Q Shi Q, offering “Yakitori” grilled to perfection, is a hip, Japanese BBQ restaurant in the heart of Olympic Village. It just opened up recently in October and I had the chance to try it after hearing about it from word of mouth.
This review on Q Shi Q is not biased, but I admit that I stand behind good food. Before we talk about their food, I want to point out the amazing interior and exterior design and look of the place.
The inside is small but cozy, featuring a long counter table beside an open kitchen and bar. The entire look of the place mixes wood, contemporary art, and modern music.
The menu is super fun and you can try almost everything on it because it is meant for you to order by individual skewers.
You can choose pork, chicken, beef, seafood and veggie skewers in Oishii (blend of green onion, garlic, ginger, sake, soy, lemon, and other authentic secret ingredients based upon a traditional Japanese recipe) or Shio (seasoned simply with sea salt).
The one skewer you must try is the 48 hour pork belly skewer! It is certainly the most talked about one, and is so tender and juicy.
One other notable item on the menu are the Nana Fries which are amazing!
For those brave souls or adventurous eaters, I recommend the chicken liver skewer, too!
Knowing me, I never leave a place without trying (at least one) dessert. The dezato we chose was the rare cheesecake: a rich and zesty Japanese unbaked citrus cheesecake with yuzu marmalade. Yummmmm!
Service was great and the waiters were very attentive and knew the menu really well.
Overall, really awesome and unique Japanese restaurant to eat at! Q Shi Q is definitely worth trying out.
Price: $$ (individual prices are not bad at all, but they can add up depending on how much you eat)
Parking: There is a free visitor parkade and tons of street parking
Seating: You might be touching elbows with your neighbours, but hey, isn’t that a trend going around all the hip restaurants now?