Food, Japanese, Travel, Vancouver

Itadakimasu Izakaya just re-opened in Vancouver! This is actually a really overdue post because when I visited them, they still had their Groupon Deal. I should have been smart about this deal because since Itadakimasu Izakaya serves tapas, a Groupon deal wasn’t exactly worth it. We could only order two dishes with our Groupon and of course, since the portions were small, we were not full. The food wasn’t too exciting so we ordered what we could and we left.

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Beef Sukiyaki

I would not call this beef sukiyaki because there were only two slices of beef and the rest of it was vegetables and soup.

The soup was quite bland and they only had one of each ingredient other than the cabbage. Even if this is a tapa restaurant, at least have two of each ingredient so two people can share equally.

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Sushi Balls

Everyone was telling me to order their sushi  balls because they looked cute. These are definitely big in presentation but small in flavour and taste. There is no wow factor and the only benefit out of the sushi balls is how Instagram worthy it is.

Other than their unique display of sushi, these basically tasted like ordinary nigiri sushi charged for a higher price.

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Dessert, Food, Travel, Vancouver

When I heard about a shop in Vancouver that only serves creme brûlées and Belgium liege waffles, I instantly added it onto my “Wishlist” on Urbanspoon. Due to its unusual location, it took me quite a long time to finally visit. My friend and I decided to drive to Crackle Crème at around 9pm on a rainy Sunday night and it wasn’t a good idea. Crackle Crème is quite inconvenient if you’re taking public transit and if you’re driving, it’s also hard to find parking. We were there at night and since we still couldn’t find any parking in front of the store, we parked at a somewhat sketchy area nearby. If you’re planning on going, try going on a better time other than a rainy night.

The shop was absolutely lovely and very well lit. With black and white vintage photographs hung on the wall, the wooden tones of their interior made it feel very modern with a cozy and hipster vibe to it. To boost up your Instagram game, you’ll find small plants and succulents on some tables so don’t feel too shy to take a shot of your creme brûlée next to some earthy tones.

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Each of the creme brûlées were sprinkled with sugar and torched right in front of us after we placed our orders. The tiny pie dish was still warm from the torch!

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Classic Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée

If you’re into the most classic and original version of creme brûlée, I would really recommend this.

This was extremely creamy with rich vanilla bean in a delightful custard base. I think this was a very satisfying and moderately sweet dessert for a quiet night. There was nothing too overwhelming or too boring.

Organic Matcha Creme Brûlée

For a more earthy flavour, the organic matcha creme brûlée was definitely a lot less sweeter than the Classic Vanilla Bean.

With a hint of bitterness from the matcha, this creme brûlée was still relatively sweet and still holding its rich and creamy custard base.

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Food, Japanese, Travel, Vancouver

We weren’t planning on going to Zakkushi Charcoal Grill on a Friday night but it just suddenly came to my mind that Jacky and I vowed to go back after a previously failed attempt. We knew that there would be a huge waiting line when dinner hour hits so we got there at around 5:30pm.

The restaurant was awfully small with very crammed seating. Jacky and I got a seat at the bar where we could see all of the food being made. We were slightly skeptical about how full we would be from food on a stick, so we ordered other things that could satisfy more. You might think that each order is pathetically small but just let it sit in after you’re done eating  and it’ll hit you.

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Yakitori Don

What’s in it: Teriyaki chicken, half boiled egg, mayo, green onion, nori, seaweed and steamed Japanese rice.

When the server was cracking the egg into our rice, he dropped half of the shell onto the chicken. He took it out with his fingers and looked around to see if anyone saw that. We did.

The egg was half runny and lukewarm. We figured that the bottom of the rice would be steaming hot, so we mixed everything together to warm it up.

The chicken was moisy and flavourful but I didn’t like how it was barely even warm if we didn’t mix it in with the rice.

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Zakkushi Set

Uzura Maki – Quail Eggs wrapped with Pork.

It was like fat bacon wrapped around quail eggs but it wasn’t as savoury as I hoped.

Without the mayo and seaweed, it would have lacked flavour.

Momo (Chicken Thigh)

This one was grilled to perfection – soft, tender and juicy. The slightly charred exterior gave it a delicious crunch.

P-Toro – Crunchy Pork

I couldn’t really taste the crunchiness in the “crunchy pork”, but it definitely had a distinct sweet marinade to it.

Oropon Beef – Beef with Grated Daikon and Ponzu Sauce

The grated Daikon gave the beef an earthy flavour mixed in with some butch meaty essence.

Me Maki – Garlic Stubs

It was very refreshing to get some greens in our meal. I didn’t think that these were garlic stubs when I tried one because they tasted like roasted asparagus – not a bad thing.

Umeshiro Yaki – Chicken Thigh with Sour Plum and Japanese Basil

The basil was kind of an offset and we weren’t a fan of the sour plum sauce. Other than the basil and sauce, there’s not much distinction between this and the Momo.

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Oropon Maguro

What’s in it: Albacore Tuna with Grated Daikon Radish and Ponzu Sauce.

Any of their orders with grated Daikon radish was such a win.

The albacore tuna was very soft but slightly dry on our first bite. Luckily, it gets better as you bite into it.

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Prime Rib

I’m not entirely sure why I ordered this but the beef had a delicious smoky flavour outside with a savoury, tender, meaty and juicy centre.

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Original Oden

Oden is basically assorted fish paste and other tofu or paste like food added into a sweet mirin soup.

I really like jelly texture food so I really enjoyed the Konnyaku (yam cake). It was such a delight to just bite into the bouncy texture.

The tofu soaked up all the mirin so when we bit into it, all the mirin squirted out.

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