This week we checked out Suika Snackbar, a hip little Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in the Broadway/Fairview neighbourhood. Suika has partnered with VANEATS to offer a new dining pass called “supaSUIKA”, featuring three courses and one giant mojito pitcher. You’ll probably want to bring a friend for this one — or a designated driver!
Let’s take a quick look at the supaSuika menu, shall we?
Salmon Battera, sockeye salmon, salmon caviar, spicy cod roe mayo, Japanese basil, avocado shiso
Steak Salad, diced & marinated AAA beef filet steaks on organic greens topped with watercress and beets
Ma-Po Rice Cake, deep fried rice cake with spicy ground pork sauce
Magical Mojito Pitcher, choose from watermelon, pomegranate and aloe flavours (regular price $28)
We were impressed at how nice the decor was at Suika, and the restaurant is much larger than one might think from the street. There’s a beautiful semi-private back area which we could see being great for a party or small gathering, and the bar area was great too, with a projector playing movies overhead.
Here is one of the Suika bartenders making our Watermelon Mojito pitcher. There are a few different flavors to choose from — pomegrante, yuzu, and aloe — but the Watermelon is their best seller (go figure — “suica” means “watermelon” in Japanese). This Pitcher is usually $28.50 on its own, so with the dining package resting at just $35, your savings here are pretty deep.
Be careful on the first pour though, as they fill it right to the top here at Suika. Our server had to help us out because she saw Jeremy struggling. Yeah, that’s him struggling.
The service here is quite fast and very attentive. Literally all you need to do is make eye contact and a server will be right there — hopefully not annoying for them as we were looking around and admiring the place so much! The music vibe of the restaurant was super comfortable, and Jeremy noted it had a very “at home” feel.
While we were taking photos of our meal, the table next to us were interested in what we were doing. We introduced ourselves and informed them why we were here… for the amazing food! A big hello to Emily and her dining partner — we hope you also enjoyed your meal at Suika.
Emily was particularly interested in the Salmon Battera — a dish made up of sockeye salmon, salmon caviar, spicy cod roe mayo, avocado, Japanese basil and shiso leaves. A truly fabulous dish with a layer of rice and avocado, flamed torched sockeye salmon, and topped with spicy cod roe mayo and salmon caviar. Without a doubt you will love this one.
The Ma-Po Rice Cakes are deep fried and served with a spicy ground pork sauce. The hot factor is probably ideal for those who can’t take the heat, but may be a little mild for those spicy-lovers out there. This was Jeremy’s first time eating Mochi, and it reminded him of tofu for some reason — with the consistency of a sticky marshmallow. Adrian lived in Japan some time ago and had his fare share of this kind of pub food, so this was nostalgic. We both enjoyed this dish.
We decided to walk around a get some other photos of the staff while we waited for our dessert to come.
This is a fairly large package, but we still had room for a little somethin’ somethin’. We asked our server what was the most popular dessert, which she said was the Matcha Tiramisu. We decided to share one, and were delighted by its fluffy and rich texture — almost reminding us of cheesecake, oddly enough.
It was great running into Joann Pai from Eating In Vancouver, Sophie Collins of Sip Savour Share, and Dee from Gastrofork while we were dining. It’s always nice when we familiar faces while out enjoying great food.
The VANEATS dining package is available May 1st- June 30th and is just $35. It’s the perfect date night or girls-night-out, so don’t miss out on this one!
A big thank you to the Suika team for taking such good care of us. You guys rock!
XX – The Food Gays