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As I mentioned before, I made some new friends at my friend’s baby shower. The birthday of one of them was coming up, and we organized a birthday dinner for her.

As she wished to eat paella, the organizer chose this restaurant, La Bodega. It is located in downtown Vancouver, close to Drake Street. They serve Spanish tapas food. What did we order? I’m not sure… Because when I got to my nearest Skytrain station, the shutter was down, and nobody could get in. I ended up taking two buses to get to downtown, and it took more than an hour and half. So, by the time when I arrived at the restaurant, most of food was shared and served. Oh, my kind friends kept my share in the plates. 🙂 Anyways, I took only one picture.

Tapa de Paella
(Seafood, Chicken, Pork & Saffron Rice)

Tapa de Paella at La Bodega in Vancouver

For the taste, I think it was much better than my last visit in 2011. The atmosphere was more lively than before.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

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La Bodega

Address: 1277 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-684-8814
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 16:30 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 17:00 – 23:00

Price Note
– Tapa de Paella $12.95

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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.

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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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In the early July, Collin had a hard day and was feeling down. To try to cheer him up, I decided to take him out and have a nice meal. I heard that this restaurant had finally moved and opened at a new location, and when I checked the opening hour, I found that they opened for lunch on weekends! That made me make an online reservation right away for the coming weekend.

Miku Restaurant is nearby Canada Place, close to Waterfront Station. The new location is much brighter and the view from the restaurant is nice. Besides, the ceiling is not high as the old place so that you can hear the conversation with your friends. The menu, I believe, hasn’t changed, although I had never been for lunch at the old location. Aburi (sear-flamed) is their specialty.

We ordered from their lunch menu.

Green Tea

Green Tea at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Featured Miso Soup

Featured Miso Soup at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen included Miso Soup, so we ordered one more.

Hamachi Carpaccio
(Thinly sliced Yellowtail, flame seared, Citrus Avocado Sauce)

Hamachi Carpaccio at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Hamachi was fresh, and the sauce was great with the Sashimi.

Miku Zen
(A selection of seasonal items chosen by the chef; 4 items from their kitchen, 5 pieces from their Sushi bar & Miso Soup)

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

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Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

Miku Zen at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

4 items were Saikyo Miso baked sable fish, Jidori chicken Nanban, Aburi Tuna, and hearts & greens farm Tofu salad. You can find them in Zensai (appy) or Shusai (entree) sections.

5 pieces of Aburi Sushi were Nigiri Sushi with Hirame (flounder), Boiled Ebi (prawn), Toro (fatty tuna), and two pieces of salmon Oshi Sushi.

This was a great dish that you can sample various aspect of their food. There were quite a lot of food so that we shared every single one, and we now know which dish he or I want to order to eat in a full plate next time. Well, all of them tasted good, which is a problem. (We can’t order all!)

Red Wave Roll Sushi
(Crab, Avocado, wrapped in Red Tuna, Masatake Sauce)

Red Wave Roll Sushi at Miku Restaurant in Vancouver

This roll was our favorite Sushi when we ate at the old location. It still is!

And, extra pictures of the restaurant interior and the view from there.

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Their menu is or can be adjusted for vegetarian or gluten free. The pricing is high, but it is worth eating on a special occasion. I think I did make Collin happy! 🙂

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Miku Restaurant

Address: #70 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Howe Street and Canada Place Way)
TEL: 604-568-3900
Facebook: page
Twitter: @mikurestaurant
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 11:30 – 15:00, 17:00 – 22:00

Bar Bites
[Mon – Thu] 15:00 – 17:00, 22:00 – 22:30
[Fri – Sat] 15:00 – 17:00, 22:30 – 23:00
[Sun] 15:00 – 17:00

Price Note
– Green Tea $3.00 each
– Featured Miso Soup $3.00
– Hamachi Carpaccio $18.00
– Miku Zen $27.00
– Red Wave Roll Sushi $16.00

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