Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro

 September 4th, 2010. Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro!
shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

   After some window shopping and enjoying the nice weather Private A and I headed over to Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro for some dinner.  It’s located off Robson Street on that strip of Granville Street..you know, the one that never sleeps 😉  I had always wondered whether this place could live up to it’s bark.  Luckily, I was in for a treat!

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 The place is nice and boisterous like a sake bar should be…but the party along the wall had an extremely obnoxious laugher…so Private A asked whether it would be alright for us to move.  We got moved out to the heated patio where we were able to watch dear Vancouverites and summer tourists getting giddy with the warm early autumn night.  Our server was so extremely sweet that we even asked her to move sections so she could serve us..which she did

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

 

  Just like last night, Private A ordered a mojito…their summer featured Shuraku version of a mojito. Judging from the cloudy color, I’d say it has calpis mixed in!  Plenty of mint 🙂  But lemons?  That kind of defeats the notion of a mojito, no?

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

  I have still, to this day, have never had korean soju..but now I can say I’ve had the Japanese version of vodka: shochu!  This is the Tan Taka Tan described as being very light and refreshing with Shiso (Japanese mint).  It came highly recommended by our server.  Strong stuff, but hey, at least now I can act like I know something when people talk about shochu! 🙂  

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The Big Eye Tuna Sashimi kicked off the meal.  It came out in a big white bowl atop shaved ice with a blue tea light inside.  I thought the blue light was a bit much, but I think Private A liked it.  The tuna was nice and meaty and had a great texture to it.  I loved it!

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  The great presentation continued with the Spicy Salmon Tartar.  Raw wild sockeye salmon mixed with avocado, pine nuts, greeanonion and a homemade spicy sauce topped with a raw quail egg.  We loved a deep fried seaweed squares that we used to eat the tartar with…wished we had more!

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

 

  Eggplant Popper – Cubic cut stuffed eggplant delicately and lightly deep fried served with a ponzu vinaigrette.  I love eggplant.  It’s one of those things I hated as a kid, but as an adult have grown an immense fondness for!  The soft batter was fresh and the eggplants were plump and had that distinct subtle flavor.  I love to dip.  Ponzu Vinaigrette?  Winner!

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

   Our tiny little square table was getting quite full so we had to strategically perch this next dish.  Let me tell ya, multi-tasking picture-taking and eating and gushing over food isn’t always easy!  Beef Tataki – Canadian AAA Sirloin lightly seared and thinly sliced, served over fresh spring greens and a Japanese ponzu vinaigrette.  Super tender beef=super happy me!

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

   Again following last night’s trend we ordered dessert.  Martini glasses as serving vessels are all the rage.  Personally, if we’re gonna be using drinking glasses for plating I’d like to see dessert in one of those stemless wine glasses 🙂   A scoop each of Mango, Green Tea and Black Sesame Ice Cream with Fruits and Cream Puffs!  So~~~ delicious!  A great accompaniment to dessert is crisp night air.  Great pairing.

 

shuraku sake bar & bistro
shuraku sake bar & bistro

 

 

 

 

  Another amazing dinner in the books.  2 in a row?  LOVE IT!!!  Christopher Chuy, the manager also came by to make sure we were doing alright throughout the meal and at the end he also brought us his business card!  Private A says it’s because we looked like important people 😉  I just really appreciat that we were so well taken care of throughout the meal.  Ultra super service!!   Friends, for a good time, check this place out!

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