If they are not as busy as you would expect at times, it certainly might have something to do with location. A little off the beaten path on Powell Street, Dosanko is definitely more of a destination than a convenient and delicious place to grab lunch. You should make the effort though!
One of the most impressive things about Dosanko is the fact that almost everything on the menu is house-made. We tried their house-made Koji Cured Ham which to my untrained palette (and without a side by side tasting) was like very good prosciutto. Very tasty and rich and artfully served on a wooden platter with poached quince and shiso. It was a wonderful confluence of flavours!
Another great surprise at Dosanko is cheese! We saw Crispy Cheesy Onigiri on the menu and it checked all the boxes. In its half-devoured state above, you can see the reservoir of melty cheese. As we know, dairy is not a regular feature on an Asian menu but Yoshuku is essentially Japanese techniques with local ingredients. This is a tasty example of that!
I have already drooled over too many pictures of Dosanko's Curry-Rice not to order it. It lived up to my wildest dreams. It was so rich and comforting with mild Japanese style curry sauce over rice and tender pork and once again, melted cheese! Served in a hot stone bowl with house-made carrot and onion pickles. A bowl of their pickles alone is worth the price of any inconvenience in getting here!
Marie had the Ling Cod Katsu which came with a bowl of rice on the side as well as delicately dressed greens and cabbage. We were surprised at the generous serving of crispy panko encrusted cod and loved the tartar sauce (I call it that but I could not tell you exactly, other than again, house-made). My only criticism of the evening (it's an ugly word and anyone is welcome to take exception) was that the fish needed salt! Marie correctly pointed out that between the lemon wedge and the sauce, nothing was lacking but still....needed salt.
Sadly, we were too full for dessert. There are other things on this menu that we will return to try. This makes our second visit to Dosanko and there will be more. I think I can safely say that Marie and I consider this our favourite restaurant in Metro Vancouver.
Service is impeccable and the decor and music all make for a relaxed and intimate experience.
For what it's worth, we give Dosanko 5 out of 5.