Monday, July 27, 2015
I could pass this place a hundred times without suspecting that it was anything more than the dozen or so mediocre and inauthentic Japanese places in the area, but this one is really authentic. Teriyaki Bowl Japanese Restaurant is on Broadway St., between Alma and Dunbar St.
It's simple and comforting, like visiting a sweet aunt and uncle that want to feed you - that is, if your aunt and uncle were great Japanese cooks.
It's not much to look at inside, with just a few tables, and you order at the counter, but it's cheap and delicious. You can eat in, and they'll serve the food on pretty Japanese dishes. Many people seem to take out. I've been there twice, and both times did not take photos of the food unfortunately. Everything looked beautiful though (unlike many of the mediocre places at the same price point who mangle their sushi rolls). I had a chicken udon and inari sushi combo from the specials board (came with three inari nigiri), and it was really wonderful, and very reasonable (I think only $8.75, but can't remember exactly). The chicken udon had lots of tender chicken pieces, slices of the pink swirl fish cake, a bit of broccoli and carrot, and a delightful clear and clean, yet flavourful broth. I also had their negitoro roll which was very good. I liked their pickled ginger too. Their agedashi tofu is not deep fried like other places, but the sauce is richly flavoured and deeply satisfying (I was basically drinking some of the sauce afterwards with a spoon - that's how much I liked it) . I've had their katsudon in the past and enjoyed it very much as well. On a chilly day, the chicken udon or the rice bowls are ideal warming comfort meals. It's only open until 8 pm though. Take-out containers are nice round cardboard ones, so kudos to them for not using styrofoam or plastic. Not a fancy pick, but just unexpectedly well-executed food and authenticity in a neighbourhood (Kitsilano) that doesn't particularly foster these qualities.