Bare Foot Kitchen
1725 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 1W5
A funky fusion joint that shows there's more to Japanese cuisine than sushi.
|Cuisine Type |||Burgers, Fusion, Japanese|
|Ambiance |||Casual, Family Style|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Beer & Wine, Parking, Counter & Bar Service|
|Pricing |||Less than $20|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||Bus 005, 006|
|Cross Street |||Denman Street|
|Sun-Thurs: 11AM-11PM; Fri-Sat: 11AM-12AM|
Profile Last Updated: December 12, 2008
Few would think to pair a hamburger with miso soup, but that’s the norm at Bare Foot Kitchen, where you’ll find unique fusion fare. Japan meets North America in dishes like cheese curry (curry rice with melted cheese) and the teriyaki “hamburg” set (a handmade Alberta beef burger with teriyaki sauce accompanied by rice or bread and miso or corn soup). Other odd marriages include Italian-Japanese tarako pasta (spaghetti with fish egg) and mentaiko pasta (noodles with spicy thick fish egg). Bare Foot also draws inspiration from Korea to create its hot pots. The list of side dishes truly shows the eatery’s diversity with choices like boiled eggs, potato salad, kimuchi and garlic bread.
Japanese Comfort Food
The fare at Bare Foot Kitchen is best described as Japanese comfort food. In addition to the fusion meals, there’s a host of simple, sure-to-please traditional dishes. There are several choices of hearty rice bowls including fatty tuna, barbecued eel and pan-fried beef. Veggie-rich curry dishes are also a popular choice, especially the traditional katsu (fried) varieties. There are also many deep-fried meat dishes accompanied by tasty homemade sauces, such as citrus soy and some of the zippiest sweet and sour in the city.
Bare Foot Kitchen feels a little like a Japanese McDonald's. When you walk in, a bright menu greets you high on the wall behind the cashier, and beyond that, you can catch a glimpse of the stainless steel kitchen. However, if you are eating in, you will be seated by a friendly host and served at your table. The restaurant is spotless and the décor is minimalist, including only a few brightly coloured giant footprint shapes mounted on the wall. Solo diners can choose to sit in stools at a bar, which has a frosted glass barrier so you don’t have to watch the person across from you eat, or get splashed by slurping soup-eaters. Despite being located below street level in basement digs on Davie Street, the restaurant gets plenty of light and offers a pleasant atmosphere.