Formerly Kura Japanese restaurant, Tairyouichiba offers an Izakaya and sushi menu for lunch and dinner.
The former restaurant, "KURA" had been located here for many years and was one of the best japanese restaurants in Burnaby. The owner retired so there's new operators now. The name they choose is rather long and tough to remember. "Tairyoichiba" is almost Ichiban.
The interior is still the cool open space and nice booths but they added a couple of semi-tatami tables. The menu has been reduced from Kura's multi-page book to a simple one-page sheet. Lots of the usual japanese dishes (sushi, tempura, robata, etc.) and some izakaya-style items. The Daikon-salad is a nice addition but the quality of the daikon was substandard (bland). Also the Natto used in the rolls were the chopped-type and not the "real" bean-type. I guess it's easier to handle the chopped-type since it's just squeeze-n-go but it doesn't taste as good. The service is good with attentive and friendly servers always coming around. So overall, it's still a good place to go in Burnaby and if it's too packed, you have a big selection of other restaurants within walking distance. Parking is easy on the streets.
What we ordered:
Chicken and prawn tempura udon
Deep fried octopus croquette
Wild Salmon sashimi
BBQ beef tongue
BBQ cod neck
Eel and prawn tempura roll
Big bottle of Sapporo
The bill came up to $50.45 including tax.
Ya it was all pretty good. Service was definitely up there. Fast, friendly and attentive. No complaints at all.
It's all Japanese staffed. I'm pretty sure anyway. I'm Asian myself and i've been to enough chinese and korean owned places to have a good idea. Plus they said so..hahaha
It was a Saturday and we got there around 6 and there was no one and 45 minutes later there were people waiting for a seat.
It's a nice place with nice people and good food. I'll be going back and my cousin said he would too. He's a harsh critic too. The guy will hardly go anywhere except his handful of usuals.