Ramen Jinya – FAV’D – My first meal in Vancouver

Here we are! Our first instalment of FAV’D. For those of you who missed my previous post about FAV’D, please do go check it out to have a better understanding of what this is.

Anyways, since I arrived on a Saturday night, I didn’t get to do much that day. The next day, my friends and I went to see the Chinese New Years Parade put on by Vancity bank (a week late, but meh). The parade was alright, but fun nonetheless. We were all starving, so we head out to my first proper meal in Vancouver after many many years.

They took me to a place called Ramen Jinya; it is located at 270 Robson Street Vancouver, BC V6B0E7.

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Nan Chuu Izakaya – Japanese drinks meet Ramen

Just a place I feel like sharing.

The place is called Nan chuu. It’s a Japanese izakaya, but recently (no idea when actually) G-men (a ramen restaurant owned by the same company) joined them. Since I loved the ramen at G-men and Nan chuu’s food and drinks, this marriage was one I approved of greatly.

Click here for the location and other possibly helpful information.

Having been on an exchange to Japan last year, I got the opportunity to taste authentic Japanese ramen. The year before that, I also worked at a (not-so-authentic or tasty) ramen restaurant. Anyways, my point is, the ramen at Nan chuy/G-men is really good and made me feel like I was still in Japan.

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Hapa Izakaya – Modern Japanese Experience

It’s January of 2013, and Vancouver foodies will think of one thing: VANCOUVER DINE-OUT!!! This is a large restaurant festival where many food places will have set dine-out menus for the price of $38, $28, or $18, depending on the restaurant. To poor student gourmets, this is an once in a year chance to dine out at fancy restaurants for an affordable price.

After fun times taking my grad photos, my best friend and I hopped onto a bus and headed downtown. You see, there is this izakaya (Japanese bar) on Robson street where you can never see what’s inside unless you peek through this really tiny window or someone opens the door. The exterior looks dark and black, and the logo rather unnoticeable. I heard that the place was as expensive as it was delicious, so I had never dared step in. Thank goodness for Vancouver dine-out, I can finally try out Hapa Izakaya!

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EDO – Winterlicious, the full on experience

I had the honour of being invited by my friend, whom I’ve haven’t talk to in a while, to a Winterlicious at EDO on the 28 of January. Usually, I would do research on the restaurant that I am going to eat at, but sometimes, it’s exciting to go into it completely blind. And that is what I did today.

EDO is located at 484 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M5N 1A5

Judging by the name EDO, I know it’ll be a Japanese restaurant. I had that thought in the back of my head as I walked in the restaurant, so I was quite surprised to see how much it differs from a typical Japanese restaurant. It gives off this “Hi, I’m a fine dining” vibe with a sushi bar added (Yes, I just personified a restaurant). At that point, I was quite confused about what the restaurant is, and that usually spell bad things to come, but I’ll get back to that later.

We had a reservation at 7:30pm, and my friend was there at 7:20 to secure the reservation. I walked in right on time to find my friends still loitering at the entrance waiting to be seated. Now, I know it’s hard to predict how long it’ll take for people to eat and therefore, it’s hard for them to always have a table ready for every single reservation. But when you walk into a restaurant that you had reservation for, and there are empty tables, you can’t help but question the credibility of the restaurant. We finally got seated at 7:50, which is a whopping 20 minutes wait. I think they’re missing the point of why people make reservations. Continue reading