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Jan 10, 2008 11:35 AM

Some Google Maps fun: Vancouver Izakaya Crawl

Ratings :

Cost -- $ cheap to $$$$ expensive

Food -- * Meh to **** Wow

Vibe -- ! Relaxed to !!!! Frantic

Not all of these places are pure Izakaya eg Japadog and the odd Sushi place


(Note: edited to update the Google maps URL.)

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  1. You left out Alpha Global Sushi at Helmcken and Richards.

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    1. re: kwailan4

      It should be may have missed it as it is not listed alphabetically (I can't figure out how to do that in Google Maps). Thanks for the vigilance, kwailan4.

      BTW It's a living document and anyone is welcome to add/remove (if they close) places to the map. (I made it public).

    2. Tony Bordain has just told all of the USA about Japadog - in his new Vancouver No Reservations episode.

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      1. re: paulj

        I hope Noriki (the owner) works out some sort of franchising before the copycats (or copydogs) take to the streets all over North America.

        1. re: fmed

          Has anyone seen the Red Star hot dog stand outside St. Paul's Hospital on Burrard st? Looks like a "copydog". I haven't tried it because I always figure I could walk the extra 2-3 blocks to get to Japadog... but I'm curious if anyone else has tried.

          1. re: twinkienic

            I've done the same thing as you...walk right by it on the way to Japadog.

      2. I did a crawl at ground zero for Vancouver izakaya (Robson and Denman) last night. The restaurants I hit were: Guu, Guu with Garlic, Kingyo, and Zakkushi.

        Best dish of the evening - the Pork Cheeks at Kingyo. The best sake: Osake (artisinal sake brewed on Granville Island here in Vancouver).

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        1. re: fmed

          More cellphone photos:

              1. re: fmed

                All in one night? I'm so impressed! Sounds like a good night. How was Zakkushi? I have yet to try it.
                Have you ever been to Osake? They talk you through a tasting flight there... pretty fun!

                1. re: twinkienic

                  All in one or two dishes and one carafe of sake per restaurant. Zakkushi was great. The grill guys were like rockstars. The cuttlefish is truly great and the plum sodas were very good too.

                  I have been to Osake a number of times. Worth going to.

              2. So a friend wanted to do the crawl with me. Too soon I thought, but I obliged. Once again, it was a Thursday night. We started early (6pm) and ended early (11pm). We hit: Toraratsu, Hapa, Kingyo, Zakkushi.

                Best sake of the evening: Ginjo Ginkara. Best dish: Table Seared Saba. Good times.

                Some cellphone pics (some are quite dark)

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