Located near Broadway and Burrard tucked away behind floor to ceiling glass lies the newest Japanese dining experience, Posh. Posh Broadway is the second location (Richmond is the first) of the first exclusive sukiyaki restaurant chain to open in North America.
Curious to know why there were always lineups out the door, my dining partner and I decided to find out what all the fuss was about. After a slight wait, we were graciously ushered to our table, which had a single heating element sitting on top along with various condiments. Our server explained that we would be cooking a variety of vegetables and meat ourselves in a skillet on top of the hot element.
Having never eaten Japanese hotpot before, I was a little nervous. Before long a skillet with sukiyaki and water was brought to boil. Then a large plate of vegetables and tofu as well as 4 trays of beef and pork were brought to the table.
We were then left on our own to create and cook our dinner.
Our vegetable plate was a like a garden, piled with items like cabbage, bok choy, various mushrooms, sprouts, spinach, yams, taro root, potatoes, carrots, beans, and lots of different tofu items. Everything was sliced into bite sized portions and nothing took more than 15 minutes to cook. The fastest to cook was the razor thin slices of beef and pork that were done in about 40 seconds.
Since everything is cooked together; it was up to us to determine what ended up on our plate. You could control the sukiyaki sauce by adding more, or diluting it with water.
The verdict? A healthy meal prepared the way you want, in less than 30 minutes.
My dining partner and I agreed that dinner was tasty and filling and definitely worth a second visit.
Self cooked, self service, self satisfied. Oh, and did I mention that you can eat all you want for $13.88 not including drinks and a tip?
Reviewed by: Sandy Copping
Last reviewed: May 7th, 2008