8780 Blundell Rd
Richmond, British Columbia
One of the many days during my Vancouver trip, my cousin Fiona took us all out to lunch near by her house at Kiriri Japanese Cuisine. From what I gather it's not a very well-known spot, but she loves it for it's authentic Japanese fare and fresh fish. But on top of that, she praised about a cute Kaiseki Set that is served there. At the time I had never had a Kaiseki before, so it was definitely a treat for me! :)
Kiriri Japanese Cuisine
The Chef hard at work behind the bar!
The decor is clean and simple, with hints of Japanese influence
Their menu is a lot bigger than this one page, but just wanted to let you know that they have some pretty great lunch deals!
Kaiseki ($23) -Sashimi, Clear Soup, Appetizer, Sunomono, Kobachi Grilled Fish, Deep Fried or Simmered Dish, Sushi, Pickles, Sweets
So you may be wondering how so many of the dishes listed in the description can be on this one tray. But rest assured it’s all there! The round squash looking container can be unassembled, revealing multiple layers that were stacked together.
The Kaiseki unraveled - Sashimi, Clear Soup, Appetizer, Sunomono, Kobachi Grilled Fish, Deep Fried or Simmered Dish, Sushi, Pickles
Each layer contains a different dish. The dishes are meant to be eaten in the order that they are stacked, with the ones at the top being milder in textures and taste. The portions for each dish isn't enormous, but unraveling each layer made it feel like a feast!
Always eat your Veggies
Fish items from the Kaiseki - Sashimi, sushi, and a Tuna/Avocado creation
I probably should've taken pictures of each layer but I was hastily trying to finishing snapping pictures and start pigging out. Everything was so fresh, it was ridiculous. In hindsight, this was probably my favourite sashimi restaurant of the entire trip. Yes you read correctly, the entire trip.
Uni Sushi ($3.50 each)
The Uni Sushi at Kiriri was mediocre when compared to some of the other places in Vancouver that I've had it (take Octopus Garden for example). The texture to me was a bit off, but it was definitely fresh with no funky aftertaste.
Left:Great Salmon Roll ($10) -Salmon & Avacado Roll Wrapped in Soy Paper topped with Salmon Mango & Shibazuke
Top:Chopped Scallop roll ($4.50)
Right:Spicy Salmon Roll ($4.50)
We ordered a platter of rolls to share for the table, and they were all pretty delicious. Not the most visually appealing, but the fish and ingredients are generously encorporated, not to mention extremely fresh. Just the right amount of of mayo and spicy sauce, so you could really taste the fresh sweetness of the fish. Loved it!
Sesame Creme Brulee
To finish off the meal, we were served some dessert. By how intricate the fruit was cut and plated, I actually thought it was a fruit platter at first. Then we dig in and realize that these were Creme Brulee! The desert is part of the Kaiseki Set, but you can also order them off the menu. And I highly recommend that you do so! They come in 3 flavours: plain, seasme and green tea.
Sesame Creme Brulee
I had a taste of all 3 flavours, and each were rich and delicious. The custard base is so smooth and creamy, while the sesame and green tea flavours give it a nice subtle accent. It was definitely the perfect "cherry on top" of an excellent meal! =)