A self-described "Japanese-style spaghetti dessert house," Cafe De Waraku serves up an unexpected hybrid of Japanese and Italian favourites. The pasta dishes are inspired by Japanese culinary tradition rather than straight Italian, but the kitchen does craft favourites such as beef ravioli and pizza fresh from a wood oven along with pub-style starters and a sprawling selection of sweets. Lavender cheesecake and rose cheesecake end meals, and fork tines can impale black-sesame cake, tiramisu, and crème brûlée.
Eating at Starry Night Restaurant provides a hip alternative to dining out under the night sky. Purple panels overhead are speckled with glowing dots and recessed lights, which surround a chandelier bristling with refractive glass. Beneath the cool hues, waiters carry plates of deep-fried spring rolls and chargrilled ribeye over to purple booths that curve along the walls. Seated in the downstairs lounge, diners can nibble on pan-seared halibut or an appetizing lighting fixture as they listen to live music on select nights.
Preserved century eggs, Vietnamese-style pork, and sweet-potato noodles are just a few of the savoury ingredients that chefs stir into simmering soups at Nishiki Sushi. On a cold day, these soups are a popular hot meal for slurping up or pouring over one's head, but there's much more to choose from at the crimson-walled eatery. Chefs also fashion fresh fish into specialty sushi rolls, dip vegetables into tempura batter, and arrange neat portions of beef teriyaki, gyoza dumplings, and other morsels in bento boxes. Patrons can wash back each bite with sips of bubble tea made with seasonal fruit.
Talented chefs at Kai Sushi Bar build on traditional Japanese cooking methods to roll out an innovative menu of nigiri sushi, sashimi, and custom rolls. The sushi bar is an ideal vantage point to watch gourmands craft rolls renowned for their fresh fish filling and ability to soar through donut holes. Quell a quavering belly with the bacon and scallop rolls, an original Kai Sushi Bar concoction rolled with seasoned bacon and Japanese scallops in a tangy, spicy sauce ($9). Or, satisfy a protean palate with an assorted nigiri sushi plate ($24), sampling nine sushi selections that may include the ahi tuna, amaebi (sweet prawn), tamago (egg cake), or unagi (eel). Warmer, friendlier plates are available as well, such as the grilled and marinated garlic short ribs ($12) or the crab motoyaki ($15), fresh Dungeness crab baked in a light, creamy sauce.