The Eatery [VFBM] – Japanese, Vancouver

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The Eatery is a popular sushi joint located in Kitslano. I’ve been wanting to try this place after reading reviews and hearing good things about their sushi. Like dim sum, sushi is best shared with other foodies, so I organized a meetup with the Food Bloggers Meetup Group. I was joined by Jun (Kunio Photography), Danielle, Jeffrey, Ronald and Vincent (Eat Marketing), Anabelle, and other FBM members.

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The interior of The Eatery is certainly different from most Japanese restaurants. I felt like I was in a haunted house or a science museum of some sort..

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The menu of The Eatery features more than 30 different sushi rolls and many other items! It was pretty difficult to decide on which items to order. In the end we chose a few sushi rolls, appetizers, and 2 sushi platters to share.

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Tuna Tempura ($7.25) – The foodie Danielle told us this is her favourite & must-order item at the Eatery. At first I was pretty excited to try it, then I was startled when I tasted the half-cooked tuna. Since I don’t eat raw fish, I did not like this dish although the sauce and flavour was good. The other foodies seemed to like this though.

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Assorted sushi rolls

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a different angle

All the individual sushi rolls came in this platter. There were Spicy Salmon Crunch ($5.25), Toyko Roll ($4.95), Devil’s Tail ($7.75), The Figa Roll ($5.95), X-Rated Roll ($6.95), Godzilla Roll ($6.95).
I did not try the rolls that have raw fish or scallops, but I like The Eatery’s sushi in general, especially you can substitute sushi rice for brown rice for $0.50!
These were the sushi platters we shared. If you want to know what rolls were in these platters, the menu pictures provide the description. Since it was so dark in the restaurant and there were so many sushi rolls, I had no idea what I was eating either!
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Big in Japan sushi platter ($59.95) – I really liked the yam fries that came with the platter. It was nice to eat some comfort food in addition to good sushi.

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My favourite was the Captain Crunch roll (bottom right)! I did not expect a deep-fried California roll to be so crunchy and delicious. I wish I had more than one piece! I thought I would like the Viva Las Vegas roll too, but the spicy mayo was too much for me.

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Chicken Oko Nomi ($12.50) – Okonomiyaki with chicken. Since okonomiyaki is one of my favourite dishes, I want to find the best okonomiyaki in Vancouver. Compared to other places I have tried, I would say the one at The Eatery is the best so far because:

  • it was crispy, fresh and delicious
  • chicken made the dish more filling
  • the dish came with two different dips – mayo and seaweed sauce. I personally prefer the seaweed sauce because its sweetness was unique. However, a Japanese foodie in our group told me he thought this okonomiyaki was too sweet to be considered authentic

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The Wheel of Fortune ($54.95)

Most of the sushi rolls in this platter had raw fish, so I only ate the Found Nemo roll and some of the crab pieces (with spicy mayo). I personally prefer the other platter because of my dislike of raw fish.

Group photo taken by Jun of Kunio Photography. Click on the photo to read his blog post on The Eatery / Meetup event.

My first visit at The Eatery was a great experience, despite not sampling every sushi roll. Because the selection of sushi rolls is so impressive, I need to go back again to try more individual sushi rolls! In addition, The Eatery has a daily special menu with discounted items.

  • Chicken Oko Nomi (although it is pretty pricey given its small portion)
  • Captain Crunch roll
  • sampling many sushi rolls with foodies
  • brown rice option (big bonus!)

  • the pub-like atmosphere & loud music made it hard to have a good conversation
  • the location. With so many good sushi restaurants in Burnaby and izakayas in Downtown, I would probably choose The Eatery only if I happen to be in the area.

The Eatery on Urbanspoon

The Eatery

3431 W Broadway, Vancouver

http://www.theeatery.ca/

-by Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

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Aoyama Cafe UCC Coffee – Japanese/Cafe, Vancouver

Aoyama Cafe is a casual Euro-Japanese style cafe located inside Aberdeen Mall. This cafe serves coffee, desserts, sandwiches, and Euro-Japanese fusion food like curries and pastas. It has an open, inviting atmosphere because of its clear windows/doors and warm interior colors.

P.S. This blog post is about the dining experience I had back in 2010, but the pictures of the store front and display are from 2011.

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Hamburg Hayashi-Curry Rice

The presentation of the dish was nice, however, the hamburger steak was overcooked. Compared to the hamburger steak I’ve had at Cafe de l’Orangerie and Shibuya Nuts, this was nowhere as moist and tasty. Aside from the hamburger steak, the curry and rice were satisfactory.

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Seafood casserole

The served portion was actually small, especially when it was placed in the middle of a very large plate. I tasted the shrimps and found that they were not very fresh. The rice tasted quite stale as well.

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Banana French Toast – golden french toast cubes topped with whipped cream, chocolate and bananas

I really liked this dessert! The toast cubes were fresh, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I enjoyed the moist egg-soaked bread in the centre of the toast cubes. Despite the (semi-sweet) chocolate sauce and whipped cream, it was not overly sweet. The dish had great presentation and it looked really appetizing.

  • the banana french toast was really good, and different
  • the specials appear very budget-friendly. I might come back next time if I come by Aberdeen
  • nice interior design

  • the food looked better than it tasted
  • the service was not good (long wait)

Aoyama Cafe (UCC Coffee) on Urbanspoon

Aoyama Cafe (UCC Coffee)
Unit 1008 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
aoyamacafe.net

-by Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Osa Tako Hero [VFBM] – Japanese/Takoyaki, Vancouver

Thanks to Twitter, I found out about Osa Tako Hero, the takoyaki food cart which opened earlier this year. Besides Osa Tako Hero, there were many food carts that I wanted to try. I organized a meetup with the Food Bloggers Meetup Group (aka Food Club) so other people who were interested in trying different food carts could join me.

Foodies at this Food Cart Crawl: Maxwell, Jeffrey, and Edwin.

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Osa Tako Hero’s menu is presented in a creative way. The menu came with graphics and descriptions of the ordering instructions “Creating Osa Takoman” in a RPG style. I thought it was a really cute way to make the menu, which showcased the creative Japanese design/style. Even the website is made in a Japanese style!

Essentially, you choose the number of octopus balls (5, 7, or 10), then the sauce (regular takoyaki or spicy), and finally the topping (cheese, curry, seaweed, bonito flakes, and maple syrup). Then you would get seaweed powder, takoyaki sauce and mayo added on top of the octopus balls.

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We opted for all 5 flavours plus spicy sauce on the side, the best way to try every flavour. I tried the maple syrup, bonito flakes and curry flavours.

The average price of takoyakis is about $5 for 6 takoyaki balls at night markets and izakayas. Osa Tako Hero, which gives you 10 octopus balls for $5.99, is the best choice to get the most bang out of you buck!

After trying Osa Tako Hero’s takoyakis, this place became my favourite takoyaki place in Vancouver.

I like the variety of flavours, generous amount of toppings and sauce, the price, and most importantly there were about 3 pieces of octopus in each octopus ball! It is really rare because takoyakis from night markets and izakayas, usually have just one piece of octopus in each takoyaki.

Though one thing will make these takoyakis even better – freshness. These takoyaki balls were pre-made and re-heated to reduce the waiting time at the food cart, which is reasonable. I personally love fresh takoyakis because of the crispy shells. So, the next time I visit, I would request fresh takoyaki even if I have to wait longer.

My favourite flavours were the maple syrup and the bonito flakes (the common way takoyakis are done). The curry spice did not go too well with the takoyaki, so it did not appeal to me. If it was curry sauce it would have been more interesting.

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(In picture): Jeffrey, Maxwell and I at the first stop of our Food Cart Crawl meetup. (Edwin took the photo so he wasn’t in the picture.)

Stay tuned for more food cart adventures! If you would like to join Food Cart Crawl Part 2 – Join the Meetup!

Osa Tako Hero on Urbanspoon

Osa Tako Hero
700 W Pender St, Vancouver
osatakohero.com

Osa Tako Hero is located south side of 800 West Pender St. It is outside the Starbucks/Tim Hortons entrance of Pacific Centre.

-by Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Hi Genki – Japanese, Vancouver

The only Japanese Restaurant running in a nursing home in Greater Vancouver, Hi Genki, happens to be one of my favourite restaurants.  It is not your typical Japanese restaurant – with lots of sushi or sashimi choices. The delicious Japanese food served here gives you “a taste of Japanese culture and history” with rice & noodle dishes and bento boxes. Almost every dish on the menu is under $10 and the food is always fresh and delicious!

Hi Genki is located in Nikkei Home beside the National Nikkei Heritage Centre. If you have not heard about this restaurant, chances are you will never find the restaurant because  it looks like a regular building from the outside. There is no restaurant banner so you can’t know there is a restaurant when you’re on Kingsway. Image from google:

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Once you go in, you will see the restaurant space, and most likely customers waiting for seats. Hi Genki offers appetizers like tempura, salad, donburi, curry, udon, bento boxes, and desserts. It was kind of interesting that all of us ordered deep-fried items. I would say the deep-fried items and the curry are my favourite items at Hi Genki.

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Pork Katsu Curry (deep fried breaded pork cutlet) $8.95

Usually I like to try different dishes at a restaurant. Although last time I ordered a curry dish, I can’t help it but order this time too! The pork is a little thicker and drier than I expected. So it wasn’t the most moist katsu, but it was still good. The Japanese rice was chewy, cooked to the right texture. The rice was a little softer than I preferred, but it still tasted really good with the curry. The curry was flavourful and on the sweet side, but this curry had more curry spice than the curry from Shibuya Nuts.

I really like the Japanese rice that are used by Japanese restaurants, including Hi Genki. I don’t like the Thai/jasmine rice or the rice served in Chinese restaurants (especially HK cafe) because the texture is too soft.  The salad and fruit were a healthy addition to the deep-fried food and a good complement to the dish’s presentation, although my companion found it weird to have a slice of orange  in the dish. Hearts: 9.0/10

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Chicken Katsu Teishoku (deep fried breaded chicken cutlet, served with rice, salad and miso soup) $7.95

This dish was almost the same as the chicken katsu curry dish, except it did not come with curry, but came with miso soup instead for $1 cheaper. With the tender chicken cutlet and big portion, I think the value of the meal was excellent. Hearts: 8.8/10

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Ebi Katsu Curry (deep fried breaded prawn) $8.95

The fried prawns were fresh and delicious. For under 9 dollars you get 3 prawns and a good curry rice dish. I wish I can make Japanese food this good! Hearts: 9.2/10

Last but not least, we had to try some desserts. I packed up the last bits of my pork katsu dish because I couldn’t finish it. The deep-fried goods and the curry were really filling!

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Ice Cream Tempura (deep fried vanilla ice cream & strawberry sauce) $5.50

This tempura was a little bigger than the size of a fist. I enjoyed it the first time I got this dish, so I ordered it this time for my companions to try. My favourite part is the corn cereal flakes used for this dish. For most deep-fried desserts, smooth batter is used, resulting in a moist and creamy texture. I liked the crunchiness of the shell because it contrasts the ice cream. The tempura we got this time seemed to have an oilier shell than the one I ate the first time. Another small complaint is that once you cut the tempura open you will have to eat it all immediately before it all melts and makes the shell soggy. Hearts: 7.9/10

I would love to see variations of this dessert – perhaps coffee ice cream and with chocolate sauce? That sounds good…

Jenny says:

  • Good price, generous portions and great food
  • Recommendations: Curry is must-get. Try their daily specials, Bento Box and Donburi.
  • Although this restaurant can be hard to spot, many people who crave its delicious food still come and line up. It gets busy during dinner hours, and is always busy on weekends, both lunch and dinner.
  • There is a Japanese convenience store near the Nikkei museum. Drop by if you want to explore or buy Japanese goodies

Hi Genki
http://www.fujiya.ca/aboutFujiya/hiGenkiRestaurant.asp
6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby

-By Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Kingyo Izakaya Part 2 – Japanese, Vancouver

I blogged about the VANEATS dining package Kingyo Craze in the post Kingyo Izakaya Part 1. Now this post is about the dishes on the regular menu that my friends and I ordered in addition to Kingyo Craze.

If you have not been to an izakaya, it helps to know – an izakaya (居酒屋) is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are popular, casual places for after-work drinking. (source: Wikipedia)

Izakayas is my favourite type of restaurant because I like the creative Japanese dishes. You usually order from two menus – the specials menu, called a fresh sheet, and the regular menu with izakaya staple items such as ebi mayo (deep-fried shrimps) and chicken karaage (deep-fried chicken nuggets).

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This is the fresh sheet of Dec 3. Every izakaya updates their fresh sheets at different times. Some izakayas will update a small fresh sheet menu everyday, every few days or every week while others update less often than that. (If anyone knows how often an (any) izakaya updates the fresh sheet, I’d like to know, thanks!)

2 pages of the menu
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My friends and I had a hard time deciding what to order so we asked the host at Kingyo Izakaya (Roy) for suggestions. He recommended his personal favourite, the beef rib,  and the ebi mayo. We were sold because those two choices sounded pretty good. So four of us in the group shared 5 dishes of the Kingyo Craze package, plus three items from the regular menu and fresh sheet.

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Pork Belly / Kakuni ($9.80) – Slowly tamari soy stewed tender pork belly served with a home made creamy potato and coriander sauce

Here’s a picture of its side. You can see it’s all FAT.
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It surprised me how small the dish was. I have ordered kakuni dishes at other izakayas but it was the first time to see a kakuni dish with business card dimensions. I rarely eat pork fat by itself but after cutting the pork belly into four pieces, it was a very small piece that I can take.

This dish actually tasted pretty light – as in it melts in your mouth without tasting any greasiness. The sauce was a little sweet and was not salty, although I didn’t taste any potato and coriander flavours from the sauce. I enjoyed eating the skin (for collagen!) because it was pretty soft and easy to chew.

I strongly prefer pork belly with a higher ratio of lean meat to fat. With that preference, the size of the dish and the high price, I would not recommend this dish. Hearts: 4.0/10

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My Ebi Mayo ($8.80) – Deep fried tempura battered black tiger prawns dipped in spicy chili mayo sauce

Ebi Mayo is a staple item in izakayas; I don’t think there is any izakaya that does not serve this. Because I eat this so often, I have a high expectation of this dish, especially at a pricier izakaya like Kingyo. Presentation-wise, I was hoping it would have more creativity. The batter tasted a little too oily and stale – perhaps it was the choice of flour in making the tempura.

I did not read the description of the sauce on the menu when I ordered it, so it took me by surprise to eat something spicy all of a sudden since the previous dishes were sweet or mild. However it was not too spicy and the spiciness went away quickly. Overall I think the dish is not bad, but Kingyo can definitely do better. Hearts: 7.1/10

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Short Rib ($17) – Chinese sweetened balsamico sauteed dynamic jumbo beef rib

This is the star of the night. The meat was really easy to separate from the bone because it was so tender. The short rib has a really sweet flavour and I think mirin must have been used to help create this. This dish is almost like osso bucco, except sauteed in a sweet soy sauce. I liked this dish a lot and ended up eating the last few bites because it was too sweet for my friends.

Of course,  I eat savoury meat and it was not sweet that it tasted like a dessert. I was delighted to eat this dish for some flavourful, real meat, after eating the fatty pork belly and deep-fried shrimps.  Hearts:  8.4/10

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Frozen grapes (free) were given at the end of our meal. It’s a little sweet thing that the Kingyo Group does – at both Kingyo and Suika.

Jenny Says:

  • We also ordered Sencha tea to drink, which costs $1.80 for all of us. I asked in advance whether the tea is charged and if it’s per person or per group. Certain izakayas like Guu Garden charges tea by head counts, so if you mind, make sure to ask before assuming tea is free.
  • My friends and I agree this is not the best izakaya we have been to. Just considering the dishes from the regular menu and fresh sheet, we think there is room for improvement, especially if Kingyo prices their food higher than other izakayas.
  • Get the Short Rib if you have a hard time deciding what to order.

Kingyo Izakaya
http://www.kingyo-izakaya.ca/
871 Denman St, Vancouver

-By Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Kingyo Izakaya Part 1 – Japanese, Vancouver

Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋 is one of the popular izakayas in Downtown Vancouver. I visited Kingyo for the first time in May, 2010 after hearing about their great food. The interior is pretty unique and quite similar to Suika since Suika is Kingyo’s sister restaurant. The interior and logo designs at Kingyo have an oriental/Japanese feel.

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This time, I made plans to visit after receiving a dining pass from VANEATS – a deal site that offers dining packages every month. It is similar those online deals that offer you a discounted set meal, only VANEATS offer very limited dining passes.

In the package: Sashimi Salad, Seared Negitoro Sushi, Chicken Breast Tender&Cod Roe Spring Roll, Deep fried tofu and mushrooms in sizzling stone bowl, and Petit Almond Tofu.

If you read the About Me page, you probably remember that I don’t eat sashimi! So of course I went to Kingyo with friends who love sashimi, who couldn’t be happier because they get to have all the sashimi to themselves! 🙂

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My camera did a crappy job with night time photos. If you want to see more interior photos, VANEATS has a Photo Album of Kingyo on Facebook.

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This is a photo I snapped when I passed by the kitchen. It appears to be a tuna cone in sushi form..?

The VANEATS Kingyo Craze dining package:
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Sashimi Salad, three kinds of sashimi (changes daily) on a bed of organic springs dressed with soy based vinaigrette and garlic oil.
I only ate the lotus and salad pieces so the only comment I have is that the salad dressing was really light. The 3 kinds of sashimi were ebi, salmon and something I couldn’t remember.

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Chicken Breast Tender & Cod Roe Spring Roll, served with a side of mayo & special soy sauce
The dish contains one spring roll, cut in half. I liked the spring roll for its really crispy shell and the chicken filling was dense. When I think of spring rolls I usually expect soft vegetable fillings, but this spring roll tasted more like a “well-made chicken nugget”. However, I thought the soy sauce was enough for the spring roll and mayo was not necessary. I would have liked it better if the mayo and special soy sauce were separated into 2 sauce dishes, but maybe the sauce was supposed to be mixed together? Hearts: 7.4/10

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Seared Negitoro Sushi, chopped tuna & green onions with seaweed paste and Kingyo’s original sauce
My friends said the sushi was good so I’ll believe that. Kingyo actually offers 4 kinds of pressed sushi, that I don’t usually see in izakayas. If you eat sashimi I think it would be worth a try.

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I took another photo to show that the light was coming from a candle inside a Daikon wall! The presentation was pretty interesting.

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Deep fried tofu, okra and mushrooms, served in a sizzling stone bowl
I really like dishes served in sizzling stone bowls because of good presentation, hot food, and if it’s rice in the hot stone bowl, the crispy rice at the bottom is to-die-for! I liked that this dish is healthy and not too salty, but without the stone bowl it’s basically a tofu/veggie dish you can find in Chinese restaurants. It seems that the hot stone bowl was there for the presentation only instead of improving the dish.  Hearts: 6.7/10

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Petit Almond Tofu, Kingyo’s famous super smooth and refreshing almond tofu with persimmon sauce
The petit almond tofu was very tiny indeed. I could eat all of it in one scoop. From the description it may sound like the almond tofu has a cream texture, but it is actually a little bit watery like the Chinese tofu pudding (豆花). I couldn’t taste the almond flavour in the tofu, although my friends did. I’m not a big fan of watery tofu pudding because I prefer denser desserts like creme bulee. Hearts: 5.3/10

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Jenny Says:

  • Overall, my experience at Kingyo was good because the service was superb, and the ambiance was fun. Two birthday celebrations actually happened while we were there!
  • When it comes to dining deals, I would prefer choices over a strict set menu. Since I didn’t eat everything in the VANEATS package, it doesn’t make sense to say whether I like this package or not. If I’m just judging from the food that I ate, I thought it was alright, but perhaps the sashimi/sushi could have been the highlights for people who eat sashimi?
  • Regarding the value, I would say it doesn’t hurt to spend $19 for a 5-course set menu, since Kingyo’s dishes are pricier compared to other izakayas. It’s a good thing that you know what exactly you’re getting from the deal so you can decide to purchase it  if you like the dishes included in the package.
  • The items in the dining package, except the sushi, were small. However eating all the items in this package is very likely to fill you up.

P.S. If I don’t make any sense, it’s because I’ve been blogging at very late nights (3-5 AM) for several days in a row now! z_z
But if I reward myself with good food, that means I will have more restaurant entries to blog!…My goodness.

Kingyo Izakaya
http://www.kingyo-izakaya.ca/
871 Denman St, Vancouver

-By Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Shibuya Nuts – Japanese, Vancouver

Shibuya Nuts is at where the Yoshoku-Ya Restaurant used to be, very close to Kintaro Ramen. On the day my companion and I went on an early evening on a rainy day (shows how much dedication we have to redeem this deal try this restaurant). We were surprised to find that we were the only one in the restaurant while we saw a very long line-up at Kintaro.

Actually, I made plans to visit after buying a voucher at WagJag – $10 for $20 worth of food at Shibuya Nuts. Before I buy any restaurant deals, I always check the restaurant menu and its reviews/ratings, even if the deal only costs 1o bucks. The website and menu seem quite nice so I decided to get it.

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This restaurant just opened not too long ago and they already have nicely designed menu and website.

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Ebi Curry Katsu ($8) was fresh, flavourful and filling! They used the Japanese curry that I liked. It is somewhat sweet, smooth and has fruity accents. The prawn and fried pork chop were fresh and delicious. I can definitely say it’s comparable to Hi Genki although the portion is smaller. Hearts: 8.4/10

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Ham-bak Steak ($9) came with rice and salad. The gravy sauce complimented the meatball steak well and it did not disappoint me. The salad could use some more work though but it was good there is a little vegetables in our meal…Hearts: 8.2/10

I originally wanted to get the Dino Egg ($6) which was basically deep-fried ice cream, but after eating the two entrees we were pretty full. But we did not want to waste the 3 dollars included in the value of the voucher so we decided to get something cheap and small, and my companion chose the Mozzarella Takoyaki ($5.5).

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I love Takoyaki but I don’t like to eat things with cheese. I felt the cheese was not necessary because I love the crunchy shell of takoyaki, but adding cheese just makes everything too soft and makes the texture bland. Overall I like this dish the least, not only because of the cheese but the takoyaki flavour did not stand out at all. It would have been much better when it’s paired with the regular takoyaki sauce and katsuobushi (shavings of dried bonito). Hearts: 4.9/10

Jenny says:

  • The voucher covered $20 and the whole meal was $10 plus tax and tips. What a steal!
  • I would come back to this restaurant because the price is reasonable
  • Shibuya Nuts offer a good variety of izakaya items like skewers, rolls, hot pot and bowls.

Shibuya Nuts

Shibuya Nuts
http://www.shibuya-nuts.com/
774 Denman Street, Vancouver

-by Jenny Shen, Eat With Jenny

Cafe de l’Orangerie, Japanese, Vancouver

I’ve never heard of Cafe de l’Orangerie until I saw the ad on Klip magazine. Although the name sounds French, it is actually a cozy, authentic Japanese cafe owned by two Japanese chefs.

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They have a big menu despite there are only two people running the restaurant!
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Nice, cozy atmosphere
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Hamburger steak with curry sauce ($10 or around that)
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I missed hamburger steak because I used to eat it quite often at 我家牛排 (steakmyhome) when I lived in Taiwan. This hamburger steak was very tender, flavourful with the curry sauce. It was so delicious that I finished the whole plate! For only $10 I think it was a great meal. Hearts: 9.1/10

Hamburger steak with sauce demi-glace ($10)
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This is my friend’s food. It’s basically the same as mine except the sauce is different. The egg looks really yummy too.

Dango / Black sesame parfait ($5.80)
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I loooved this! I was deciding between the black sesame or the choclate banana flavour but I chose this because I know Japanese desserts with black sesame cannot go wrong. It was really delicious, smooth and sweet. There were layers of ice cream, whipped cream, black sesame sauce, cereal flakes, granola, mochi and crunchy straws. It was totally my kind of dessert! Layers of awesome goodness. I would totally come back for this. The only thing I wish is a wider glass so it’s easier to scoop the ingredients at the bottom. Hearts: 9.4/10

-by Jenny Shen, EatWithJenny

Suika, Japanese Izakaya, Vancouver

Kingyo’s sister, Suika, opened a while ago and I’ve been wanting to try because of my love for izakaya food. Suika is currently #1 on the Talk of the Town list on Urbanspoon.

The restaurant has nice Japanese-styled interior.
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The bar. (look at the samurai sword!)
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pumpkin and mango martini. It was a little too salty (from the pumpkin juice) so the waitress kindly added some more mango juice to make it sweeter.
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today’s fresh sheet with Halloween specials.
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finally, the food! This is the Suika sampler appetizer box. detailed descriptions to come later.
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Ebi Mayo. Up to par quality.
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Torotoro cha-shu. It’s really soft but too much fat for me.
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Corn Kakiage. I liked this! It reminds me of the corn chicken I ate when I was young.
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Grilled duck breast
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Kakuni Bibimbap. My favourite item today! The rice and sauce was delicious.
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I’ve heard about the matcha bulee and I was really curious about it! This is pretty innovative. Basically It’s green tea ice cream with hard caramel on top. It’s different from a normal creme bulee because the contrast in the texture is quite different. Nevertheless I enjoyed this dessert and it’s likely that I will order this again.
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Suika on Urbanspoon

-by Jenny Shen, EatWithJenny