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Compared to hiking, walking for shopping makes me tired more. Well, I went to Shiatsu after having coffee. Once it’s done, I continued to look for a gift for my friend’s birthday. Eventually, time was up, I mean, it was almost 9 o’clock, and I thought I should have dinner somewhere.

Shizenya is located on Hornby street in downtown Vancouver, close to Robson Square. There is another store on Broadway, which I have never been. They serve organic and healthy Japanese food, using brown rice. Generally, I don’t like brown rice, but I can eat their food with no problem. At the last visit, I asked about quinoa dishes, and quinoa stuff is on their feature menu now!

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs)
(Tiger prawn whole wheat Tempura, juicy fresh crab, cucumber, and organic spring mix rolled with Organic brown Sushi rice, topped with organic avocado and homemade sweet sauce)

Natural Bomber Roll at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

This roll is always good! I ordered last time, too.

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad
(Tasted Wild Black Rice, Organic Quinoa, Edamame, topped on Organic Tofu Salad)

Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

I wasn’t sure what wild rice was, although I asked the server, so I ordered this. Well, I seem not to like them. Sorry, those are not my thing.

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi

Anago and Toro Tataki Nigiri Sushi at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Anago (salt-water eel) is rare to have. Anago is sweet and softer than Unagi, if I have to describe the difference. Both Nigiri was good.

I have to make a note here that it looks like they open Sundays now!

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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

Shizenya Japanese Restaurant

Address: 985 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nelson street)
TEL: 604-568-0013
Facebook: page
Twitter: @shizenya_van
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
11:30 – 22:00 daily

Feature Menu

Feature Menu at Shizen Ya in Vancouver

Price Note
– Natural Bomber Roll (5pcs) $6.45
– Quinoa & Wild Rice Tofu Salad $4.95
– Anago Nigiri $2.25
– Toro Tataki Nigiri $2.50

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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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At Fable in the previous post, I really liked Chickpea Fritters. Once I let Collin know, you know what would have happened. 🙂 He went shopping and made the similar ones. There was some originality for them with quinoa. Also, as I gave him a great Sashimi knife for his birthday, he made Nigiri Sushi, too.

Quinoa Chickpea Pave with Coleslaw

Quinoa Chickpea Pave with Coleslaw

Quinoa Chickpea Pave with Coleslaw

Oh, I love them. So good!

Mojito with Quinoa Chickpea Pave

Mojito with Quinoa Chickpea Pave

Nigiri Sushi with Salmon and Ahi Tuna

Nigiri Sushi with Salmon and Ahi Tuna

This was probably the first time for him to make Nigiri Sushi on his own. He learned how to do it at Nikkei Centre. He said that he made a mistake in cutting fish for Sashimi. I can’t really tell what is wrong!

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