Basho Cafe Vancouver on East Hastings, a block east of Victoria Drive. Basho is a cute, cozy Japanese cafe specializing in lunch sets: rice bowls, salads, and sandwiches. This “place” offers a selection of house baked sweets focused on matcha green tea flavors, mochis, and mini kombucha muffins. This little cafe restaurant is family owned by Miju Kawai, Hiroshi Kawai and their daughter, Moeno.
The shop is adorable with all sorts of cutes. Most everything is handmade by the family. Pottery, quilts and knits are made by Miju. Plates, cups and glassware are either handmade or locally sourced.
Basho Cafe made it to the top 24 restaurants foodies couldn’t stop talking about in 2014. We wanted to come here to see what it was all about. But their hours are impossible. Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm. But I don’t get off until 5pm?
Tuna Tataki 10.50 + Salad or Rice Bowl 3: Beautiful thin slices or tuna with a nice sear with fresh crisp greens. Topped with a ponzu vinaigrette with grated ginger, green onions and Shichimi. Shichimi is a Japanese seven spice power. This is a very light lunch and possible better if you made it into a lunch set which comes with soup, mini sweet and a cup of tea for $20.
Instead I optioned for a match latte. They had initially forgotten about my order, but it was delicious when it did arrive.
Terri Pulled Pork Rice Bowl 12: The pulled pork itself was less appealing than the tuna tataki dish. The pulled pork was dry. All we could think about it was that pairing it with rice made it even more dry. The teriyaki sauce was nice as it wasn’t too sweet. It was nothing special however.
Matcha Cookie with White Chocolate 1: Made with no eggs. A nice delicious treat that is less sweet. Be careful, it is extremely slippery on the tiny plates. You could easily lose it on the way to your table!
Cuisine: Japanese, Breakfast, Coffee
Tue 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
2007 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1T9