For lovers of Tannis Ling’s award winning Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto at 263 Pender Street is a must visit. It was voted number one enRoute Magazine Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2016. This highly anticipated restaurant with long lines and lengthy reservation waitlist does not disappoint. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Joel Watanabe and Sous Chef Alain Chow creates a menu focused on classic Italian / Japanese fusion with a touch of Chinese cuisine.
The 75 seat restaurant was completely gutted and renovated from a dormant commercial space. Up the long staircase to discover a new aesthetic approach. The decor is sublime and sexy straight from the 60s jazu kissa of Japan. Ste Marie (Savio Volpe, Mosquito, Ask for Luigi, Homer Street Cafe, Bao Bei) transports guests to a different time and place. Pink vinyl banquettes, brass rails and jewel tone accents the dark and eccentric space.
“Kissa” is an old Japanese word meaning cafe and “tanto” in Italian means a lot.
Pickle Plate 9: a rotating selection of pickled vegetable. My favorite was the pickled lotus. Appetizing to get your ready for a feast.
Daily Fish Crudo 21: Shiso vinaigrette, radishes, Tokyo leek, capers, pickled almonds, Castelvetrano olives, and mustard greens. Subtle flavors and great mouth feel.
Sedanini 22: sausage ragu, rapini, ground roasted sesame, and pecorino. One of my favorite dishes and would crave this late at night.
Fish – market price: flash-fried whole fish with daikon soy dipping sauce. Option for Perch whenever possible for a meatier bite. MP $33 for a small, $35 large.
Eggplant 8: whole roasted Japanese eggplant, miso besciamella, and almond crumble. Soft, buttery and bursting with umami flavors.
Cuisine: Italian, Japanese
Tue 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
263 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T8