Suika’s been on my list to try after I’ve had good experiences at their sisters restaurants, Kingyo, Rajio and Raisu.
Hours. Their lunch hours are a bit short so watch out for that.
First trip, we dropped in on a Saturday for lunch. It wasn’t too packed.
The bottles of sake that double as a light fixture is pretty cool.
Second time, we came for a late Friday night dinner (around 9:00pm). The atmosphere was completely different; loud and rambunctious. They even sang two happy birthday song, Japanese style.
The inside is dark, moody and intimate. Makes for a fun time with friends or date night.
Lunch menu when we went a few months ago.
For dinner, there’s a couple menus too.
Their fresh sheet/food specials is always interesting.
We were hungry and M was in town so she wanted to try everything on the lunch menu (minus the $47.00 dynamic steak).
Love how the glasses come out nice and cold.
Deluxe Suika makunouchi box ($20.00)
They only make 10 per day so I was shocked to find out they still had some available when we ordered it. Lucky us. Great touch how they have a sheet that explains what every dish is in your box.
For us, the spread included hamburg steak, mentaiko prawns, chicken karaage, kakuni, tuna tataki, cream croquette, eel rolled omelette, marinated cold vegetables and an assortment of pressed sushi.
Great way to sample a bit of everything and perfect for sharing.
Even better is that they will deep fry the heads for you (just ask). Perfectly crispy.
Chicken karaage ($9.80)
Deep fried chicken with Japanese pepper salt. I don’t know how they get their karaage so tender and moist but they do. Filling. In hindsight, we should have just ordered one of the deep fried chicken dishes.
The Hellz chicken ($10.50)
Fried chicken thigh tossed with original Hellz sauce. Our waiter made it sound like it was dangerously spicy so we got the sauce on the side. Don’t worry, it’s totally manageable. Nice bit of heat to it.
The avocado was creamy.
Negitoro was nicely seared.
This time we were a group of 5 but ordered less than when we were with four. Not sure how that panned out.
Broth was solid and the noodles had a chewy, toothsome bite. B wanted the oxtail to be more tender.
The broth had a subtle, underlying heat to it but the flavours were well balanced.
Truffle chawan-mushi ($9.80)
Japanese traditional steamed egg with prosciutto, camembert cheese, sun-dried tomato and black truffle. I love my chawan-mushi ever since Japan. This was good but it’s a super small portion. Seafood taste is prominent and it’s pretty different with the cheese melted in.
Super fresh; you could tell the wrappers were made by hand. Green tea was divine.
Great meals both times at Suika. Expect a fun, tasty izakaya experience.
1626 W Broadway