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Zakkushi (Denman) – Vancouver

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

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Mid-week dinner on Denman, looking for some place new, without a wait, and with good food – we found Zakkushi, which fit all three perfectly.

Normally, you’d have to wait at any of the Izakaya restaurants in the Denman/Robson area as Guu with Garlic, Gyoza King, and Kingyo are always busy and reservations are a must. But whether it was the alignment of the planets or not, as we walked by Zakkushi, we noticed there was no lineup so we darted inside, and they had an empty table waiting for us. Filled with young Japanese patrons, we knew that we weren’t going to be disappointed.

For the uninitiated, Izakaya-style Japanese food is basically small plates of tasty, often fried dishes that go perfectly with cold beer and are a great way to end the workday. We had the menus and a pitcher of Asahi ready for us almost immediately, and so we ordered a number of kushi (‘skewers’ in Japanese cooking), with pork, beef, garlic shoots, and asparagus. We also ordered the standard izakaya fare – ebi mayo (breaded deep-fried shrimp with mayonnaise sauce), yaki udon (beef on udon noodles), deep-fried sticky rice cubes, and a super-delicious eggplant/tofu/meat dish.

The food here was great – definitely on par with our favorite for food/atmosphere, Guu with Garlic. Everything was fresh, came out of the kitchen super-fast, and there wasn’t a bad dish in the bunch. The Agedashi “MaBo” (tofu/eggplant) was one of our favorites – the glistening purple of the eggplant, with its soft, savory texture went perfectly with the crisp outside of the tofu cubes and the delicious sauce. The Ninnika Memaki and Aspara Maki were also huge hits – these were garlic shoots and asparagus respectively that had been wrapped in ultra-thin sliced pork and grilled – a total hit, absolutely delicious, and I will order these every time I come back. The ebi mayo was fresh, crisp, full of flavour, and the spicy mayo sauce was good; the grilled pork and beef were great, and the udon noodles were perfect – that in-between of soft and chewy that perfect udon always is.

Service was super-efficient, very pleasant, and the atmosphere of the place was great. Not too loud, not smoky from the kitchen, well-lit enough to give the place atmosphere without being dark, and warm colors on the wall to make you feel comfortable.

I’d come here any time, and I’d feel comfortable about anything on the menu, but expect to wait if you don’t have reservations – I think that our luck with the available table was just a fluke. From their website – it looks like Zakkushi has 2 other locations – 4th avenue near Burrard and Main near King Edward – looks like lots more good food to try…


Zakkushi on Denman
823 Denman Street,
Vancouver, B.C. V6G2L7
Tel: 604-685-1136

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