Kai Japanese Restaurant is located in Port Coquitlam by Fremont Village (beside A&W, near Wal-mart). This new sushi bar / izakaya has only been opened for approximately four months. This new sushi restaurants offers oshi sushi (pressed sushi similar to Miku and Kishimoto). So you […]
It’s been a very long time since we last visited Sushi K Kamizato. Even though we live mere minutes away, we’ve been going to eat at other places in the Tri-Cities. The menu has changed a lot since they first opened. It is more concise and focused on sashimi, […]
Every spring a dusty array of Millennial Pink coats the city with cherry blossoms. While pictures of sakura probably is flooding your Instagram, the truth is the taste of cherry blossoms is even better than their smell. The flowers and leaves of the cherry tree contain a small amount of coumarin that provides a distinctive delicious roasted almond and sweet hay aroma. In Japan, to enjoy the flavour cherry blossoms all year, fresh cherry blossoms are preserved in salt (sakura no shiozuke 桜の塩漬け), and then used to flavour rice, tea and sweets. Plum vinegar is added to the cherry blossom brine to accentuate the pink hue and fruity taste.
One of my favourite way to enjoy Sakura is in tea. Here are four Sakura-yu teas you should definitely try!
Brilliantly blended with notes of wild Rainier cherry and rose blossoms, this marvellous green tea from the Haute Couture Tea Collection® yields an exceptionally fresh and fruity infusion with a subtle floral aftertaste. The delicate sweetness of wild cerise enveloped by lingering notes of romantic floral.
Also for the month of April, the Vancouver TWG Tea Salon & Boutique will also be featuring a special Sakura Tea Set priced at $48 pp featuring Japanese tea-infused savouries and patisseries paired with an extensive selection of exclusive tea blends perfect for spring.
Mildly grassy and cherry with notes of hay with a sweet cherry finish. It is high in antioxidants. This Cherry Blossom tea pays an homage to the hanami festivals of Japan and exquisite beauty of the blossoms, our Cherry Blossom Green showcases our artistry in blending through the harmonization of fresh, grassy Japanese Sencha with sweet, candied cherry. Featuring one of Japan’s most popular natural leaf teas, Sencha Fukujyu (“Green Spider Leg”) is known for its refreshing sweet and grassy taste.
This 2018 Silver Medal at the Global Tea Championship award winner offers a joyous pairing of tart cherries, flowers, and organic green tea. Named for the annual Japanese cherry blossom festival, each cup invites tea lovers around the world to breathe in and appreciate the fleeting beauty of spring flowers in bloom. USDA Organic with flavour notes of cherry with a lightly floral & fruity aroma.
Light and smooth, this Sakura Tea is mildly salty with a floral aftertaste and plum undertones. A transparent pink expands in the cup revealing a flowery aroma with hints of the sea. This tea is made by preserving cherry blossoms in salt and plum vinegar. Its salty taste is common in Japan and the tea is most often used for celebrations and special occasions.
Cherry Blossom Tea Steeping Instructions
1. Heat water to 175˚F.
2. Place tea in cup and pour water over the leaves.
3. Steep for 2-4 minutes.
4. For loose leaf iced teas, use 2 tsp per 8oz glass.
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Sushi Bar Maumi is a by reservation only Japanese restaurant in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver – particularly between Bute and Davie. Menu focuses on traditional nigiri sushi. The omakase menu consists of a course of 11 pieces of sushi for $75 per person […]
Miku at Coal Harbour waterfront is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant in Vancouver. It is located next to Canada Place and has wonderful views – you can watch the sunset over the North Shores. To celebrate our third wedding anniversary, Dave and I wanted […]
Many people were saddened by the news that Basho Cafe was closing. Instead, Yama Cafe reopened and kept the essence of Basho. Taking over is Chef Yama – a former employee. Most of the original menu and spirit remains. I came here a while ago with a few foodie friends for a little treat.
The menu remains focused on afternoon sweet treats, coffee and tea lattes, rice bowls, salads, bread and soup. Tuna Tataki bowls are still $14 – an expensive option on food choices.
Matcha Latte 4.25: your choice of unsweetened or sweetened. Afternoon tea cakes, matcha and sesame shortbreads, brownies and mochi muffins are priced between $1 to $3.
Tea Fog Houjicha Latter 4: Unsweetened tastes the best and has a soft fragrant aroma.
Yama is a cute cafe and a good hang out place to catch up with friends. Prices are pretty expensive for the small portions but it is a good alternative to the everyday coffee and croissant pastries.
Cuisine: Japanese, Cafe
Mon 9 AM to 4 PM
Tue 9 AM to 4 PM
Wed 9 AM to 4 PM
Thu 9 AM to 4 PM
Fri 9 AM to 4 PM
Sat 11 AM to 4 PM
2007 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1T9
Edo Japan is opening this May Long Weekend at Pacific Centre Mall in downtown Vancouver! This Canadian fast food chain specializes in Japanese traditional Teppanyaki style cooking made with freshly prepared and delicious ingredients. There are over 100 Edo Japan food court and storefront locations across Canada. Their […]
Nubo Japanese Tapas is located on a quint little corner on 739 Pandora Ave. in downtown Victoria, British Columbia. We were over on Vancouver Island for a weekend getaway. Every time we are on vacation we always crave Asian food at least once – we […]
Harvest Community Foods (or as I like to refer to Harvest Union) is a local grocer servicing the Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood at 243 Union St. The grocery and food shop began is a community project (This Space), in which a public vote determined the use of the site. Harvest also offers an innovative chef-crafted CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares of bi-weekly seasonal farm produce (available year round, multiple weeks or an entire season).
Chef and Partner Gabriella Meyer and Owner Andrea Carlson from Burdock & Co. creates a neighbourly environment that is casual, warm and captures the essence of farm to table dining in a cafe setting.
Harvest carries local foods and products and offers a delicious, healthy noodle menu filled with a variety of fresh vegetables and meats. The broth is rich and not greasy. You leave filling full but not stuffed. I love the variety of hearty ingredients and the pork shoulder is SO tender!
#29: Ramen with squash, miso broth, nori, scallion, radish, and sesame. It is a vegetarian noodle bowl. But for me, I added some pork shoulder and am ajitama egg to my ramen. Let’s be real here!
#17: Udon with sake kazu chicken, watercress and shitake mushrooms.
Next time, I really need to try their dry noodle #31 with rice noodle and hazelnut, smoked chilli and greens.
Harvest Community Foods
Cuisine: Ramen, Grocery
Mon 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
243 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z7
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 […]
Round 1 of Dine Out Vancouver 2017 we made our way to Ancora over at 1600 Howe Street. I haven’t been back to Ancora since their grand opening. Personally, I’m dying to have their caviar service and sushi made by Sushi Chef Yoshi Tabo again. […]
Pokérrito (poké + burrito) is a new Poke restaurant at 558 Dunsmuir Street in Downtown, Vancouver. Serving gluten-free sushi burritos and flavorful marinated raw fish sashimi in your choice of rice or salad bowls. It’s generally a sushi-lover’s fast-food dream come true.
Chef Jung Moon is a former sushi chef from Korea and Mexico City, bringing Hawaiian flavors with Japanese techniques. Pokerrito menu offers a Signature menu that goes with a base of your choice of rice bowl, burrito, or salad:
- NORTH SHORE: Albacore Tuna (Flame Seared), Green onion, Sweet onion, Cucumber, Masago, Lettuce, Seaweed Salad, Crabmeat, Pineapple, Grape Tomato, Radish Sprout, Furikake, Umami Sauce
- DIAMOND HEAD: Spicy Tuna, Green onion, Sweet onion, Cucumber, Lettuce, Spicy seaweed salad, Crabmeat, Jalapeño, Ginger, Masago, Crispy onion, Furikake/Chili Flake, Sweet chili Sauce
- WAIKIKI: Octopus & Scallop, Green onion, Sweet onion, Cucumber, Lettuce, Seaweed salad, Masago, Crabmeat, Sweet corn, Radish sprout, Crispy onion, Sesame seed, Waba Sauce
- HANAUMA: Salmon, Green onion, Sweet onion, Cucumber, Lettuce, Seaweed salad, Crabmeat, Masago, Edamame, Ginger, Radish sprout, Furikake, Creamy mayo Sauce
- SUNSET BEACH (VEGETARIAN): Organic tofu, Green onion, Sweet onion, Cucumber, Lettuce, Kale, Seaweed salad, Avocado, Grape tomato, Sweet corn, Ginger, Radish sprout, Lemon, Citrus Ponzu Sauce
* You can substitute Protein for Signature menu
You can also build you own Poke Bowl from like the one I created from fresh fish/seafood poke (ahi tuna, spicy tuna, albacore tuna, salmon, shrimp, scallops, octopus), fillings, mix-ins, toppings, sides and sauce.
You can also add crunch with ingredients like crispy onion, macadamia nuts or mixed nuts. Ahi Tuna, Albacore Tuna, Salmon and extra masago, extra corn, extra crab meat with umami sauce!
I especially like Pokerrito because their bowls and burritos does not get watery near the end!
This 15 seater space offers window and bar seats. It is great for people watching. Unfortunately, there are limited street parking nearby. I suggesting parking at Pacific Centre, go shopping and walk over for a quick and healthy fix!
Cuisine: Japanese, Hawaiian, Sushi
Mon 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Open now
Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
558 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y1
Chef Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co) will be partnering with Chef Masayoshi Baba and Masa Shiroki on the Masa, Masa, Matsutake collaborative dinner at Burdock & Co this Sunday, November 20. The dinner is selling out fast! They are considering offering a second seating. If […]
The 12th annual Taste of Yaletown 2016 event starts tomorrow Oct 13th to 27th. During this two week period, 31 Yaletown restaurants will be offering special menus and wines for a limited time. Sharing and Pairings and fixe prix menu prices of $25, $35, or $45. Yaletown will be making a donation […]