Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gyundon Ya

Need something warm and comforting (but really fast and cheap!) for lunch? Look no further than your friendly neighbour Gyundon Ya. Well, they only have one store now at the busy corner of Robson and Richards, but I expect this successful 'fast food' joint will soon spread to other commercial areas and cafeterias around Vancouver.

Chicken with combo
Gyundon means sweet-shoyu marinated beef on rice.  Gyundon Ya serves exactly that, delicious protein (beef, short ribs, or chicken) with teriyaki-like sauce on rice with sides of miso soup and salad.  This little 'restaurant' has two rows of bars with stool, seating no more than 20 people.  Two to three Japanese waitress with identical squeakily voice and overly feminism demure.  It feels like Tokyo!

Beef with combo
For 5-8 dollars, Gyundon Ya offers well-portioned, nutritious, and well-balanced lunch for busy Vancouverites on breaks.  I have tried everything on the menu, and my favourites are actually the short ribs and  then the chicken.  Unlike other Japanese restaurants, their miso soup is not overly salt or grainy.  Warm and delicious - perfect for this cold weather.

If you happen to be in the area, definitely check it out.  It's unlikely you will find a delicious, well- balanced meal for $5 dollars anywhere else in Downtown.

Btw, they serve coke in the vintage glass bottle.

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