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My birthday is in December, and as it was on his day off, he planned making 10-course birthday dinner for me. While I was working, he went shopping for those ingredients.

The course was served as tapas style first and then two mains and two dessert!

1st course: Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

Smoked Ham, Pear, and Goat Brie Crostini

2nd course: Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

Broccoli Soup with Goat Brie

The last time he made was much better, I mean, this was a bit watery.

3rd course: Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

Swiss Chard Sausage, Yam, Dijon Gravy

This was interesting dish and delicious! I would order again! 😀

4th course: Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatoes (for two)

Bruschetta with Arugula & Tomatos (for two)

5th course: Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

Marinated Eggplant & Salmon

This was my least favorite. I loved the marinated eggplant as usual, but salmon was lukewarm, which he said it was intentional but it was weird to me.

6th course: Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

Lamb Chop, pan-seared Root Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Dijon red wine sauce

The lamb chop was beautifully cooked. We shared it, which is good, because I was getting full at this point.

7th course: Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

Salmon, Crab Mashed Potatoes, and Turnip Hash

The salmon was nicely cooked, too. The crab mash was a bit softer than the one he made before, so that it lost the texture. I really liked the turnip hash.

8th course: Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

Spaghetti Carbonara with Prawns and Scallop

At this point, I was too full. I wished I can share, but he made this full size for himself as well. The taste was good, though.

9th course: Chocolate Panna Cotta

Chocolate Panna Cotta

I was too full to have two dessert, so he arranged this dessert, using both ingredients. Panna Cotta was a little loose, so it was like mousse.

This would be the last birthday dinner cooked by him, as he said he rather buy gifts next time. 🙂

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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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When Collin asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I suggested if he can make me 10-course homemade dinner and he agreed to it. My birthday is December, but it was on weekend last year and he had to work. So, the dinner date was set on a weekday.

The course was planned as tapas style, so no main dish, and included some that I liked in the past when he made.

1st course: Quinoa chickpea pave with Coleslaw

He made this one in the previous month. As a part of 10-course meal, each one was too big! 🙂

2nd course: Smoked salmon wonton

3rd course: Marinated eggplant

I basically like eggplant, and after I ate marinated eggplant at Fishworks and Bao Bei, I told him I liked them and I can eat them every day. So, he sometimes makes some for me, and this time wasn’t exception. 🙂

4th course: Prosciutto wrapped chicken with Parsnip purée

5th course: Wonton soup

He made won ton soup in the past and I liked them, too. But this time, he put some unique spice, and I didn’t like so much. 😦

6th course: Scallop with butternut squash and bacon

7th course: Prawn cream cheese cannelloni with Rose sauce

8th course: Spicy green beans and cashew pork

As I liked the green beans dish that he made before, I requested the one. This was so spicy and I ended up having him eat some.

9th course: Apricot rum poached pear marshmallow soup (It was supposed to be two desserts, but we were full so he changed the menu at last minute.)

So, this is a hot soup. Because of that, marshmallows were melting in the soup. Mm, so good!

The dishes were served a bit too fast (because I’m slow eater!). I kept eating, sometimes having two or three plates in front of me, for 2 hours or so. I thought my stomach was going to explode! 😀

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