Raisu, a new Japanese-inspired eatery from the restaurant group behind Kingyo, Sukia, and Rajio, has recently opened in the Kitsilano space that once housed short-lived DeaFined (at 2340 West 4th Avenue).
Like its sibling restaurants Raisu (which means rice in Japanese katakana syllabary) offers its guests a hip and stylish dining environment for tapas-style Japanese fusion food and drinks.
The restaurant’s menu features inventive Japanese small plates, bento boxes, and Teishoku (pre-set meals). Also up for grabs a variety of noodle and rice dishes, sashimi platters, and salads.
Drink wise, the restaurant’s bar stocks an impressive selection of sake; there are over 50 varieties available. While patrons can opt for a bottle of sake, they can also order a sake flight, if they so desire. Other offerings include beer, cocktails, plum wine, Shochu, and whiskey.
The 86-seat space boasts a large open plan dining room and an attached patio, which features a hori kotatsu — a table placed over a recessed floor, which is about 40 centimeters deep. In the winter the kotatsu will be turned on where it will generate heat from the underside of the table to keep diners’ legs nice and toasty.
The restaurant has a shoe rack where guests seated on the patio place their shoes and even provides slippers for trips to the washroom.
Here are a few snaps of Raisu’s new digs and delectable looking plates:
Address: 2340 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver