Suika comes highly recommended. It has been open for about a year, and during that year, it has earned the reputation of being one of the best Izakayas in Vancouver. I was very excited to try them – The restaurant offers affordably priced Japanese tapas in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Suika is the sister restaurant of Kingyo on Denman St. I decided to meet with @604jeremy on Friday for lunch. We showed up around 3pm and as it turns out, they close at 2:30 after the lunch rush. We were adamant to try them, so we decided to come back later.
They open at 5:30 for dinner. We got there at 5:40 and the place was PACKED.
I recommend making reservations. Luckily, we got two seats at the bar!
One dish I was really excited to try was their Tuna Tataki ($6) tuna with homemade chili sauce, on a bed of sliced onions, topped with scallions. The tuna was seared to perfection. The homemade chili sauce was a nice touch, it has a delicious hint of spice that’s not too hot, but it’s very tasty. I found the portion to be good for the price. The tuna was topped with a light coating of nuts I think? It gave the dish a nice satisfying crunch. This is a must try and it was my favourite dish of the night.
There are many items that are noteworthy, I think it will take a few visits to actually get a grasp of how diverse their menu is. A dish that we really enjoyed was the Beef Filet Garlic Fried Rice ($11) the beef is filet mignon served with garlic rice. Massive portion! Plenty for more than two people. The rice was very garlicky and delicious. The meat was tender and flavourful.
A dish that got my attention right away was the Chinese Poutine ($6.80) This dish has french fries with a ground pork sauce. It’s then topped with mozzarella cheese, sansho, chili oil and minced cilantro. It was really good! If you’re a poutine fan, this is a must try. For some reason, this dish took about 35 minutes to get to our table. I don’t know if it was dish related or a kitchen error, but just in case, if you’re gonna order the Chinese Poutine, make it the first thing you order.
Ebimayo ($7.80) delicious. These are prawns battered and deep fried, then served with a spicy chili mayo. The mayo had the right amount of spice, and the batter gave the prawns a nice crunch. Good sharing dish.
We also had some sushi! We had the sashimi plate. Very fresh, and very good presentation. Another good sushi dish is the Tuna Avocado ($6) super fresh tuna together with creamy avocado slices in a plum and seaweed sauce. I found the sauce to have a hint of sesame as well. It complimented the dish beautifully.
This is a great place to try out. The hype is totally deserved. I enjoyed my experience immensely and will definitely be back to try the rest of their menu.
Follow them on twitter @SUIKA_IZAKAYA