Suika Izakaya #SuikaPunch Package with VANEATS.ca!!!

The team at VANEATS.ca know how to make people happy. They team up with your favourite restaurants and bring you amazing dining experiences for a great price and their latest package with Suika Izakaya is one of their best. It’s called Suika Punch!! (#SuikaPunch if you’re looking for it on Twitter) and it packs a 6 course wallop, 5 food courses and 1 beer course, for only $25! Don’t be fooled by that beer course, it’s a FULL PITCHER of Sapporo! Get ready to drool, this is pure food porn.

Course 1, a full sized pitcher of Sapporo. That’s my kind of course. If this was Yaletown the pitcher itself would’ve been $25… True story.

The first food course is “Chinese Poutine”. Fries topped with spicy ground pork gravy, mozzarella, chilli oil, sansho and minced cilantro. Eating fries with chopsticks is weird, but good weird. The spicy pork gravy with chilli oil is delicious, the cheese has that awesome slight browned colour from being baked in the oven and the fries are nice and thick. A cool twist on a classic French Canadian dish.

The next three courses came together on a platter and looked delicious. SPOILER ALERT, they were as delicious as they looked.

Course three is Yellowtail Carpaccio, thinly sliced Yellowtail with tobiko and sesame soy dressing. Very fresh and light with just the right amount of salt from the dressing. Very nice.

Course four is Tomato Kimchi, Tomato slices marinated in kimchi with cilantro oil and Chinese chives. So simple, so fresh, so tasty. The tomatoes were still firm too, I was worried they’d be a little soft after being marinated but they held up!

Course five is Tuna Tataki, slightly smoked high grade tuna with house made chilli oil on a bed of thinly sliced red onions. This dish was so good that I ordered more after I had finished the 6 course meal. Unreal tuna, so fresh. You have to try this.

Last but certainly not least, course six, the Hellz Chicken. To quote VANEATS.ca, it’s “deep fried and tossed with the hell sauce”. The hell sauce is a devilish concoction made from jalapeño, hot sauce, lemon, garlic, vinegar & Tabasco. A spicy combo to say the least, but the flavours are worth the face punch, it’s a pleasure/pain thing. The Hellz Chicken is damn good.

Like I said, all of this is only $25, get your package NOW at VANEATS.ca, you can thank me later.

Full disclosure, my meal was complimentary but I would’ve paid $25 for this. I actually would have paid a lot more but it’s a great deal. Get it, get it now.

Scott.

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Suika-To-Me with VANEATS.ca!!

Suika Japanese Snack Bar on Broadway and Fir is the location of the latest VANEATS.ca dining pass called Suika-To-Me! A four course meal for $18 at one of Vancouver’s best Izakaya restaurants is something worth checking out. Suika has great atmosphere and super cool decor with an awesome light fixture made from colored bottles.

The first course is a salmon carpaccio served with home made sesame dressing, wasabi mayo, scallions and yuzu zest. The salmon is high quality and the salt from the sesame dressing, the slight heat from the wasabi mayo and the freshness of the yuzu zest and scallions make for a very nice mouthful.

The second course is a AAA beef fillet on a hot stone plate with soy onion sauce and fresh garlic and a side of potato wedges sprinkled with shichimi seasoning. The beef was cooked between medium rare and medium and was tender and hot. the soy onion sauce had a nice flavor and the potato wedges were very good, the shichimi which is a common Japanese spice mixture containing seven ingredients was great, not too salty as it can sometime be.

The third course is an out of this world oxtail ramen noddle dish that was my favorite dish of the night. Slow braised oxtail in a soy broth with noodles, dried fish powder and scallions. Oxtail might be visually unattractive and texturally a little outside of some peoples norm but the flavor it gives this soup is incredible. The oxtail itself is very tasty if not a little hard to eat with chopsticks but this soup…it’s worth the whole $18. Ok maybe not the whole $18 but it’s very good.

The fourth and final course is a pumpkin creme brule. For any regular readers of this blog, my love of creme brule is a common theme. I’m not a dessert person but creme brule and I are kindred spirits, soul mates even. This one was another in a long list of very good creme brule’s I’ve eaten in this city. The pumpkin adds a subtle richness and a velvety texture that’s quite good.

Thanks to VANEATS.ca and Suika for inviting me to sample this package. Check out all the details HERE!!! For $18 you really can’t go wrong here folks.

Scott.