Charcoal Grill Diner Zakkushi
823 Denman (near Robson), Vancouver
Delicious Japanese tapas. So, the real question is…why didn’t I go here sooner? Why did no one tell me about this place? It’s friendly, loud, and oh so freakin’ good! Is it cheap? NO. But, I did get happily filled for $25. Decent, very decent. Zakkushi’s focus is most certainly robata. We ordered a fair number of items ranging from chicken, pork, and beef to asparagus tsukune.
The tsukune come with a variety of toppings ranging from cheese or seaweed to daikon and sesame. I was a little intimidated by some of the options which include quail egg and chicken heart — but for under $2 most everything is worth a try. Why? Because it’s all so deeeeeeelicious! Why didn’t I ever think of wrapping my asparagus in bacon? The meats are tender and tasty, plus, eating things on a skewer is always fun.
We also tried the beef stew — which is a surprisingly light broth given how much flavor is packed into it and the hunks of beef just melt in your mouth! The next dish we sampled was a batter fried ebi served with a tasty chili mayo. Yummers! By the time the tuna sashimi arrived I felt like I might be in food heaven — it was very lightly seared…and, tuna sashimi may very well be the reason I fell in love with Japanese cuisine in the first place. So, not a single complaint could be brought against this dish on my blog.
We finished off the savory dishes with a pork udon. Which was….udon. Neither here nor there. Then I convinced my dinning partner that there was no way to pass up a dessert of $3 banana gyoza. C’mon, deep fried banana and ice cream — how can you go wrong? It was so very worth every penny.
I curse myself for not having gone to Zakkushi sooner. I am currently working on convincing my husband we should go back tomorrow night. Hurrah for Zakkushi!!
Open: 5.30pm – 12am (until 1am Fri and Sat)
Additional locations at 1833 West 4th and at 4075 Main St.
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The Rural Alberta Advantage – Hometowns
This homage to Alberta is delightfully pretty. Yay for indie rock with a folksy twist. Hopefully this young band will flourish….okay, what does this album have to do with robata? Not a damn thing, and I don’t care.