Earlier today, Vancouver's selection saw 1 new One Star and five new Bib Gourmands. Focused on a hyper-seasonal menu with an emphasis on Japanese traditions, Okeya Kyujiro manages to offer diners a unique theatrical omakase experience that's filled with highlights like chawanmushi with cherry blossom and spicy firefly squid on a bamboo skewer.
Joining the other eight One Star restaurants, Vancity's culinary landscape just got that much more delicious.
New One Star
Hosts dressed in stunning traditional clothing guide you to a dark room, lit only by the faintest glow from votive candles. A black curtain is raised ceremoniously only when the clock strikes the precise minute of your seating. These are the first clues that this is far from your typical omakase. From the premium, hyper-seasonal fish to the demonstration of sasagiri (traditional Japanese bamboo leaf carving), it is a memorable show from start to finish. Highlights include chawanmushi with cherry blossom, shatteringly crispy tempura sandbar fish, spicy firefly squid on a bamboo skewer, and a presentation of two uni petals from different Japanese waters served with seaweed jam. Sweet courses garner attention, especially wagashi, fashioned into a rose here.
Previous One Stars
Burdock & Co
iDen & QuanJuDe Beijing Duck House
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