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moltmonster Feb 21, 2012 03:10 PM

My husband's birthday is Saturday, and he just let me know that he wants Japanese - and a tatami room. We'll likely have 6 - 8 people. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    moltmonster RE: moltmonster Feb 21, 2012 03:12 PM

    Oh, and I suppose a location would be helpful - we are at Main and Broadway area, but could go to Kits or East Van easily. Don't really want to travel much more than 20 - 30 minutes away if possible.

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      Sam Salmon RE: moltmonster Feb 21, 2012 03:49 PM

      Koko would work-Classic old school Japanese w/tatami room


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        LotusRapper RE: Sam Salmon Feb 21, 2012 04:11 PM

        Good one, SS.

        See Koko's rooms (hope not too small for 6-8 people):


        I just remembered Isami Sushi on Kingsway @ McKay has small "rooms":


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        LotusRapper RE: moltmonster Feb 21, 2012 03:50 PM

        How much of a "room" does he want ? There are restos with the sliding sidescreens that could create a virtual room. Of that style I can think of:

        1) Ebisu - Broadway/Ash, upstairs in Broadway Plaza

        2) E-Bei - Granville/41st

        3) The Clubhouse - W.2nd/Crowe, has private party room upstairs way in back of restaurant

        Ebisu's has nice window view of downtown & mountains. E-Bei's interior is kinda meh and depressing IMHO. Clubhouse could be fun, they also have a large-screen TV in that room.

        Call ahead to confirm availability.

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          Sam Salmon RE: LotusRapper Feb 21, 2012 04:57 PM

          Guu w/Garlic on Robson has a room on the left as you stumble through the door never looked too close though since I generally belly up to the bar.

          Ressies are a possibility phone for details. http://www.guu-izakaya.com/

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            el_lobo_solo RE: Sam Salmon Feb 21, 2012 06:11 PM

            There's definitely enough room for 6-8, maybe even for up to 15 spread among 4-5 tables. It's not a private room though, although there's some privacy from the rest of the room, if that makes any sense. I've always had a good time and meals anywhere at this Guu.

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        moltmonster RE: moltmonster Feb 22, 2012 09:48 AM

        As usual, you guys really come through. I've NEVER been to Koko - and will strongly suggest it. Although I really do like Guu with Garlic.
        LotusRapper, thanks for the intro to Foodosophy - looks like more reading material for me!
        Thanks very much!

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          grayelf RE: moltmonster Feb 22, 2012 10:29 AM

          Another option for reconfigurable tatami rooms is Kibune in Kits. It's our go-to for Japanese dining with larger groups such as yours. Have done a number of bday parties there to great effect. Food, atmosphere and service are all good for such an event. Try the usuzukuri if you go.

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            LotusRapper RE: moltmonster Feb 22, 2012 01:05 PM

            MM - well if you have all the time in the world (and then some), you can work your way through *some* of the local blogs:


            Trust me, there's not enough time in the world for all that .............. ;-)

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              moltmonster RE: LotusRapper Feb 24, 2012 05:19 PM

              Uh oh. Lotus Rapper, I needed that like a hole in the head! I already spend way too much time reading about food instead of creating it myself. :-)
              I like birthdays - took husband to Hawksworth for lunch today. He had the sun choke soup with lobster knuckles that was silky and decadent followed by sable fish that was served with chayote squash (yum! I can't believe I've never had that before!) and crispy sushi rice. Artfully presented and delicious! My starter of seared scallops with bacon, veg and chowder "foam" was good, but the "foam" left something to be desired. It was kind of gummy. My main of sidestripe shrimp with rockfish curry was tasty, but a little on the salty side. The dessert totally hit the mark - mango Mousse with coconut and lime sorbet was a refreshing ending. Heading to Electric Owl tonight for a concert and then Medina for brunch and Koko's for dinner tomorrow -Sunday is dinner with the family. Rack of lamb ordered from Windsor ...... Food is goooood! Think I'm going to have to do a lot of workouts next week!

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