Izakaya, a.k.a. snacky Japanese comfort food, is an art Vancouver excels at and small folk love. There are many izakaya choices in the West End (including Hapa Izakaya and Guu) but Kingyo is our go-to for atmosphere and food.
Although izakaya dishes are supposed to be stomach liner for drinking, they’re elevated to the main show at Kingyo. The chefs have a delicate touch and a talent for showcasing the freshest of BC’s seafood.
Our must-orders: melt-in-your-mouth ahi tuna and avocado carpaccio with garlic chips, crunchy chicken karaage with Himalayan salt, deep-fried takoyaki fish pate balls, and grilled black cod with homemade sweet miso.
Bonus: the staff yells in unison when guests enter and leave, driving small folk mad with glee. Plus no one will hear them if they’re noisy too. Tip: bring a clip-on travel high chair, if it’s easier for you than bouncing your small folk on your lap. They don’t have high chairs.
871 Denman St., Kingyo-izakaya.ca