Kushi - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Karaage Combo Box
As soon as I walked out of Coco Noodle Express I walked right upon this spot. Of course you can imagine the thoughts that were going through my head. "Am I still hungry?" "Could I eat more right now?" "Can it really be as good as it smells and looks?" "How do I tell my friends I want to eat again?"

Grill Master
SO anyways, it all got worked out. Ingrid, Lucas, and I went walking around Vancouver to walk off some of our late lunch and by the time we had gotten back to the bus it was much too late to get a proper sit down meal. (no I didn't plan it that way...or did I?) So I HAD to go step in to Kushi Box and order me up some food!

Onion P-toro Box - Pork toro on rice with onion sauce and half boiled egg
If you like salty meats and perfectly gooey half boiled eggs over some nice rice, you're going to love this place. The prices are a bit high especially for the combos. BUT, for the kind of food you're getting and considering it's in Vancouver, you're doing alright at about $7 Canadian.

I don't recommend getting the karaage combo, only because the karaage was nothing special, but then again I'm quite picky about my karaage. I don't recall how much more it was, but it definitely isn't worth the extra dough.

All in all I'd definitely go back. It's good for your soul to eat there, and that's enough to make me a return customer.

Joe Kwon
NOTE:Take cash, they don't accept US debit cards or credit cards.

Suzu - San Francisco, CA

I happened upon this spot while we were in San Francisco for The Fillmore show. Playing a couple days in a town always makes for a nice time on the eating front for me. I actually get the time to go explore areas that I would otherwise not have the time to do. My friends Cat and Zack came along on my quest to find a noodle shop and we came across this place, Suzu.

Karaage - Japanese Fried Chicken
I'm a sucker for any sort of fried chicken, karaage happens to be one of my favorite fashions. The japanese really know how to do a nice crispy, light and flakey outside.

Shrimp and Veggie Tempura
Tempura is just any sort of battered veggie or protein usually dusted with panko, a Japanese bread crumb. It's too often that you get tempura that is over cooked, undercooked, soggy, tasteless, cold, or any other number of travesties that can ruin a good tempura. I was pretty shocked at the lightness and clean flavor that I found here. To be honest with you it may have just been luck. A combination of a lot of variables, and the planets lining up for me at that very moment.

Pork Ramen - Japanese noodle soup
The noodle soup exceeded my expectations and fulfilled my itch for noodle satiation. The noodles were nice and chewy and not over cooked and the broth was rich and hot. You can't go wrong with the chicken ramen or the miso ramen here. Make sure to add plenty of hot pepper because it only enhances the flavor!

--Joe Kwon

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