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For the last couple of years, the dynamics of Vancouver’s restaurant sector have shifted. More commissary kitchens have opened, some restaurateurs have closed their brick and mortar to switch to a ghost kitchen concept, some aspired restaurateurs and bakers are testing the water without a brick and mortar. It’s relatively lower-cost to run a restaurant operation without the investment of a physical location with equipment, tables & chairs, dishware and decorations, and everything else. It’s especially appealing during the COVID-19 crisis now when a majority of business comes from take-out or delivery orders.


Coho Commissary

Earlier in the year, Takenaka opened its door, figuratively speaking, by offering different types of Japanese bento boxes. It operates in one of the Coho Commissary locations in Vancouver. Their concept is inspired by the traditional bento boxes created by mom, while introducing a more artistic approach and bringing in fresh and interesting ingredients. The owner/chef Shogo Takenaka came from Kingyo Izakaya and its sister restaurant Raisu. Sous-chef Daiki Ishikawa was trained in Niigata prefecture, known for its finest quality in rice, sake and seafood. I was provided a few of their menu items for a tasting.



Among the items I received, right away my eyes were drawn to the Kaiseki Bento.



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Hi Genki is a Japanese restaurant located in the lobby of an old-folks home. It’s not much different than a hospital cafeteria, which is one of the worst possible settings for a restaurant.

Eating Area

If that doesn’t surprise you enough already, there’s usually a line waiting to get seats. That’s right: people line up to eat at a retirement home cafeteria.

The florescent lighting and the uniform layout give off a sterile look. The daily special is hand written, and photocopied and inserted in every menu.

So why do people eat here then? It’s the food, and the value.

What went in

Hi Genki doesn’t serve sushi. It’s an authentic (relatively speaking) Japanese restaurant, primarily serving rice and noodle dishes.

Between the two of us, we had the Spicy Karaage Donburi, the Genki Bento Box, and the Salmon Sashimi.

Spicy Karaage Donburi

The karaage donburi is deep fried chicken served on rice. (more…)

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Here is a round-up of upcoming tasty food events happening this month. We’ll continue to update this post as we hear about new events, or after an event has taken place.

If you would like your event featured in this post, feel free to send us the details at vanfoodies [at] gmail.com.

Last updated: April 26, 2012

April 2-30: New Veganminster Passport Event (Contest)

To promote New Westminster to be the Vegan Culinary Destination, a number of local businesses have partnered together to run a contest.

To enter, pick up a New Veganminster Passport at any of the following locations: Crepe Des Amis, Karmavore Vegan Shop, Coming Home Café or Shine Wellness Space. Then, visit any of the businesses listed in the New Veganminster Passport between April 2nd and April 30th and receive a stamp in your passport when you follow the instructions listed. The more stamps you collect the more chances you have to win!

Hand in your vegan passport at any of the drop off locations and you will be entered to win the prizes! The top prize is a vegan getaway package valued at approximately $450! For more information and for contest rules please visit www.thehungrytaurus.com/events.

At participating locations
April 2-30, 2012

April 30: Arts Club Theatre’s Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner

The Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner is hosted by Lise Asimont, the Director of Grower Relations at Sonoma’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with an Italian four-course menu in honour of the famous filmmaker’s heritage. The winery was recognized with the coveted USA Producer of the Year Award in 2011 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

This is part of Arts Club’s signature California Wine Fair fundraiser. The dinner is $185 per ticket. For tickets and information, call box office at 604-687-1644 or visit artsclub.com.

Q4 Ristorante
April 30 at 6pm
2611 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (more…)

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