Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

As a food-crazed man, I’m a firm believer in fostering a strong curiosity of food in my offsprings. I want to accustom them to the multitude of flavour and textural profiles present in various cuisines so that I can nurture their inner bon vivant. I encourage them to be adventurous with regards to meal choices and to always opt for unfamiliar and possibly eye-opening dining … Continue reading Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

20th century pricing and a sublime roll: Shiro

If the 21st century was a person, it’d be a teenager now. I remember when I was a teenager in the 90’s…gas prices were around 50 cents a litre, an album on CD cost around $15 (or more) , and entrees at Japanese-owned Japanese restaurants were priced at the $6 to $8 range. A litre of gasoline was ridiculously priced at around $1.40 when I … Continue reading 20th century pricing and a sublime roll: Shiro

Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

My original plan was to visit the new southern BBQ place on Denman for lunch today, but my wife convinced me that it would probably be a better idea to wait for the restaurant to work out its newly-opened-restaurant kinks before trying it out. Instead of finding another restaurant in the west end to dine at, we headed all the way across the downtown core … Continue reading Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

I’ve always found so-called “fast food” places in Japan to be reliable because most of the quick-service chains in Japan have clearly-detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) as to how each menu item is to be prepared and assembled (much like McDee’s). A beef don will taste like a beef don no matter which Matsuya or Yoshinoya you visit; a bowl of Ippudo ramen tastes as … Continue reading WTF Did We Just Eat? Ebi-Ten

Chirashi Attack! Momo Sushi

Standards on what makes a restaurant and its dishes good vary greatly from one person to another. Some might think that value is of utmost importance, some prefer intimate surroundings, while others will consider no factor other than the freshness of ingredients. My wife and I have developed our own preferences and standards as to how we like certain foods, and it may or may … Continue reading Chirashi Attack! Momo Sushi

Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s

Tojo’s has become the poster child for local overrated and overpriced restaurants. The consensus from local foodies and food bloggers seems to be that the restaurant serves average-quality sushi with prices so high that they border on being unconscionable. I’ve been to Tojo’s a couple of times since moving here, and I have to say that I agree with the popular assessment of the restaurant. … Continue reading Overrated and Overpriced? Part II: Tojo’s

Osaka: An All-Crab Kaiseki at Kani Doraku

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say the Kani Doraku is the most iconic restaurant in Osaka. No matter where you look – whether it be travel websites, travel magazines, or travel guidebooks – the giant crab that is a part of the restaurant’s sing looms as one of the signature (culinary) sights of the city. Being the typical tourists that we were, my wife, … Continue reading Osaka: An All-Crab Kaiseki at Kani Doraku

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. … Continue reading Trying To Come Up With A Better Picture Of The Food

Downtown Sushi Town (Clone) in Yaletown

Yamato Sushi – I wouldn’t have known about tiny Yamato Sushi on Davie if not for its being one of the more popular downtown/Yaletown sushi places on Urbanspoon. From the reviews, I gathered that it wasn’t popular for its authenticity or the variety of fish it offered; it was popular because it served huge portions of inexpensive sushi that didn’t taste all that bad. So … Continue reading Downtown Sushi Town (Clone) in Yaletown