Japanese Cuisine

Yah Yah Ya Ramen in Richmond

February 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lou and I met for lunch at Yah Yah Ya Ramen. It was the first Japanese meal for both of us since we came back from our trip to Japan in November, and we couldn’t [...]

Isami – Sushi Dinner at Metrotown

December 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

I was meeting my buddy Woody for dinner and we decided to have sushi at Metrotown, where was close to his work. This area is definitely an unfamiliar territory for me. As I [...]

Sushi Loku – East Van Sushi Adventure

November 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

Raymond (Raymond’s Sushi Adventure) and I were planning for a sushi meet. I was hoping to go somewhere in East Van, where I had yet been exploring much. Since we were [...]

Newly Opened in Kitsilano – Raisu

September 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

I generally like eating on a sunny patio. The warmth and the good company with a cold alcoholic beverage always make it super fun to sit outside. And for a foodie who enjoys [...]

Newly Opened in Gastown – Kozakura

September 19, 2016 // 4 Comments

I was fascinated while reading about the recently opened Kozakura in Gastown and their “Kappo” Japanese cuisine. “Kappo” is a style of dining in [...]

Lunch at the New Kamei Royale

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

I actually have never been to Kamei Royale’s original restaurant. It seems like they have moved to a rather low-key spot in Coal Harbour compared to their previous [...]

Kuma Izakaya – Media Tasting

August 17, 2016 // 3 Comments

Kuma Izakaya is not your typical Japanese izakaya restaurant in Vancouver. The Chef/Owner Kim Hyun Woo, a South Korea-born and classically trained, has an impressive resume [...]

Kamei Baru

March 26, 2016 // 3 Comments

This post is on 2 separate visits to Kamei Baru, a sister restaurant of Ebisu and Kamei Royale. Part I: Drinks and Snacks Before Pre-Dinner Drinks It was our big Hawksworth [...]

Gyo-O

February 17, 2016 // 1 Comment

I appreciate Gyo-O’s  effort on offering unique dishes, although their style inspiration is somewhat similar to their sister restaurant Gyoza King, one of the oldest [...]

Sanpoutei Ramen

February 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

After badminton, we decided to check out Sanpoutei, the latest Ramen restaurant in Richmond, declared as the very first establishment in North America from Sanpoutei Group, a [...]

Aki

December 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Although I enjoyed my lunch date with a friend at Aki Japanese Restaurant in Coal Harbour, mainly because it was the first time we met up for lunch despite the fact that we [...]

Temaki Sushi

November 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was taking Mom to Benjarong for some Thai food, but they ran out of tables at 5pm! Already paid for metre parking, we tried to find somewhere nearby for dinner. First we [...]

A Tsukemen Experience at Taishoken Ramen

August 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I did not realize Taishoken was owned by the same legendary Ramen shop in Japan, which was featured in the very first episode of The Mind of A Chef, visited by Anthony [...]

Mabui Sushi Izakaya, Kelowna

August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kelownians love their sushi! While over 40 sushi restaurants can be found in Kelowna on Zomato, the #1 ranked restaurant in Kelowna on TripAdvisor is Momo Sushi. Going [...]

Kaide Sushi Bar

August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Three words: Daily Fresh Board! When you are at Kaide Sushi Bar, do not expect lively ambiance and flashy dishes that people find at a modern Sushi place or at Izakaya. There [...]

Amazing Sunny Patio Lunch at Guu Garden

July 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

My friend Shane is a talented hair stylist and he cuts my hair. After I visited his salon for a trim before the festive weekend, I decided to show some appreciation to his [...]

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was excited to try out Japanese BBQ at Gyu-Kaku, as I was curious about what it would be like compared to Korean BBQ. ` Gyu-Kaku The grill seemed smaller but very clean and [...]

Don Don Izakaya, Toronto

July 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was walking down Dundas Street towards Dundas Square and saw a lot of Korean and Japanese eateries in the area. I decided to try Don Don Izakaya, thinking that a quick [...]

A Sunny Hapa Evening On The Patio 

June 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was a rather unexpected longer dining experience for me at Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour. I had only planned to meet up with Justine for Happy Hour, or what they call [...]

Late Night Drinks and Snacks at Shirakawa

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Make Music Festival was ending in an hour. We wanted to grab some quick drinks before the final wave of performances. While walking by Shirakawa, we saw a performing [...]

Maguro Sushi

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was another beautiful evening. I was taking my friend Morgan out for dinner before heading down to Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen. I have just moved into Morgan’s [...]

Zakkushi Charcoal Grill

June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was super excited to go to Zakkushi as I had, for quite some time, been picturing myself visiting an authentic Yakitori joint like how my heroes Anthony Boudain and David [...]

Sushimoto

June 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sushimoto always struck me as one of the most popular sushi joints in Burnaby, well on Instagram anyway. Their extravagant plating and playful utilization of ingredients have [...]

Lunch at Guu Original

June 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

I used to live right around the corner from Guu Original, and I have missed coming  here for quick lunches and fried rice takeouts. It is a bit of walk for me from my [...]

A Small Feast on Gyoza at Gyoza Bar

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Both Pascal and I did not feel like Ramen today. So we decided to sample on all the gyoza dishes other than the regular Pork Teppan Gyoza that we usually get. First came the [...]

Gyudon Ya

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Having walked by Gyudon Ya for like a million times on Robson, I finally got to try their food. I heard they were affliated with Chosun Korean BBQ, so I was super curious on [...]

Lunch at Hapa Izakaya Coal Harbour

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

For Vancity folks who appreciate Izakaya, they probably still remember the very beginning when Gyoza King and Guu brought the excitement to the Japanese dining experience. [...]

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen and Sushi Bar

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was walking on Commercial Drive and looking for quick dinner before visiting my friend Sam in the neighborhood. Then I saw Kishimoto, a Sushi spot that both Dennis and Mary [...]

Sushi Tei vs. Fujiya 

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

I always wonder how Sushi Tei has survived all these years. Only a few meters away from Fujiya, the small sushi to-go shop that constantly has a long lineup during lunch time [...]

Pepper Lunch Canada

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

When my friends suggested the place for our game night dinner, I was confused by the bizarre name ‘Pepper Lunch Canada’. Why does the name have [...]

Weekend Lunch at Kingyo

March 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

My girl friends Jenny and Justine often rave about their weekend brunch visits at Kingyo. This is how much they love it – they are on a first name basis with most of [...]

Miku

March 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We arrived at Miku just before noon. The waterfront restaurant was fully packed within minutes. Seated by the bar, we were in the middle of a spacious dining room of modern [...]

Saboten at Aberdeen Centre

March 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tonkatsu is a pretty important part of the Japanese fast food culture, just like hamburger in North America. I love Japanese katsu dishes since I rarely deep fry food at home [...]

Zac Zac Japanese Curry House

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

I like different kinds of curry. But when people talk about Japanese curry, and the image that pops up in my head is Glico! Curry sauce made from Glico cubes is creamy, tasty [...]

Ramen Izakaya Okawari

January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

On the Eastern side of the continent, David Chang have conquered NYC with his MOMOFUKU empire and expanded it all the way up north in Toronto; meanwhile on the West Coast of [...]
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