Hirado Sushi — A Small Review

On Commercial Drive between Venables and Broadway there are roughly 100 restaurants or food joints. Fourteen of these are in the 1400-block, which makes that small strip more like a food court than anything else.

We went there for lunch today, hoping to try out the new Filipino-Pan-Asian Bao Down but that, oddly for 12:45 on a busy Saturday, was closed. However, there were thirteen other places to choose from within a hundred yards, and we settled on Hirado Sushi which I hadn’t been to before.

Hirado, like several neighbours on either side if it, is a tiny little space, full of industry and bright smells. You can probably seat fourteen for dinner, but only if they are very close relatives or friends. But they do really well with the space they have, and the friendly service makes it welcoming.

Like most sushi places, they have a huge menu full of the usual selections. To get a range of stuff to try, we both had bento boxes, mine with prawn teriyaki and the everloving’s with chicken. The miso soup was just  touch salty but, to be honest, that was the only complaint we could have had. The prawns and rice with mixed vegetables, the four good sized pieces of tempura, the tuna and salmon nigiri, and the crunchy crisp salad were as good as any I’ve eaten for a long while.

This probably isn’t the place you’d take a first date you were trying to impress, but for a satisfying quick meal at a very reasonable price, the Hirado is well worth the visit.



One Response to Hirado Sushi — A Small Review

  1. Ferry seagull says:

    Yes, a major change in the 1400 Block to food places.
    It used to be mixed shops,for the betterment of the Drive, as you can see in your Drive database, and old city directories.

    Cafes and restaurants are set in with piping and gas, unlike drygoods stores, and the landlord throws them out, for new restaurant clients regularly.
    So same name, and different manager and cooks.

    From an old directory, a more mixed range of shops.

    1403 Silver Dollar Cafe
    1404 Mclntyre J dry goods
    1407 Berry M School of Dancing
    1408 Royal Drugs
    1409 Lee Hop Bros produce
    1414 Erickson R Meat Mkt
    1417 Friendly Groceries
    1420 Cohen L G physician
    1424 Public Freightways
    1431 Home Appliance Sales & Service
    1432 Modern Beauty Parlour
    1433 Brigden barber
    1437 Grandv Dental Lab
    1439 Herman H furs
    1441 Lilly Cleaners
    l447 Hamilton plumbing and sheet metal
    1460 Syme bakery
    1464 Grandview Printers
    1464 Highland Echo newspaper

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