Aotoya Blue Door serves authentic Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Tenhachi restaurant was the strangely-decor'd place on West 12th near Oak which had the best Japanese-style breakfast in town. Well, Mr. Oda and staff have moved east to Victoria & E.50th Ave and operating under a new name, Aotoya (aka Blue Door because that's the colour of the door!).
Anyways the menu is still similar to his Tenhachi days and the food is still the best Japanese home-style in the city of Vancouver. The "teishoku" lunch & dinners means that you get all your food groups on one tray (ie: fish/chicken/pork, rice, veggies, pickles, miso soup, etc.). There are other places to get bento boxes in town but nothing tastes as authentic as here. The décor is again, strange (it used to be a Vietnamese restaurant) with mirrors and other comical decorations but it's the food that shines. No liquor licence.
I believe this place open in March 2013.
The food here is just like what you would get from a Japanese mother or grandmother (this is a good thing!). I ordered the katsu-teishoku (pork cutlet) and I was pleasantly surprised to get two pieces! The miso soup has cabbage in it. One of the side dishes was not made for Canadians that's for sure... very gooey/sticky with boiled squid. There were a few pickled radishes and another dish of boiled devil's tongue and burdock. Also... a bowl of rice was included. Believe me, I was full after eating this. The cost was a bit over $12... plus 15% tip.
I'm glad that this place doesn't try to "Canadianize" their food for sensitive people.
I'll probably go back to this place. The owner seems like a pretty nice guy and there are a couple of older women in the kitchen.