ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant (downtown)

ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant (map, web site, 833 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, phone: 604-687-6622) is a new Japanese restaurant downtown (at the former location of Kitto Japanese Restaurant) that is getting rave reviews for its outstanding, upscale Japanese cuisine.

oishii, a reviewer on UrbanSpoon writes (click here to read review):

The menu has a wonderful array of tasty dishes and they have wonderful drinks to go along with the food.  The service is attentive and the ambiance is divine due to the gorgeously designed interior.  Definitely a place to check out!

We went all out and ordered a huge feast, including a bottle of Dreamy Moon Sake (not pictured, $34). Below are pictured some of the items we ordered. The food was very creatively and artistically presented, and tasted great, but I wasn’t entirely full after the meal. Maybe that was a good thing – better than being too full, I guess! I think that ShuRaku is one of those places that favors quality over quantity.

The meal was a treat for the senses and tastebuds. One of my friends commented that he thinks that ShuRaku is better value than (but nearly at the level of quality as) Vancouver’s famed Japanese restaurant, Tojo’s. ShuRaku is a place I would bring an out-of-town guest who I wanted to impress, and not entirely break the bank while doing so.

Roulette Roll ($12) from Shuraku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Roulette Roll ($12) from Shuraku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Enoki Mushroom and pork ($5.60) from Shuraku Japanese Restaurant on Granville in downtown Vancouver.

Enoki Mushroom and pork ($5.60) from Shuraku Japanese Restaurant on Granville in downtown Vancouver.

5 kinds of Sashimi ($24) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

5 kinds of Sashimi ($24) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Deep fried prawn (came with Sashimi) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Deep fried prawn (came with Sashimi) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Fresh oysters ($12 for 5 oysters) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Fresh oysters ($12 for 5 oysters) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Ika Sumi Pasta ($8.75) - a salad made with squid ink pasta and fresh vegetables, from ShuRaku Japanese restaurant.

Ika Sumi Pasta ($8.75) - a salad made with squid ink pasta and fresh vegetables, from ShuRaku Japanese restaurant.

Salmon Foie Gras appetizer ($7.00) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Salmon Foie Gras appetizer ($7.00) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Beef Asparagus ($6.25) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Beef Asparagus ($6.25) from ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver.

Another shot of the 5 kinds of Sashimi (with glowing ice cubes that give it an interesting lighting effect) from ShuRaku Japanese restaurant

Another shot of the "5 kinds of Sashimi" (with glowing ice cubes that give it an interesting lighting effect) from ShuRaku Japanese restaurant

A nice dessert, the marble cheesecake ($6.99)

A nice dessert, the marble cheesecake ($6.99)

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5 Responses to “ShuRaku Japanese Restaurant (downtown)”

  1. cc Says:

    Sorry, this is more like what food in Japan is really like; sure sushi is readily available but it’s not something you eat every day. (Well, maybe sashimi…)

    If you want a simple orthodox sushi place, though, Miko is still great.

  2. Mike Says:

    There are far too many of these kinds of restaurants in Vancouver. We need some variation. I am tired of gastro Japanese food and I hope the wannabe Izakaya trend goes away….QUICKLY. I want a simple sushi place like Kitto used to be, owned and staffed by Japanese chefs, or is that too much to ask for now? It’s either over the top places like Shuraku or crappy Vietnamese owned places. Where is the Sushi Sushi? (Don’t say Yoshi’s or Tojo, that’s not what I’m talking about)

  3. Geoff Says:

    no I don’t know what happened to Kitto… I liked Kitto but this place is great too.

  4. shokutsu Says:

    Do you know what happened to Kitto?

  5. I Love Food Blog Says:

    Very nice pictures. My favorite is the pic of the deep fried prawns. The marble cheesecake looks like a great dessert. Be interested in trying this place out one day.

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