Location: 4148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6
Phone: (604) 558-3776
Hours: Closed Mondays
Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday 11:30AM – 3:00PM
Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5:30PM – 11:00PM, Friday – Saturday 5:30PM – 12:00PM, Sunday 5:30PM – 10:00PM
- WiFi Available
- Alcohol specials
- Street parking
If there was a nomination for the hardest pronounced restaurant names in Vancouver, I think this one would definitely be a nominee. Maybe if you didn’t know Japanese. So thanks to the inter webs, I was able to find out what the name “Itadakimasu” actually means. “Itadakimasu” is actually a very common term in Japanese meaning “Let’s eat”. Not a bad name for a restaurant but for a foreigner I’d have no idea what that means if I saw it for the first time.
Let’s start off with the main course shall we? Now I’ve had nigiri’s before, the long rectangular rice thing with a slice of sashimi on top. But prepare to be thrilled here! The nigiri is in a shape of a ball. It’s topped with a smaller piece of sashimi but I think they totally win for presentation! The Temari Sushi plate comes with 10 pieces of different sushi. The sashimi was not the freshest but not too bad.
The chicken karaage was deep fried and nicely presented.
This was their version of ebi mayo, the battered prawns were not made from the traditional tempura batter but from rice. It was quite an interesting kick.
The beef bibimbomb was very hot when it came to the table, I could feel the heat right away. We asked for sauces on the side, as we like to add them to our liking. Overall, I was quite pleased with the dish.
And like common Japanese restaurants, they will serve frozen grapes as desserts.
Overall, Itadakimasu was a pleasure to try. There wasn’t nothing too special that will probably bring us back just because it’s hard to find parking and it’s quite some distance from us. The interior of it looks dimmed and it’s got TV’s bolted on the walls. So if sports was on and you want Japanese food, this would definitely be a choice. They also occasionally have drinks specials. The price is reasonably priced for an Izakaya, maybe even a tad expensive for an Izakaya. The service was very warm and friendly. It wasn’t busy in the restaurant at all, so there was one staff that stood right in the middle so she can attend to tables.