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For Collin’s birthday celebration, his family invited us for dinner. The restaurant they chose was Siena.

Siena Restaurant is a casual Italian restaurant, located in South Granville. Only a couple blocks away from Broadway. The restaurant was filled by a lot of people before 8pm when we arrived.

We ordered some appetizers to share, and we each ordered an entree.

Today’s Bruschette
(Red Wine Poached Figs, Caramelized Onion, Aged Balsamic)

Today's Bruschette at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Antipasti Selection (for two)
(Prosciutto, Sopressata, Mortadella, Polenta Frites, Roasted Garlic, Beets, Walnuts, Farro Salad, Roasted Squash, Olives, Grilled Focaccia)

Antipasti Selection (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Both appy came quickly, which was great. I liked both. I had polenta frites first time, and it was very interesting. I would try them again.

Today’s Salad
(Burrata, Soprasetta, Pear, Shallots, Mixed Greens, Raspberry Vin)

Today's Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The salad came out way later than the previous appetizers. Both Collin and I like burrata cheese, so we liked this salad.

Now the time for the entree. It took over one hour after the first two appetizers came! We were wondering at some point if the entrees would ever come or not.

Fish of the Day
(Pan seared Arctic Char, Fingerlings, Green Beans, Leek Cream)

Fish of the Day at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Today’s Pasta
(Cavatelli Carbonara, Pancetta, Egg, Chives, Parmesan)

Today's Pasta at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Balsamic-basil marinade, Caramelized Onion, Polenta)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin had this dish before, but the ingredients were changed, although the dish name was same. He enjoyed, which was a good thing.

Chorizo and Squid Linguine
(Olive Oil, Garlic, Roasted Pepper Puree)

Chorizo and Squid Linguine at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

I and the other family member chose this one. I could tell mine was hot, as I saw the steam coming out of the plate, but hers, however, seemed cold and let the server know. She had to wait for her dish for more time, in addition to one hour of waiting…
It tasted so good, though.

Over previous and this visits, my impression is that their food quality control is inconsistent. When the dish was sent back, the reheated dish tasted good, so they could do better all time.

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Siena Restaurant

Address: 1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(A few steps east from Granville Street)
TEL: 604-558-1485
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SienaVancouver
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Dinner
17:00 – 22:00 daily

Menu

Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver Menu at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Today’s Bruschette $9.00
– Antipasti Selection (for two) $19.00
– Today’s Salad $16.00
– Fish of the Day $23.00
– Today’s Pasta $19.00
– Grilled Flat Iron Steak $24.00
– Chorizo and Squid Linguine $17.00

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My friend had contacted me to plan for dinner since last August, but she said she didn’t want to do on weekdays. For weekends, as I had another friend leaving the country for a while and wanted to spend time with her, and also the weather was great even late summer, I was pushing the plan. At the end of October, we finally set a date, and I asked her to choose a place.

The place we went was Tuc Craft Kitchen. It is located in Gastown, close to Army & Navy store. There is a bar section on the first floor in addition to tables, and there are more tables upstairs. Their website says they serve crafted food, using fresh local ingredients. No specific cuisine.

We ordered from their dinner menu.

Virgin Cocktail (orange base citrus)

Virgin Cocktail (orange base citrus) at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

We both weren’t feeling well to this date, so we ordered virgin cocktail. Hers was tangy, as she asked.

My appy, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

My appy, Crispy Egg & Bacon

Crispy Egg & Bacon at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

For my stomach, I chose the soup, but I couldn’t help ordering this crispy egg! I offered a half to my friend, as it tasted so good!

Her appy, Parsnip & Smashed Potato Fries
(toasted coriander ketchup)

Parsnip & Smashed Potato Fries at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

I had some bite, and it was good. More you eat, greasier it gets. That’s my thought. (It could be because of my upsetting stomach.)

My entree, Faux Lamb Tagine
(Braised Yakima valley Lamb Shoulder, Parsnips, Braised Navy Beans, Water Chestnuts, Dried Cherries, served on Gnocchi Romaine)

Faux Lamb Tagine at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

It was a rich dish. I wanted to have some kind of refreshment, while eating. Maybe, I should have ordered seasonal vegetables or pickles from their nibbles or bites menu, to accompany with.

Her entree, Clam & Coho Bake
(Manila Clams, Salt Spring Island Mussels, Wild Coho Salmon, Chorizo Sausage, Mini Nugget Potatoes, Roasted Butternut Squash, White Wine Fume)

Clam & Coho Bake at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Vancouver

Their menu has starters, nibbles, bites, and entrees section. You could order a few different things from starters, nibbles and bites, rather than one entree, which might be fun if you go with a group.

Tuc Craft Kitchen

Address: 60 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Abbott and Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-559-8999
Facebook: page (Login required to access)
Twitter: @TucRestaurant
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – late
[Sat] 10:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – late
*Closed: Sundays

Price Note
– Virgin Cocktail (orange base citrus) $3.50
– Virgin Cocktail (tart citrus) $3.50
– Roasted Butternut Squash Soup $7.00
– Crispy Egg & Bacon $3.00
– Parsnip & Smashed Potato Fries $6.00
– Faux Lamb Tagine $19.00
– Clam & Coho Bake $17.00

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My friend was expecting a baby in the middle of July, and she had less than four weeks left. I suggested her taking maternity photos, and I had been contacting a few friends or their friends, but at the end, we decided to take photos by ourselves. So, we went to buy some clothes to cover her breast and under abs on a weekday. The store was somewhere on Marine Drive in Vancouver.

After the purchase, we were talking about where we wanted to go for dinner. As I wasn’t familiar with the area, I had no idea. While she drove, I tried to think and asked her, “what about Rajio?” So, we headed! This was on our list since the end of last year. 🙂

Rajio Japanese Public House is on 10th Avenue, close to Alma street. It is in Point Grey area, next to Kitsilano. They are the same restaurant group as Kingyo in downtown. Their concept seems retro, and the primary menu is Kushi Katsu, in addition to Izakaya menu.

We ordered from their dinner menu and special.

Complimentary Appetizer
(Cabbage with special salty dressing)

Complimentary Appetizer at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

This appy was so good and refreshing. I don’t know if they still server the same one, though.

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

Marinated Deep Fried Eggplant in Original Soy based broth from special

Marinated Deep Fried Eggplant at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

This marinated eggplant was just OK.

Various Sauces for Kushi Katsu
(Deep Fried Cilantro Battered Tiger Prawns with Chili Mayo)

Various Sauces for Kushi Katsu at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

Aburi Eihire
(Lightly Seared Stingray‘s Fin with Original Chili Mayo Sauce)

Aburi Eihire at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

I was surprised we can eat this in Canada! Yes, it is hard to bite, but more you chew, tastier it gets.

Grilled Pike Mackerel
(Dressed with Olive Oil, Garlic, Red Pepper, Soy & Lemon)

Grilled Pike Mackerel at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

In the menu, it was described like peperontino, but it didn’t taste like that to us. Well, pike mackerel was good, though.

Tontoro Yaki
(Grilled Pork Cheek with Onion Slice & Yuzu Kosho)

Tontoro Yaki at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

Kushi Katsu
(Camembert Cheese, 2 Oyster, 2 Pork, Chicken, Asparagus)

Kushi Katsu (Camembert Cheese, 2 Oyster, 2 Pork, Chicken, Asparagus) at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

More Kushi Katsu 🙂
(2 Rice Cake, 2 Chicken Cheese, 2 Oyster)

Kushi Katsu (2 Rice Cake, 2 Chicken Cheese, 2 Oyster) at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

Ohhh, I was so happy to eat Kushi Katsu in Canada. As you can see, the oyster was the best for us!

Kimchi “Sobameshi” Stone Bowl
(Yakisoba noodle, Ground Pork, Cheese, Kimchi & Vegetables on Rice, in a sizzling stone bowl)

Kimchi "Sobameshi" Stone Bowl at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

Kimchi "Sobameshi" Stone Bowl at Rajio Japanese Public House in Vancouver

The rice tasted good, although it was a bit greasy.

If I ever want to eat Kushi Katsu, I will go back there! Just a quick note. Pricing below was as of June, and when I checked their site while I was writing this, I noticed the price was up.

Rajio Japanese Public House

Address: 3763 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Half block west from Alma Street)
TEL: 604-558-1679
Facebook: page
Twitter: @rajio3763
Urbanspoon: page

Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 17:30 – 23:30
[Fri – Sat] 17:30 – 0:00

Price Note
– Marinated Deep Fried Eggplant $3.80
– Aburi Eihire $3.80
– Grilled Pike Mackerel $5.80
– Tontoro Yaki $5.80
– Kushi Katsu Camembert Cheese $1.50
– Kushi Katsu Oyster $1.80 each
– Kushi Katsu Pork $1.50 each
– Kushi Katsu Chicken $1.50 each
– Kushi Katsu Asparagus $1.00
– Kushi Katsu Rice Cake $2.40 each
– Kushi Katsu Chicken Cheese $2.40 each
– Kimchi “Sobameshi” Stone Bowl $8.80

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