Cute Sushi & Banana Gyoza @ Itadakimasu Izakaya

In search of some quick eats before our AC Newman concert at the Biltmore, we headed to the nearby Itadakimasu Izakaya on Main Street.  I remembered they had a $10 pitcher special before, and they still did! Pitchers of Sapporo were at the price only with every $15 worth of food ordered though.

Asides from the beer, the other thing that attracted me was the daily cute temari sushi with ten pieces of cute "ball-shaped" sushi ($10).  Although they were indeed super cute, the sushi was just alright.  Nigiri sushi is designed the way it is for a reason.  If found the rice to fish ratio on these to be a bit too high -- too much rice in the middle, with such a thin piece of sushi.  The fish was alright, and I didn't find it to be any better than most sushi restaurants and comparatively thinner.

We ordered the beef bibimBOMB (haha. $8.60) thinking it was just braised beef shortrib.  Clearly I didn't read the name and just saw "shortribs".  The rice in a stone bowl was mixed at our table.  Sadly, it didn't have much shortrib in it and was quite underwhelming since it tasted mostly of gochujang sauce and lacked dimension.

The deep fried banana gyoza (~$6) was on the daily menu, and Kem had to have it.  We really enjoyed this dessert since it was quite nicely fried, and the banana inside had warmed up just enough to be quite sweet.  The vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle also helped.

Dorothy wanted to get the home made crème caramel ($4) as well.  The pudding here was quite standard, though I found the flan to be a bit thin.  I've made Japanese-style crème caramel at home as well, and I thought this one could have been a bit softer.

For some reason, Itadakimasu had a very "Richmond-vibe" to it.  Maybe the décor and the layout of the restaurant made it feel this way.  In that sense, it had a very non-izakaya feel to it, despite having that word in its name.  The food here was fairly standard in most counts and without the izakaya-like ambience, the only reason I'd be back would be for the cheap beer.

Itadakimasu Izakaya
4148 Main St
Vancouver, BC
(604) 558-3776
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