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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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After the busy work storm was left, there was a quiet weekday. I was texting with my friend after work, and we ended up going for dinner. It was Friday and I had been busy, so she suggested somewhere close to both of us.

She had an idea, which was Hyoga Japanese Cuisine, on Kingsway, close to Joyce Street. They serve Sushi, tapas, as well as some of combo menu. The restaurant is really small, and it doesn’t have noisy Izakaya atmosphere, but it is casual and comfortable to eat there. There are lunch dishes on their menu, so I asked we can order. The server said you can order but pricing will be added $1.50.

We ordered from their regular and special menu.

Complimentary Tea

Complimentary Tea at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi
(Seared Sockeye Salmon Sashimi Savory Creamy Yuzu Sauce Seasalt)

Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

The creamy Yuzu sauce was interesting, and my friend really liked the sauce.

Nasu Dengaku

Nasu Dengaku at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Nasu is eggplant, and Dengaku is sweetened Miso grazed. I liked this dish!

Korroke and Fried Fish Set
(1pc of Panko Crusted Aji (striped mackerel), and 2pcs each of Pacific Cod, Creamy Corn Croquette with Tonkatsu Sauce, Salad, Rice, Miso Soup)

Korroke and Fried Fish Set at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

We both enjoyed fried Aji. I generally like cream corn croquette, but I don’t know if they actually made by hand. (Sorry…) I preferred one from Fujiya.

Pork Okonomiyaki

Pork Okonomiyaki at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake. This one was quite soft than I usually make at home.

They serve a lot of Sushi, so I might want to order some next time.

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

Hyoga Japanese Cuisine

Address: 2 – 3343 Kingsway, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block east from Joyce Street)
TEL: 604-435-6670
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:30
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 22:00
*Closed: Sundays

Menu

Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver Menu at Hyoga Japanese Cuisine in Vancouver

Price Note
– Aburi Yuzu Salmon Sashimi $12.50
– Nasu Dengaku $5.00
– Korroke and Fried Fish Set $9.50
– Pork Okonomiyaki $9.00

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My company usually does a Christmas party at one of my boss’ house, but this time she took a vacation early and longer before Christmas, so we had one at the restaurant. There is one co-worker who cannot take wheat and also the other who has allergy with shellfish. It was not easy to make a decision for where to go.

Minami has Omakase (prix fixe) course and they can accommodate with the special diet. The server came before we started to get served, and she asked how severe the diet would be. (Do you know some soy sauce even contains gluten?)

Minami Restaurant is located in Yaletown. Most of our members came from far by cars, and it seemed not to easy to find a parking spot.

Collin and I came here before and liked Yuzu alcohol, so we recommended to everyone, but one of my boss didn’t see the pricing until he paid, and he was so surprised how expensive it was and how much we drank. :p

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml
(Citrus nose and smooth palate reminiscent of iced tea)

Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Omakase Shokai serves 6 courses.

Sashimi
(Chef’s Selection)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Salmon, Hamachi (Yellowtail), Albacore Tuna)

Sashimi for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Two different soy sauce: Regular and Nikiri)

Minami Zen
(Selection of Signature Appetizer)

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Minami Zen (Selection of Signature Appetizer) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(From the top, Slow Roasted Beets & Watercress Salad, Tuna and Crumbled Miso Tofu Tartare, Ebi Fritters, Shrimp Crab Gyoza)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish
(Kale Goma-ae, King Oyster Mushroom, Wasabi Pickles, Yuzu Miso Foam)

Saikyo Miso Baked Sablefish for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

I ate Kale Goma-ae first time and really liked it! It wasn’t bitter at all. I must have Collin made some at home. 😉

Soy Braised Short Rib
(Sterling Silver AAA, Yukon Potato Puree, Spinach)

Soy Braised Short Rib for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi
(Chef’s Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi)

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Sushi (Chef's Selection of Aburi, Nigiri, Roll and Oshi Sushi) for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Aburi Hamachi, Aburi Red Tuna, Aburi Shrimp, and Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi)

Tea

Tea at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Dessert
(Chef’s Selection)

Dessert for Omakase at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

(Lemon Cheesecake with Rhubarb-Raspberry Sorbet)

After eating short rib, I was getting full. The last main was Sushi, so I was so stuffed after!

I enjoyed their food, but I realized something after I was talking to my boss. The restaurant is too dark to enjoy food by eyes. I’m glad that I had installed Flashlight app on my iPhone so that I could enjoy before starting eating. (Flashlight app was useful to take a picture by my digital camera, too!)

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Minami Restaurant

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Between Burrard and Thurlow streets)
TEL: 604-685-8080
Facebook: page
Twitter: @MinamiYaletown
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

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

Menu

Menu for Omakase Shokai at Minami Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– Obaachan’s Yuzu 300ml $38.00
– Omakase Shokai $80.00 per person

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