Hello Nori, a modern sushi restaurant, will be opening on February 15, 2021, in Downtown Vancouver at 1165 Robson Street.
This Japanese restaurant on Robson Street is all 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. 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. Hello Nori will also offer a locally brewed sake (available on-tap), as well as premium matcha tea.
Hello Nori is the brainchild of first-time restaurateur Jean-François Eap, whose foray into the hospitality industry comes after 15 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. To achieve this, I knew I needed talented, deeply experienced professionals around me.” – Jean-François Eap, Founder, Hello Nori
Eap’s hand-picked culinary team includes Chef Jay Pugong, who arrives at Hello Nori following his role as head chef at Minami Restaurant.
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 (which translate to “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.
This is just the beginning for Hello Nori. There are already plans to open two more locations later in 2021 at Park Royal in West Vancouver and Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby.
For more information, visit: hellonori.com.