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On a Collin’s day off, we just decided to walk before dinner and to eat out somewhere. The daytime in Summer was longer and bright, and it was nice to walk whether in the woods or not.

As he had never been to this restaurant, we chose to go. Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan serves Iranian, Indian, African food. It is a walking distance from Joyce Skytrain station.

We ordered from their regular menu. He ordered an extra garlic naan, adding to his butter chicken curry.

Butter Chicken Curry

Butter Chicken Curry at Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan in Vancouver

Naan at Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan in Vancouver

He liked this, but he preferred butter chicken to the other place on Commercial Drive.

Nyama Choma Combo & extra Garlic Naan
(1 Lamb Kebab & Kuku Choma, 2 pieces of Masai Ribs, Masala Fries, Garlic Naan, Salad & Raita)

Nyama Choma Combo at Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan in Vancouver

Garlic Naan at Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan in Vancouver

I ordered the same one last time and really liked it, so I did order again. The great thing with this plate is that you can enjoy different tastes little by little and you won’t get tired of eating.

I want to order something new next time! (I said that the last time, too. :))

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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Jambo Grill & Good Morning Paan

Address: 3219 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1.5 block west from Joyce Street)
TEL: 604-433-5060
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:00 – 22:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:00 – 23:00
[Sun, Holidays] 11:00 – 22:00
*Lunch Specials menu: Tue – Fri 11:30 – 16:30

Price Note
– Chai Tea $2.50 (Refill free)
– Butter Chicken $13.95
– Nyama Choma Combo $16.95
– Garlic Naan $2.75

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Oh, I was out almost whole day that day; hiking, lunch, shopping, and coffee time. And at the end of the day, my friend and I decided to have dinner. The cafe where we were at was on Fir street at 2nd avenue, so we had two choices, either going up to Broadway or going down to Granville Island. As I didn’t think we can find a restaurant we wanted to go in Granville Island, we headed to Broadway so that we could even take a bus to go somewhere.

When we were walking up the street, we felt we were pretty tired by then and were getting hungry, and we walked in Suika Snack Bar though we didn’t expect to be seated, as they seemed so popular. There were some counter seats available, limited by two hours, and we took it. If you go there, you might as well make a reservation.

They are a Japanese Izakaya-style restaurant, serving a lot of kinds of Sake. They are the same restaurant group as Kingyo in downtown. The kitchen was an open kitchen, and there were patio.

We ordered from their dinner menu and special.

Sencha Tea

Sencha Tea at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

It is not complimentary. There are a few kinds of tea, I believe.

Deluxe Appy Suika Box
(9 kinds of appy assorted box, limited 10 daily)

Deluxe Appy Suika Box at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

The ingredients must change time to time. On that day, the box came with chicken salad, mackerel salad, grilled duck, marinated eggplant, Tofu with original chili sauce, cooked whelk, toast with cream cheese, octopus with Kimchi, lotus Kinpira. All dishes except Tofu and toast were so good that we wanted to have more. The Tofu was fine, but just chili sauce wasn’t spicy at all, which I didn’t expect. The toast was fine, too. I just thought it didn’t fit to the other dishes.

My Ebi-Mayo
(Deep Fried Cilantro Battered Tiger Prawns with Chili Mayo)

My Ebi-Mayo at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Beef Filet Fried Rice
(Cured Beef & Garlic Fried Rice)

Beef Filet Fried Rice at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Although it was quite greasy, the taste was good. It is better to share with more than two. Otherwise, you might get heartburn. 😉

Nankotsu A-ge
(Deep Fried Chicken Cartilage tossed with Secret Curry Spice Mix)

Nankotsu Age at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

We loved it! I can’t really describe this… Have you tried the bone in canned salmon? The deep fried cartilage is like that, but much hard. When you bite, you can feel the crunchiness.

And, an extra picture of the interior.

Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Suika Snack Bar

Address: 1626 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Pine and Fir Street)
TEL: 604-730-1678
Facebook: page
Twitter: @SUIKA_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 0:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Special Menu

Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver Special Menu at Suika Snack Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Sencha Tea $2.00
– Deluxe Appy Suika Box $12.00
– My Ebi-Mayo $8.50
– Beef Filet Fried Rice $11.00
– Nankotsu Age $4.80

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Compared to hiking, walking for shopping makes me tired more. Well, I went to Shiatsu after having coffee. Once it’s done, I continued to look for a gift for my friend’s birthday. Eventually, time was up, I mean, it was almost 9 o’clock, and I thought I should have dinner somewhere.

Shizenya is located on Hornby street in downtown Vancouver, close to Robson Square. There is another store on Broadway, which I have never been. They serve organic and healthy Japanese food, using brown rice. Generally, I don’t like brown rice, but I can eat their food with no problem. At the last visit, I asked about quinoa dishes, and quinoa stuff is on their feature menu now!

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs)
(Tiger prawn whole wheat Tempura, juicy fresh crab, cucumber, and organic spring mix rolled with Organic brown Sushi rice, topped with organic avocado and homemade sweet sauce)

Natural Bomber Roll at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

This roll is always good! I ordered last time, too.

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad
(Tasted Wild Black Rice, Organic Quinoa, Edamame, topped on Organic Tofu Salad)

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

I wasn’t sure what wild rice was, although I asked the server, so I ordered this. Well, I seem not to like them. Sorry, those are not my thing.

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Anago (salt-water eel) is rare to have. Anago is sweet and softer than Unagi, if I have to describe the difference. Both Nigiri was good.

I have to make a note here that it looks like they open Sundays now!

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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Shizenya Japanese Restaurant

Address: 985 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nelson street)
TEL: 604-568-0013
Facebook: page
Twitter: @shizenya_van
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
11:30 – 22:00 daily

Feature Menu

Feature Menu at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Price Note
– Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs) $6.45
– Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad $4.95
– Anago Nigiri $2.25
– Toro Tataki Nigiri $2.50

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