Friday, August 5, 2011

29th Ave Cafe

I don't even know if Yoshoku-Ya is still in business, but as soon as I heard the owners changed, I had no interest to return.  I thought to myself how crappy for Vancouver to have lost such a great place to eat, and I always thought that the place would eventually be discovered and it would be packed with people.  I'm not sure if it ever did, but apparently the owner didn't really like the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver, and decided to set up shop somehwere else a little more relaxed.  The location they chose was on 29th ave and Boundary, and it really is the last place you'd expect to find a yoshoku-styloe restaurant.  29th Ave Cafe is the new stomping grounds for the original owner/operator of Yoshoku-Ya, and thank goodness he decided to continue his work.

I don't know how long they've been open at this new location, and though it wasn't particularly busy, word obviously spread around that he set up shop here because there were several Japanese customers that managed to find their way out here, where very few Japanese restaurants (let alone yoshoku restaurants) operate. 

The menu is pretty much the same as when they were running Yoshoku-Ya, except the don't have Kaki-fry!  Aaaaaaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!  Well, I had kaki-fry every single visit to Yoshoku-Ya so I never tried anything new, I guess it was time for a change.

The Ebi Fry was still on the menu, but I guess because a lot of the local clientele don't eat rice, or perhaps a lot went to waste, the meals don't come with it anymore, but you can still get a plate of rice for an extra $1.  The meal is pretty filling though, despite appearances, and I'm almost positive you could get full from it, even without the rice. 
The deep fried prawns are of decent size, nice and crispy on the outside, moist and juicy on the inside.
I decided to try something different so I got the tonkatsu meal.  Tonkatsu is a lot like weiner schnitzel (except we're talking pork, not veal) .  It's a pounded pork chop/loin coated with bread crumbs and deep fried.  I think every country has a variety of this dish (the HK places have the porkchop cutlet which is similar). 

The meal comes with a side of salad and their own dressing which tastes similar to thousand island.  I'm not much of a salad guy, but this simple salad tastes great and goes really well with the meal.
I think they changed the potato salad.  It tastes different from what I remember, and I think it might even be the same potato salad available at Costco.  Apologies if I'm wrong though. 

A little drizzle of Bulldog sauce and you're ready to rock and roll.
As you can see, the cut is pretty moist inside and not all dried out as some other places.  In a way, I'm glad they didn't have kaki-fry, otherwise I probably would never have tried this.....though, I still hope they add kaki-fry to their menu =)

The custard pudding was really good.  Home made and very sweet.  The little mandarin oranges were a nice touch and I literally wanted to lick the syrup off the plate.  I could have eaten 10 of these, even though I was full. 
To the owners of 29th Ave Cafe, thank you for not quitting the business!  The food was great, the service was friendly, the location was decent, and on top of that, it wasn't a pain in the ass to find parking!  Looking forward to my next visit, please bring back kaki-fry!

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  1. I passed by this place just yesterday, I must check it out.
    Any recommendations?
    That $1 plate of rice = 3 rice bowls at a Chinese restaurant haha!

  2. Hey Gloria,

    Haha, I know. You could probably still get full without the rice, but it's nice to have. I liked the tonkatsu meal and the ebi fry meal, but next time I want to try something different.

    I may try the tarako spaghetti (even though it's easy enough to make at home, or even the cutlet curry rice. Haha, seems like there are a lot of things I want to try. The Hamburg Steak (basically hambagu)looks good too.


  3. Thanks for the heads up on this place now that the former is no longer. Will check it out!

  4. Hey Shokutsu,

    Do me a favour and tell them you want them to ad kaki-fry to the menu!


  5. I can not tell you how happy I am you posted this. When I saw the old Yoshoku-ya becoming the now Shibuya Nuts, I literally had tears in my eyes (okay I'm just over-dramatizing it but I was pretty sad to see it go). I'm going to check it out soon! The Curry Katsu there can't be compared to any other place in the GVRD.

  6. Hey Jer,

    Haha, I can't tell you how upset I was when I heard Yoshoku-Ya closed. Curry Katsu? I will definitely try that next time!


  7. Yeah, finally found it. Gotta go tonight. Thanks.
    Who would have known what it was being called 29th ave cafe


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