Isn’t this a HK Cafe?: Yuu Japanese Tapas

It is rare that I eat alone, but I had to when I visited Yuu Japanese Tapas last week. I had a meeting in Richmond that extended from early afternoon into dinner time. It was too late to drive home for dinner. I had to find a spot to dine by my lonesome. My original plan was to pick up a bahn mi from the Chinese-operated Vietnamese place next door, but I randomly changed my mind at the last minute and decided to give Yuu a try. Yuu looked like a HK cafe. It smelled liked a HK cafe. The … Continue reading Isn’t this a HK Cafe?: Yuu Japanese Tapas

Food Trucks: Mogu Japanese Street Eats

I was at the Pacific Centre during lunchtime today and instead of having my usual spicy beef basil fried rice from the Thai food court stall, I decided to venture outside the confines of the mall and sample the offerings of the Mogu food truck. Like most space-limited food trucks, Mogu has a rather tight and focused menu. It offers a total of three sandwiches – sweet miso pork katsu, chicken teriyaki, and veggie croquette, one side -chicken karaage in spicy sweet sauce, and one side salad on its regular menu. There were also two specials: the pork katsu curry … Continue reading Food Trucks: Mogu Japanese Street Eats

Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

My wife and I are so committed to our chirashi-prioritized diet that we chose to have raw fish over rice for our dinner even when we were in Richmond – the land of amazingly tasty Chinese food. There seemed to be no better place to have our almost-thrice-weekly (yes, “thrice” is an actual word with an actual definition in at least one dictionary[site]) fix of chirashi than Gyo-O – a restaurant that supposedly specialized in various preparations of raw fish on rice. My wife went with the regular seafood don, which was the rather plain English name the restaurant assigned … Continue reading Chirashi Attack + ! Gyo-O

London: Wagamama

I first heard about Wagamama ramen in the mid-to-late 90’s, when it was a rapidly expanding chain of Japanese-themed restaurants in London. It was sort of a cutting edge concept back then. It served ramen, which was a much lesser-known genre of Japanese cuisine when compared to either sushi sushi or teriyaki. The restaurant also popularized a few concepts that at the time were virtually unheard of in Western casual dining chains. Its tables were exclusively communal, and its servers used wireless pda’s (think palm pilot) to send orders to the kitchen. The combination of these ‘fresh’ ideas gave the … Continue reading London: Wagamama

Kyoto: Ikkousha Hakata Ramen

What do you do when you get rejected as a walk-in by an empty Michelin-starred unagi restaurant? Head straight for ramen row, of course. Kyoto’s version of the ramen row takes up an entire floor in one of the numerous buildings connected to Kyoto station. It consists entirely of branches of well-known ramen shops from all over Japan. The concept of the ramen row (or (substitute a specific type of Japanese food) row) is not unique to Kyoto. There is one below Tokyo station that I’ve been to and there is also a ramen museum in Yokohama which is basically … Continue reading Kyoto: Ikkousha Hakata Ramen

Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Applause Japanese Restaurant- After reviewing the pictures that I took of my family’s lunch at Applause Japanese Restaurant today, I have to say that they are truly awful. There were so many items on our table that I couldn’t take a picture of one item without five other items also making it into to the picture. Our table wasn’t crowded because it was too small. Quite the contrary, the four of us were given a table that could’ve easily seated six. Our table was crowded because there was a lot of food included in each of the four lunch specials … Continue reading Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Don’t Believe the Negative Hype (Just Like You Shouldn’t Believe Positive Hype).

Ramen Jinya – My post today was originally going to be about my father’s day dinner at Gotham Steakhouse, but when I got home, I realized that the pictures I took today were simply too dark. They probably need a lot of ┬ápost-processing (which is totally beyond what I know how to do) before they could be posted online. So my post today is instead about where my wife, kids, and I went for lunch: Ramen Jinya. We chose Ramen Jinya because we wanted to have a quick meal within a short driving distance of Science World, which was where … Continue reading Don’t Believe the Negative Hype (Just Like You Shouldn’t Believe Positive Hype).