689 Denman Street, Vancouver, BC
Since Kim's post on I'm Only Here for the Food, Taiko has been on Buddha Boy's wishlist for quite some time. I was a bit skeptical since it's another Japanese AYCE, and honestly, aren't they all same? Overall, we enjoyed Taiko. At $23.95/adult for dinner, the price was more reasonable than Kingsway Sushi (where we usually go for AYCE). Kingsway Sushi charges $28.95/adult on weekdays and $29.95/adult on weekends. Believe it or not, we actually felt like we're dining at a non-AYCE as oppose to one of those factory-like AYCE restaurants...if you know what I mean...hahaha! I actually had time in between to snap pictures of all the food! Service wise, it's a hit and miss, more misses than hits...well, after all, it's an AYCE.
Sockeye and Atlantic Sashimi...AYCE quality.
Spicy Tuna Sashimi (left), Tuna Tataki (right)...we thought both were actually quite nice.
Miso Soup (left), Seaweed Salad (right)...pretty standard.
Goma-ae (left), Ebi Sunomono (right)...again, both AYCE quality.
California Roll and Chopped Scallop Roll (left), Spider Roll (right)...the chopped scallop roll was actually quite tasty.
Tamago Sushi (left), Deep-Fried Smelt (right)...the sushi was pretty standard. The fish was disappointing, two out of four were bitter with no roe.
Yam Tempura (left), Prawn Tempura (right)...we were actually quite shocked with how light the batter was...these were yummy!
Chicken Karaage (left), Pork Katsu (right)...the wings were nicely marinated and deep-fried, tender and moist. Nothing special about the tonkatsu.
Deep Fried Gyoza (left), Pan Fried Gyoza (right)...both were ok, I liked the pan-fried ones better.
BBQ Chicken Heart (left), BBQ Chicken Gizzard (right)...yummy! I love chicken hearts and chicken gizzards!!!
BBQ Spicy Wings (left), Chicken Teriyaki (right)...the wings were juicy and tasty, but not spicy. Nothing special about the chicken teriyaki.(left)...the beef tongue had a horrible texture with no robata taste. The desserts were just meh.