We first discovered ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro Vancouver during the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010. ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro is located in heart of downtown Vancouver on Granville Street (off Robson Street). Granville Street is your shopping, dining and clubbing district. It is easily accessible via SkyTrain, just off from Pacific Centre Mall. I first discovered this trendy bistro during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Outside there is a heated patio. Inside there is nicely decorated from liqueur bar, sushi bar, tables and booths that stretches deep into this izakaya. ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro Vancouver has a extensive sake selection and it also serves Sapporo beer…
Like most izakaya’s ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro has a daily special menu and it is quite extensive…
Live Uni is served on a beautifully present ice platter with blue lights. The hero really is not the presentation but the freshness and the sweetness of the sea urchin! Served with extra seaweed for wrapping or scooping
Tako Waso is marinated baby octopus with wasabi leaf sauce. It is served chill and presented on a bed of miso paste for additional flavor. The taka waso is served on sliced cucumber blocks. The cucumber balances the rather strong pungent wasabi.
Eggplant Poppers: cubed eggplant, pork and chicken battered and deep fried with ponzu vinaigrette… I found this to be nothing special and had no zing.
Tuna Aburi: Aburi sushi 炙り寿司 or roasted sushi consists of nigiri sushi topped with fish. Fresh tuna slightly seared on the outside, fried garlic bites accompanied by ponzu vinaigrette… tangy and satisfying
Spicy Salmon Tartare: Wild sockeye salmon sashimi blended with avocado, served with pine nuts, green onion & Shakura`s house special spicy sauce. A raw quail egg finishes on top. It is served with battered friend seaweed poppers for you to scoop the yummy goodness. The chill spicy acidity of the tartar mixed with the crunchy chips is delish!
Assorted fresh nigiri: Hamachi, Uni, Toro, Hotate and etc. Each piece has a fatty sashimi.
Now on to dessert
ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro Home made marble cheesecake & sesame ice-cream: Absolutely brilliant! The cheesecake is light and velvety. The flavors do not overwhelm and always draws you back for another bite. The cheesecake flavor changes from time to time. The crispy wafer on top adds texture. Frozen grapes in a pretty container on the side. However, let me present the hero of this dessert - it is hands down their ‘house special’ specially made sesame ice-cream. ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro Sesame ice cream is dark, bold, and has over 60% more sesame concentration than regular ones found in, say at your local supermarket!
ShuRaku Sake Bar + Bistro
833 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K7
Mon to Thu: 11:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:45 a.m. to 12 midnight
Saturday: 12 noon to 12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon to 11:00 p.m.
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