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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Gami Sushi on No. 3 Road, Richmond

My boys and I were running some errands at the Broadmoor strip mall. They wanted to have sushi take-out for dinner.

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There are two sushi restaurants in this small strip mall. We went to the newer one, i.e. Gami Sushi Japanese Restaurant as Nanzaro preferred this one over the other one.

The restaurant was quite busy when we were there before 5:00PM. Customers are supposed to self register on a small white board at the entrance, stating your name and number of people in the party. The server will allocate table to customers based on the reservation, first come first serve.

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Miku Restaurant in downtown Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I met up again in downtown for dinner.

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Whitney suggested Miku Restaurant which is near her work place.

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When Whitney called up the day before to make reservation, she was told that reservation was full but we can try to walk in to try our luck and so we did.

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We managed to get a table at the patio, great for summer.

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We started with an appetizer of Soba Pepperoncino which has scallop, shrimp, squid, chili-garlic soy, sweet pepper, shiitake mushroom, baby bok choy, jalapeno and crunchy tempura bits on a bed of soba noodle. Whitney commented that it tasted like Malaysian style mee goreng :-).

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Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver

After a gruel some run on a very hot day, Nanzaro wanted a reward of his favourite food.

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He suggested to have lunch at Kyo Korean BBQ & Sushi House on Granville St, Vancouver. You can click on the photo above to have a larger view.

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The restaurant is pleasantly decorated. There are private rooms if want to have more privacy.

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We started off with miso soup, gomae and sweet and sour daikon. I really like the sweet and sour daikon which helps to cleanse our palate.

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Sashimi is limited to 8 pieces per person.

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The highlight for me was the Korean BBQ as I’m not a fan of sushi. It’s fun to grill the meat ourselves. (more…)

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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 … (more…)

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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). (more…)

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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. (more…)

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