Location: 778 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver
I was reminiscing the time when I had teishoku for breakfast in Japan. Craving for authentic teishoku, I Googled “teishoku Vancouver”. Hachibei was the first to show up on the search result.
Hachibei only serves dinner. Reservation is recommended because there aren’t that many seats in this neighbourhood restaurant. At around 6:00 PM on a weeknight, you can expect at least two groups on the waiting list.
The service staff at Hachibei is very friendly, but they can be inattentive at times.
Their menu offers a variety of teishokus, ranging from fried pork cutlets to healthier options such as grilled mackerel. With the exception of the black cod ($23), the average price for each set is around $15.
For appetizers, we ordered a roll of negitoro. Fresh tuna. Green onions. Yum!
On to the main course…
BBQ Fish Teishoku ($15.50)
The choice of fish varies from day to day. This time around we had three choices: local mackerel, Japanese mackerel or Spanish mackerel. We picked Japanese mackerel because it had the least amount of tiny bones 😀
Our food arrived after ~20 minutes of ordering. We didn’t mind the wait because the fish was grilled on the spot and served hot! As you can see in the picture above, you get a little bit of everything. This set was light, healthy, but also very satisfying (read: filling) at the same time.
Pork Ginger ($13.75)
In contrast to the grilled fish, the pork was definitely heavier in flavour. The combination with the ginger reminded me of Chinese pork buns (not that there is anything wrong with that). The salad consisted of shredded lettuce and mayo. It was very simple, but it cut down the fattiness of the pork. The potato salad was lighter than you’d expect because it had a kick of wasabi/mustard in it.
Between the two mains, I preferred the fish over the pork. (It’s probably a nostalgia thing).
Molang Scores & Verdict
Authentic Japanese food. Better than a generic dinner box elsewhere. Give it a try!
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