With an Italian-Japanese menu and a second-story location on East Pender in Chinatown, this new Vancouver restaurant is the definition of unique.
Kissa Tanto is the two-and-a-half month-old sister restaurant to Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie. If you’re a fan of the latter (as I am), be prepared to fall in love with a concept that boasts an equally stylish dining room and flavor-heavy menu.
Of the 25 completely original dishes offered (think Italian staples with Japanese twists, or the reverse), the $41 Chilled Vegetable Platter caught my eye with its five-line description containing a dozen different types of pickles, “Some are quick pickles. Others, like the shio koji radish, take a week to ferment. The black garlic kimchi takes three weeks. The nuka bed requires daily maintenance,” explained chef and co-owner Joel Watanabe.