Saturday, October 23, 2010


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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Suika Snack Bar

Suika Snack Bar

Suika Izakaya

Suika Izakaya

Suika Izakaya

Suika Mojito
Suika Mojito

Deluxe "Suika" Box
~Deluxe appetizer box ( nine kinds )
Deluxe "Suika" Box

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.
DIY Sushi @ Suika Izakaya

Torotoro Cha-Shu
~Pork roasted then slowly braised till tender served with suika secret blend.
ToroToro Cha-Shu @ Suika Izakaya

My Ebi-Mayo
~ Deep fried cilantro battered tiger prawns with chili mayo
My Ebi Mayo @ Suika Izakaya

Kakuni Bibimbap
~ Stewed pork belly, sweet dried shrimp and scallops on rice served in a hot stone bowl.
Kakuni Bibimbap @ Suika Snack Bar

Matcha Brulée
~Frozen matcha crème brulée with fresh whipped cream and red bean sauce
Matcha brulée @ Suika Izakaya


christao408 said...

That's a cute looking place. Nice photographs, as always.

adam said...

Commenting to give you props on the incredible photos.
Not lying when I say they're the best of all the Vancouver food blogs I've read so far.
If you don't mind me asking, how do you shoot, exactly?


Edward said...

Nice review !!! What camera setup are you using ?? Great pics !

La Petite Vancouver said...

Christao: Thank you Chris really appreciate it!

Adam & Edward: Thank you guys for your nice compliment! I am not too sure how to address your question. All I can say is I shot them straight from camera, no flash was used.


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