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.
566 Powell St, Vancouver, BC
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!
This meal was complimentary, but the review, photos and opinions are all my own.