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  • Atmosphere: 5/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
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Jin H
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WoW

this was the best Japanese restaurant ever. I loved their server and musics!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 5/5
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Han Soo K
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best of the best

loved your decor! and the service. food was so-so..~ price was lil bit too high

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Vancouver’s best izakayas for Japanese food and drinks

Vancouver’s best izakayas for Japanese food and drinks

This West End go-to izakaya sports a more refined, classically Japanese look, but the feel is still lively and fun. Expect beautiful presentation and a regularly evolving menu of Japanese tapas dishes. The stone-grilled kobe beef is a standout; it’s a do-it-yourself dish – just add the beef to the hot stone and sear to your desired taste.

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Van Mag Restaurant Awards: Best of Neighbourhoods 2016

Van Mag Restaurant Awards: Best of Neighbourhoods 2016

It’s easy to see why judges named this Denman Street hotspot the best in the West (End). In a neighbourhood known for its lively izakaya scene, Kingyo takes the Japanese gastropub concept to new heights. Low lighting and a perpetually packed communal table keep things cozy, and the fusion-style menu has a little something for everyone. Szechuan-style tan-tan noodles are a crowd favourite, as is the crispy chicken karaage. Seafood fans will love the assorted Omakase (chef’s choice) sashimi. Tip: order a 16-piece bento box special if you’re looking to try a little bit of everything.

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Check out these lively izakayas in Vancouver

Check out these lively izakayas in Vancouver

This West End landmark has a trendy, clubby atmosphere with inviting lighting, a wood-suffused décor and bumping dance music. That doesn’t mean the folks at Kingyo don’t take their food and drink seriously. Be sure to check out their signature tantan ramen dish and pair it with a tall, cool glass of Sapporo. Many consider this the best izakaya in town.

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