Shizen Ya boasts a menu of Japanese cuisine prepared using organic and healthy ingredients as well as Oceanwise seafood. The dishes at Shizen Ya are MSG and additive free.
We dined at Shizen Ya during a recent 2-day, December stay in downtown Vancouver. It features organic offerings (including brown rice and greens), no additives, msg free, and is vegetarian friendly.
It is a small place, and certainly not one to bring a group (if I recall correctly, there are some 7-8 small tables - two of which will seat four, all the rest will only seat two). For us, it is the small places that most-often appeal to us, and this was certainly one of those - what a delight it was to have had dinner there during this stay - good menu, fresh, well-prepared food, and friendly, helpful staff and service.
We (a senior couple) decided, with a little help from our server, to add a couple of dishes to one of their combo meals, and share. So we had: miso soup, sunomono, vegetable tempura, chicken gyoza, sashimi (salmon and tuna), and beef teriyaki (beef & brown rice). And the (included) green tea.
Everything was so fresh and prepared to order, and served by such friendly and accommodating staff - we just wished we could have returned, but we will have to save that for our next time downtown.
We sure enjoyed our dining experience at Shizen Ya.
Shizen Ya has really surprised me, it is very healthy (organic with no additives, with gluten-free options) and vegetarian-friendly. So if you are like me and worry about the nutritional value of meals, especially those that are not cooked at home, Shizen Ya is an ideal choice.
I had a quinoa and beans soup, an avocado roll, and spinach curry. It all tasted good, and had a very natural feel to it. Certainly puts the myth that ‘healthy food tastes bad’ to rest!
The venue is quite small (the restaurant probably seats 20 people, tops), but that was not a problem as we were a party of two. Despite its small size, it is nicely decorated and has a comfy feel to it. A word of warning for finding the place: it can be easy to miss, so be careful, you might just walk by it.
I will surely visit Shizen Ya again. It has made me fall in love again with Japanese food.
There are more Japanese restaurants than Starbucks so it was nice to find a new small place with a leaning towards organics and brown rice instead of the standard gooey white stuff. Not a large menu. Pricing is reasonable. good friendly service. A young couple serving up something different. Making a go of it.