For the past few months, we have been enjoying a record setting period of nice weather here in Vancouver. With blue skies and consistently warm temperatures, locals and tourists alike have found themselves flocking to any restaurant with outdoor seating.
For many, a popular option for drinks and a light dinner is the humble izakaya, or Japanese drinking establishment. Opened late 2012, Rajio Public House is one of Vancouver’s newest izakayas and is run by the same group behind the award-winning Kingyo and Suika.
From August 12 to October 12, Rajio is teaming up with VANEATS.ca to offer a summer-themed dining pass that includes the following four items:
Four-item dining pass for $18 between August 12 to October 12, 2013
A. Kushikatsu Set: six deep-fried skewers
The first item in the package is a serving of kushikatsu, which are a type of deep fried Japanese kebab. Well-known to be Rajio’s specialty, these six deep-fried skewers are served alongside an assortment of condiments, such as tartar sauce, lemon salt, onion and teriyaki yuzu kosho. Lightly breaded in Panko, these skewers can be enjoyed within a group or individually.
B. Pork ribs: served in a balsamic vinegar and sweet & sour sauce
This second item in the dining pass will likely be the most popular dish for many. Aptly named the “Dynamic Balsamic Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs”, these pan-fried, stewed pork ribs are marinated in Rajio’s original balsamic sweet & sour sauce. Eaten with a separate order of white rice, this pork offering can serve as a satisfying meal unto itself. With phenomenally tender, slide off the bone meat in a tangy, addictive sauce, these ribs are a definite must-try for anyone visiting for the first time.
C. Mini carpaccio: three kinds of fresh fish
After polishing off the heavy plate of ribs, this third dish is a light compliment to cut the heaviness of the meal. Made up of three different types of fresh fish, this sample serving of carpaccio is delicious is in its simplicity. Lent a subtle citric sweetness from the lime, this fish dish is refreshingly welcome at any point in the meal.
D. Your choice of one of the daily cold tapas offerings
This final item varies daily but each tapas offering is always guaranteed to be fresh and tasty. Running the gamut from seafood to fresh vegetables, diners will have the freedom to choose whatever suits their fancy.
Rajio is a great new addition to Vancouver’s thriving izakaya scene, boasting relatively cheap libations paired with tasty appetizers and mains. Loyal patrons of Suika and Kingyo should definitely check out this cozy and authentic izakaya if they have not already.
Address: 3763 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Sunday to Thursday: Dinner service from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: Dinner service from 5:30 p.m. to midnight
Website: Facebook Page
Images: Alvin Lee (Foodimagery)