Downtown Vancouver's Shizen Ya relocates to make room for Japanese taco spot Kurumucho

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      While there have been quite a number of taco places opening up in Vancouver, there have also been some interesting intercultural takes.

      TaKo, or Tacqueria Koreano, opened up last year at 601 Expo Boulevard to serve Korean tacos with ingredients such as grilled beef belly or prawn tempura.

      Mexican-Indian fusion spot Masaladobo opened in February to offer roti-tacones with everything from tikka-roasted wild salmon to yam and potato pekoras.

      Now, it's time to get ready to taste a Japanese take on tacos.

      Shizen Ya

      The new eatery will open up at 985 Hornby Street. It will take over the location from Shizen Ya, which has relocated only a few doors down to 965 Hornby Street.

      The good news is that the new Shizen Ya location is bigger. They've expanded from 18 seats to a seating capacity of 40 people in a 1,000-square-foot space that's approximately double the size of their previous location.

      Shizen Ya

      With a focus on health, the restaurant serves organic brown rice sushi, organic greens and quinoa, whole-wheat tempura, gluten-free options, and vegetarian dishes.

      Co-owner Atsushi Shimo said that the menu has remained relatively the same, with just some minor changes. They're also still operating their Fairview location at 1102 West Broadway (with a seating capacity of 32 people).

      Shizen Ya

      The even better news is that the restaurant will be opening up Kurumucho to serve Japanese tacos with organic ingredients. Shimo said that they're still developing the menu but they're aiming for an April opening. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

      The restaurants are both only a few doors down from the newly opened Hooked Poké Bar (995 Hornby Street), which is next door to the forthcoming second location of Pokérrito (991 Hornby Street).