Irashai Grill Open House

Irashai Grill held an open house last night and invited the Dot Com Crew down for a night of food and Sake tasting. When the invite says free food and Sake, we don’t need much pushing to attend. Located in the heart of Coal Harbour in Vancouver’s downtown core, Irashai Grill serves upscale Japanese dishes inspired by the best of Tokyo, Paris and Rome.

Under the direction of General Manager Ray Mok and Executive Head Chef Ikoma Kenjiro, Irashai Grill offers deceptively simple creations — mixing and melding French and Italian techniques and materials with Japanese classics and a variety of Asian spices.

While the room isn’t very big, it is nicely done with a good mix of East meets West. The food that we sampled were extremely fresh and tasty. The chefs in the open kitchen did a pretty remarkable job at maintaining their composure considering how slammed they were. Lucky for Sarah and myself, we got there early so there was lots of dishes to sample. As the night went on and more guests showed up, it became a feeding frenzy. A server would barely get three foot out of the kitchen before getting mobbed by hungry vultures guests.

We will have to try Irashai Grill again on a regular night to get true taste of the menu. However, from the dishes that I’ve tried during the open house, I can tell you Irashai Grill would rank pretty high on the list of favorite Japanese restaurants.

Iranshai Grill

Iranshai Grill

Iranshai Grill

Iranshai Grill

Iranshai Grill

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37 thoughts on “Irashai Grill Open House”

  1. Nice lookin chow, I mean food there. Man, you guys must rank to get that kind of service.

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    1. The food looks great. I get hungry just by looking at the picture.

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  2. Michael Zhao says:

    I’ll have 3 plates of those shrimp dishes please!

  3. Vincent Woon says:

    Just curious …How was the garlic salmon

    1. John Chow says:

      I twas really good! The BC rolls were really good too.

  4. Wow, that looks delicious, and well made. That’s one of the great things about being in the Vancouver area is that there are so many diversities of restaurants you can choose from.

    I think when the Olympics come to Vancouver the world is going to receive quite a shock in seeing how much Vancouver has to offer, especially in the “food” category.

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  5. Michael Kwan says:

    The prawn tempura looks Chinese. :p

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    1. John Chow says:

      It might be. Irashai is a fusion restaurant that combines techniques and materials.

  6. bilin says:

    i like the life show of john. it’s funny.

  7. Cam Birch says:

    What a great looking spread. Makes me wish I was living in Vancouver. Love these food updates.

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    1. Let me have some food before reading this.

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  8. How about that hostess at the door? She was looking fine as well.
    Is she gonna be there as well? That would spice up a little.:)

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    1. John Chow says:

      I believe she does work there, yes. But hostesses like her are a dime a dozen in Vancouver. 🙂

      1. May be she is also a reason to get in at there …

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  9. Will says:

    I cant eat raw fish cause I hate it but the cooked stuff looks good…..mmmm

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  10. I’ll have a barbeque and the roast shrimp please.

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  11. Benjamin Cip says:

    Irashai means seomthing like “Come in please” in Japanese. It makes me remenber when I was in Japan, except the californian maki. Wow did you ate everything you show on the pictures? I mean Tenpura, Maguro-zushi, yakitori! Did you try the wasabi too? And the Nihonshu (The sake) sounds very tasty, especially if it’s a kome (rice) one I haven’t tried the potatoes sake yet.. Not to mention Asahi beer. Did they also have Kirin beer as well? Wow, sounds like a great restaurant, I’d love to have a meal there someday when I will visit Vancouver! It makes me very hungry…

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  12. That looks delicious. I wish I lived in Vancouver.

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  13. fas says:

    Well a free invite, you are quite popular John.

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  14. bowls says:

    Great looking spread of food. No pictures of the sake?!

  15. EarningStep says:

    that is really great food

  16. Glenn says:

    The place looks great! I had sushi earlier this week for the first time and didn’t like it at all. I was kind of disappointed but I only tried two kinds so I guess I need to experiment more. At least I know a good place to try it again if I’m in your area.

    1. Hi Glenn,

      Glad to hear you are venturing into the world of sushi! (we do serve a very wide selection of cooked items as well, see the menu on our website I would like to extend a 15% off coupon that you can use towards your first visit to Irashai Grill. Send me an email with your mailing address if interested!


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  17. game-girl says:

    I Would like to be there and taste these wonderful dishes.

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  18. Curtis says:

    Whenever I go to restaurants, I always look for their “opt-in boxes”. It’s always interesting to look at what they’re offering in return for customer info!

  19. The rolls look soooooo delicious

  20. Are these non-cooked chicken fillet @ picture 3 ?

  21. Sushi! I love it so much. My favorite kind is spicy tuna. I would eat it all day if I could.

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  22. I am so jealous of you right now. I think I need to go get some sushi now.

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  23. work at home says:

    Wow! those shrimp looks really tasty. The sushi looks divine too. Nice video to describe the location, thanks!

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  24. game-girl says:

    A nice place to have a good time and food.

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  25. Christine says:

    I moved from Vancouver to Toronto 13 years ago. Looking at that sashimi makes me want to move back!!!

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  26. gurtey says:

    good ambience and good food…perfect place for dining.

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