Review: Kushi Box

by gigi on February 16, 2010

There have been quite a few interesting restaurants opening up near where I work downtown, which has been tempting me to neglect my packed lunch so I can try all the goodies around me. Louis and Jae alerted me to the opening of Kushi Box one day and since I had only brought a small lunch, I decided to supplement it with something from Kushi Box. Once we arrived inside, I discovered that it was actually the fast-food version of Zakkushi, my favourite place to go for yummy Japanese charcoal skewers. This place is so new that they don’t even have a sign on the outside yet!

Kushi Box

I decided to order some takoyaki and oden to go with my already packed lunch. The takoyaki was pretty standard tasting and there was a generous heaping of bonito flakes on top.

Takoyaki - Kushi Box

I decided to have a piece of the ikamaki oden (squid with fish cake) as well. This came in a little styrofoam cup and I thought the broth and the fishcake were quite flavourful. However, I found the squid a bit dry as if it had been boiled in the soup for too long.

Onsen - Kushi Box

Realizing that what I had at Kushi Box was not what they were known for, I went back a few days later to try one of their combos. This time, I ordered the terikyaki chicken box with spicy miso. I also opted to add 2 pieces of kushi and some miso soup for an extra $3. The regular teriyaki chicken was quite tasty and came with a side of spicy miso sauce so I could make it as spicy as I wished. I enjoyed the extra kick from the spicy miso so used quite a bit of it to go with my chicken. My only complaint here was that there was less meat than I expected.

Teriyaki Chicken with Spicy Miso - Kushi Box

The uzura maki (quail eggs) skewer was very tasty. The quail eggs came wrapped in a small piece of bacon which had a great charcoal flavour to it and the eggs themselves were cooked jus enough.

Uzura Maki - Kushi Box

The cashier told me that the P-Toro was pork cheek but after biting into it, it seemed more like pork belly to me. I guess one of us must be confused. :) In any case, the fattiness of the pork really picked up the charcoal flavour and it went very well with the green onion and ginger mixture spread on top.

P-toro - Kushi Box

Normally, miso soup isn’t much to report on but the version we got was actually little packets that we dumped into a styrofoam cup and added water. It was surprisingly tasty for what it was and it even had little pieces of fried tofu in it. :)

Miso Soup - Kushi Box

Overall, I quite enjoyed Kushi Box. It’s a nice change from the usual restaurants around where I work and I would definitely come back for lunch. Note that there are no tables inside so it is take-out service only.

520 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tel: 604-689-9455

Food: [rating:3.5]
Service: n/a
Price: $

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