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A Modern Take on Japanese Classics at Zipang Provisions


With a cozy atmosphere and delicious Japanese comfort food, Zipang Provisions is a great place to unwind after a long day. The interior features raw-wood columns with thick rope used as partitions. These materials are markers of early Vancouver’s booming lumber industry. According to Zipang Provisions’s website, zipang is from The Travels of Marco Polo and means “land of gold.” Zipang’s food and décor draw on Vancouver’s history as a site of convergence for East and West. This interplay between cultures is subtly reflected in the menu.

Interior of Zipang Provisions
Interior of Zipang Provisions

The Kale Gomaae, with its use of kale in place of traditional spinach, is a great example of Western influence on Japanese cuisine. This appetizer has hints of peanut and sesame, without any one flavour overpowering the other. We also tried the Zipang Salad, a dish topped with crispy fried rice noodles, seaweed, and a drizzling of tangy garlic dressing laid on a bed of iceberg lettuce, red onion, and radish.

Our next item was the Spicy Noodle, which consists of a large portion of udon or soba noodles in a spicy broth, your choice of protein, and cubed zucchini and carrots. We chose the vegetarian option with udon noodles. We also ordered the Vegetable Assorted Nigiri Sushi, and all of the rolls were beautifully assembled. It was a great deal at $9.80 for 11 pieces. The asparagus roll had perfectly softened asparagus stalks that still packed a satisfying crunch.

Zipang also serves a range of innovative cocktails and a large selection of sake. This restaurant offers a wide variety of tasty dishes at a reasonable price; two people can eat a filling meal for under $40.

Zipang Provisions

3068 Main Street

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