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Japanese restaurants

THE WORKSHOP VEGETARIAN CAFÉ

296 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver Tel: (604) 973-0163 Web: http://theworkshopvegetariancafe.com/ Twitter @workshopvegcafe Advice: No reservations, closed Sunday. At first glance from the moment I entered this one of a kind vegetarian eatery in an off beat location on the north…

KOZAKURA

UPDATED 5/1/17 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 280 Carrall Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-720-3145 Web: http://www.kozakuragastown.ca/ Twitter @kozakuragastown Advice: Reservations for the bar only, between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Specializing in Kappo-style Japanese cuisine that originates in the Osaka area of Japan, Chef Keith…

Interview with Chef Hiro Amano

Vancouver is home to some of the best chefs in the world, many have worked for the top chefs and restaurants around the world as well as around the city. Dishing with the Chefs is a series of Interviews with some…

A Yakitori Feast at Q Shi Q Japanese BBQ

Executive Chef Hiro Amano guided me through a tasting of multiple courses of the yakitori focussed menu. The preparation of Yakitori involves skewering the meat with kushi, a type of skewer typically made of steel, bamboo, or similar materials. Afterwards,…

OKA-SAN KITCHEN

3578 Fraser Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-620-9898 Web: http://www.okasankitchen.com/ Twitter @Okasankitchen Advice: Counter service for take-out or table service. Closed Monday. This Japanese focussed eatery is a gem run by passionate chefs featuring a comfort food menu which you will find…

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky Tasting and Pairing

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whisky tasting at Miku Restaurant, where Beam Suntory Japanese Whisky Brand Ambassador, Johnnie Mundell offered up some history and tasting notes behind the brand. Hibiki Japanese Harmony encapsulates the…

Q Shi Q Opening

On October 22nd, I attended the opening party for this new Japanese Yakitori Bar/Restaurant in the Olympic Village neighborhood. Executive Chef Hiro Amano leads the kitchen and food operations of this new one of a kind Yakitori style bar. Designed…

ANCORA DINING

1600 Howe Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-681-1164 Web: http://www.ancoradining.com/ Twitter: @ancoradining Advice: Reservations suggested. With it’s spectacular waterfront setting, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde leads the kitchen where he offers up an exquisite menu of seafood focussed dishes, alongside Sushi Chef Yoshi Tabo….

Ancora Opening

I attended the opening party yesterday for Viaggio Hospitality Group’s new restaurant which offers a unique mix of West Coast, Peruvian and Japanese fare. Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde’s Peruvian origins lend Ancora’s menu an authentic South American flair. Located in the…

Gyoza Bar Summer Menu, New Dishes

Visited recently joined by my friend Jonathan Yee to taste a selection of new dishes from their new summer menu, which now features some unique platters for sharing. Coconut & Green Tea Mojito made with coconut rum, super refreshing! 1st…

Aburi Kaiseki at Miku Restaurant

Ever since Miku Restaurant launched their traditional Kaiseki tasting menus, I have wanted to indulge in the experience. This tasting menu embodies the region’s food culture featuring special pottery produced in the area. Inspired by this tradition, the chefs at…

Omakase Dinner at the Raw Bar

I was fortunate to join my friend and fellow writer Lawrence Ferber and friends recently for another Omakase tasting multi-course dinner. Chef Takayuki Omi prepared a selection of dishes as well as his 100% Ocean Wise certified sushi, sashimi and…

AQUA SUSHI & JUICE BAR

1764 Manitoba Street, Vancouver Tel: (604) 559-9766 Web: http://www.aquajuicebar.com/ Twitter @aquajuicebar Advice: Counter service. Specializing in all things healthy, this brightly coloured sushi bar is known for their brown rice sushi, along with their organic and gluten free quinoa sushi,…

SHIZEN YA

1102 W Broadway, Vancouver Tel: (604) 569-3721 Web: http://shizenya.ca/ Twitter: @shizenya_van Advice: Open daily. Specializing in brown rice sushi, they are proud to be the first natural food Japanese restaurant in North America which serves sushi with only brown rice….

BLACK RICE IZAKAYA

782 Cambie Street, Vancouver Tel:  (778) 379-0416 Web: http://www.blackrice.ca/ Twitter: @BR_Izakaya Advice: Reservations suggested. Specializing in Japanese Izakaya you will find a menu that is filled with sashimi, sushi, nigiri, small cold and hot plates, tapas and Kushi-Yaki. I visited for…

KINOME JAPANESE KITCHEN

2511 West Broadway, Vancouver Tel: 778-379-1925 Web: https://www.facebook.com/KinomeJapaneseKitchen Twitter: n/a Advice: Takes Reservations and Walk-Ins Welcome. Closed Tuesdays. With owner Chef Ryoma at the helm running this open kitchen, his team of chefs are meticulous in the preparation of each…

Omakase Tasting at Raw Bar

My friend Chef Takayuki Omi joined me for an Omakase tasting menu (Chefs choice) on his night off. He guided me through this 100% Ocean Wise certified sushi bar explaining each of the pieces and noting the origin of each….

BENKEI RAMEN

545 West Broadway Vancouver Tel: 604-568-6178 Web: http://www.benkeiramen.com/home.html Twitter: @benkei_ramen Advice: No reservations, no msg. It’s all about the ramen at this traditional Japanese hot spot located in the bustling Fairview neighborhood. The room is typical in layout for Ramen…

GYOZA BAR + RAMEN

622 West Pender Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-336-5563 Web: http://gyozabar.ca/ Twitter: @GyozaBarRamen Advice: No Reservations, put your name on the list and come back for your table. Elevating the bar, Aburi Restaurants who own this restaurant went about creating a bit…

Gyoza Bar Opening

Last night I attended the opening party of Gyoza Bar, the latest restaurant and their 3rd in Vancouver from Aburi Restaurants. Seigo Nakamura – owner of Aburi Restaurants opened Gyoza Bar to offer their distinct interpretation of the traditional gyoza…

SPAGHETEI

1741 Robson Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-428-1014 Web: http://spaghetei.com/ Twitter: @SPAGHeTEI_Van Advice: Reservations suggested, walk-in welcome you may have to wait. Serving authentic Japanese style spaghetti, this takes the popular noodle and Italian mainstay to another level and I truly enjoyed…

SWEETIE PINK DESSERT

150 – 8291 Westminster Hwy, Richmond Tel: (604) 214-9891 Web: http://www.sweetiepinkdessert.com/ Twitter: @sweetiepinkd Advice: Min $5 per person, cash only. In many cities around the world there are dessert emporiums, lounges and other sorts of places that specialize in sweet…

MIURA WAFFLE

2521 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-2909 Web: http://www.miurawafflemilkbar.ca/ Twitter: @MiuraWaffle Advice: Order at the counter, sit anywhere. This is a sandwich bar that takes the sandwich to whole new level raising the bar high, known as Sandos, their savoury sandwiches…

RAW BAR AT LOBBY LOUNGE

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver Tel: 604-695-5300 Web: http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/dining/the-raw-bar/ Twitter: @FairmontPacific Advice: No reservations. I joined my friend Cookbook Author/Food Writer Bonnie Stern for lunch while she was visiting recently and had the Omakase tasting menu (Chefs choice) with dessert and…

BASHO CAFÉ

UPDATED 12/31/16 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2007 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-428-6276 Web: http://bashocafe.com/ Twitter: @BashoCafe Advice: closed Monday and Tuesday. I love cafes that mix the owners heritage which in this case is Japanese. On the edge of East…

Shuraku Celebrates 5 Years

On Tuesday, July 30th I attended the 5th Anniversary Celebration at Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro downtown which specializes in Japanese izakaya style that featured a Sake tasting of many different Sake for guests. Owned by Owner Iori Kataoka and Chef Yoshiaki…

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