August 5, 2012

CHINESEBITES x KIBO RESTAURANT & LOUNGE x YALETOWN

ChineseBites signature dishes tour dinner #2½ at KiBo Restaurant & Lounge in Yaletown on July 26, 2012.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

Our Chinese dining crew veered east to try the newly opened Japanese fusion restaurant in Yaletown, offering a more vibrant, lounge feel to dining. To start off, one of the highlights was the marinated sablefish cooked and presented just nicely.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

The beautiful looking sashimi set was chopped too big and more style than substance. We generally found the cocktails lackluster and devoid of strong taste or punch.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

Photogs Alvin Lee and Kevin Wu slowed the dining down on the DSLR side of the table in the name of getting the perfect shot.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

We chatted on all things food blogging and the community (Janice clearly listening intently) in between chomping down on lamb chops.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

I enjoyed the volcano roll with the a fried outer shell, but the other sushi rolls (Hamilton, caterpillar, Philadelphia, and mango) were just okay and fairly standard.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

I dug into the scrumptious deep fried fish cake stuffed with chikuwa cheese. The ebi bacon prawn skewer was a tad disappointing but still tasty.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

The standard offering of the aburi sushi set looked great and was well prepared yet lacked a certain depth of flavour.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver

The grilled KiBo beef steak was very good, well-cooked and delectable compared to the bland yet spiced filled rack of lamb chops. An intriguing highlight was the special seafood dobin broth soup served in a teapot with cups.



It was a mildly satisfying yet slightly offbeat meal from KiBo as I'm sure they continue to refine their menu and taste.

KiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, VancouverKiBo Restaurant & Lounge | Yaletown, Vancouver
It will be a difficult task to set themselves apart in the Yaletown Hamilton Street alley just a block away from the new Minami. Hopefully, they'll grow and evolve their dining.

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Photo | Romina Moradi (12, 3) / Sherman Chan

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