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Clubhouse

255 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Y1C7
Tel: (604) 879-8998
Neighbourhood: Mt. Pleasant
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Wifi
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Thu: 12:30PM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 11PM, Fri: 12:30PM - 2:30PM & 5PM - 12AM, Sat: 5PM - 12AM, Sun: 5PM - 11PM
  • The Clubhouse is a Japanese restaurant with a sports theme. Cheap and varied menu quite different from most Sushi joints. Owner, Masu, is a friendly guy.

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The original Izakaya with a twist
By yummyvancouver of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 9:00pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Clubhouse for years and can attest that they are the original funky Izakaya house.

Food:
The menu is an oxymoron - you find the most authentic Japanese item (kimpira gobo - traditional home cooking) next to the Western cross Japanese dishes that are actually quite tasty (Cream cheese with asparagus sushi roll? Who would have thought!)
The menu itself is quite confusing and unorganized - from the "daily special" paper menu, to the regular menu to the "today's special" (different from daily special). It's quite daunting to the first timer or even a regular like me. It seems to me that they have over 300 items to please all tastebuds.

Service:
I give service a solid 3 - I only go on weekdays when it might be a little slower. The food comes out quite fast and I've only had a problem once with really slow service.

Ambiance:
It had more of an energy before - I miss the days when owner Mas would greet you and then sit down and have a piece of your edamame claiming it was for quality control. Clubhouse is still a great quirky place to go and relax or to to meet up with friends and have some great sushi and okonomiyaki.

My favorites:

Tuna Tataki - best in town! Thick slices of seared tuna with daikon oroshi and special sauce is to die for!

Umai Tofu Salad - large portions - the dressing is so fresh

Cheese Chikuwa - great appy! Very Japanese with a twist.

Lastly, even with the new owners I feel the quality of the food is the same- as long as they don't change up the tuna tataki, I'm good to go!

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First Timer
By Vanstare of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 17, 2010 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

After reading good reviews about Clubhouse and driving past it on my work route, I decided to drag my boyfriend to Clubhouse with me to try it out. It was around 730 but other than the party upstairs, the place was pretty dead. The first thing we noticed was - it was very dark. We were seated right away by our friendly waitress. The fridge was broken so there was a constant hammering noise throughout our dinner- the waitress did apologize and offer to reseat us but we politely declined. We ordered 3 things - scallop and avocado roll, tuna tataki, and a seafood okonomiyaki (large). The S&A roll was disappointing, more avocado than scallop. We loved the tuna tataki. And while the okonomiyaki was tasty, it became sickening after the second helping. Overall good food, good service, but a little pricey. There was one thing that did bother us. We sat outside the kitchen so we were able to see the waitress put the ginger from our sushi plate back to reuse for the next customer. She probably thought we didn't touch it but we did eat some. I don't know if we'll be back.

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Regular stand by for dinner
By UsernameUnknown of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 5, 2010 - 5:39pm [Dine in]

The food is amazing (especially when you factor in the cost). There are rotating specials for rolls and meals that can cut down costs even more. I have yet to have a meal here I didn't enjoy.

The staff are all friendly and cheerful. The has always been quick.Show up often enough and most of them start to learn names and preferences. I've seen them do amazingly on quiet nights when the place is dead or busy nights when they have a full room upstairs and people packed in down stairs.

I was iffy about the decoration and the music my first few times I went in. Eventually the random music styles (techno, industrial, rap, pop...) and the random decoration grew on me.

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