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Posh – Stylish Sukiyaki

PoshThe variety of Japanese food here in Vancouver continues to amaze me. We have sushi restaurants, trendy izakayas, cozy ramen bars, and even places specializing in donburi and udon. Clearly, sushi is Japanese food but Japanese food is not just sushi.

With Posh, let’s add sukiyaki to the list. Posh describes itself as “The First Exclusive Sukiyaki Restaurant in North America”.

Sukiyaki is all about the meat, baby. Thinly sliced meat that you cook yourself in a bubbling pot of water, soy sauce, sugar, and mirin to be more specific. Posh serves it up all-you-can-eat style.

PoshHere’s how it works. Sit down at your table and you’ll find a large pot atop a portable stove in the center. The server will give you a small menu listing a few types of meats, veggies, tofu, and noodles that you can order. Using the provided pencil, you then specify on the menu how much of each you want. You can order as much as you want, as many times as you want. It’s a process that AYCE Sushi fans are all too familiar with.

Don’t hold back. We saw other tables with 20+ orders of meat, stacked several feet high (ahh, to be a food-starved teenager again…).

Posh

Cooking the ingredients in the hot pot is not only delicious, but also loads of fun. Hot pot tastes best when shared amongst a group of friends. With sukiyaki, it’s fine to eat straight from the pot. Dip the meat and other goodies in a bowl of raw egg if you want to up the authenticity.

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PoshThe food is good. The value is great – a flat fee of $13.88. The service is fine. And the environment is pretty nice. These pictures are from the original Richmond location. Posh has since opened 2 other locations on West Broadway and Kingsway, so they must be doing something right.

You can tell that they’re targeting the younger crowds. They have their funky logo plastered on all their diningware. The environment is low-lit and cool. And their website is super slick.

I can’t see myself going here every week, but I’ll definitely return whenever I crave meat. Recommended!

Posh Sukiyaki Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Tomokazu – AYCE Sushi

TomokazuWhen you go for sushi, you usually expect the best quality. When you go for AYCE (all you can eat) sushi, your expectations aren’t quite as high.

With this in mind, we visited Tomokazu on 20-1128 West Broadway, Vancouver.

We arrived at ~6:30pm, well before the cheaper late-night AYCE kicks in. The regular AYCE menu, although pricier, has more options and generally tastes fresher. Think of the late-night AYCE menu as the restaurant’s last-ditch effort to clear out their food before closing.

With the price of admission set at over $20 per person for the regular AYCE, you better eat a lot to get your money’s worth.

Tomokazu

Thankfully, Tomokazu offers many options on their AYCE menu.
There are many varieties of sashimi, sushi, and rolls. If you aren’t a fan of raw fish, there are many cooked options as well: teriyaki meats, tempura, gyoza, salads, fried tofu, etc. You can even get beef tataki (raw beef).

Tomokazu

We ordered a bit of everything. Everything tasted good. The sashimi and sushi were fresh, the tempura was crispy, and the cooked meats were tasty. Although nothing was outstanding, Tomokazu is certainly one of the better Japanese AYCE places in town.

The biggest challenge of AYCE Sushi is deciding when to call it quits.
Do you quit when you’re full? Or do you stuff yourself until the restaurant kicks you out after the 2-hour AYCE time-limit (which is seldom enforced btw)? To complicate things, restaurants usually charge for unfinished sushi; you don’t want to over-order and then have to find creative places to hide unfinished pieces of raw fish (inside the teapot works well..)

I’ve created the graph below to illustrate the different stages of a night of AYCE sushi.

AYCE - Quality vs. Quantity Graph

Note that there is an inverse relationship between the taste of the food and how full you are: the more you eat, the worse it’ll taste.

On this night, we played it smart and didn’t progress far beyond the “i’m full” threshold. Thus, we left Tomokazu both full and satisfied.

7 out of 10 (above average by AYCE Sushi standards)

Tomokazu Japanese on Urbanspoon

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