Five or so years ago, I was living in Vancouver’s West End. Back then, a restaurant called Yoshoku-Ya Restaurant got me confused. “Western dishes”, Japanese style? What is wrong with a regular Salisbury steak? Anyway, that was back then and have learned a lot ever since. That’s why, when I walked by Barefoot Kitchen, I had an idea of what to expect.
This restaurant is a place you might walk by without realizing it is there (if it wasn’t because of the sign outside). What happens is that the restaurant is not at ground level but slightly underground, as seen above (you can see the hand rail to the bottom-left of the picture above).
I arrived just after noon and there were already a family plus a couple in the restaurant. So far so good! I was quickly seated and given the menu.
And, after ordering, the cutlery and cup of tea.
While waiting for the food, a look at the dining area.
In either a good or bad way, it took over 15 minutes for the food to arrive and, in the meantime, only one other customer walked in. Hmmmm….. Anyway, here is what I ordered: Katsu curry. OK, this is not a western dish, but that was what I was craving for at that moment, some curry. Otherwise, I would have gone for their Hamburger steak, aka, a Salisbury steak.
The whole dish can be described as a breaded, deep fried pork cutler, cut into pieces, served on white rice with (Japanese style) curry sauce, a green salad, potato salad and a small serving of pickled vegetable (?). Actually, I am not sure about the last one. In the picture above, is the reddish side at the bottom left. Just in case, close-up of the food…
One thing you should have noticed by now is the consistency of the curry: it is more on the lines of a gravy than a sauce. Mixed with the steamed rice and… Yum!!!! The pork cutlet was crunchy and, surprisingly, not dry, which was good. Although the salads were just OK, it served its purpose, i.e., to provide some balance.
Finally, the bill:
Yes, just as seen in the menu in the second picture, the whole meal was just under $7. Hmmmmm!!! (Of course, this is from the lunch menu; in the dinner menu, no dish is over $12, unless substitutions are made). Overall, it was a satisfying lunch and, given the price, I think this will be a lunch favourite.