On a Friday evening recently, I stopped by the nearby Sushi Royal House Japanese Restaurant on Grandview Hwy and Renfrew Street in East Vancouver.
I specifically wanted the Gamja Tang (pork back bone with vegetable hot pot), and ordered that, along with the Ika Karaage. The Gamja Tang was from their “Korean Dinner Special” menu, which was available from 3pm.
The waitress took the order, but came back a few minutes later to tell me that the Gamja Tang wasn’t available. Apparently, according to her, the restaurant was busy and didnt’ have that dish available; the wait would be an hour and she recommended that I ordered something else. (It was 5pm at the time and there were two other tables occupied at that moment, but I presume she meant it was busy earlier.)
So, I ordered the Jeyuk Bokkeum (spicy stir fried pork with rice) instead. As mentioned, I’d specifically wanted the pork bone hot pot soup, but the waitress was friendly and, hey, it wasn’t her fault, so it was all right.
But, you know, at other places, the servers/staff are snobbish and rude at times, so I certainly appreciate friendly service whenever I encounter it.
The spicy pork was indeed spicy, and, overall, it was a delicious meal. It came with a bowl of Miso soup (which I didn’t take a picture of) and a side of kimchi.
And the restaurant wasn’t too busy either – but hopefully, the next time I want the pork bone soup, it’ll be available. Or I wouldn’t have to wait an hour for it.