Hiko Sushi & Bubble Tea at Broadmoor Shopping Center, Richmond

Arkensen and I went for a late lunch after Arkensen’s doctor appointment at Broadmoor Shopping Center, a small strip mall.

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Can you believe the above statistic? Well, in the small Broodmoor Shopping Center, there are already two sushi restaurants.

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We went to one of sushi restaurants; Hiko Sushi & Bubble Tea which is a small sushi place which seats less than 20.

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Specials of the day written on a black board hang over the counter.

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Complementary miso soup with soft tofu and green onions. The serving is big as Arkensen only drank half of his bowl.

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Arkensen ordered Salmon Sashimi Don as he simply loves salmon sashimi. The don underneath the salmon sashimi is sushi rice. Arkensen enjoyed his meal except … Continue reading

Yah Yah Ya Ramen, Capstan Way, Richmond

Ben and I went out for lunch on a Saturday afternoon by ourselves again. We decided to give Yah Yah Ya Ramen another try. The last time we wanted to dine here, there was a line and the boys did not want to wait.

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Yah Yah Ya Ramen is a relatively new ramen restaurant is Richmond. From the Chinese characters, the name of the restaurant literally means family.

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When we arrived, there were several people at the waiting area. So, we expected to wait. But when we told the server, there was only the two of us, we got a table immediately. Perhaps, the poeple who were waiting were in larger group and needed a big table. We were lucky.

The seating is tight and the table is quite small.

Like most Japanese restaurants, the servers greeted customers when they come in and leave the restaurants. So, it’s a bit loud.

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The menu is just a two page menu. You can click on them to have a larger view.

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Ben ordered the Spicy Miso Ramen for $10.50. He opted for hard noodle, heavy taste and less oil (I think). Continue reading

Kiriri Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar, Garden City Road

Lorna invited me for lunch. We decided to go somewhere near her neighbourhood.

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We went to Kiriri Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar on Garden City Road. We had attempted to dine here a while ago but it was closed at that time.

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A great idea in promoting the company name in the table setting.

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We ordered two items to share. The first item was the Chicken Teriyaki Combo for $12.50. This combo include miso soup, kobachi, udon, agedashi tofu, green salad and two pieces of sushi. Kobachi literally means small bowl of appetizers like banchan in Korean cuisine; in this case it’s the bean sprout with carrot and cucumber.

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You can click on the images above to have a larger view. We love the variety of items in the combo as we can sample a lot of food.

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Chili powder is served in a cute little bowl.
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Tokyo Joe Ramen Okawari

I had an appointment at the Akroyd strip mall at mid noon. Ben wanted lunch, so we went for lunch in the same strip mall for convenience.

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We decided to go to Tokyo Joe Ramen Okawari with the consent from Arkensen who happened to join us for lunch. He ordered the Sapporo Ramen which comes with BBQ pork and Miso Soup base.

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The noodle was cooked nicely, not too soft. This is $8.95. Continue reading

Hakata Japanese Ramen, Richmond Central

We noticed a new Japanese Ramen restaurant in the strip mall where Alleluia Cafe is when we were there for dinner recently. I actually suggested to try the ramen place but Arkensen protested as he prefers HongKong style food than ramen.

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I suggested to try the ramen restaurant for lunch yesterday since Arkensen was away.

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We were there just before noon and we were their first customers of the day.

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When comes to ramen, I just want the traditional Tonkotsu Ramen, rich pork broth with char siu. Other ingredients include bamboo shoot and wood ear which give some crunchiness, half a soft yolk egg, corn for sweetness and chopped green onions. The Tonkotsu Ramen was pretty good and I would come back for this. Ramen is generally $8.95. Continue reading

Post Run Lunch at Urban Grill & Urban Sushi

After the Scotia Bank Half Marathon, Nanzaro went for lunch by himself. He wanted sushi and found Urban Grill & Urban Sushi on Granville St.

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He had one of the combo. He can’t recall what it’s called. It is made of 2 Tuna Sushi, 2 Salmon Sushi and California Roll.

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It also comes with a Salmon Maki Roll.

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He also ordered a Miso Soup to go with the sushi. Nanzaro said the sushi is decent and he felt that it is pricey. The bill came to $12 plus. For that price, he can have all you can eat at Ninkazu.

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Kita no Donburi Japanese Restaurant on Seymour St, Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up for lunch in downtown as Whitney works in Gastown. It’s not easy to get a lunch date with Whitney as she is always busy. So, we got down to downtown via public transit even on a snow day which is not common in Vancouver.

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We had lunch at Kita no Donburi Japanese Restaurant for it’s proximity to Whitney’s work place. We were there just before 12PM and had no problem with getting a seat. The restaurant is very busy during lunch hour. No reservation of seat is allowed. You have to place your order first before getting table. You have to place your receipt on your table for the server to verify when the food is delivered to your table.

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The restaurant is decorated with bowls chandelier as donburi literally means bowl.

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We shared two winter specials and a Kakuni Don. Continue reading

Take Out from Sushi Ten in Steveston, Richmond

Arkensen does not have class on Friday. So, he will ask me to bring home lunch for him after my cake meet with Polly.

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Since I was in Steveston Village, I got him sushi from Sushi Ten.

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It’s a small restaurant and customer orders from the counter.

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Sushi Ten is decorated with some traditional Japanese artwork and colour menu on the wall. A Red Crown Crane or Japanese Crane Poster decorated another wall. Paper crane is a popular Japanese origami.

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Ipputan Ramen Noodle House at Parker Place, Richmond

It was a rainy Saturday afternoon. Arkensen wanted to stay home to catch his favourite Dr. Who show.  So, I went out  with Nanzaro and promised Arkensen to bring home his favourite roast pork from Parker Place.

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Since it was a cold and wet day, we decided to check out the new Ipputan Ramen Noodle House which took over Ajisen Ramen. My last experience with Ajisen was not a good one as the noodle I got was like spaghetti.

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We were told that there is a 12% discount until the end of April for the grand opening.

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I had the Pork Ramen for $8.99. The sweet pepper is not conventional with Japanese ramen. Continue reading

Baker One Cafe in Aberdeen Center, Richmond

Updated: 21 Sep 2014; This restaurant is closed.

Nanzaro wanted to get something from Daiso in Aberdeen Center. Since we were already in the mall, we decided to have lunch there too.

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We noticed that Aoyama Cafe located at the entrance had changed hand. It is now called Baker One Cafe.

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Baker One Cafe is still at it’s soft opening.

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There is not much of change in the decor.

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Baker One Cafe serves the similar Japanese Fusion cuisine as Aoyama Cafe. The menu is small, just a few pasta/flat bread and rice dishes; few appetizers; coffee/tea and desserts.

Nanzaro opted for Unagi Rice for $13. Pretty pricey in my opinion. Continue reading