Kakurenbou.... hmmm it is an interesting name, since I asked the staffs what it meant.. "Hide & Seek" - very unique!!. I was greeted with pleasant smiles as I entered in the front door, it was a WOW when I first saw it, as I was standing at he bar, I was very curious to see what was inside. As I entered, it was a different feeling and it just gave me a warmth & cozy feeling to be. Its very rare I would see Japanese restaurants with the same atmosphere & ambiance as this. Our waitress came by and asked how we were doing & asked what we liked to drink.. of course I always start off with japanese green tea.. it was served nice & hot and the aroma to the tea was magnificiant. As starters I order the Edamame (3.80), it was served on a small shallow basket & taste was too perfection (think I had over 3 orders that night). Looking through the menu with many many selections I had to try many different things.. I first ordered the chicken gizzards - which came out nice and crispy outside & crunchy from the inside, it was served on slice red onions and i guess with a special sauce - this was the good combination. Next, I ordered the Daikon salad - this is a refreshing & very light salad served with bonito's on top & a light sauce. Next, was the crispy chicken karage - this got my eyes wide opened when it was served, it was covered with rice crispys on the outside, i took a bit at it and boy it was so good, nice & crunchy from the outside & moist inside, was done to perfection.. we had to have 2 orders that night. Next, japanese omelet - this was a delicacy, I'm not much of an egg person, but this dish was presented very well and the eggs was nicely done & covered with their special sauce. After sitting for awhile, I ordered the roast beef dish, 5 pieces of sliced beef top on top of a bed of mixed greens & its dipping sauce, it was very different and the beef was a good quality beef, nice & tender. I also ordered the Katsu Tuna - this was a breaded & deep fried and served with a special sauce, about 5-6 pieces were served per order with a bed of salad. Lastly, I had ordered the agedashi tofu, chicken skewers and ebi-mayo. The tofu was served in a bowl with 4 pieces and topped with mushrooms & a special sauce.. it was nice and very different then any other Agedashi's I ever had. Chicken skewers came in a plate with 5 pieces that looked like sausages. it was served with 5 different flavours, it was flavourly. Lastly, the ebi-mayo, this is a to die for!! about 6 larges prawns lightly battered & deep fried, wasnt over cook and served with pickled red onions, avocado chunks & topped with a special mayonnaise dressing, it was fabulous!! I couldn't resist had to order another dish.
For dessert, I ordered the Lycee creme brulee & the strawberry panacotta ... i loved the panacotta, it was just right! the brulee was very good but i wish it was a bigger portion.
Our friends had ordered a bottle of sake around the $50 market, it was very nice & refreshing.. I did notice there were large bottles of sake which cost around $350-$400 which it was imported from Japan, I need to bring about 10 friends just to finish that bottle.
Service was perfect, they were around everytime I needed them. And the most important of all was I noticed the washroom stalls were very CLEAN!, its rare to find a washroom so clean & tidy and the neatest thing of all...... they had toothpicks at the sinks!!
Overall, this is an awesome place to go for dinner with a different environment. Food is awesome and our friends did compliment on it as well.. For sure I will dining here more often for izakaya food. I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for good food with an incredible environment..
You should check it out yourself.