Location: 4075 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P5
Phone: (604) 874-9455 [Telephone Reservations accepted.]
In my previous post, I visited Zakkushi on Main for dinner. And this time, I’m back for their Dine-Out menu. My girlfriend and I reserved way in advanced that they called me back confirming my reservation. They are really busy on weekends, especially because they only open for dinner, so a reservations is a must. And be sure to arrive no later than 15 minutes of your reservations or they will cancel your reservations. It’s always a hassle getting a parking spot because they only have 3 parking spots (which are always full every time I have been there). Hint: Park behind in the bank’s parking lot. Since they’re closed anyways.
We were very fortunate to get a comfy spot this time for 2, enough to fit all our jackets and gadgets. So, I was really happy about that. On to the food…
The sashimi was really fresh with 2 pieces of Salmon, 2 pieces of Tuna, 1 piece of prawn, 1 piece of Hotate (scallop), and the last piece (I have no idea what it is, any fish experts?). I guess one way to tell if Sashimi is fresh or not, is if they are sweet to the taste. In this case, even without wasabi and soy sauce, they were really sweet to taste.
First part of the Appetizer Trio is the Gomaae, which is boiled spinach with their signature gomaae sauce. Nothing special here, just tasted like a regular gomaae.
Second part of the Trio is the Takowasabi. Tako is octopus in Japanese. This was octopus mixed with wasabi stem, not bad as I’m an octopus lover.
This was the third part of the Trio, Ankimo. It’s fresh monkfish foie gras with ponzu sauce. I had no idea what foie gras was before I ordered this, but now I know. Foie gras is basically fattened food product made from a liver of an animal. In this case, it’s monkfish! The first time and probably the last time I’ll ever have this, like my girlfriend said “it tasted like cat food”. Not that I know what cat food tasted like, but I think it’s not too far from it.
Before the entree, we ordered some of our favourite skewers, which I have introduced in my previous post. But, I did want to mention one thing, it’s not a good deal eating out at Zakkushi during special events, as their skewers have shrunk from the last time we came. Check out the size of the same skewers we ordered last time below.
Look especially at the Nori Mayo!! Look at the MAYO!!!
Alright, my point proved. Here comes the entree.
We decided to get the “Meet the Meat” and “Sea of Love”.
This was part of “Meet the Meat” entree, it included 3 charcoal grilled skewers: P-Toro, Me Maki, and G Beef.
So, this completes the “Meet the Meat” entree. The Sukiyaki includes 5 oz of sliced AAA Angus beef, tofu, onion, knotted yam noodle, shiitake, and Japanese green onion in hot pot. In my opinion, they really wanted to stuff you full with the bowl of rice and the beef. Nothing really special about this entree.
Now, onto the “Sea of Love”.
The Miso soup was pretty tasty and sweet because of the clam in the soup. There were at least 6 clams in the soup and they weren’t small either. However, drinking it out of a wooden spoon was rather difficult.
This was rather interesting, it’s a bamboo-looking dish filled with grilled white tuna, prawns, scallops, tomato and asparagus on steamed rice with sea urchin sauce. The experience of this was better than the Sukiyaki. I really liked the sea urchin sauce, it brought more flavour to the rice. All the seafood in this entree was quite fresh, especially the white tuna, which my girlfriend loved.
And here comes the last dishes of the evening…
Matcha Ice Cream was really good. The lady finger was more for decoration. They were smart enough to serve the bowl of ice-cream with a previously frozen bowl to prevent the ice-cream from melting! Smart.
This was the other dessert, white sesame panna cotta with maple raspberry sauce. My girlfriend didn’t really like this dish because she wasn’t a big fan of white sesame. But, I really loved it. I think it would’ve tasted better without the raspberry sauce. But, I guess it’s just there for decor.
We noticed this light on the way in, just took a picture of it cause it looked cool. =P
So overall, I would rate my entire experience that evening as 3/5. The food was a little disappointing, we both agreed the regular menu was better than the dine-out menu and the value wasn’t worth the whole $28/person. Other than that, the ambiance and the service was above par like before. Servers were extremely friendly and welcoming.