Posts tagged Japanese
Torafuku

I admit I've only ever heard of Le Tigre ( founders Steve Kuan + Clement Chan's first business) and never really had the opportunity to visit the famous food truck but once word hit the internet that there was going to be a brick and mortar by the same people, I knew I had to put it on my list of to-go's. After much anticipation, they've finally held their grand opening this past Friday and.. you guessed it: I had to go to witness all the hype for myself. Torafuku (寅福) in Japanese means lucky tiger and from that alone, I could get the feel that Torafuku would be into the Asian inspired modern food trend. As you'll see from some of the menu options below, the dishes are what I would consider Japanese nouveau and also follow the izakaya trend of offering share-able food options to pair with drinks.

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Akasaka

J wanted to bring me somewhere new today so I happily followed and after a while, we arrived at a secluded old-fashion Asian house which turned out to be Akasaka, a Korean-Japanese restaurant. I was going to get the best of both worlds in one meal? Sign me up. To my surprise, the whole front dining area was empty; everyone was actually dining in the individual Japanese style rooms in the back...so of course we followed suit. The rooms and restaurant were well kept and clean and I had a positive outlook on the rest of my experience. Little did I know there was much more in store for me.

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Sushi Loku (reposted)

Sushi places are everywhere in Vancouver and it's easy to miss gems especially when they look like any ordinary Korean run sushi restaurant. Thank goodness I heard of Sushi Loku a while ago and decided to give it a visit recently. Located on East Broadway and Carolina Street, the exterior of Sushi Loku may not look like much but I can assure you that you'll be pleasantly surprised to find more than what you were looking for.

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The Ramen Butcher

My first post of 2015 welcomes the new The Ramen Butcher, a Chinatown ramen shop opened by the Japanese ramen god Menya Kouji,  to the Vancouver dining scene. To be honest, I never felt too confident about the choice of location for many Chinatown eateries but recently, the continued success of Phnom Penh, Matchstick, and the well received Crackle Creme gives me confidence that non-downtown restaurants can flourish as well. With that, location shouldn't lag this newcomer behind long time favourites such as Santouka as long as they can keep up with quality. So let's get on it shall we; a look at the much hyped Ramen Butcher on grand opening day..

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