566 Powell St, Vancouver, BC

Dosanko is a newly opened restaurant in the heart of Vancouver’s Japanese community. Blocks away from a Japanese language school, this restaurant attracts after-school Japanese students, and the area’s industrial lunchtime breakers.

The cooking style is considered yōshoku, a “Japanized” interpretation of Western cooking- per their website. The married-couple owners share their story of the first dish Akiyo cooked for Nathan, and how they decided to share food with the world together.

The space is naturally well-lit by the big windows at the front of the restaurant, and towards the back, the restaurant takes on a family-friendly persona with couches and a kid-friendly area. The dark wood furniture creates a comforting atmosphere with cool hand-drawn art pieces on the walls.

Onto the food:

Assorted tempura. A light, crispy batter, and served with Koji salt.
Koji cured ham. Prosciutto-style koji (fermented rice) cured Heritage old spot pork leg, comes with local apples and shiso. This appetizer was the perfect mix of salty-sweet and texturally satisfying with the tenderness of the pork and fresh, crisp apples.
The crispiest rice ball (triangle :P) with cheese dipping sauce!
A side dish of burdock root and carrots, please.

The newest addition to the menu: OMURICE!! The perfectly cooked Japanese omelette over fried rice. Chef Nathan uses the highest quality rice, and you can definitely taste it through the flavours and texture.
My personal favourite: the beef hayashi omurice. Ultimate comfort food!
Pictured: hayashi (beef), curry sauce is also an option.
The vegetarian omurice option: tomato sauce.
Pork belly tonkatsu. Panko crusted heritage old spot pork.
Tempura udon. Hand-pulled noodles made in house, with kakiage (vegetable) tempura. Local pork belly in the rich pork bone soup.
More omurice photos because it looks so perfect- and ready to cut open!

For dessert: coffee jelly! Other desserts such as matcha mille crepe cakes and Japanese whisky bread pudding are also available.


Dosanko is definitely a Japanese comfort-food stop. Tasty, simple food that hits all of those feels triggering nostalgia  about my recent trip to Japan. Whenever I’m missing Japan, I’ll come here!

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