March 2nd, 2013. Yum Time @ Zakkushi!!
After a bit of a social dry spell I was more than excited about an evening of eats with Richard to explore a place we’d heard so much about… Zakkushi on Denman!
Zakkushi is a Japanese Izakaya bar space that focuses on one main thing….grilling anything on a stick! What’s not to love about that? I love everything about it! In true Vancouver style the main food station is right in the open with the delicious aromas of grilled meats wafting and filling up the small and cozy space. With the house packed full Richard and I got seats right at the bar to start off the night.
After drooling all over the menu we finally put up a mass order and waited for the skewered barrage to start flowing in! And the food kept coming ;D
Alright, so the first trio of skewers to show up were the Kurobuta Pork, Wasa Beef and Uzura Maki.
The Uzura Maki really was a no-brainer for us since it was what I had used as my bait to get Richard interested in coming here! Uh, bacon wrapped quail eggs topped off with a sweet and creamy mayo and seaweed shreds? Yes, yes and YES! The epitome of everything I enjoy including the fact that it comes on a stick!
Usually I associate Kurobuta Pork with Japadog and their Kurobuta hotdogs. This was a different application and just as super tasty! The char flavor coming through on that juicy pork with the sweet marinade was really the clincher here.
The Wasa Beef is AAA grade slices of beef topped off with fresh wasabi and those seaweed ribbons. Simple, clean, flavorful and that wasabi is just the right kinda kick! Another winner 🙂
As indicators of the rest of the meal to come these first 3 were having us chomping at the bit and wanting more!!
We also wanted to order some special items and the Charcoal Grilled Yellowtail with Oroshi (grated radish) and Ponzu Sauce sounded like just the thing! Tender, light and melt-in-your-mouth fish with that light and refreshing touch with the ponzu and oroshi!
The special of the day was also an Octopus Carpaccio with Spicy Sauce, which was actually kind of like a Korean Gochujang sauce. The sweet Korean chili paste goes GREAT with fresh octopus and really highlights the natural sweetness and meatiness you get from octopus.
Back onto beef, we had the Oropon Beef, which was again AAA grade beef, this one topped with the grated daikon and ponzu. Great for flavor and cutting the richness to add an underlying layer of sweetness and acidity and brightness.
Side dishes? Yes, why not go for a trio of them! Gomae, Chilled Tofu and some Pickled Veg!
I told Richard he MUST try some tongue so I also went ahead and ordered the Negi Tongue. Now, when you go to Asian supermarkets and see these gigantic frozen cow tongues studded with tastebuds you just kinda wanna keep walking…and walking…and walking.. until you are far far away! But when done well they are actually super tender and yummy! Japanese izakaya places seem to get it consistently right and I always like to order a portion! This one with the almost caramelized onion sauce was no exception and even had Richard lapping it up!
Who doesn’t love duck? Fatty, rich, and full of amazing flavor! We definitely had to order the Duck Breast with Yuzu Citrus Chili Sauce. Rendered down just right with the signature duck texture and unctuousness. Just gorgeous 😀
Mmmmm~~ P-Toro! Just pure, simple crunchy, juicy pork served up with a slice of lemon. So simple, but nothing comforts your palate like delicious pork belly! Drool worthy, for sure 😀
And yes, I had to do it… Takoyaki!! Delicious fried balls of light Japanese batter filled with bits of octopus and topped off with light and salty bonito flakes and that yummy yummy sauce! I can’t help myself, I love this especially when it’s hot & fresh!
How happy were we with this meal? So much that we were both on the verge of major food coma and delirious from the many many foodgasms!
Mmmmm~~~ Such yum and much happiness!!