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For my birthday night, I chose this restaurant, because I saw the Klip magazine that they would provide a complimentary food for your birthday. I called them a few days prior to my birthday and asked how it works. They will provide the service on or one day before or after your birthday by showing your ID.

Octopus’ Garden is a Japanese restaurant in Kitsilano. It is close to Kitsilano Beach. I talked to the owner and they have been really long time for this business. He is a funny person so that even though I went there alone, he entertained me a lot.

As I showed my ID, they prepared for the complimentary Chirashi Sushi Box. I felt bad about not paying anything, so I asked the owner if I can order something that I can eat with Chirashi (portion-wise). He asked about Wagyu (Japanese beef) Nigiri, so I ordered them.

Here is a cute chopstick rest that shapes like an octopus.

Chopstick Rest at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris

A Glass of White Wine, Pinot Gris at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box

Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

There were a lot of kinds of seafood in it, such as red Tuna, Albacore tuna, mackerel, bonito, squid, salmon, salmon roe, yellowtail, etc.

The owner showed me a hunk of Wagyu, and he also explained how well cows were raised so that the beef was expensive and showed me its certification. This is Noda Beef.

Noda Beef (Wagyu) at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Mmmm. So good! Melting in my mouth! I really thought I could die on that day. 😀 He said he would make two Nigiri, but he gave me three! It was very nice of him.

Certification for Noda Beef

Certification for Noda Beef at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Green Tea

Green Tea at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

And, a gummy shaped like an octopus came with the bill.

A gummy at Octopus' Garden in Vancouver

Oh, I’d love to go back on special occasion for that Wagyu! 🙂

Octopus’ Garden

Address: 1995 Cornwell Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Maple and Cypress street, close to Maple street)
TEL: 604-734-8971
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Tue, Thu] 15:00 – 21:00
[Fri – Sat] 15:00 – 21:30
*Closed: Wednesdays
*Lunch menu is available until 17:00.

Price Note
– Glass of White Wine, Hillside Estate Pinot Gris $9.00
– Birthday Special, Chirashi Sushi Box $0.00 (Complimentary with the coupon book and ID)
– Noda Beef (Wagyu) Nigiri Sushi $15.00 each
– Green Tea $3.50

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I had some time off at work and took my friend from Japan to West Vancouver. After coming back to downtown, we had lunch. I asked her what she wanted to eat, and she said pasta. I was thinking for a while where the closest place we can eat tasty pasta, because I had to go back to work after we ate.

One restaurant came up after walking a while, which was Italian Kitchen. I ate there probably four years ago and didn’t impress with their omelet and pizza, but I hoped pasta was good for her sake.

We ordered from their lunch menu. I couldn’t decide what I ordered, so I asked our server. He recommended the meatball one, so I went for it.

Lasagna
(beef, spinach, ricotta, arugula, with a tomato Parmesan salad, chickpea bruschetta)

Lasagna at Italian Kitchen in Vancouver

 

Spaghetti & Wagyu Meatballs
(spicy tomato basil sauce, herbed ricotta)

Spaghetti & Wagyu Meatballs at Italian Kitchen in Vancouver

Spaghetti & Wagyu Meatballs at Italian Kitchen in Vancouver

 

The meatball was little spicy for me, but it was good. I liked the spaghetti.

I couldn’t finish my dish, maybe because the meatballs are huge like tennis balls, so I asked for a doggy bag. And, this was brought. I like the bag. 🙂

 

Italian Kitchen

Address: 1037 Alberni Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow street)
TEL: 604-687-2858
Facebook: page (for Glowbal Group)
Twitter: @glowbal_group (for Glowbal Group)

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner/Dessert
[Sun – Thu] 11:30 – 1:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:30 – 2:00

Price Note
– Lasagna $13.95
– Spaghetti & Wagyu Meatballs $17.95

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