It’s a rarity when after dining at new restaurant I would exclaim ‘can’t wait to go back!’; Suika was one of those restaurants. Everything I had ranged from good to WOAH! Since I was with my dining partner, we had shared a number of dishes and each was unique in taste but all delicious.
Suika is located in the Fairview near the corner of West Broadway and Fir Street. It’s funky modern dark wall decor sort of reminds me of Toratatsu but without the Jazz feel.
Suika describes itself as a Japanese Snack Bar which I guess is another way to describe a Izakaya. The menu consists of a large variety of appetizers, cold and hot dishes, and sushis all of which can be easily shared.
We based our ordering on recommendations from fellow food bloggers/twitterers and anything else that sounded good.
Out of the lengthy list of starters, we first went with the Tomato Kimchi
The tomato kimchi combination was so perfect that I’m surprised that nobody else in town seem to do it. It’s kimchi marinated tomato with Chinese chives and cilantro oil. The kimchi was actually light and not overwhelming, and it was a pleasantly light and fresh dish.
To continue with the chilled tapas theme, we also ordered Amaebi Kimchi and Lotus Root Kinpira
The Amaebi Kimchi (I was so close in typing amoeba instead) is kimchi marinated sweet shrimp sashimi. It was certainly a little dish that was too easy to eat. The shrimp was flavourful and sweet from the kimchi marinate and I made sure every part of it. I slurped and sucked that little bugger (so inappropriate I know). The more PG-rated Lotus Root Kinpira is stir-fried lotus root seasoned with fresh shichimi spice. I grew up having lotus as a soup or in a Chinese stir fry so I welcome different takes to it. Even thought it was lightly stir-fried, it still had that nice crunch to it.
One of the highly recommended dishes was the corn kakiage.
It’s a butter and soy battered corn tempura. It was a novel and fun dish but we both commented that it should have the usual tempura sauce to accompany it. The corn tempura seemed like a dish needed a dip to add more flavours to it.
I love my Japanese comfort food so I requested if we could get the Kakuni Bibimap
It’s stewed pork belly, sweet dried shrimp and scallions on rice served in a hot stone bowl. The pork belly was nicely fatty and soft, and the rice cooked perfectly. Of course I made sure I scraped the bottom of the stone bowl to get to the crispy rice leftovers.
The highlight of the dinner was the purely amazing Beef Shortrib
The short rib fried and tossed with sweet balsamic sauce. And as mentioned one the menu, it’s like pork but not pork. It was really close to the softness of pork belly. When it arrived to the table, we were surprised at the generous portion of it. The meat just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. After each bite, we both exclaimed ‘oh my god, this is so good’.
And because we were at a Japanese restaurant, I had to try the sushi.
The Negitoro Battera is pressed sushi with tuna belly, scallions, avocado, sesame topped with home made soy dressing and seaweed sauce. To be honest, the Negitoro sushi roll is one of the more boring rolls for me but Suika made it more interesting. The soy dressing and seaweed sauce definitely added more flavour and much needed to the dish.
We left Suika with our stomachs full and a smile on our faces. It was a very satisfying dinner and, as mentioned before, I can’t wait to go back again.
1626 W Broadway