Rajio

Restaurant: Rajio
Cuisine: Japanese Izakaya
Area: Kitslano
Address: 3763 10th Avenue
Parking: Street Parking
Phone: (604)558-1679
Hours of Operation: Sun-Thurs 5:30pm – 11:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm – 12:00am

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Getting older is no longer fun….I wish this would be my last birthday so that I can stay 28 forever……For me, the only exciting thing about birthdays nowadays is that I get to go and EAT! It’s a perfect excuse to explorer new restaurants because I get to go out on multiple dinners (with different groups of friends) and order bunch of food each time! December really is not the best time for diet for me. I chose to go to a Japanese Izakaya called Rajio which is a sister restaurant of Kingyo and Suika. I’ve been to the other two restaurants multiple times but never to this one.

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Their interior decoration had totally Matsuri (Japanese Festival) theme to it. It really reminded me of my childhood memories!

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Complimentary Cabbage – 

  • Raw cabbage served with salty and sour sauce.
  • It was simple yet appetizing way of starting the meal.
  • Raw cabbage is well known for various health benefits such as weight loss (high in fiber) and even cures hangovers!

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Fresh Oysters (Royal Miyagi) – 4/5 

  • $1.20 per piece or $13.20 for dozen
  • They were really fresh and were served with cold thick plum based sauce.

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Mackerel Nang Bang Zuke – 4/5 

  • $3.80
  • Fried Mackerel & Veggies in simple sweet and sour sauce (A Japanese Mackerel Escabeche).
  • The waitress suggested us to order this because it was already made and ready to go (It seems like we looked really hungry!)
  • I’m glad that we ordered this dish because it was really nice and light appetizer before we started digging into more heavier stuff!

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*Y’s* Mommy’s Assorted Oden – 4/5 

  • $8.80
  • Oden is a Japanese comfort food
  • Long-simmered one-pot dish with assorted vegetables, meat, fish cakes, and half boiled egg in a kelp and clam based broth served with side of karashi mustard.
  • I love oden! It’s a nice hot soup to warm you up during the winter! My favorite pieces are the radish and the hanpen!

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*Y* Ebi Mayo – 4.5/5 

  • $6.80
  • Cilantro Tempura Battered Tiger Prawns with chili mayo & shrimp cracker.
  • I was going to skip ebi mayo because it is such a typical dish but when I saw the word ‘Cilantro’ on their menu and I had to order it!
  • Although there was not much of cilantro taste to it, it was definitely a well prepared ebi mayo!

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Dipping Sauce for Kushikatsu

  • Kushikatsu is definitely what makes Rajio unique from other Izakaya restaurant.
  • Kushikats is a deep fried skewers served with dipping sauce.
  • As soon as you order kushikatsu, the server will bring you this adorable dipping sauce jar and a small vase to put all the skewer sticks after you finish eating.
  • “One Dip One Life!” A nice way of reminding their patrons not to double dip.

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Kushi Katsu – 3/5 

  • Octopus Ball $1.90, Camembert cheese $1.90, and Chicken $1.80
  • They are kind of like yakitori but panko breaded and deep fried.
  • They were interesting and tasty but chicken skewer came out under-cooked.

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Tontoro (Grilled Pork Cheek)– 4.5/5 

  • $6.80
  • Simply grilled pork cheek, seasoned with home-made spice and salt & pepper.
  • I’ve tried tonotoro from several different Izakaya but this one is definitely the best I’ve tried so far!
  • They were very tender and juicy as it was described on the menu!

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The KFC!– 4.5/5 

  • $7.80
  • Boneless chicken Kara-age coated with spice mix and komeko rice flour.
  • Wow! Their Karaage is so yummy! The coating was crispy and chicken inside was super juicy.
  • Their Karaage is as good as the ones from Mogu!

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Squid Tentacle Kara-Age  – 4/5 

  • $6.80
  • Deep-fried soft texture squid tentacles tossed in their beer friendly spice blend.
  • Rajio’s deep fried stuff are all so good! My sister, who does not enjoy deep fried food, admitted that they were all yummy!

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Juicy Grilled ATKA Mackerel – 4/5 

  • $12.00
  • Grilled Atka Mackerel.
  • I ordered this for my daddy because he is a big fan of grilled fish. He really loved it!

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Aburi *Shime-Saba* Sushi – 5/5 

  • $12.80
  • Nourishing Mackerel, cured with hokkaido kelp and vinegar, is lightly seared & drizzled with sesame mustard soy.
  • It’s apparently a Kyoto style Feast.
  • Most of the Oshi sushi (pressed sushi) I’ve tried in Vancouver were pretty mediocre due to too much rice. However, I fell in love with Rajio’s because their fish to rice ratio is perfect!
  • Saba was super tender and the sauce went really amazing with it (although my hubby preferred it with less sauce).

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Negitoro Battera – 4/5 

  • $9.80
  • Rich chopped Albacore tuna belly is matched with scallions and pickled crunchy daikon radish. It was served with citrus seaweed dressing.
  • I loved their citrus seaweed dressing! It was unique and went very well with the negitoro.

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Aburi Toro Avocado Battera – 4/5 

  • $12.80
  • Lightly seared, pressed Canadian Albacore tuna-toro sushi with a thin layer of avocado, shiso herb for an accent & original black sauce.
  • The toro was perfectly seared and the tobiko and the house-made sauce gave a nice kick to this dish.
  •  Some people had hard time picking up the pieces with their chopsticks because the rice were falling apart due to the sauce but I was okay with it!

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Black Sweet & Sour Pork Rib– 5/5 

  • $11.80
  • Balsamic vinegar adds complex, tangy sweetness to this classic crowd-pleaser.
  • Everybody at my table fell in love with this dish!
  • Rajio took the word ‘tender’ to a next level! Even the bones were soft! Must Try!

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Heavenly Sweet Shrimp Miso Ramen – 3.5/5 

  • $9.80
  • Deep-golden shrimp soup is made by folding finely ground shrimp meat into 3 kinds of miso paste and whisked with the broth extracted from shrimp & pork bone.
  • The embellished ramen served with slices of cha-shu pork & shrimp infused garlic oil.
  • It was a really rich and creamy ramen with noodles being a bit on chewier side in a good way.

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Sea urchin & Ikura Carbonara Udon  – 4/5 

  • $13.80
  • Rich & creamy sea urchin pan fried udon noodle served with ikura.
  • We did not taste the flavors of uni as much but I loved how it was served with Ikura!

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It’s time for dessert~! I don’t usually order dessert after my dinner because I have tendency of ordering so much food and I never have the room left in my stomach for dessert. But, I had to order their dessert because they were house-made and I love Japanese style desserts that are not too sweet.

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Smooth Creme Brulee– 3.5/5 

  • $3.80
  • It was a nice custard base without the hard caramel that usually comes on creme brulee.
  • It was nicely made with good amount of sweetness and not too overwhelmingly sweet.

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Yuzu Cheesecake with Salted Caramel – 4/5 

  • $5.20
  • This was the cheesecake of the day and the chef told us hewas really happy with the outcome!
  • The salted caramel sauce on top really went well with the cheesecake.

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Mango Almond Tofu – 4/5 

  • $3.80
  • My favorite dessert! Tofu! lol
  • It tasted somewhat like mango pudding but in a less guilty way!

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I really enjoyed the food at the Rajio Public House that I came back the very next day to bring my family. All the food items were prepared carefully and I would say this is my favorite Izakaya restaurant in Greater Vancouver for now. If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, please go and try because their foods are awesome!

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