Japadog on Robson Street was a must do for David and I – and we are so glad we tracked it down for such a unique experience!
Located in the centre of Vancouver on the always busy Robson Street, this Japadog location is the only restaurant (the other locations are food trucks). As soon as you walk in, you feel like you may be in a small utilitarian restaurant in Japan (except that everything is easy to read in English as well as Japanese).
The counter provides you with about 20 different types of hotdog, all with toppings you would never expect here in Canada… tofu, seaweed, japanese noodles, crunchy shrimp, teriyaki sauce… it’s all pretty fun!
You can choose your type of hotdog, and both David and I chose the Kurobuta pork sausage (a best seller). You can also choose Kobe beef, regular beef and tofu. It was quite large and cut up to make it easier to eat (and it was juicy and delicious).
My choice was the Japadog signature hot dog – Kurobuta Terimayo – a pork dog with teriyaki sauce, mayo and seaweed. David chose the spicy cheese version of the same hot dog. The seaweed, mayo and teriyaki make for a very salty and umami flavour bomb – we totally loved it! Combined with an order of shaked fries (with a flavour of dried ground seaweed) tastes much better than it sounds (without the need for ketchup).
Japadog was a totally fun stop for us! It is doing a booming business, and looks to be quite busy with local, Japanese people and tourists all stopping in for a quick bite before heading back out into the city. Loved, loved, loved this!