As most Vancouver chowhounds know, Commercial Dr not known for 'high-end' food. The restaurants on the Drive are typically in the cheap eats category. The last time someone did a survey - there were 128 food establishments in the 15 block strip. The strip's offerings are Culturally diverse, but none of the places would land in the upper echelon of any foodie's list.
The sushi on the Drive has always been abysmal. I would take my kids to the family-run Brittania Sushi for cheap tempura, nigiri and maki. The servers and chef barely know anything about sushi, but the fish is fresh and the service is fast. Just don't order anything in Japanese, because they don't speak it. If you want karaage, order the chicken wings...you get the idea.
So finally, we get Lime. Lime occupies the same space as Rime. They renovated the space and despite a few questionable aesthetic choices, I think the space is very cool and well laid out. They still do live music and comedy nights (which strikes me as discordant to the overall aesthetic). Last night, they had a very good acoustic blues trio. I didn't really watch much of their sets because I was at the back hanging out at the sushi bar with the chefs.
These guys are top-notch, "proper" Japanese sushi chefs. They used to work for a couple of high-end places in town. The food was fantastic. One disappointment - they only have one type of sake on the menu.
Check it out...especially if you live in the 'hood like I do.
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