Van-Ya is hidden Japanese restaurant I had never heard of until a friend told me about it. There are million Japanese joints in this city but not all are up to par with the food, especially sushi. So it's a risk to step into a new place to spend your money expecting a great meal. But my friend assured me that this place was pretty legit. Van-ya is a "mom & pop's home style" japanese restaurant. They call it "Japanese Mom's Kitchen". They offer an assortment of japanese food, sushi to tempura, ramen to grill fish teishoku.
There's nothing more like a Japanese Mom's dish than a Croquette Teishoku, so that's what I dropped in for. My friend got the Tonkatsu w/ rice & miso soup. Both were about $8. We shared a few pieces of Tamago Nigiri and a BC Roll.
Well, my friend was right. This place is pretty legit. Reminds of of Hachibei on 16th a little bit before they renovated and changed ownership. The croquettes were decent and the miso soup was pretty tasty. My friend enjoyed the Tonkatsu and loved their Tamago Nigiri.
The decor is pretty oldschool but they make it up in service. It's a nice family run establishment. If you're in the area go check it out for yourself.
5615 Harold St. (just off Kingsway)