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Sushi Mura (River District): Slow Service and Mediocre Food

The amount of development that’s going on in southeast Vancouver is crazy. Marketed now as “River District” due to the close proximity to the Fraser River, there’s been a big influx in the number of condos recently and they’ve just started to add some of the much needed services such as eateries. Sushi Mura is one of the new restaurants that have opened up (near the Save On Foods).
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Hayashi Sushi: Serviceable Sushi in New West

It’s probably been over 2 years since my last visit to Hayashi Sushi. Located in the Columbia Square Plaza in New Westminster, this cozy eatery serves up your typical Japanese fare and there’s usually plenty of free parking available in the mall parking lot.
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Ebisu Richmond: Lunch Boats and Specials

Ebisu Richmond is a chain restaurant located in the busy Richport Town Centre mini mall. I’m not sure what it is about this place but the parking lot is always super busy. We dropped by for lunch one weekend in May and were lucky enough to find some parking.
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Sushico Japanese Restaurant: Friendly Service and Quality Food in Langley

I don’t find myself out in Langley very often… and don’t even get me started on the City of Langley vs the Township of Langley. But we found ourselves in the area one weekend while shopping at one of the large garden centres and we needed to grab a bite to eat.
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Sushi Yen: New West Sushi Spot

It’s been quite a few years since I last ate at Sushi Yen so I figured it would be a good time to revisit this little eatery located in New West.
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Ramen Ono-Ya – Wakiki Yokocho Gourmet Alley (Hawaii 2019): Mazesoba, Ramen and Gyudon

Our last restaurant visit during our trip to Hawaii this year was to the newly opened Ramen Ono-Ya located in the Waikiki Yokocho Gourmet Alley under the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Similar to the Shirokiya Japan Walk in the Ala Moana Center, the Waikiki Yokocho Gourmet Alley has a collection of Japanese eateries clustered together.
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Roy’s Waikiki: Classic Pacific Rim Restaurant

We’ve always thought about trying Roy’s Waikiki in the past but timings just never worked out before. Roy’s is one of the many restaurants founded by Japanese-born Roy Yamaguchi (who has a long and storied history with cuisine in Hawaii).
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Tempura Fuji – Ala Moana Center (Hawaii 2019): Deep-Fried Goodness

Tempura Fuji is one of the many Japanese-themed food stalls located in the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk of the Ala Moana Center. As you can probably guess, they focus mainly on tempura… battered, deep-fried, and crispy morsels of pretty much any kind of veggie, meat, and seafood you can think of.
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Kulu Kulu – Ala Moana (Hawaii 2019): Hello Kitty Waffles

Kulu Kulu ia a Japanese-style bake shop located in Hawaii (they currently have 3 locations in Honolulu) with this particular shop located in the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk at Ala Moana Center.
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Kushi Mura Izakaya: Solid Japanese Snacking Options

Recently, Kushi Mura Izakaya opened up on the main floor of the Shops at New West (ie. New West Skytrain Station) at the western end closest to Quayside drive. Before you head over here, just keep in mind that parking rates here are high so you might be better off to find parking outside of the station.
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Pho Japolo: Vietnamese and Japanese Food in Burnaby

Pho Japolo is located on the Burnaby side of North Road, just off of Cameron Street. While I’ve had this place on my list for quite some time, I really didn’t plan on visiting the day that I did… it just turned out that my first choice was too busy so I wound up turning into this parking lot and saw the sign for Pho Japolo.
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Kazu Japanese Restaurant: Strong Japanese Contender in North Burnaby

Kazu Japanese Restaurant is a small but busy restaurant located on the Hastings corridor in Burnaby. The interior isn’t much to look at and the walls are plastered with various special menu items but you shouldn’t let that detract you from visiting.
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