Wednesday, August 20, 2014


August 20, 2014

Anatemp: Whole tempura salt water eel w vegetables - 2

J's comment > not bad; excellent fry on the eel, eel was still moist despite the fry - refreshing to try anago in a form other than grilled and presented on nigiri; surprisingly very generous portions of eel; veggies were also very well done, esp the onion rings, far better onion rings than the one @ C-Lovers on Denman but then again comparing them would be hardly fair...; I consider this the Japanese version of 'fish and chips'

Kakuni: Slow cooked pork belly teppan finished - 2

J's comment > not bad; very tender pork; flavors strong but not too salty; just a tad too much fat to meat ratio though, would have preferred this to be more marbly

Gyokai Risotto: Grilled prawns, scallops, salmon served w snap peas and white cream risotto, finished w dried miso - 2

J's comment > not bad; risotto cooked right, firm (not al dente nor soupy) yet flavorful; accompanying seafood fresh and cooked well

Gindara: Sakura chip smoked black cod, sautéed mushrooms and sundried tomato - 2

J's comment > not bad; moist cod w decent flavor; mushrooms OK

Californian wagyu - 2

J's comment > strong beef flavor w an equally bold flavored sauce but slightly stringy on the chew; tad too much rice to wagyu ratio; I'd rather go for Octopus Garden's wagyu

Shirakawa Wagyu nigiri served w onsen tamago, truffle oil - 2

J's comment > tamago 'sauce' decent, but after dipping the nigiri in same, the flavor of the tamago 'sauce' overwhelmed the mild, soft flavors of the Shirakawa Wagyu; this particular wagyu was very fatty with hardly any tendons - ironically, despite my love for fatty & rich foods (ahem Butter!!), I thought it would have been better with more meat texture rather than just 'fat'; either way though, as with my comment on the Californian wagyu, too much rice to beef ratio, and as already said, I'd rather go for Octopus Garden's wagyu

Side by side shot of both types of wagyu offered

Hiyashi Chazuke: Grilled hamachi, wasabi, rice finished w chilled green tea dashi - 2

J's comment > dish was served cold; I was expecting the rice to be warm and then have the option to pour the dashi over same, but rice was cold too... as was the fish...; points go out to the rice and hamachi for being decent (ie not hard nor 'fishy', respectively) despite being served cold; nevertheless, didn't get much of the hamachi and the dish simply threw me off

FYI, the other ochazuke dish I've had in the city was @ Shuraku, which was room temp rice w the hot dashi broth on the side to pour over as you wish

Buta Katsu: Panko breaded pork cutlet, cheese & black miso - 2

J's comment > breading fell off the pork the moment I picked it up; pork was passable; didn't get much flavor out of the cheese, not sure if this was because of the strong sauce or if it was just inherently mild (like the cheese cake on the dessert menu - see below)

Kani cream croquette: Cream croquette filled w crab - 2

J's comment > AKA deep fried mashed potatoes w crab flavoring; didn't get the texture of the crab at all; exterior was crisp though, and the croquette didn't fall apart on nibbling through it

Seafood Salada: Assorted sashimi, mixed tossed greens w Shirakawa dressing - 2

J's comment > fish was OK, but could be colder (ironically, the 'grilled hamachi' in the Hiyashi Chazuke above was colder than these sashimi pieces); salad was, well, your avg salad

Harasu: Teppan grilled sockeye salmon belly, grated daikon - 2

J's comment > slightly dry, but my other 4 dining partners thought this was one of the better dishes; a decently cooked salmon, but oh-so-average

Matcha milk chocolate - 2

J's comment > not bad; essentially chocolate truffles that melt in your mouth; didn't get any matcha out of this though

Rare cheese cake - 1

J's comment > hardly any cheese flavor to this, but the traces of the cream cheese I got was of the Philadelphia cream cheese type; texture slightly firmer than I like my cheesecakes; betcha this is supposedly 'healthy'; sorry, but please go to Sweet Obsession or Trees Organic for a better cheesecake


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Labels: gastown, japanese, tapas

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