very slow. Everybody is extremely nice and friendly. I imagine the speed was due to the fact that the chef is new to the restaurant. I hope that it improves in the future because I want more Toriten so badly!

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Yuwa has turned the best Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver into an also ran.
Blue fin Tuna was excellent.
Sushi rice seemed cheap, poorly prepared, and dry dry dry.
Wygu beef was very tough...cut into cubes exacerbates it.

Am very disappointed.

BOBSAN

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Birthday celebration

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

So glad our favourite sushi restaurant on the west side has reopened!! We loved the new look. The menu is different but everything we tried was wonderful. We were so pleased to see that most of the serving staff and Aki have returned.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were fans of Zest Restaurant for the quality of service and excellent food and wine selection. Yuwa has not skipped a beat - lots of interesting items on the new menu and the food, wine selection and service continue to be outstanding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Had the omakase with sake pairing, was excellent.
Looking forward to next time!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Japanese food at its best. The food is authentic and prepared just as it would be in Japan--one of our favorite vacation spots. The menu has fresh sheet changes every week. We have never been disappointed. The staff is over the top, and we love eating there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Some dishes were fantastic and none were less than good. But they enter a hiatus on Saturday and will open with a new chef in a month or so, so look for newer reviews after June 2017.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This is a very good but not excellent japanese restaurant. I was suggested to eat some of the nigiri as is but found them to lack on texture; maybe if i had added some soy sauce and wasabi, they would have tasted better. Lastly the restaurant is not a good value at all.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was divine. The seasonal menu is worth focussing on as each dish takes on locally sourced ingredients.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food was very good. Unfortunately, we were seated at the sushi bar which meant that the service was spotty (at one point I had to get up to get my own water) and occasionally the waitresses would yell orders to the sushi chefs over our heads which was annoying.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I think it's over rated. The price is quite high and the portion is very small. We spent $300 for six of us and we still felt hungry after. We decided to pay the bill and finished the meal at a local noodles place.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 3, 2017

The taste of food is excellent. The servers are nice and attentive. The dessert is a bonus and out of expect tasty. It's a kind of Japanese-western fusion cuisine, a little bit pricey since the portion of food is small.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Very cozy place.... great food and atmosphere...!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

over-rating, quite expensive but the food is not valued. order a fresh tuna belly ( $38 ) , it is not fresh, 5 small tiny piece, colour is not good and taste worse. other food is normal, not good and not bad. but the green tea cake is quite good.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Overall, we had a lovely dinner. The sea bass was by far our favourite dish. I was a little disappointed that the four piece sashimi dish was served with Albacore, not Ahi, which is so much better. The California and Dynamite rolls were not exceptional. The service was great; however, we felt a little rushed. It's nice to linger over each dish, but sometimes a new dish was served before we completed the previous course.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Amazing food and excellent service! Definitely worth trying out!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Terrific as always. The seasonal menu offers sensational dishes - each one a unique flavor & texture - delicious on the palate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Loved it. Tempura fiddlehead greens amazing. Salad on spring menu beautiful. Rolls delish. Seafood very fresh.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Romantic setting. Always delicious consistent great quality food with beautiful presentation and attentive friendly service.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 14, 2017

The food was delish! We tried the tasting menu and everything tasted so good we ordered a couple side dishes of what was already included in the tasting. The portions are on the small side, and likely for sharing, but worth the try to see what Zest is all about!

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