Restaurant: Kyo Korean BBQ and Sushi House
Location: 2993 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C.
Cuisine: Japanese, Korean
Price Range: $5-15 (A-la-carte) or $13.99- Lunch, $23.99- Dinner (+$1.00 for weekends and holidays)
Date of Visit: February 25, 2012
Photo credits to Sunny
Food variety: 3.75/5
Food quality: 3.75/5
Buck worthy? 3.75/5
I went for the lunch AYCE, but there is also an a-la-carte menu offered. It was a gorgeous sunny day (a rarity!!), and I sat by the window... which meant sun on my face all through the meal. I think they need to install blinds because that would've improved my experience so much. When we first got there, it wasn't very busy, so the food came very quickly and the servers were always there for us. However, as it got busy, the food orders took longer and servers often forgot our requests.
|Clockwise from top left: Goma-ae, bean sprouts, house salad,|
- We stopped ordering the goma-ae after we discovered ohitashi (spinach in a soy sauce-based broth). I found the ohitashi a bit salty, but it wasn't as saucy as the goma-ae, which was good. The spinach was cooked well, since it wasn't too soft, it still had a bit of crunch to it :)
- Next, the bean sprouts, they were marinated in seasame oil and salt, very ordinary, nothing special about it.
- Sunomono was just sunomono, no tako or ebi. The vinegar was a bit overwhelming, they could've diluted it a bit I think.
|Left: chicken Right: beef|
|See how big the holes were? ><|
|Left to right: dynamite roll, California roll, salmon maki,|
- The dynamite roll was small, and only had the shrimp in it, which made it less filling than the normal ones with crab meat in it as well (which is a good thing!).
- California roll could've had more avocado in it, and some cucumber, since it was mainly packed with imitation crab.
- Salmon maki was typical, nothing special about it
- Alaska roll was California roll topped with a piece of salmon with some seasame. It wasn't bad, a good size. There was also a bit of unidentifiable sauce on it, tasted like soy sauce but sweeter, maybe a teriyaki sauce?
|Top: Vegetable yakisoba|
Bottom: Pork gyoza
- Vegetable Yakisoba: Noodles were chewy but I felt there was too much cabbage. Flavoring was ideal, tastes like the yakisoba you normally order at Japanese restaurants.
- Gyoza: a bit disappointing, they were a bit cold when they arrived and not crunchy on the bottom :( At least they were all separate and not glued in a line like the ones we usually get from AYCE places xD
|Top row: chopped scallop sushi, inari sushi|
middle row: grilled salmon sushi, tuna tataki sushi, salmon sushi
bottom row: salmon sushi
- chopped scallop: the scallops were fresh, and a good amount (wasn't overwhelming the rice and seaweed)
- Inari: my dad tried this, and he said it was a bit too sweet
- grilled salmon: this had a light miso sauce on top, which complimented the salmon. The salmon was torched on the top, so the bottom was still raw, which made it so tender and "smooth" :)
- tuna tataki (or grilled tuna... couldn't figure out which one it was xD): very good, the miso sauce worked well, and the tuna wasn't sour at all (like other places where tuna usually has this sour taste to it) and the tuna was fairly fresh, since it wasn't mushy
- salmon: salmon was fresh, but there wasn't anything particularly special about it
|Left: Agedashi tofu Right: zuchinni and yam tempura|
- zuchinni: good, not too much oil was stuck on it and the batter was light, zuchinni wasn't overcooked :)
- yam (I didn't try it, but my mom said it wasn't that good)
- Agedashi tofu: didn't look too pretty, but it was ok:) might've let it soak in the tempura sauce for a bit too long though. There were a few hard batter bits, stuck to my teeth ><
A few things that could've improved my experience would be:
- blinds for the windows so the sun isn't on me all meal long
- lighten up the MSG (I was so thirsty afterwards but was so full it hurt to drink more water)
- and parking... the spots were really tight, or maybe because there was a Hummer parked next to our car :P There weren't a lot of spots underground either, but they did say there is more free parking in the street behind the restaurant (about a block or two away).
Until next time~~^^