Category Archives: Vancouver, BC

Kintaro Ramen


788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2L5
(604) 682-7568

This is one of the oldest (if not the first) Ramen shops in Vancouver. Their soup base is made from real pork bones.

Eye opener – I would have never fathom eating cheese with Ramen noodles but it actually tastes awesome!!

Recommendations
• Cheese Ramen with Pork (the menu says, “Ladies love it!” I guess it’s true!)
• Gyoza (fried dumpling)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Maybe at the counter to watch the chefs prepare the noodles but it could get very warm sitting there while eating a hot bowl of noodles
• Service: Good
• Atmosphere: Simple and small (limited space)
• Ideal for: Casual and quick eating
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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The Jade Seafood Restaurant


8511 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC V6X
T: (604) 249-0082
www.jaderestaurant.ca

Located on the second floor, this Chinese restaurant looks clean and comfortable.

Recommendations
• Fried squid
• Mushroom dumplings (the taste better than they look)
• Scallop and Fish Maw dumpling

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Good but was generally difficult to get the waiter’s attention
• Atmosphere: Clean; bright; surrounded by tall windows (which allowed the natural sunlight in)
• Ideal for: Family, leisure dim sum dining, gathering, celebration
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Restaurant


300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3B5
(604) 662-8111
www.panpacific.com

Located on the second floor of Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, this restaurant is ideal for a business event/function. The food was delicious and service was great!

Recommendations
• Ravioli

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Professional
• Atmosphere: Conservative
• Ideal for: Business, formal, date
• Attire: Business, smart casual, semi formal
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: No

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Bistro Sakana


1123 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5P2 
(604) 633-1280
www.bistrosakana.com

A very small restaurant in Yaletown with a very high turnover. I have read great reviews for this restaurant and was also highly recommended by my hotel concierge. After dining there, I thought the place was okay but did not walk away with the same passion.

Recommendations
• Everything I tried was okay; nothing particularly stands out for me to recommend here.

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Friendly
• Atmosphere: Basic
• Ideal for: People in the neighbourhood, lunch
• Attire: Casual, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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One Hundred Days (Opus Hotel)


350 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
(604) 642-0557
www.onehundreddays.ca

The scene at One Hundred Days changes drastically from day to night. During the day, it is a quiet friendly restaurant that makes the best Eggs Benedict. At night, it becomes a popular dance club where celebrities (i.e. Michael Buble) are spotted regularly.

Recommendations
• Prosecco or Mushroom Eggs Benedict – made perfectly!!

Good to Know
• Best seats: Tables in the small room at the back (more quiet)
• Service: Friendly
• Atmosphere: Colourful; artsy graffiti of rock stars on the wall
• Ideal for: Hotel patrons, breakfast/brunch, business, casual
• Attire: Casual, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Coast Restaurant (& O Lounge)


1054 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1A3 
(604) 685-5010
www.coastrestaurant.ca

As soon as I walked into Coast, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large circular raw bar packed with ice and fresh seafood.

The evening did not start off very well with an hour wait even though we had reservations. We even arrived early to check out O Lounge. We were further disappointed that the cocktails were just okay.

Our luck changed after we were seated. The food was delicious and the seafood platter had a theatrical show-stopping presentation.

Recommendations
• Signature Chilled Platter – with lobster, jumbo prawn, king crab, mussels, oysters, sushi roll and sashimi
• Sable fish
• Sushi – tuna (white)
• Dessert – honey comb nibs

Good to Know
• Best seats: Tables on the second floor that over look the restaurant and raw bar
• Service: Excellent and very helpful
• Atmosphere: Very nice; artsy; contemporary and comfortable.
• Ideal for: Business, romantic date, celebrations
• Attire: Casual, business, trendy, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Mongolian Hot Pot


5300 No 3 Road, Richmond, BC, Vancouver
(604) 231-8966
littlesheephotpot.com

Hot Pot is also known as Chinese fondue. It is a stew that is simmered in metal pot positioned at the center of the dining table. (This is a popular meal during cold winter months.) Raw ingredients – including thinly sliced meat, vegetables, seafood, mushrooms – are placed into the pot to cook (in front of you) while the stew/soup is simmering.

You are usually given two sets of utensils. In my photos, you’ll see I have a black pair of “common” chopsticks and a beige pair for personal use). The black “common” pair of chopsticks is intended to pick food from the pot and transfer it onto your bowl. The second pair, the beige ones, are used to dip the cooked food into the dipping sauce (you generally get to create your own sauce by combining sesame oil, oyster sauce, soya sauce, chili oil, etc) and into your mouth. (A more hygienic way of sharing food.)

I loved this restaurant. The soup base was tasty, seasoned with various Asian spices and herbs. They also have a huge selection of toppings and ingredients, which was nice and fresh.

Recommendations
(Dipping sauce)
• Satay sauce
(Ingredients)
• Sea Cucumber Intestines
• Enoki or Shitake Mushrooms
• Thinly Sliced Beef (premium)
• Cilantro – adds a nice flavour to the soup
(Drink)
• Sour plum drink (there is a strong fragrance of herbs in this type of drink)

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Friendly and attentive
• Atmosphere: Basic but was very noisy.
• Ideal for: Friends, large parties/gathering, birthday, foodies, something different
• Attire: Casual (I don’t recommend wearing clothing that absorbs odour, i.e. wool or cashmere, to a Hot Pot restaurant.)
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Guu Izakaya


398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2
(Church St & Gerrard St E)
T: (416) 977-0999
www.guu-izakaya.com

Guu is not the typical Japanese restaurant we are familiar with here in North America. When you walk through the doors (either entering or leaving), you will be greeted by the entire staff (of 5? 10?) in unison.

Although Guu does offer sushi dishes, they specialize in Japanese Tapas.

Recommendations
• Hotate Carpaccio – scallop sashimi
• Takoyako – deep fried puffed octopus balls
• Kabacha Korokke – deep fried pumpkin croquette with boiled egg inside
• If you like natto, try their Salmon Natto Yukke – pieces of salmon sashimi, natto, shibazuke, takuan, wonton chips, garlic chips, green onion, and raw egg yolk. They also provide sheets of NORI seaweed to wrap the mix in.
• Nama Gra Sawa – freshly squeezed (you squeeze your own) grapefruit with vodka/soju and ice.
• We recommend you share (as most Japanese tapas dishes are traditionally shared) to enjoy the full experience.

Good to Know
• Best seats: Tables on the right (upper floor) when you walk in (but for a party of one or two). I think you get the most privacy here.
• Service: Very courteous (As soon as you walk in, you are showered with Japanese welcome greetings. Our server was very polite and helpful.)
• Atmosphere: Large space but occupied by a few large community tables (If you’re lucky and go early, try to grab one of the few tables (for twos) on the right upper area.)
• Ideal for: Casual, after work gathering, date, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A; first come, first served (In the winter, when lining up and waiting outside the restaurant, there are heat lamps for you to stand under to keep warm.)
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Note: there is a 2-hour dining limit

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Miku Restaurant


Main Floor, Guinness Tower, #2 – 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9
(West Hastings St & Burrard St)
T:(604) 568-3900
www.mikurestaurant.com

Miku is one of the few restaurants that offers authentic Japanese dishes, i.e. Aburi (flame-seared), Oshi (pressed) and Maki (rolled) sushi and prepares them with complementary sauces that make tasting even more delectable and exciting. (“Aburi” is a thicker cut of raw fish that is seared quickly, leaving most of the fish raw. This is a good introduction to sushi for first-time sushi eaters.)

Recommendations
• Miku Zen (similar to a mini-omakase or chef’s choice)
• Aburi (flame-seared) dishes, oshi (pressed) and maki (rolled) sushi
• Green Tea Tiramisu

Good to Know
• Best seats: On the patio (throw blankets are available if you get chilly)
• Service: Our server was very patient and thorough in introducing the menu and making recommendations
• Atmosphere: Surrounded by glass floor-to-ceiling windows, nice and bright (on a sunny day), spacious, high ceilings
• Ideal for: Business, romance, celebrations, family
• Attire: Smart causal, business
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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Aki Japanese Restaurant


745 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5
(Robson St & Burrard St)
T: (604) 682-4032

An authentic Japanese restaurant located downtown with a delicious selection of yakitori (Japanese style skewered chicken)!

Recommendations
• Tebaski (chicken wings) and tsukune (chicken meatballs) were very tasty and juicy
• If you’re willing to try something different, then we recommend the hatsu (chicken heart), sunagimo (chicken gizzard), and torikawa (chicken skin) – very crunchy
• Calpico (Japanese yogurt drink) and soju (a Korean distilled beverage usually made from rice) – milky and not too sweet

Good to Know
• Best seats: For party of 1 or 2, at the sushi bar; but for larger groups, try the private Japanese dining rooms with the sunken furniture, shoji screens, and tatami floors
• Service: Good; servers were very polite (most spoke fluent Japanese)
• Atmosphere: Large restaurant, big space, located in an underground mall, decor and furniture is mostly made of wood
• Ideal for: Large gatherings, date, celebrations, family
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes, this is a popular place
• Patio recommended: N/A

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