Today I was at “Rajio”, getting a sneak peak at their new limited edition menu. From November 11-18, 2017 they are offering five different items at a special price to celebrate their 5th year landmark.
And this is something to get excited about. “Rajio” is one of the more unique Japanese tapas places I like to recommend, and would frequent, if it wasn’t such a drive away. But, a “try-it-before-it-goes” menu is a good enough of a reason to return.
Tasty Japanese tapas plates aside, they are iconically remembered for their feature wall of plastic masks. Popular Japanese characters in rows, back lit to have glowing eyes. Minnie with her pink dotted bow, Hello Kitty with heart shaped glasses, and Pikachu; to name the few of the cartoon icons that I don’t have to look up.
Under them were signs advertising this event in gratitude, thanking their loyal patrons for the landmark years. This limited edition menu of six items is for them. And during this week of celebrating they will also be handing out prizes. All guests will be invited to participate in a lottery-draw on their app. Like a Japanese style roulette where there will be surprises to be won.
Before we begin: when it comes to a media tasting, plating and portion size may be gussied up and/or paired down, and the service will usually be top notch. Though I can at least paint you the most accurate image when it comes to the food and the setting, as how I interpret it. But as always, these are my opinions and you need not take them as fact. Unless you have my exact background, have lived my exact experiences, and we possess the same tongue; no one can truly taste and appreciate as you do.
This is steamed chicken rolled and stuffed with a mix of cream cheese, shiso leaves, and truffles. The meat was served cold, a temperature you need to be use to and prepared for, if you are to enjoy this. It comes with two different sauces to add some flavour. A sweet chilli and a green onion mixture, the latter was reminiscent of Taiwanese chicken. I enjoyed the taste and the tacky nature of the cream cheese centre. Overall, a unique starter to go back to again for more.
This sashimi platter typically comes with two of each of the following pieces of raw seafood. However, during this occasion it would come with three pieces of each, 15 in total at $15.80. Three pieces of Yellow tail, three of Albacore tuna, three Sockeye salmon, three slices of Squid, and three chunks of Snow crab. All together everything was fresh and the plate was quickly and easily scrapped clean.
Next was the “Beef cutlet set” breaded and fried beef served over a beet and greens salad with an olive oil dressing, and homemade steak sauce. I liked the texture of the beef with its crispy wrap. It was balanced by the tangy refreshing nature of the vegetables. So well dressed that not a leaf was left on the plate.
Next we had Yellow tail pressed sushi. I liked the tender fish over the chew rice. Shame I couldn’t get past the strong taste of shiso sandwiched in the middle of the rice patty. I found it over powering and distracting from the gentle nature of the fish.
The Beef short rib with balsamic vinegar glaze was amazing. It smelled terrific and followed through on its flavour. Tender strings of meat that you just wanted to dip generously into and scoop up gravy with.
And the one I recommmed is their Sea urchin and oyster fried rice. There was no hiding the uni in this. And despite how little of it there seemed to be, there was plenty to scent and fully flavour the rice once you mix it all up. I just wanted another texture to chew through. A piece meat or some more shredded vegetables?
And not on their 5th anniversary menu, but one of their most popular Osaka soul food dishes, is their “Kushi Katsu”. These are battered crispy meat and vegetables on sticks that you dip into sauce with. Here we shared a mushroom, shrimp, egg plant, hot dog and pork skewer.
And naturally, seeing as this was a celebration, this evening they also featured their signature fruit cocktails and a flight of sake to mark the occasion. These and the hip hop and top 40 club hits helped to keep the energy of the room jovial.
Their spiked fresh fruit served whole is a crowd pleaser. A hollowed out pineapple or watermelon, juiced then mixed with vodka and topped with slices of citrus fruit. Each delivered on its promise of the fruit it was served in. This would be the only way you could get such tropical drinks throughout the year.
For more on Rajio and their decor and regular menu, check out my original visit post.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
Still a great place I would recommend, and even more so during this event. Don’t deny your cravings
3763 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6R2G7