Japanese Fusion Places

Vancouver has always been a hotbed for Japanese food trends… For example, Ichibankan, a restaraunt just north of Robson and Thurlow was the first Japanese restaraunt in North America to introduce those rotating belt sushi bars… even a few years before the ones at Tsunami Sushi.

Now, the big Japanese restaraunt trend these days is the Izakaya Japanese Restaraunt. You won’t find ordinary California Rolls in these places… Think of them as a fusion of Japanese and western food, with an ‘Iron Chef” feel to them.

So far, the best one that I’ve been to can be found in Coquitlam on the the corner of Lougheed and St. Johns, just beside the Superstore. They have the usual Japanese fare, but they add creative combinations. For example, the Philly roll combines your basic California roll with Philedalphia Cream Cheese and Korean red pepper paste. The Rainbow roll includes your BC with bits of Mango with a bit of Pinapple chutney along the side of the plate!

A bit more expensive, but so delicious.

If you know of any good Izakaya restaraunts include them in your comments.

2 Comments so far

  1. Matt (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:08 pm

    Coincidentally enough, two weeks ago I ate at the restaurant you mention in Coquitlam. I only had sashimi and a seaweed salad and didn’t try their izakaya, but the sashimi was outstanding — some of the best I’ve had. But yes, a bit pricy (I think my modest meal was $25 or so).

    I’ve been to Hapa Izakaya on Robson, and was not too impressed, but it may have been specific to what I ordered.

    Gyoza King, also on Robson, has consistently impressed, and is worth stopping by.

  2. maktaaq (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

    I’ve heard of that place and it’s close to work! I had wondered if it was good or not.

    Other good places are Hapa Izakaya on Robson, the three Guu locations, the Chopstick Cafe in Yaletown, Kasuga Sushi in New West (512 Sixth Avenue) and Dan (I think that’s what it was called) on West Broadway, which I suspect is this place.

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