Chef Tojo on local food, quinoa, and next year’s Foundation Gala!

Chef Hidekazu Tojo is restaurateur of none other than Tojo’s here in Vancouver. He left his home of Kagoshima, Japan in 1971 at the young age of 21, bound for Vancouver – and hasn’t left since. As a great supporter of Nikkei Place Foundation, Tojo recently hosted a special dinner for local philanthropist and CEO of Viva […]

Octopus’ Garden:

Creating a Disneyland-like Restaurant for All Ages and Nationalities

Reviewed By Junko Mayede, Nikkei Life Editor This month I am reviewing Octopus’ Garden, a restaurant celebrating its 23rd anniversary this September. On the day I visited with my co-worker, I noticed that despite the restaurant being packed to the gills, owner and chef Sada-san always seemed to be having a great time chatting with the […]

Kyzock (海賊):

Take out has never tasted so good!

Reviewed By Junko Mayede Nikkei Life Editor This month, I am reviewing a restaurant near SFU’s downtown campus called Kyzock. While a good majority of the orders are take-out, there is space for around ten people to sit and enjoy drinks and food. This shop actually first opened as Zero One Sushi in 2001. However, […]

Cake-Ya: ふわふわっ、しっとり!ロールケ

For this issue I decided to try something a bit different: paying a visit to a cake shop. I had only seen (and drooled over) their desserts nicely displayed at Nikkei Place events, and had been dying to actually try them. Nestled in a quaint neighbourhood in Port Moody, Cake-ya has enjoyed high ratings by […]

Izakaya Suika: a restaurant committed to creating new cultures

居酒屋SUIKA−新しい文化の創造に挑戦するレストラン   My friends and colleagues had been telling me all about Izakaya Suika, which was nominated for Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Award in the “Casual Japanese” category in 2014. I checked out their website just to see what the fuss was about, only to be dazzled by the images of their mouth-watering dishes. Soon I […]

Restaurant – Kaide Sushi

If you want fresh, quality sushi, I would recommend this restaurant! Recently, I have been wanting to eat sushi very much.  A friend recommended Kaide, a highly-rated sushi restaurant located near the corner of Richards and Pacific Street in Yaletown.  I decided to try out them with my co-worker. The atmosphere is very cozy and […]

Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Miura Waffle Milk Bar opened in May 2010 and it specializes in a mixture of savory and sweet waffle sandwiches, also with combos including nori chips. The other reason to go there is for their milk drinks. It is perfect place for a casual lunch with friends or co-workers. The atmosphere is light, and the décor is a mix between modern and traditional Japanese, with wooden yatai-style posts and clean-cut style table areas.

Jules Café

For the past year our staff have been enjoying lunch at a special café close to Nikkei Place. If you haven’t yet visited Jules Café it is well worth the visit. I had a chance to sit down with Julia Tanaka today and ask her about her café. Hi, Julia – Can you tell me […]