Hello Nori Opens on Robson Street: Giveaway

Comments 110 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Downtown Vancouver just got much tastier with the opening of Hello Nori, a sushi-focused Japanese restaurant, at 1165 Robson Street. Hello Nori’s focus is on 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.

Hello Nori Opens on Robson Street

Hello Nori 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.

Hello Nori rolls: Truffle lobster, scallop, spicy salmon, shrimp
Hello Nori rolls: Truffle lobster, scallop, spicy salmon, shrimp

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 offers a locally brewed sake (available on-tap), as well as premium matcha tea.  

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.

Hello Nori truffle lobster roll
Hello Nori truffle lobster roll

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.”

Eap’s hand-picked culinary team includes Chef Jay Pugong, who arrives at Hello Nori following his role as head chef at Minami Restaurant. “There is no cuisine I’m more passionate about than Japanese,” says Pugong. “Hello Nori gives me the opportunity to create and serve premium-quality sushi in a casual setting. Our food may be served quickly, but this isn’t fast food.”

There are two more locations already confirmed to open in Metro Vancouver later this year: One at Park Royal in West Vancouver and the other at Brentwood Town Centre in Burnaby.


To celebrate Hello Nori opening on Robson Street I have a $100 gift card to give away! Here’s how you can enter to win:

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2021. UPDATE The winner is Brent L!

110 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. DavidSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:20am PST

    I love sushi!

  2. OdeteSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:23am PST

    Will love to try it !

  3. SelinaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:25am PST

    Yes 🍣🥢

  4. Ed DominguezSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:48am PST

    Winner winner, sushi dinner

  5. CindySaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:51am PST

    Would love to try! Thanks for the chance to do so.

  6. JeanSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:51am PST

    Looks delicious!

  7. Shirley LiSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:54am PST


  8. PeterSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:54am PST

    cool contest

  9. VanessaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:54am PST

    can’t wait to gooo!

  10. EricaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:55am PST

    sounds like a great place

  11. LC liSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 11:55am PST


  12. MarySaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:01pm PST

    Sounds delicious

  13. Cheryl GreenSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:15pm PST

    I LOVE SUSH! What a great opportunity to try out a new restaurant. Thanks for the chance

  14. ValSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:17pm PST

    Did all of the above! 🤓🍣

  15. LindaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:38pm PST

    Sushi is my life. 🍣🍱

  16. LindaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:39pm PST

    I love sushi!

  17. AudreySaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:44pm PST

    Looks so yummy!

  18. Elaine LSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 12:51pm PST

    Love sushi! 🍣

  19. RemySaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 1:09pm PST

    Looks yummy!

  20. EvaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 1:19pm PST

    Great prize!

  21. daneSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 1:28pm PST


  22. KateSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 2:15pm PST

    Would love to try!!!

  23. BrendaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 2:35pm PST


  24. VivianSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 2:37pm PST

    Love to win!

  25. VeraSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 2:53pm PST

    Miss604, thanks for the opportunity to try out Hello Nori – sounds perfect for a date night with hubby! 🍣 🍱🍥

  26. VeraSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 2:54pm PST

    Following both on FB

  27. Ray CSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 3:21pm PST

    Looks tasty

  28. Lucie BSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 4:19pm PST

    Sounds perfect – yumm!

  29. Nicole PSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 4:41pm PST

    This place look so good…both the food and the restaurant design!

    Both you and them liked on FB & IG, too!

  30. Don MSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 5:18pm PST

    This would be great to try with some sake

  31. JeffSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 5:38pm PST

    Great contest!

  32. Katherine NSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 5:45pm PST

    Looks so yummy!! 😋

  33. AmilSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 5:47pm PST

    Looks good! Have followed both on Facebook and Instagram

  34. CeciSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 5:59pm PST

    What an amazing giveaway!

  35. Tony VoonSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 6:59pm PST

    Love Sushi, can’t wait to try

  36. Amber olakSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 8:09pm PST

    I would love to try out this new place 🙂

  37. Michael DuttonSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 9:00pm PST


  38. chloeSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 9:12pm PST

    Yes please! 🍙🍣🍵

  39. DougSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 9:30pm PST

    sounds good

  40. JennaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 9:58pm PST

    So exciting!

  41. ChristinaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 10:13pm PST

    Mmm!! Thanks for the post 🙂 It looks delicious, I hope I can try it sometime.

  42. TracySaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 10:17pm PST

    This looks yummy!

  43. Shelly PSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 10:22pm PST

    Amazing giveaway! It sounds delicious!

  44. NinaSaturday, February 20th, 2021 — 10:53pm PST

    Ooh looks good!!

  45. GregSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 1:29am PST

    🍣 Yummy

  46. bonnie lamSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 5:06am PST

    Yummy. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  47. Tabby72Sunday, February 21st, 2021 — 6:25am PST

    I’d love to try this out!

  48. JanetSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 6:55am PST

    I would love to try Hello Nori!

  49. NancySunday, February 21st, 2021 — 8:21am PST

    I would love to try the hand rolls at Hello Nori! I’m excited for the location at Brentwood to open. Thank you for giving us a chance to win a giftcard to try their hand rolls!

  50. Tim CheungSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 8:39am PST

    Looks great, would love to try.

  51. SarahSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 9:00am PST

    Your photos make me want to try this place even more 😍

  52. SamanthaSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 9:07am PST


  53. Margaret ButtnerSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 10:00am PST

    Yum, looks great

  54. Michelle WSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 11:53am PST

    Yum, looks delicious!

  55. ErinSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 12:27pm PST

    Hello Nori, nice to meet you.

  56. NicoleSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 1:06pm PST

    following you both on FB!

  57. NicoleSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 1:07pm PST

    This sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

  58. Joanne LaiSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 1:16pm PST

    Can’t wait

  59. Kin Keung WongSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 2:10pm PST


  60. TiffanySunday, February 21st, 2021 — 4:24pm PST

    I would love to try this!!

  61. KarenSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 5:20pm PST

    So excited to try out this restaurant!

  62. JenniferSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 6:43pm PST

    Looking forward to trying Hello Nori, hand rolls I’ve had overseas were fantastic!

  63. Dean saitoSunday, February 21st, 2021 — 10:50pm PST

    Looking forward to having tasty rolls! They look amazing! I have a mini Niagara falls happening in my mouth looking at the pictures!

  64. WinnieMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 2:23am PST

    Followed both on Facebook and looking forward to trying Hello Nori as we miss good sushi 🙂

  65. IainMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 10:12am PST

    I need more wabi-sabi in my life.

  66. Jeff SMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 11:16am PST

    I would love to try out Hello Nori!

  67. Jill KMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 1:28pm PST

    Looking forward to trying great sushi

  68. Ming KMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 7:24pm PST

    The sushi look so yummy. Hope to try this place!

  69. HelenMonday, February 22nd, 2021 — 9:50pm PST

    Yummy sushi to try!

  70. AimeeTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 9:55am PST

    Definitely going to check this place out.

  71. TiffTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 11:35am PST

    There can never be enough sushi restaurants here – would love to try this place. 🙂

  72. Anthony FongTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 12:11pm PST

    Great place!

  73. CindyTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 12:17pm PST

    This would be a delicious win!!

  74. CindyTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 12:17pm PST

    Followed both on IG

  75. CindyTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 12:18pm PST

    Followed both on FB

  76. Jason BTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 2:59pm PST


  77. Natalie NicholsonTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 3:20pm PST

    I can’t wait to try this new gem on Robson St. What a great addition!

  78. daneTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 3:48pm PST


  79. RobTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 3:57pm PST

    Sushi on Robson Street. What could be more iconic for Vancouver!

  80. ClaireTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 9:10pm PST

    It would be great to win! I would love to try out Hello Nori!

  81. EmmaTuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 9:47pm PST

    Looks delicious!

  82. David ETuesday, February 23rd, 2021 — 10:54pm PST

    Looking forward to tasting Hello Nori’s rolls

  83. SeemaWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 1:17am PST

    Looks delicious! Would love to try it.

  84. BeckyWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 11:14am PST

    Yum! Yes please 🙂

  85. Brent LWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 11:18am PST

    Gotta try this place out

  86. Kerry NoelWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 12:35pm PST

    This looks amazing! I’m looking forward to the Brentwood location 🙂

  87. MarielWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 3:36pm PST

    This would be amazing! The video on the website makes me want to go soooo badly.

  88. Yung LWednesday, February 24th, 2021 — 7:21pm PST

    Look so good! Hope to get to try the amazing sushi!

  89. Laurie AdamsThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 9:02am PST

    Nice to meet you … good for you for opening on Robson!

  90. RobThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 12:29pm PST

    Love sushi!! This would be a great reason for my family to go downtown! Thanks!

  91. RoderickThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 12:49pm PST

    I would love to try this new place!

  92. Tamires GomesThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 12:49pm PST

    What a great giveaway! I love sushi!

  93. LindaThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 1:33pm PST

    This looks so good. I can’t wait to try them.

  94. AmyThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 4:06pm PST

    Locally brewed sake? I’m in!

  95. HaroldThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 8:05pm PST

    Looks yummy.

  96. Virginia S.Thursday, February 25th, 2021 — 8:22pm PST

    Looks delicious!

  97. Nicole PThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 8:28pm PST

    This looks like a great new sushi place!
    Followed you and Hello Nori IG and FB!

  98. SusanThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 8:47pm PST

    This would be amazing!

  99. KarenThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 9:10pm PST

    Yum! I love sushi! I want to go there and check it out.

  100. GregoryThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 9:11pm PST

    Oh, yes! This sounds like my kind of place.

  101. Frank LopezThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 9:29pm PST

    This is a great page 🙂 and I love sushi

  102. WenThursday, February 25th, 2021 — 10:28pm PST

    Hello contest. Thanks!

  103. KathleenFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 4:31am PST

    This would be great!

  104. RachelFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 7:50am PST


  105. WesFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 12:15pm PST

    Hello, Nori!

  106. TaniaFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 12:15pm PST

    Love sushi!

  107. RinoFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 12:16pm PST

    This would be amazing!

  108. Toni AshcroftFriday, February 26th, 2021 — 9:11pm PST

    Sushi yum yum!

  109. Kathleen BMonday, March 1st, 2021 — 5:09pm PST

    Sounds yummy

  110. Tabitha TsaoMonday, March 1st, 2021 — 10:10pm PST

    I would love to win this! I haven’t had good sushi for a long time!

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