Egg Sake Bistro [Restaurant, 2010]
Tuesday, August 17 2010
Usually, only those who desperately need the toilet or the ATM frequent the basement of the Union House. But ever since the Egg Sake Bistro opened two weeks ago, the basement has seen some major student traffic.
This takeaway joint serves Japanese and Asian cuisine, as well as coffee, Japanese beer and sake. I was surprised that in addition to regular Japanese fare, such as chicken teriyaki and katsu, there were Korean and Chinese choices as well. For $7.50 you get a rather small Bento set that includes rice and two dishes, which I ordered, thinking that it was better value for your money. I opted for fried Japanese chicken, or karage, and a flat cabbage-filled pancake. Other side options include Chinese Mabo tofu, dumplings and green curry, which didn’t look too appetizing in their silver bain-maries. My sister, whom I had lunch with, chose the donburi bowl of chicken curry rice. It was definitely a bigger portion than my Bento, and was cheaper too.
To be perfectly honest, my Bento didn’t do it for me. The fried chicken was doused in overly sour vinaigrette, and the Korean pancake was cold and dry. My sister’s choice was much better and tasted similar to the popular Japanese fast-food restaurant Hanaichi (in QV on Little Lonsdale Street). It was served with red pickles too, which were pretty tasty. While the food isn’t the best tasting, the restaurant’s concept is definitely novel and seems to be a great hit with students.
I’m glad to see that there are more food options in the Union House, such as the great French pastry shop on Level 1. Their pains au chocolate and almond croissants are to die for, and baked by a real Frenchie, too! Union House may not be totally gourmet, but it works for students such as myself who want a quick bite on campus—plus, you can’t overlook that Union Member discount!