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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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So, I mentioned a couple of times in the previous posts that my friend’s birthday was coming up. I picked some restaurants for the dinner, and the birthday girl chose one, which was Siena. When I called them and asked if we can bring some cake with us, a lady, who answered the phone, said not allowed due to the health/sanitary concern. I understood their point of view. While I was discussing with my friends what we wanted to do, either change the restaurant, or no cake to bring but order at the restaurant or go somewhere else for dessert, I got a returning call from the lady, saying we can bring cake but they will charge $2.50 per person. Anyways, I made a reservation online at the end. 😀

Siena Restaurant is at lively South Granville, a couple blocks away from Broadway. They are a casual Italian restaurant where can serve maybe 40 people.

We were a group of five, and two boys decided to go for Prix Fixe, three course meal, and the rest of us, girls went for antipasti to share and ordered each entree.

Antipasti (for two)
(Asparagus Salad, Smoked Salmon, Olives, Salmon Mousse, Sopresetta, Orzo Salad, Roasted Garlic, Focaccia, Lentil-Pepper Salad)

Antipasti (for two) at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This antipasti was enough to share with three people. We even offered to the others, who ordered Prix Fixe, to have some. I, personally, liked asparagus salad and salmon mousse. As we shared with everybody, we asked extra focaccia.

Focaccia

Focaccia at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Appy from Prix Fixe, Baby Arugula Salad
(Limoncello Vinaigrette, Parmesan)

Baby Arugula Salad at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Linguine con Vongole
(Clams steamed in White Wine, Garlic and Olive Oil)

Linguine con Vongole at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The birthday girl was so happy to have this. Actually, the reason why she decided to go to this restaurant was the picture of vongole on their website! 🙂 And, you know what? It tasted great!

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca
(Tomato, Chili, Garlic, Anchovies, Olives, Capers)

Spaghettini alla Puttanesca at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other girl friend went for this, and she said it was salty. I tasted, and I thought the saltiness came from olives.

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto
(Qualicum Bay Scallops, Oven-dried Tomatoes)

Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

This was what I ordered. The first bite of the risotto made me think. The second bite made me ask my friends to try. For the third bite, I asked salt, because it was so bland. Although the server brought salt, the owner or manager came and offered to make a new one. The scallop was perfect, though. Yes, the risotto was fine at the second time.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Grilled Flat Iron Steak
(Salsa Verde, Roasted Fingerlings, Arugula, Parmesan)

Grilled Flat Iron Streak at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Collin ordered this one. He said it would have been better if arugula didn’t hide steak.

Entree from Prix Fixe, Braised Lamb Ravioli
(Citrus Gremolata, Brown Butter, Pecorino)

Braised Lamb Ravioli at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

The other boy friend ordered and loved this one. Yet, he wished there were more ravioli in the plate. 🙂

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup
(Almond Thyme Biscotti)

Vanilla Gelato with Balsamic Fig Syrup at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from Prix Fixe, Chocolate Hazel Torte
(Orange Caramel)

Chocolate Hazel Torte at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

And, the birthday girl received a glass of complimentary sherry (?) from the restaurant.

A glass of complimentary sherry at Siena Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert from a bakery cafe we brought in.

Dessert from a bakery cafe

I won’t reveal where those are from now. (Well, you must have known!) Look forward the next post.

Anyways, even though we were five of us, they didn’t charge the fee $2.50 per person for five, maybe because two of us ordered their dessert with Prix Fixe.

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

Price Note
– Red Wine Bottle, Chianti $45.00
– Antipasti (for two) $18.00
– Focaccia $4.00
– Linguine con Vongole $18.00
– Spaghettini alla Puttanesca $17.00
– Seared Scallops on Pesto Risotto $24.00
– Prix Fixe $29.00 each
– Additional price for Ravioli $3.00
– Open Food to bring cake from outside $7.50 ($2.50 per person)

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One night in June, Collin said he wanted to eat Sushi for dinner, but he was so hungry that he couldn’t wait in line. I was thinking where we can go and remembered that my friend had told me that there was a new Japanese restaurant open on Kingsway, close to Nanaimo street and it wasn’t bad. Although we had to take a bus to get there, we decided to go.

Sushi By Yuji is probably in 15 min walk from Nanaimo Skytrain station. They serve mainly Sushi, but there are some appetizer like Gyoza, and some dessert, on the menu, too.

We ordered from their regular menu and special on the board.

Complimentary Tea

Tea at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Morokyu

Morokyu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Morokyu is an appetizer that are served cucumber with Moromi Miso. Moromi Miso is liquid salty chunky Miso.

3 kinds of Roll
(Ebi & Asparagus Roll, California Roll, Hamachi & Avocado Roll)

3 kinds of Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Ebi & Asparagus Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver California Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Hamachi & Avocado Roll at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Hamachi & Avocado roll was on their special, which was so good. Surprisingly, the Ebi & Asparagus roll was simple but so good, too.

Ebi and Botan Ebi Nigiri

Ebi Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Botan Ebi Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Is Botan Ebi spot prawn?

Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri

Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Engawa is the edge of fish that is the muscle they use. You can see it in this video, around 4:30.

Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan

Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Anago Nigiri

Anago Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Aji (Horse Mackerel) Nigiri

Aji Nigiri at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Negitoro with Egg

Negitoro with Egg at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

This was new to me. Negitoro with roe quail egg. Negitoro is chopped fatty tuna and green onion. I saw this on someone’s blog and had to order! This was good! It looked small, but it got mouthful. 🙂

And, an extra picture of the restaurant exterior.

Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Overall, Sushi was good. If the restaurant was packed, there would be some slowness, because there is only one chef working. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. You can choose the size of rice for Nigiri! In Japan, Sushi tends to use quite small amount of rice, which is designed for bite-size.

I like their Facebook page shows what kind of fish just gets delivered, which looks so fresh and clean!

Sushi By Yuji

Address: 2252 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(150 m west from Nanaimo Street)
TEL: 604-434-0003
Facebook: page
Twitter: @yujihu
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon] 17:00 – 21:30
[Tue – Fri] 12:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 21:30
[Sat – Sun] 15:00 – 21:30

Menu

Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver Menu at Sushi By Yuji in Vancouver

Price Note
– Morokyu $3.00
– Ebi & Asparagus Roll $4.75
– California Roll $3.75
– Hamachi & Avocado Roll $4.25
– Ebi Nigiri $1.75 each
– Botan Ebi Nigiri $3.75 each
– Engawa (Halibut Fin) Nigiri $2.75 each
– Ika & Mentaiko Gunkan $2.50
– Anago Nigiri $3.50 each
– Aji Nigiri $2.50 each
– Negitoro with Egg $2.50

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