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

Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen, Union Square

It’s another dinner before dropping Ben off at the airport for his monthly business trip. Ben decided to go to Union Square for dinner.

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Apparently, there is not many restaurants in Union Square which the boys like. We finally settled with Yah-Yah-Ya Ramen. Customers register themselves on a registration sheet at the entrance like most Japanese restaurants practice. It was full house when we were there, so we waited like 15 minutes for a table.

Ben ordered the large Spicy Miso Ramen to share with me. The serving was really big and quite spicy too. We opted regular for the ramen hardness, broth strength and oiliness.

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I ordered the Chashu Set to go with Ben’s order. The chashu was very soft and the mayonnaise adds sweetness to it.  Continue reading

Mega Sushi in Steveston Village, Richmond

I joined a bible study group lunch at Steveston Village. It’s a long story as I do not belong to that bible study group. But one of the member is the teacher of one of the praise dance group I attended. She gave me ride to the praise dance most of the time. So, she invited me to go along since the lunch was on one of the praise dance day.

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We had lunch at Mega Sushi at Chatham Street.

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The restaurant was busy when we arrived. Luckily, we had reservation.

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Roasted rice tea was served.

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We shared the food to sample more variety. The above is the signature dish of Mega Sushi, i.e. Mega Tower. I’m sorry for the harsh lighting as we were seated by the window.  The Mega Tower is constructed from assorted sashimi on top of sushi rice in a tower-like shape with organic vegetable and apple sauce, balsamic vinegar and homemade special sauce. This is $19.95 but justifiable by it’s size. Continue reading

Richmond Sushi in Union Square, Richmond

This was a birthday lunch for the birthday boy in March.

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Initially, he wanted AYCE from Ninkazu but we could not find a parking spot. So, we went with our plan B, Richmond Sushi. When I looked back at the archive of chowtimes.com, Richmond Sushi was one of the very early post. We have not come back as a family but Nanzaro had revisited it several times.

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Some cute Japanese items at the display shelf at the entrance.

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We can see the chefs working on our way to our tables.

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Miso soup and edamame to start off our meal.

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Various sushi.

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I’m most surprised by the size of the grilled salmon head. They are humongous. I will certainly order this again the next time I’m here. Continue reading

Sanpoutei Ramen in Kam Do Plaza, No. 3 Road, Richmond

We had to pick up Nanzaro from his training run from the dyke near Tim Horton on No. 3 Road on a Sunday around 11:30AM. After we picked him up, we went for lunch.

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We went to the new Sanpoutei Ramen in Kam Do Plaza. We were there just about noon and there was a line already. We waited for at least 20 minutes before we get a table.

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We can view the making of ramen at the waiting area.

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The seating area is quite pleasant. The kitchen area is also visible.

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Nanzaro ordered the Tori Spicy Miso Ramen with flavoured soft-boiled egg. It has two slices of aburi chashu, vegetables and minced chicken. It was quite pricey at $13.00. Continue reading

Kawawa Japanese Ramen in Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby

Ben and I were bored walking in the malls in Richmond when the weather does not permit us to walk outside. So, Ben drove to Metrotown instead. In fact, it’s better to walk in Metrotown as it’s bigger, hence we need to walk less rounds to achieve our goal.

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After our walk, we looked for a restaurant for lunch. We ended up with Kawawa Japanese Ramen on the upper level of Metropolis. We were there around noon and the restaurant was already full. We were the first in line for the next seating.

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We were given the menu while in line and the server took our orders before we got a table.

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The seating is pretty tide.

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Ben ordered the Kawawa Ramen which is their signature ramen with miso broth. It is served with 3 pieces of roast porks which are fork tender. There are also beansprout, kimchi, onion slices, egg and seaweed slice. Continue reading

Hapa Izakaya on West Cordova Street, Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up for a ladies get together in downtown sometime in the middle of January. It’s been a month since we last met.

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Whitney suggested either Cincin or Hapa Izakaya. I chose Hapa Izakaya which I have not blog before.

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We arrived around 5:00PM. The restaurant was not too busy yet.

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Our server told us it’s still happy hour time with a smaller menu. You can click on the menu to have a larger view.

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We ordered a few items from the happy hour menu to start with. The above is Ika Okonomiyaki Bites, which is lightly fried “Japanese pancake” with wasabi-mayonnaise dipping sauce. This pancake bites were more doughy than the original okonomiyaki which I had eaten before. The original version will have a lot of cabbage. Continue reading