Ramen Danbo at West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Ben and I attended the first night of the Honda Celebration of Light on a Saturday. We drove to downtown early to secure a parking spot before some road closures.

We had dinner at Ramen Danbo in Kitsilano before the event.

The restaurant is small and seating is tight. Ben decided to go for the summer special chilled ramen.

It is a colourful dish with a nutty dressing. Ben enjoyed the chilled ramen in a hot summer day. Continue reading

Gu Don Ya on Robson St., Vancouver

After the Canada 150 Parade, Ben and I just walked about to look for a place for dinner.

We ended up with Gyu Don Ya, a small Japanese restaurant on Robson St. The restaurant was busy and there are not a lot of seating.

We were lucky to get two seats along a long bench seating facing the window.

We shared a Teishoku Japanese Set Meal with the option of Gyu Don, a rice bowl topped with beef and onion simmered in a mildly sweet soy sauce flavoured stock. Continue reading

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka on Broadway, Vancouver

Ben had taken a couple of days off to clear his personal days. We decided to go to downtown for a walk. We got off the City Hall station as we remembered there are several nice cherry blossoms at the Vancouver City Hall when we drove past the area a day ago.

I just love to take photos of the cherry blossoms to capture a beautiful moment.

After that we continued our walk to Broadway. We ended up having lunch at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.

The place was busy as it’s about lunch time. Seatings were tight.

Ben recommended me to have the Ikura salmon roe bowl combo. Continue reading

Ramen Izakaya Okawari on Akroyd Road, Richmond

My boys picked Japanese cuisine for dinner.  We went to Ramen Izakaya Okawari on Akroyd Road.

Green tea is served like most Japanese restaurant. There is a charge of $2.95 for the pot.

I had the Spicy Sapporo Ramen. The broth was mildly spicy and quite creamy. The cha-siu was quite fatty and tender.

Nanzaro ordered the Beef Mentaiko Yakiudon. When his bowl arrived, the bonita flakes performed a little dance before settling down. Continue reading

Gami Sushi on No. 3 Road

My family went to Gami Sushi on No. 3 Road for one of the birthday in the family.

Gami Sushi is my boys favourite sushi place in the neighbourhood.

We were there when the restaurant was just opened. This place is busy during lunch and dinner peak hours.

We had green tea for our drink.

Both my boys ordered their favourite Salmon Don. They like that the salmon was relatively thick cut. Continue reading

Kokoru Ramen on Victoria Dr., Vancouver

Ben and I were out looking for a place for lunch along Victoria Dr.

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We came upon a new ramen restaurant (to us) at the junction of East 41st Ave and Victoria Dr.

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There is a glass display window showcasing their menu, drinks and fake ramen bowls outside the restaurant.

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I guess Kokoru means heart and there is a Chinese character heart near the entrance. The dining area is made up of a long table in the middle of the dining area and individual dining tables on the sides.

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We ordered an appetizer of Chicken Karage. They were very crispy. There is 3 type of sauces that you can choose from and we opted for the chili soy. Continue reading

Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben was away and the boys wanted Japanese for lunch on a Sunday afternoon.

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We went to Matsuyama Japanese Restaurant on Alexandra Road. We were there after 1:30PM and parking did not come easy as the parking lot was full. Nevertheless we managed to find one, otherwise we will have to go somewhere else to eat.

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Arkensen ordered the Tuna and Salmon Don. Beside sashimi, this is his next favourite item. He commented that the sushi rice here was too vinegarish for his taste.

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Nanzaro ordered the Lunch Box E which comes with Spicy Salmon Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Roll, Dynamite Roll and Chicken Karaage. I tried a piece of his chicken karaage which was crunchy and hot (i.e. it was made to order). Continue reading

Pepper Lunch on No. 3 Road, Richmond

Finally Ben and I visited Pepper Lunch after the long line up dies down.

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We were there for lunch and there was no line up, perhaps it was still early.

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We like that the menu is displayed outside the restaurant. It makes it easier for one to make a decision.

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When we walked in, a server came by to take our order at the counter and payment is required immediately. Continue reading

Hi Genki at Nikkei Home, Burnaby

Ben brought me to Hi Genki at the Nikkei House for lunch on his day off work.

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We were there before noon and was lucky to get the last table without wait. A line quickly form after that.

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Some Japanese style decorations at the entrance.

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The teapot is unique.

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We ordered two items to share. The first item was a deluxe bento box with salmon sashimi. tempura, teriyaki chicken and rice. Continue reading