After a thwarted effort to buy $10 shelves at Ikea, Carn.H and I decided to go out for dinner. I’ve never been to Van Ya before but it came highly recommended by his Japanese co-worker.
Salmon Kama – I was really surprised by it’s size. Usually the kama’s served in Japanese restaurants are much larger because of the actual salmon used for sashimi is normally larger in size. While I was slightly put off by the fact it really looked and felt like I was being served leftover trimmings, I thought that the taste would hopefully make up for it.
I don’t normally complain if the food is still edible – my parents run a business too and I know it can be tough – but the fish was really bitter and odd to me. This is where my night just went down the drain. I talked to the waitress who took my order, not knowing her English was poor. I kind of have a soft spot for ESL immigrants ever since teaching English in Japan so I told her “it’s ok, never mind” after a few minutes of unresolved conversation. A few minutes later, the waiter who told us about the specials came over to ask if everything was ok.
Not knowing how good his English was, I emphasized the same words with him as I did the waitress – mostly that it was “bitter”. It turns out his English was much better. As with the waitress, they both immediately told me it was sockeye salmon – as if I were too ignorant to tell the difference – by this time I was peeved. I let it go the first time because her English was poor, but from someone who can hold a conversation, that meant they weren’t even bothering to look into it before assuming their customer is in the wrong. When I go on to tell him the type of salmon should have no bearing on the flavor or texture (although in his defense I wasn’t wording my sentences too well by only emphasizing bitter and plastic-ky – keep in mind – I was busy holding in my annoyance) he went on to say that I probably just don’t like this years batch of sockeye salmon. As if THAT had anything to do with the issue on hand. I was fed up trying to reason with him so I just asked him for the bill. I didn’t touch the rest of my salmon and I definitely won’t be coming back. Worst $8 spent – ever… well… pretty close.
If your wondering what was on that empty plate – Carn.H ordered the nigiri combo ($11). My first thought was.. He’s gonna need at least 2 of those to be full! I think he was ok with it – I was too annoyed to ask lol~
likelihood of revisiting: 0%
culinary mindset: nowhere close to the mom and pop shops in Japan
I needed a bit of cheering up so we went to the first bakery I saw – just across the London Drugs parking lot ^^
My only complaint is the gross oily feeling afterwards.
– C.Herb –
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