Robson Street is welcoming a new sushi-focused Japanese restaurant, Hello Nori.
The eatery is set to open on February 15 at 1165 Robson Street (between Bute and Thurlow).
The Team behind Hello Nori
Hello Nori is the brainchild of first-time restaurateur Jean-François Eap, whose foray into the hospitality industry comes after 15 successful years in retail and software.
The goal for me and my team is to deliver a new kind of Japanese dining experience that’s fast and casual without any compromise in food or environment,” he says. “To achieve this, I knew I needed talented, deeply experienced professionals around me.Jean-François Eap, Hello Nori Owner
Eap’s hand-picked culinary team includes Chef Jay Pugong, who joined the team following his role as head chef at Minami Restaurant.
Hello Nori Hand Rolls Menu
The concept is about the experience of enjoying a hand roll: a combination of fresh seafood, meticulously selected seaweed, and signature warm rice, prepared to order in front of guests’ eyes at an inviting 24-seat U-shaped bar.
It’s about premium quality sushi in a casual setting. Although the food may be served quickly, it isn’t fast food.
Wrapped around the likes of Hokkaido scallop, toro, yellowtail, and truffle lobster, there are 13 hand rolls in all, available à la carte or as part of set menus of four, five, and six rolls.
The Hand Roll options include:
- Ora King Salmon
- Yellow Tail
- Truffle Lobster
- Spicy Shrimp
- Hokkaido Scallop
- Spicy Tuna
- Tamago Yaki
Hello Nori will also offer a locally brewed sake (available on-tap), as well as premium matcha tea.
Hello Nori Interior
Vancouver-based Concrete Cashmere Designs has fashioned a dining room that perfectly complements Hello Nori’s food and drink offerings.
Inspired by the Japanese notion of wabi-sabi (“appreciating the beauty of imperfection”) as well as Western modernism, the 1,500-square-foot space combines raw materials such as wood, metal and concrete with mountainscape scenery and a ceiling that evokes ocean waves — in short, an echo of Vancouver’s extraordinary fusion of urban architecture and rugged surroundings.
The restaurant has taken every step to ensure its dining room is compliant with public health and safety protocols, including reduced occupancy, removable plexiglass dividers, and disposable menus for those who require them.
The Robson Street location will be the first location. Two other locations at Park Royal and Brentwood Town Centre will be opening in the future.