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.
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.