This is a Japanese restaurant, owned and run by Japanese. So the master chef knows his traditions and is honest to them. However, ingredients are whole foods, brown rice, all healthy stuff, so if you're expecting the glossy white POLISHED rice and green tea of trad Japanese establishments, you're in for a shock!
It's really a hole in the wall kind of place, popular with young people. A long narrow shop with fairly limited seating, with the kitchen at the far end. Don't get dressed up in your finery to come here please!
Of course I was limited in my choice, but from what I had, I knew I was tasting fresh, healthy yet uncomplicated ingredients.
I couldn't try the organically brewed beers or drink wine due to the meds I was taking, but I shared a pot of 'gobo', or burdock, tea. Never had that in my 55 years on this earth, or even heard of it during my 10 years spent in Japan! Somewhat an acquired taste, but if you're interested in weird teas from around the world, this surely is one of them! I love burdock, and was very tasty.
Starters we tried were lotus root braised in soy, prawn 'sunomono' and a quinoa and wild rice salad, with edamame. Little dishes we shared. Each dish less than $4.00 each.
Then for mains we both had the Chirashi-Don, (assorted sashimi on organic brown rice in a bowl). The fish was nice and fresh, and as a visitor to Vancouver was delighted with the sockeye salmon sashimi component! YUM. This main cost $12.95.
Service was very good, and there were people coming in to order take-away.
Pity I was only here for just one night before heading back to my home overseas!
So many Japanese restaurants to try all over the world, this one definitely one of the more quirky, yet wholesome, I have tried.
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