Kingyo Izakaya

I can't believe how many Izakaya's are in the West end. Guu or Raku was one of the first and now there are tons, many of which have some staff or some relation to the Guu group.

Kingyo is located on Denman and just a short walk from Guu with Garlic. It still has the regular izakaya feeling, loud, social atmosphere, and a large drink menu. As per usual, I ordered the Nama shibori wari (a fresh squeezed grapefruit and Japanese moonlight vodka), this drink is soo refreshing. The large house sake was only 8 bucks, a good deal for those who don't mind the taste of sake and want to get drunk. The two ladies and I ordered a wide variety of food, jellyfish and radish salad ($6.80), edamame ($3.50), ahi tuna carpaccio ($9.80), grilled black cod ($9.80), ebi mayo ($8.20), grilled duck ($8.80) and tan tan noodle($8.80).

Everything was a little more expensive than Guu but everything tasted great. My favorites include the ahi tuna carpaccio, the jellyfish and radish salad and of course the ebi mayo. I could substitute the Tan Tan noodle for another dish but everything tasted great. Atmosphere was nice and the service was great. The server even squeezed my grapefruit, at Guu this drink is more like Ikea and you have to do it yourself.

Kingyo Izakaya
871 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC

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I Love Food Blog said... @ April 1, 2009 at 8:38 PM

I've always wanted to try this place out. After reading your review, I'm definitely going to have to pay a visit.

Bobby Wham said... @ April 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM

It's really next how they flipped the starbucks logo

Anonymous said... @ April 12, 2009 at 1:52 PM

the server ''squeezed'' your grapefruits ehhhhhhhhhhh?!?!??!

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