Remembering the Tiny Gastown Sushi Restaurant That Was ‘Delicious for You’

The ever-evolving Restaurant Graveyard series looks back at the countless, long-shuttered establishments that helped to propel Vancouver’s food and drink forward. Full A-Z with maps and photos here. May they never be forgotten!

Sea Monstr Sushi came ashore at 55 Powell St. in the winter of 2010 with the charming slogan: It’s delicious for you. The simple Gastown sushi counter from artist Alex Usow and restaurateur Mark Brand was like a cherry on top for the neighbourhood after a whirlwind of new restaurant openings brought a dozen or so exciting options to the area. Cheffed by Keith Allison (now co-owner with Usow at Pizza Coming Soon), the tiny restaurant was umbilically connected to Usow and Brand’s Sharks + Hammers retail clothing and lifestyle shop on Alexander Street. Sadly, Sea Monstr Sushi served its last wild salmon nigiri and poured its last Sapporo in 2014. The space is now home to The Birds & The Beets.

  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Co-owner Mark Brand with chef Keith Allison
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Double fisting
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | The bar
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Interior Detail
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | The Bar
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Crab and prawn
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Cucumber and sockeye rolls
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Set up
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Dynamite rolls
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Lovely miso
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Prawn with spicy tuna roll
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | BBQ eel and egg roll
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Eye candy at the bar
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | The bar
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Squid and shiso roll
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | Octopus on rice
  • Sea Monstr Sushi | The end of the bar...

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