Suika

Date Visited: July 28 2014

Address: 1626 W Broadway  Vancouver, BC V6J1X6

Website: http://www.suika-snackbar.com/

Type of Restaurant: Japanese, Izakaya, Bar, Tapas, Snack Bar

Price Range: $$-$$$

Background: Part of the Kingyo, Rajio group

Ambiance (out of five): 4/5 – Lively atmosphere

Setting/Design: Comfortable seating, chic design

Overall: 7.5/10

(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)

Will come back? Maybe for dinner to try some of the other dishes they don’t offer during lunch

What I ate:

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Welcome to Suika Lunch Salad

  • Bit too much sauce for my liking, but it was complimentary so you can’t complain

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Katsu Curry

  • 7/10
  • Portion was bigger than I had anticipated
  • The curry was not as sweet as most Japanese curries, it was actually a bit too sour for my liking
  • But the thickness of the curry was enjoyable
  • The rice must have been left on the plate for some time because it seemed hard
  • The veggies added a nice healthy component to the dish
  • The pork katsu was dry and definitely fried for too long
  • The pork was overcooked and not a good piece of pork, lacked fat and flavour and sadly the outside wasn’t even crispy

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Hellz Chicken (Deep fried and tossed with the original hellz sauce (hot sauce, vinegar, jalapeno, garlic etc.)

  • 7.5/10
  • Again no crunch from the outside, even if it is covered in sauce, if it is fried well it should be crispy
  • The sauce is the only hellish part of the dish but it actually wasn’t that spicy
  • Don’t get me wrong, it was spicy, but not to the point where I needed galloons of water
  • The sauce was overpowered by the vinegar, the balance of sour and spicy wasn’t present (needs more jalapeno to bring out the spiciness and freshness)

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Matcha crème brulee frozen with red bean sauce

  • 8/10
  • I’ve been anticipating to eat this dish ever since the restaurant opened but never had a chance
  • Finally that day has come and I have to say, I was a bit disappointed (Maybe I waited too long)
  • The crisp brulee top was very nice – it was crunchy along with caramel flavour which when melted in your mouth went very well with the green tea
  • The matcha crème brulee itself lacked creaminess and richness
  • The matcha flavour was not strong enough, it was there, just not prominent
  • The red bean sauce did not add much to the dish flavour wise, if it is written on the menu I would prefer it if they tried to incorporate it better to accompany the dish

Summary: Portions aren’t very big, food was mediocre. I prefer Kingyo over Suika and Rajio

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