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bourbonstjoe Jun 8, 2010 05:58 PM

I'll be in Vancouver on the weekend and other than Japadog, Oyama Sausage on Grandville Island and the Chinese BBQ shop in the Richmond Centre Mall I've decided to head to Kingo Izakaya on Denman for a late dinner with the GF Saturday night. Any suggestions?


871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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  1. el_lobo_solo RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 8, 2010 06:26 PM

    Why not an izakaya crawl? Plenty of places within walking distance from kingyo: Guu, Hapa, Wanoma, Gyoza KIng

    838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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      grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Jun 8, 2010 08:16 PM

      I still haven't made it to Kingyo but I have seen the pork cheeks mentioned by fmed.

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        fmed RE: grayelf Jun 8, 2010 08:20 PM

        Love the pork cheeks there. I haven't been to Kingyo in quite a while so the menu could have changed. It has the most refined cooking of all the izakaya here IMO.

        Seconding el_lobo's suggestion to do a crawl. Kingyo, Zakkushi, Guu w Garlic, Hapa, Guu Original....and on and on

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          doughnut RE: fmed Jun 8, 2010 08:34 PM

          how exactly does a crawl work? (ive never drinked either so ive never done a bar crawl)

          you go to one izakaya, order two dishes (lets say theres two of you)? then go to another one down the street then order another two?

          sounds very time consuming. if you do an izakaya crawl, what is the minimum time you need to schedule? 2 hours?

          or maybe youre supposed to order stuff to go?

          im very curious!

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            Sam Salmon RE: doughnut Jun 8, 2010 08:38 PM

            IME-A crawl is best conducted with at least two other people so you can sample everything under the sun.

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              fmed RE: Sam Salmon Jun 8, 2010 09:09 PM

              That's right. It is "time consuming" in a "time flies when you are having fun" sort of way. It is more fun if you imbibe IMO. It is basically a bar crawl afterall...you can certainly turn it into a food-focused crawl without a problem. A successful crawl depends on the planning and timing.

              Here is an article on the izakaya scene here in Vancouver: http://www.chow.com/stories/10980

              The article's writer (Chow's Lessley Anderson), the photographer (Chris Rochelle) and I did a crawl a couple of years ago as part of their "research".

    2. moyenchow RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 8, 2010 11:20 PM

      I was there in early Feb for a company dinner.

      The Carpaccios are really good. We all like the Rock'n Kobe. The beef was good but I think the novelty of cooking on a hot stone added an element of fun to it.

      The grilled Black Cod was very good too.

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        twinkienic RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 8, 2010 11:33 PM

        I love Kingyo. My favourites are the stone-grilled beef tongue and pressed mackerel sushi.

        871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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          bourbonstjoe RE: twinkienic Jun 9, 2010 10:21 AM

          Yeah, I'm a huge tongue fan as well (Oh stop it people!) and I've had it in several different styles of Japanese restaurant and it's always been very flavorful and tasty. Is parking going to be an issue on Saturday night? My ferry's probably not it till 20:30-21:00 and we still have to drive in from Horseshoe Bay. Might try Zakkushi as an alternate...is it open later than Kingyo?

          871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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          betterthanbourdain RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 9, 2010 03:13 AM

          just to clarify. "the chinese bbq in RCM" is butcher's best. did you mean the bbq shop in superstore instead? which prob the better of the two.

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            grayelf RE: betterthanbourdain Jun 9, 2010 10:02 AM

            Agree with btb: the bbq at the store under the Superstore is excellent, especially the crispy roasted pork at $8.49 a pound. It is called HK BBQ Master (4651 No. 3 Road at Leslie past Cambie Richmond). I like that all the signage is in English and the staff are very helpful. Here's a few pix to get you drooling...

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              bourbonstjoe RE: grayelf Jun 9, 2010 10:18 AM

              Uhm there's 2?! I've only ever been to the one that's close to the Bay, on a small branch off to the left (Races to google) which is indeed the Butchers Best Meat Market. Apparently I have more to look into now, thanks for the addie grayelf!

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                fmed RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 9, 2010 10:23 AM

                I haven't been to the one in Richmond Center. I highly recommend HK BBQ Master as well

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                  grayelf RE: fmed Jun 9, 2010 10:47 AM

                  You're welcome, joe, though I got the recco from others much better versed in this style of BBQ than I :-). All these little strip malls seem to have names and I don't know any but the largest -- the HK BBQ Master is barely if at all visible from 3 Road but if you go into the Superstore parking lot on Leslie you should see it. It is on the west side of Three Road.

                  Re your query on parking near Kingyo on a Saturday night, it's gonna be challenging anywhere in the West End (the area that most of the izakaya are found). If you are thinking of Zakkushi instead, there are two other branches of it outside of downtown with easier parking but they are further to drive to if you are coming from the ferry. And though, as I said, I haven't been to Kingyo, I daresay the Zakkushis are a different experience as they are more focused on things on sticks (which I happen to love, and yes they do have tongue on sticks!).

                  Re open later, Kingyo's site (now officially the most annoying website I've been on this month) says they are open till 2 am but I called and the live human said midnight.

                  Zakkushi's website is much easier to navigate http://www.zakkushi.com/aboutus.html
                  giving closing times and last call times which are later at the Denman location than at the others I mentioned.

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                    betterthanbourdain RE: grayelf Jun 9, 2010 02:28 PM

                    most folk here myself included prefer HK BBQ master, i think. If you like roast pork specifically and you do a search, some will mention that best roask pork at Parker's place. I was there at around 7pm(late,closing time) last week, and was dissapointed with the crackling.
                    as for kingyo or zakusshi, if you like meat on a stick(many dont) then zakusshi would be my recomendation. parking is a challenge here. you didnt hear it from CH. but safeway has free parking, but dont abuse it. buy something for your trip there and leave it in the vehicle. havent been to kingyo in over a year, but i hear some of the cooks eat/drink at torarenbou izakaya after work hours. TI is open later maybe till 2 am I believe.

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                      bourbonstjoe RE: betterthanbourdain Jun 9, 2010 08:02 PM

                      Thanks to everyone who posted so far, might not even get to Downtown the way things are shaping up, at least not for dinner on Saturday night. Anyone know about Maguros out in Surrey? Looks like we're gonna be staying out near there and it seems close on 152 street. (Gonna try and hold out for the stone seared tongue though! Long Live Chow!)

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                        mh0408 RE: bourbonstjoe Jun 10, 2010 01:14 PM

                        My parents use to go to Maguros ALL the time. It's good sushi, just not worth the drive for me though.

                        Plus, I think the owners are Korean..?

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                          bourbonstjoe RE: mh0408 Jun 10, 2010 05:53 PM

                          Thanks mh0408, it's located about 6 minutes (drive) from where I'm going to be staying and it seems like less of a hassle than trying for the more unique Kingyo etc izakaya experience that I would LOVE!!. Having said that the only crawling I would be doing is looking for my teeth as I haven't seen the GF in almost 2 months and I'm going to be in Van. to celebrate an educational milestone for her sooo...

                          P.S. I think the stat is something like 90% of the Japanese restaurants in Vancouver are actually owned by Koreans.

                          871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA

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