Home-style Japanese cooking and izakaya fare; okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake / pizza) is the house specialty; teppanyaki; teriyaki, and fresh sashimi. Owner and Operator: Haruko Sasaki.
Went early for dinner, and did not have to wait. Sat at the bar and watched our okonomiyaki being cooked. Owner is always there and always very friendly. Manager (or head waitress?) is very efficient and polite.
We had ebi sunomono salad with decent-sized shrimp. Refreshing on a hot day! Then our okonomiyaki. Yummmm. We wanted different "fillings", so ordered two smaller sizes. The smaller size was enough for me, and my young adult son said it was enough for him as well.
Very casual, pleasant place for a nice supper. We've been a few times, and will go back again.
Had their dinner combo here a while ago for dinner, and found it was decent, but a little expensive for what they have.
I got sunomono, which was small, and okay I guess. Expected to have something inside other than plain noodles. Sashimi was good, but tiny.
My main course was a beef okonmiyaki with udon noodles. Found it was ok, but mostly noodles for around $25. The exact price for the meal escapes me.
Service was fine, but there was nothing that great for a $25 meal. I think its nice to try once for the experience, but not again.
The specialty at Modern Club is the okonomyaki, or japanese pancakes. While mine was filling, I noted that it was mostly cabbage which is unacceptable for a 16 dollar dish. My dining partners ordered some of the specialty rolls which were generous and pretty good quality. The teryaki dishes are also ridiculously expensive. Quite honestly, I've seen similar quality teppanyaki from Edo Japan in any food court. I would return for the sushi but their so-called "signature" dishes aren't worth the money.
Me and my Family were hiking along Dunbar, to have dinner, when we came upon Modem Club.
I saw that it was Japanese so I went in and ate sushi. The California rolls were tasty, but only 50% larger that salmon rolls, and their Nigiri Sushi was unfresh and bad tasting.
We have been recommended this little restaurant in Dunbar by a good friend (and professor of mine at SFU). We learned to trust his taste - he recommended Chow before, the Walnut beach resort in Osoyoos and many other nice things in and around Vancouver.
So we went there for lunch on a Saturday noon with out little one (3 years). We were surprised by the nice interior that did not resemble the usual kitsch of many Asian restaurants at all. There were already 3 other families with kids, but we got the only remaining free table.
We had Okonomiyaki with salmon and soba noodles, Udon and tempura, and agedashi tofu (plain for our little one and spicy for us). The food was excellent.
I never had okonomiyaki ('Japanese pizza') before and really liked it a lot. Not quite what I would call pizza, but a great addition to the Japanese menu for me. The noodles were crisp and the salmon was juicy. It is based on cabbage, so make sure you like it (I do!).
Udon and tempure were great as well and the tofu was the best we had so far in Vancouver (and we have it regularly for our little one, for instance in Kirin where we go for Dim Sum quite often).
Service was excellent, too. Especially we liked the family like atmosphere, including the fact that the young couple operating the place had their little one close by. The waitress was very attentive and helpful, especially for our little one. He got his food first, a fork instead of chop sticks and a complimentary bowl of rice when he was still hungry but did not like our dishes. All without us asking for it (!).
We ended up paying some $45, which is not really cheap, but we felt it was definitely worth the money.
Modern club will be on the list of or favorite Vancouver restaurants next to Montri's Thai restaurant, Chai or the Naam in our neighborhood, or the Cannery, Kirin, Raggazi pizza a little further away.
We will certainly come back very often.
The okonomiyaki was mostly cabbage and was completely tasteless. It was also very oily, and heavy.
NOT worth the money. I think if you are going tot try to find good okonomiyaki in vancouver, stop.
You might as well go to Japan (i've eaten excellent okonomiyaki in Japan). The sushi was okay..... but didn't make up for the okonomiyaki.
The inside of the restaurant was very nice. I like how you can see part of the kitchen. Overall not a very good place to eat, particularly in Vancouver where there is such great variety and quality.
The prices advertised in the website are not up to date, and the prices in the restaurant are quite high....$6.50 for green tea ice cream, $18 for an average okonomoyaki. The menu states that a small size is available upon request, but when we compared the large and small, they were EXACTLY the same size, except that the large came on a bigger plate.
The restaurant is cozy but not nice enough to justify the high prices (the only okay quality of the food didn't justify the prices either!) and it was so cold in the restaurant that about half of the people in the restaurant had kept their coats on. We asked the waitress to turn on some heat, but that didn't seem to happen or be acknowledged throughout our meal as we continued to shiver away. The restaurant also got very smoky too!
I have heard that the restaurant changed owners recently, so hopefully this is just growing pains, but I think the hitches in service and food quality should be balanced with a lowering of prices too.
Good-tasting food. Interesting menu. Homey with friendly service. Lovely owner--very personable. Outrageous prices for the "Japanese pancake" will ensure I won't return, unfortunately. Maybe the rent's too high. If you're not concerned about cost, great place to dine.
We adore this place! The sushi is one of the best in the city, if not THE BEST. Always fresh, clean and tasty. We've been going for over a year and barely eat sushi anywhere else.
The place is small and quaint and has a family feel. I don't mind their son in the back because it adds a touch of home. The couple is young and work so very hard. I have turned so many of my friends to Modern Club and now they travel across town to get the best.
I recommend Modern Club to anyone who is looking for amazing quality sushi.
Let me start off by saying that I have a good appetite for good food. I like to browse on DineHere and search for good restaurants in Vancouver but I've never done a review here before. Until I went to the Modern Club. I have the URGE to write a review and tell everyone about my horrible experience.
This restaurant is NOT owned and operated by only Japanese as I had thought. In fact, it's more like a FAMILY restaurant owned by Cantonese speaking people who were... well, loud. (They even had their 1 year old crying baby in the kitchen.) We went there at what should be the busy dinner hour - guess what, only 2 tables, INCLUDING US. (this should tell you enough about the quality, eh?) At least we expected food to arrive fast, but we had to wait about 20 minutes for the okonomiyaki (which was more than disgusting). NO JOKE.
Moving on to the food. Now I've been to Japan before as an exchange student so I know my food. The okonomiyaki was disgusting, that's all I have to say. We couldn't even finish it because it was that bad. Sushi rolls were VERY small and appetizers looked like they had been frozen for a few days.
Service was limited to none. No thank-yous or good-byes when we were leaving as the only waitress (who was about 50 years old?) was coo-ing over the other table's baby.
I do NOT recommend this place to anyone. It's on my WORST RESTAURANTS IN VANCOUVER list for sure.
It's the best okonomiyaki I've had in Vancouver, but it's still not great. I've had better from just about every place I ate at in Japan (and I lived there for 2 years). It's also really expensive and they don't make Hiroshima-style unfortunately.
If you've never tried okonomiyaki or have a craving I'd recommend it, but I'm not sure otherwise.
Modern Club is a cozy little place; unfortunately, perhaps a bit too little.
Modern Club is most well-known for their Kansai-style okonomiyaki, a Japanese festival food likened to a pancake. Their food is cooked "teppan" style and is usually served hot and fresh, and all of their dishes are delicious. Unfortunately, they are fairly steeply priced, perhaps moreso than some people would be willing to pay for. Still, one cannot deny that their food is good, even if expensive.
Despite being so small the place is usually packed full of people at night, which seems to make them rather understaffed during busy weekends. I've had waitresses forget an order or two more than once on a packed night, and sometimes even a simple refill of tea will take forever. However, their staff are very friendly and when the place is near-empty they go that extra mile to service you, so I suppose it's six of one and half-dozen of the other.
The ambiance is extremely suited to a restaurant of their scale and their seats are delightfully comfy. I've whiled away more than a few hours catching up with friends up at the bar, or discussing the latest developments at a table.
If I had to sum up Modern Club in a single line, it would be this: Good but Expensive. Those two adjectives describe this place pretty well - it's an excellent location for, say, a business meeting, but if you're looking for quick dinner, look elsewhere.