Located in the South Granville area, walking into Suika will feel like you’ve been transported to a hip bar in Japan. The décor is unique for Vancouver: the dark earthy tones give the room a cozy feel, while the vibrant splashes of color enliven your senses. When walking into an izakaya it's standard fare to be greeted with shouts from the staff, a kitschy welcoming model that nonetheless brightens your day. It's a sign of respect for patrons, and provides the pitch-perfect atmospheric rush that will set the tone for the rest of your evening.
Japanese izakayas are becoming as ubiquitous as fast-food joints in Vancouver. It's no wonder: the energy, the exotic foods, the chic decoration all combine to imbue customers with an experience, not just a meal. Though, the dishes themselves are enough to frequent these exuberant restaurants. Suika Snack Bar's Ebi Mayo is a must-try on this authentic and contemporary fusion resto's menu. Cilantro battered tiger prawns are perfectly deep-fried yet surprisingly delicate and served with a spiced chili mayo. The Mackerel Sushi Roll is savoury and just the right amount of oily to melt in your mouth. Matcha Creme Brulee is an interesting take on the traditional. Izakaya's are the ultimate destination for sharing plates and testing out a wide variety of dishes, and Suika does little to disappoint.
With the explosion of izakaya-style restos continuing to excite local foodies – and spurning others – Suika has helped lay the foundations for what should be expected at these Japanese eateries. Suika Snack Bar, 1626 W Broadway, Vancouver, 604-730-1678.