My summer rec hockey team suffered another loss tonight. I needed to drown my sorrows by stuffing my face full of tasty treats. We were able to score a last-minute reservation at the always busy Zakkushi and it wasn’t hard to convince my brother to come along with us.
There are 3 Zakkushi’s in Vancouver, and I’m lucky enough to have one in my neighbourhood. That’s what an izakaya, (Japanese drinking establishment that serves small bites; in Vancouver izakaya’s focus around the food than the drink) should be, a neighbourhood haunt, which is what Zakkushi has become for me. While Kingyo is still my favorite all around izakaya, Zakkushi has definitely stolen my heart on the yakitori (chicken grilled over charcoal)/kushiyaki (everything else grilled over charcoal) front.
Since we just wanted to get in, we said we’d take a seat at the bar. Probably a good thing, since there was more light there to take photos which I knew was going to be a challenge since I only had my phone with me. It turned out to be a bad thing though, because we got horrible service. Granted it was a busy Saturday night, but we had to work hard to hunt down our servers and the food came out slowly.
My favorite dish at the restaurant happens to not be skewered, but deep-fried. The soft-shell crab, which always comes out quite quickly, is amazing.
For our carbs, we always get the Una-tama fried rice which consists of tamago, (thin crepe of egg), unagi, (eel) and sweet unagi sauce mixed-in with fried rice.
We ate all this food plus we shared a couple of big beers in little glasses. This is the perfect after-hockey meal though and completely worth the over-indulgence.
Zakkushi – 4075 Main St, Vancouver