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BIRRY EATS: Kimu Japanese Cuisine

I've been craving a solid Japanese meal without the rice because today, is not a cheat day. Tomorrow is. I decided to give Kimu Japanese Cuisine another try. The first time I was here, I came in the evening and decided to get one of their dinner bentos. I was impressed by the food, but not really the service. I asked for three pieces of Aburi nigiri and ended up with 9 pieces. I'll peg that one as lost in translation but overall the food was fantastic.

Bento box special for dinner, minus the very top dish near the cup.

Bento box special for dinner, minus the very top dish near the cup.

Fast forward to today, I ordered a spinach gomaee and the assorted sashimi. The gomaee was perfect, lots of spinach and a good ratio of peanut sesame sauce. It was presented in a very modern bowl where I found myself scrapping for the sesame sauce near the end. 

That gomaee sauce! So good. 

That gomaee sauce! So good. 

My main course was the assorted sashimi which was 12 pieces of fish. Large slices that don't represent the traditional way but more so the Sushi Garden/Sushi Town style. If I had to rate the freshness of the fish, I'd probably give it a 7/10. Sometimes you get an after taste that doesn't taste right? I'm not saying it was bad, but I found myself eating the ginger to clean my palette. 

Assorted sashimi

Assorted sashimi

Some readers may be interested in knowing more about the wasabi. Looking at the texture, I'm pretty sure this was not freshly grounded from the root. I did take a swab of it and tasted it before I had the fish. It wasn't hot enough to make my brain hurt so I'm pretty sure it's a mixture. 

The service was excellent. I counted 4 times they refilled my cup with tea and the tea was always HOT. They checked in after my food was delivered to ensure everything was good. I must say that they've improved on their service levels compared to the previous times I've been here. 

I recommend that you check it out Kimu Japanese Cuisine and order the dinner bento box. Remember the bento box. #Legendary bring stretchy pants.

**Update** My cousins recently went there for dinner and had an opposite experience with the service. They waited over an hour for nigiri. 1+ hour. Wow... Not acceptable. Your experience may vary. 

Kimu Japanese Cuisine - 4441 Boundary Road, Vancouver, BC V5R 2N3

 

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BIRRY EATS: Pacific Poke

I'm new to poke and I haven't really had a lot of poke to be a connoisseur in that area but my taste buds don't lie. Before stepping into Pacific Poke, my friend joked about being food reviewers, I didn't mention to her that I was serious about it. 

Photo source: @pacificpokeofficial on Instagram

Photo source: @pacificpokeofficial on Instagram

First thing you notice, the decor and ambience is CLEAN! We're talking Apple store clean, lighting, chairs, tables, everything in this place screams fresh. So does the appearance match the freshness of the fish? 

I made my own bowl with the kale salad base, selected sockeye salmon, negitoro, and spicy tuna. If you get the large, you can pick 3 proteins (I think it was 3.. could have been four, i was hungry ok?), and then 4 toppings which I selected, kimchee, spicy seaweed, normal seaweed, and pickled onions. They finish it off with a little ponzu, wasabi crunchy bits, and sesame miso mayo. Being on the Four Hour Body meal plan, this was the perfect low carb high protein meal that I needed. The one thing to point out is that the girl serving us was equally as awesome. She even asked if we were allergic to anything, that alone showed that they had a high level of customer service. The Poke Guy and Poke Time did not ask me about food allergies plus they were nowhere as clean. They have other options like a poke panini, juices, and the option to have brown rice or even a mix of rice. A nice touch!

So my Asian friends are probably itching to know how much? $12 for a normal size which means you get less protein, toppings and rice, or $14 for a large size for more protein, toppings, and rice. I think that price range is perfect for fresh af fish, great service, decor, and overall ambience. 

My friend and I both had an awesome time talking in their wonderful lights and enjoyed our meals immensely. I read on Yelp that this place is considered the best poke place in Vancouver and I have to agree. Check it out yourself and let me know what you think of it. 

Side note: I think they use MSG in something so just in case you're allergic to it.

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Pacific Poke - 625 Main Street, Vancouver, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V4