This is not the first time that we have had vegan sushi. Mila is a little bit famous for their aburi oshi vegan sushi and their ability to make the salmon out of carrot! Cofu has a couple of salmon from carrot and tuna from some potato and tapioca concoction. Still, most of their oshi-style sushi is just beautiful combinations of vegetables and sauces. Anyway, we showed up just before noon on Saturday and had our choice of tables, although things got busier.
Cofu - No Meat May
Just shy of Granville Island, consider using transit to get here. It's one bus from Skytrain and said bus stops immediately in front of this shop and frankly, Granville Island is a traffic zoo.
We started with their Deep Fried Fish and this was so perfect that they didn't even need to call it fysh! Simply garnished with vegan mayo, lemon and salt, there was a moment when we questioned whether we were eating plant-based. Do not miss this!
The Onsai Platter (like all the others) is $15 for 16 pieces which we consider ridiculously affordable. Of course, the material cost is lower than a platter with million-dollar tuna but the suffering cost is pretty low also. The labour is no different as sushi is sushi. The salmon on this platter is some recipe including carrot and something else and the texture and flavour are startling! It even includes the little fat line that is present in salmon. The black rice base is chewy and wonderful. Aside from the 'salmon', there are squash, eggplant, and bell peppers, each with a tasty sauce. There is some spice here and there as well as bright flavours in the sauces.
The Cofu Platter is the one that includes 'tuna' (a potato and tapioca based recipe), as well as avocado, mushroom and red chard. This was another beautiful platter but delicious as well. We couldn't get over the tuna which was again, almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
This is a bright little room and there are tables outside as well, weather permitting. Surprisingly, management is not vegan but clearly has respect for the planet. This is also known as a sober bar and you can get a gin and tonic (non- alcoholic) or other beverage. Very nice people. We heartily recommend this place to vegan and carnivore alike.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 12 out of 5
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