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Zen – Hakuba, Japan

Although Zen is known for it’s Soba, their Japanese small plates are a great option as well, especially for larger groups.  Reservations are recommended although not necessary.  Typically tatami mats can be a little uncomfortable but here they have seat backs to help your back and make it a little more comfortable.  Below are my favorites dishes of the night.  The menu is quite large so if you have a good group you can get away with ordering a lot of dishes for everyone to try.

Sashimi – Salmon and Tuna Sashimi

Tataki Kyuuri – cucumber with spicy Japanese sauce

Chicken Karaage – Fried Chicken

Agedashi do-fu – deep fried tofu in soup

Yanaimno – yanaimo and spicy roe pizza

Tako no peperonti-no – octopus with spicy olive oil and garlic sauce

Assorted Tempura

Gobou no Karaage – deep fried burdock

Sushi Village – Whistler, BC

I have a few key spots in Whistler that I have to go to every time I’m in town and this is one of them.  I love it just as much as Sashi Sushi but prefer it when with a group of people.  There’s a very lively vibe and they have killer strawberry daiquiris to get you lubed up before dinner:)

If you go with a group try to reserve one of their rooms.  You’ll need 6 or more people but it’s the way to go with friends.

One of the best things I’ve discovered…spicy tofu deep fried with fresh shiitake mushrooms in their legendary spicy sauce…AMAZING!!!Salmon sashimi – I get it at every sushi restaurant and this one in particular is very generous on size and the quality couldn’t be betterThe Super Hero roll (spicy tuna roll wrapped with thinly sliced avocado on a bed of tempura bits) and the Tempura Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber)Another must when I’m there – the SASSs Roll – shrimp tempura, scallop, salmon and avocado wrapped with a soya bean sheetThe Rainbow Roll – shrimp tempura rolled with a soya been sheet topped with the chef’s choice of seven different kinds of thinly sliced fish

Sachi Sushi – Whistler, BC

There’s one thing that Whistler has a lot of besides snow…amazing sushi spots!  It’s hard to choose which one to go to but Sachi Sushi is at the top of my list.  It’s a laid back spot that’s not on the main drag in the village but worth finding.  There’s typically a little wait but tables turn over pretty quickly and you can get a drink while you wait.

Something worth mentioning that I don’t have a picture of is the Spicy Agedashi Tofu…whoa!  I saw a guy next to me eating this at the bar and had to ask what it was.  Ever since I’ve been hooked.  It’s deep fried tofu and fresh shiitake mushrooms with spicy sachi sauce.  Yum!

Hello sockeye salmon sashimi!!!  I could eat a TON of this.

Hako Sushi – salmon, shrimp, scallop, avocado, thinly sliced lemon, spicy mayo, shaped into a box.  It took me a while to find this roll but I LOVE it!  There’s something about the thin slice of lemon on top…it adds such a brightness to the roll.

Cupcake Roll – avocado, sweet potato tempura roll topped with spicy mayo and edamame

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