Restaurant: Black Rice Izakaya
Address: 782 Cambie Street
Parking: Street Parking
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am, Sat-Sun 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent
Urbanspoon is going to be gone…the end of urbanspoon…… All my friends know how much I love Urbanspoon! I literally open my Urbanspoon app at least 10 times a day… It’s like the most used app on my iphone. A lot of you, who are frequent Urbanspoon users, may have noticed that the Indian based company called Zomato has taken over Urbanspoon and they are phasing out Urbanspoon completely really soon!! I was really shocked and saddened by this unfortunate news…. until few days ago when CC and I were contacted by Zomato for a coffee meeting. Sophia, an adorable and super energetic representative of Zomato, kindly presented us how the new Zomato app works and to be honest, it was AWESOME! They still kept the best features of the Urbanspoon but added a lot more new super cool features on top of it! We were both really excited to use the new app! Anyways, we were really hungry by the time the meeting was over so we decided to go for a dinner in that area. Of course, we both opened Urbanspoon app on our phones and began searching for a new restaurant to try!
CC found this newly opened Izakaya on Cambie and we decided to give a try! Black Rice Izakaya is a Korean owned Japanese restaurant opened about a month ago. When we entered the restaurant, there was no other customers but us. As for their ambiance, it had a very nice modern vibe to it. The waitress seated us at a table and explained few of their featured menu for us. We started off ordering few things off their menu. The very unique things about this restaurant is that they make their own special soy sauce and it tasted really good!
Shrimp Cream Croquette– 2.5/5
- It was served with 2 pieces of croquettes.
- The croquettes were decent but I would prefer them to be creamier and smoother, without giving that “not fully cooked” texture.
Ebi Shinjo– 4/5
- Deep fried breaded chopped black tiger prawn and squid with J-sauce
- Quantity-wise, definitely pretty small for the price (but then again, tiger prawns are really expensive).
- It was pretty meaty and quite flavorful.
Shoyu Zuke Salmon (2pc)– 3/5
- Soy sauce marinated salmon nigiri
- The marinated salmon tasted decent but the rice was bit hard.
Aburi Hamachi (2pc)– 3.5/5
- The seared hamachi were very good.
- They were seared just right and the radish and sauce went really well with them.
- but then again, the rice was bit disappointing.
Black Angus (2pc)– 3.5/5
- The chef personally came out and seared the black angus nigiri for us.
- It was seared to about medium rare and served with a bit of mustard and yuzu on the side.
- Black Angus beef were tender and seared to perfection.
- The price was reasonable too but again, we had to deduct 0.5 for the rice.
Black Rice Roll– 4/5
- Pacific black cod, avocado, cream cheese rolled in black rice.
- It was interesting roll as it had black cod inside.
- The cream cheese and the deep fried black cod went very well together.
Tataki Rainbow Roll– 3/5
- Smoked salmon, cucumber, asparagus, crab meat with tataki sockeye, salmon, albacore on top.
- Although it says tataki, we didn’t feel it was very much seared. I guess it was really lightly seared.
- All the fish were fresh and the sauce on top was tasty.
Frozen Grape – Complimentary
Feeling guilty eating all these food without my hubby, I decided to take some food out for him and here are the food I got:
Chicken Karaage Donburi (Take Out) – 3/5
- Rice bowl with deep fried marinated chicken
- The marinated chicken was well prepared
- Quality-wise, it was just okay for me.
Ebi Tartar Roll (Take out) – 2.5/5
- Deep fried breaded prawn, radish sprout, sweet bell pepper, avocado with sesame topping, and tartar sauce on top.
- This roll was suggested by our waitress.
- Personally, I thought it was a bit overpriced for what it is.
- It was okay but nothing spectacular.
Overall, Black Rice Izakaya was surprisingly good discovery for us as most of their menu are carefully prepared and tasted pretty good! We loved how they made their own specialized soy sauce. We would definitely want to come back and try their other menu options such as box sushi and ishiyaki rice bowls. Our waitress also suggested us to come back during their lunch time to try their teishoku menu as they are suppose to be really good! Black Rice Izakaya definitely has potential and we hope to come back really soon!