DowntownJapaneseLate NightRating: 4.5/5

Zakkushi on Denman- Skewers, Skewers, and MORE Skewers!! :D

Zakkushi has been around Vancouver for a long time and I’ve
heard amazing things about this place. However, I don’t know why this is the
first time I’ve actually visited!

I went to the Denman location with my cousins and brother
and we started off with a
pitcher of Sapporo
I enjoy the clean and light taste of Sapporo over darker heavier

Zakkushi is known for delicious smoky skewers that can only
be achieved by grilling over Binchotan, a Japanese charcoal. Thus, we had to
start off with 2 of the
Zakkushi Sets
. They separated the sets so this first plate had two skewers
each of oropon beef, p-toro, and I think me maki.

The second plate consisted of umeshiso yaki and momo. I grew
to like shiso leaves when I was in Korea (it is sometimes used to wrap BBQ
meat) so I really enjoyed the umeshiso yaki. The meat was wonderfully soft and
the delicious smoky charcoal flavour was deeply infused into the meat. Thumbs

If I’m not mistaken, the two skewers in the front are Chicken
Gizzards ($1.90)
. Absolutely delicious! Must get item!

The Cheese Tsukune
and Norimayo Tsukune
were pretty good overall but not my favourites. Tsukune means
chicken meat ball.

If you know me, you know I like disgusting innards of
animals (hey, if you are going to take an animals’ life, you shouldn’t waste any part of it!). Therefore, it is only natural for me to order the
Chicken Heart ($1.50). It has a rubbery and chewy texture which I
enjoy. Even my
  cousins who have never
tried chicken heart all liked it!

My cousin highly recommended the Botan Ebi (4 pcs) Sashimi ($12.00) which is raw shrimp sashimi.
There were four very large prawns and you first eat the raw body. Then… you
can ask the chef to deep fry the prawn head for you (don’t waste!).

There is no extra charge for deep frying it and once you
pluck out the eyes, you can eat the entire head! It is very yummy. If you like soft shell crab, the concept and texture is kind of the same.

Since we ordered way too many dishes, I will be naming the
rest. This is
Beef Tataki ($8.50) 
and it comes with grated radish
and raw quail egg

Takoyaki ($4.90) which
are deep fried octopus balls.

Ikayaki ($6.80).
Grilled squid with teriyaki sauce and spicy mayo.

Mentai Kimchi
Yakiudon ($8.00)
Pan fried udon w/ cod roe and kimchi. Deeeelicious!!

Okonomiyaki ($5.80) Japanese
pan fried vegetable pancake. Least tasty dish of the night.

Smoked Salmon &
Avocado Salad ($7.80)
Consists of green salad, smoked salmon, and avocado.

Chicken Wing
It is cut open and flattened before grilling.

Yakioni ($1.80) Grilled
rice ball with a choice of soy sauce or miso.

Uzura Maki ($2.00) Quail
eggs wrapped with sliced pork. Oh my gosh, these were the bomb. Highly

Overall, I had a wonderful dinner with great company and
experienced something new. I think this restaurant is great for catching up
with friends over cold beer and appetizers but don’t expect to be too full from
this place unless you can dish out the moolah.

Service Rating: 4/5
Food Rating: 4.5/5
Price: $$$-$$$$$ ($20-$50)

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Happy Eating!

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6 thoughts on “Zakkushi on Denman- Skewers, Skewers, and MORE Skewers!! :D

  • Omg, those food pics look so exotic to me!Those skewers and the Takoyaki look so yummy! 😮 Btw, you must have ordered the whole menu, cuz I see so many different dishes! LOL

  • Yeah I figured they would seem exotic to you! Haha. We ordered wayyyyy too much and the whole meal because really expensive! LOL Not doing that next time 😛

  • Anonymous

    The pictures from the denman store looks alooooot better than the food served at the main st king Ed location. Pork belly wrapped garlic stubs r the best. As long as my wife eats it too!!!

  • Yeah I heard from a few people that the Denman location is the best one out of the three! 🙂


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