Suika, which means watermelon in Japanese, is the latest izakaya in Vancouver (opened in Sep 2010). Having the same owner as Kingyo izakaya (the best casual japanese dining 3 years in a row) Suika did not disappoint us and it set the bar high as a newcomer.
Located at West Broadway, Suika's interior is pretty unique. The most prominent decor is the Japanese beer bottles chandelier. Unlike Kingyo, Suika took a modern approach for the interior and the atmosphere was very comfortable and lively.
The service was by far the best among other izakayas in Vancouver. All the staffs were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Suika has a huge selection of Japanese drinking with the addition of several in house special drinks. The food menu was very interesting as well ( update: for the menu please read the entry on my second visit here ). It consisted of a mix of new and classic izakaya dishes. A few dishes from the menu were influenced by Korean cuisine such as Kakuni bibimbap and Kimchi Sukiyaki. They also have some intriguing dishes such as Tokyo Oxtail Ramen and Tonsoku ( a pork foot sauteed till crispy with soy butter). Their daily special menu on the other hand was limited to few selection of dishes.
All in all, Suika was a breath of fresh air and it's definitely a cool place to hang out for drinks and snacks.
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Deluxe "Suika" Box
~Deluxe appetizer box ( nine kinds )
Deep fried marinated chicken on top of cold tofu with home-made chili oil
DIY Sushi Party
~ Includes three kinds of sashimi, cucumber, avocado, shiso (perilla), seaweed, and sushi rice
It also comes with soy sauce, wasabi and mayonnaise.
~Pork roasted then slowly braised till tender served with suika secret blend.
~ Deep fried cilantro battered tiger prawns with chili mayo
~ Stewed pork belly, sweet dried shrimp and scallops on rice served in a hot stone bowl.
~Frozen matcha crème brulée with fresh whipped cream and red bean sauce