We love the group coupons. One brought us here tonight and we discovered a gem. We ordered and shared the Eggplant Popper, a Chicken Donburi, Renkon Asami Age and their signature (according to the menu) Japanese-style BBQ Back Ribs. We were not disappointed.
Probably could have gone a little lighter since we ordered two fried dishes, but the descriptions intrigued us and we couldn’t resist. The Eggplant Popper was a hit, reminiscent of a Chinese dish (but much better than it!) that is normally pan fried. This we would order again. The very interesting Renkon Asami Age, with its deep-fried, nori-wrapped lotus root-and-shrimp combo was tasty and innovative. Not so sure either of us need to order this again, but we were both glad to have tried it.
They weren’t kidding about the ribs. Yes. Say yes to the ribs. Next time, more than the one each we ordered (you can opt for different sizes). The donburi was a solid one, with mild but appropriate flavour. We’d opt for the Pork Cutlet one and a ramen next time.
We didn’t try any of the sushi, but the items appearing on other tables looked interesting in their presentation.
This place had a mellow, lovely ambiance, was clean, and the service was good. A bit strange to see so many blondes working at a Japanese Izakaya place, but hey, this is Vancouver. Anything goes.
Prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality of the food. We’ll be going back and bringing friends next time. Soon.