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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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On my birthday, Collin had to work and I didn’t want to cook. I didn’t even want to call my friends, since we had my birthday dinner the other day. Collin suggested to go out for dinner anyways, so I decided to go to Tenhachi by myself at last minute.

I ordered from their dinner special menu and today’s dessert.

Green Tea

Green Tea at Tenhachi in Vancouver

I got a piece of marinated tuna as an amuse-bouche.

A piece of marinated tuna at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Seafood Kushi A-ge Teishoku
(5 pieces of breaded deep fried mix seafood on skewers, come with rice, Miso soup, two daily Kobachi (small plates), and pickles)

Seafood Kushi A-ge Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Seafood for that day were two salmon, white fish, squid, and I can’t remember the last one.  Squid one was way overcooked and so hard to eat.

Seafood Kushi A-ge Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Two Kobachi (small plates) were Kabocha and Ohitashi (vegetables steeped in Dashi).

Seafood Kushi A-ge Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Seafood Kushi A-ge Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Black Sesame Ice Cream with Kinako for dessert

Black Sesame Ice Cream with Kinako at Tenhachi in Vancouver

And, here are some pictures from the past when I had lunch with my friends.

Grilled Mackerel Teishoku

Grilled Mackerel Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Grilled Sanma (Pike Mackerel) Teishoku

Grilled Sanma (Pike Mackerel) Teishoku at Tenhachi in Vancouver

Tenhachi

Address: 1125 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(1st Floor of Shaughnessy Village, Close to Spruce street)
TEL: 604-742-0234
Facebook: page
Twitter: @Tenhachi2011

Breakfast
7:00 – 12:00 daily

Lunch
[Wed – Sun] 12:00 – 14:00

Dinner
[Tue – Sun] 17:00 – 21:00

Price Note
– Green Tea $1.95
– Seafood Kushi Age $10.95
– Black Sesame Ice Cream with Kinako $3.75

### This place is closed as of Jan, 2013. They re-opened as a new restaurant Aoto-ya at a different location.

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I went to Fujiya, Japanese grocery store, and found they sold Sanma cut open. Sanma is Pacific saury or Pike mackerel in English.

I just grilled on a frying pan with one table spoon of oil. The fish is cut open, so it is easy to grill it, and it is cheap. If you eat out, you might pay $10 for this with rice, Miso soup, and some small refreshment.

Price Note
– Pike mackerel $1.35

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