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Overlooking Robson Street’s hustle and bustle, the patrons of the downtown location are a curious mix of adventurous tourists and Louis Vuitton-toting, besequined Asian cool kids. The drinks-and-shooters menu definitely caters to the latter, tilted toward cloyingly sweet concoctions with kitschy monikers like Red Dragon. Standbys such as chicken karaage and Japanese poutine mollify less adventurous palates, but there are izakaya gems to be found. Order the asparagus bacon twirl and a mini brazier appears at the table, sending the ethereal aroma of sizzling bacon wafting through the air. Creative sushi rolls include the Ocean Red: spicy tuna, green onion, and daikon wrapped in wild sockeye salmon.

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