Ajisai has quickly become our regular "local" sushi place. Funky, small eclectic and affordable and only a 10 minute drive from where we live, Ajisai has all the things that we would want in a sushi restaurant.
Fresh fish: the salmon and yellow tail and in fact all the fish we have had on our visits has been impeccably freshy and tasty. And the place doesn' t smell like vinegared rice like a lot of other sushi joints.
Innovation: lots of cool things here like their vegetarian sushi (enoki mushrooms and lots more) as well as cool fish dishes like tuna with mountain yam.
Price: two can stuff themselves for under $40.
I could go on but I think Saab Ken and Barb have already said it better. Highly recommended for those of us who can't afford to go to the sublime Tojo's on a regular basis and want something less flashy but just as good in its own right.
Ajisai Sushi Bar, 2081 West 42nd Avenue in Kerrisdale, 604 266-1428