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As usual, Collin said he wanted to eat Tonkatsu! Is it his routine in certain period? Or maybe, the addiction comes back every a few months. 😀 Anyways, on the Labour Day long weekend, we went to Kingyo Izakaya on Denman Street.

Kingyo Izakaya serves Japanese tapas dishes at night as well as lunch combo, including Teishoku. It is located in the midway of Robson and Davie Street.

We ordered from their regular lunch menu.

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea 

Iyemon Genmaicha Tea at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tea came right away, but our food didn’t come for next 40 min or so. When the next table, who ordered after us, got their food, and we realized one of their foods was what he ordered, Collin got frustrated, because he needed to leave as quickly as possible for work. And, finally the food came with the server’s apology.

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo
(Deep fried pork cutlet, using only the finest fresh Japanese bread crumb Panko)

Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Right after this, the server brought this Sashimi salad below. We appreciated but at the same time, we knew we didn’t have time to finish eating.

Complimentary Sashimi Salad
(3 kinds of Sashimi on a bed of organic springs, dressed with soy-based vinaigrette & garlic oil)

Sashimi Salad at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

My choice, Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box
(Sophisticated & well designed Makunouchi Bento)

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Sliced Omelet with Grind Daikin

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Scallop Salad with seaweed dressing

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Udon Noodle Salad with Fried Tofu

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Fried Fish with Tartar Sauce & Lemon

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pork Kakuni with Sauce

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Chicken Karaage

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tuna Tataki with Chili Sauce

Rice

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Pickled Daikon & Carrots

Kingyo's Assorted Deluxe Bento Box at Kingyo Izakaya in Vancouver

Tofu with Chili Sauce

Miso Soup

As you can see, I forgot to take a picture of whole food, because I got distracted by the salad that the server brought and the conversation with him for that.

Well, anyways, we enjoyed our food, and we asked the server for the salad to go.

They renewed their website so that we can see the lunch menu on site.

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

Kingyo Izakaya

Address: 871 Denman Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-608-1677
Facebook: page
Twitter: @KINGYO_IZAKAYA
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 23:30
[Fri, Sat] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 1:00

Price Note
– Iyemon Genmaicha Tea $2.30
– Sashimi Salad Complimentary
– Pork Loin Cutlet (Tonkatsu) Combo $13.80
– Kingyo’s Assorted Deluxe Bento Box $16.00

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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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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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