Raisu is the newest sister restaurant to Kingyo, Rajio, and Suika. I came with my friends late at night as we wanted to try something new in town. The restaurant is hidden on the second floor, so the door is a bit hard to find, but once you make your way up here, the space is very rustic.
Raisu Premium Sake Flight comes with 5 cups of sake. The staff chooses the five choices for you.
I went with a glass of Sapporo as I personally don’t like sake. Beer is my kind of drink. Light, refreshing and pairs well with Japanese food.
Milky Sily Mentaiko Udon
The chewy Sanuki Udon noodles are in a broth made of Saikyo white miso, mascarpone cheese, and briny cod roe soup. The udon came in a huge bowl and can be shared among the table. Good deep flavours of the broth.
This is Raisu’s original spice rubbed vegetarian-fed free-range chicken Kara-age. The skin is crisp and very moist inside when you bite in. Flavours were good, but expensive for this price.
Deluxe Seafood Bowl
The bowl is stunning and very Instagram worth with its slices of seafood – Ahi Tuna, Sea Urchin, Yellow Tail, Snow Crab, Tai Snapper, Toro Salmon, Ikura and Sweet Shrimp on top of premium Koshihikari Sushi rice. It is also served with miso soup.
It is beautiful, but expensive for what you get. There is a large shell on the back that help prop up all the ingredients, so you don’t really get as much as you see. It is delicious still, but I know I get get better value else where.
Overall, the food is good but the prices are a bit high for what you get. The most popular items are the Sho Ka Do Bento, the Ocean Offering, and Seafood Donabe Takikomi Rice but there are limited quantities per day for lunch and dinner. You’ll have to get their early. If I were to revisit, I think I’ll try those limited items instead.
We Rate Raisu:
2340 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver