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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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My friend and I went to Sakura Days Japan Fair and left there when they closed after having coffee at a little cafe at VanDusen. The area is residential and it was raining, but there was no places we can have a chat nearby. We decided to head to downtown Vancouver. While we were on the bus, we decided to go for dinner.

The Sardine Can was in my list for a while, and even my fellow blogger, Shelley reminded me of this place in her blog once. They are a new restaurant opened in 2012 and located in Gastown, close to the status of “Gassy” Jack. The restaurant is a small bar place with 3 sharing tables and a counter bar. They serve Spanish tapas food.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Tostas de Sardinas
(Smoked Sardines on Toast)

Tostas de Sardinas at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas
(Octopus, White Bean & Chard Stew)

Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Carrilladas de Cerdo
(Casserole of slow cooked Pork Cheeks)

Carrilladas de Cerdo at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Gambas al Ajillo
(Spicy Garlic Prawns)

Gambas al Ajillo at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Pan
(Terra Breads Sourdough)

Pan at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

All food was tasty, although we ordered some with similar sauce. The sardine toast is a must item. The octopus and pork cheeks were tender, and the prawns’ one was quite spicy for me but good! I have been to another Spanish tapas restaurant in Vancouver, but I preferred this restaurant.

We also shared two dessert.

Flan de Dulce de Leche
(Baked Caramel Custard)

Flan de Dulce de Leche at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Terrina de Chocolate
(Chocolate Terrine with Chili, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Toast)

Terrina de Chocolate at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Terrina de Chocolate at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

We weren’t sure about this savory-ish seasoning on dessert, but it was quite good. I also liked flan, because I like custard pudding, but my friend probably preferred soft one like creme caramel rather than flan.

And, extra pictures of interior: bulls 🙂

The Sardine Can in Vancouver The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Oh, I almost forgot to mention! When we tried to pay by cash, our server had the bill adjusted with 10% discount. Yay!

Their site says La Buca and Pied-a-Terre are sister restaurants. I might like to try them.

The Sardine Can

Address: 26 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(100 m east from Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-568-1350
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page
*No reservation accepted.

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 16:00 – 22:30
[Sat] 12:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 12:00 – 21:30

Price Note
– Tostas de Sardinas (Sardine Toast) $5.00
– Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas (Octopus) $10.00
– Carrilladas de Cerdo (Pork Cheeks) $10.00
– Gambas al Ajillo (Prawns) $10.00
– Pan (bread) $2.50
– Flan de Dulce de Leche $5.50
– Terrina de Chocolate $5.50
*10% discount with cash payment

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