So… Dotori in Finsbury Park has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me. I agree it’s the best Japanese-Korean restaurant in London. And I’m not sure if I mean that as an aggregate, or that it is the best Japanese restaurant AND […]
My jaw dropped when I saw the size of the Eat Tokyo Soho katsu curry of my neighbour. £9 gets you an insanely large bowl with surely what must be a kilo of rice, curry and what, five individual breasts of chicken? It’s all so overwhelming […]
Transport yourself to Japan with a night in at Kinka Izakaya. It’s available in two locations of Downtown and Annex. It turned out to be my most memorable dining experience during my time in Toronto. It’s a bustling Japanese experience, full of authenticity and good eating. From the moment you step into the restaurant and get shouted at by all staff, you know you’re in for a proper treat. In true izakaya style, the food is served in sharing style and it arrives at seemingly random increments. The ambience of Kinka is electric and that continues in the dishes. They’re full of flavour and passion, served with a deft hand. All the items we ordered were fantastic with a few standouts. There are plenty of choices to navigate and with a contagious atmosphere it’s impossible to leave Kinka Izakaya without a smile.
I had only popped into Peko Peko for a quick lunch but was quietly impressed with this little gem. The flavours are simple, but very effective and done so well. I ordered one of the karage chicken lunch specials (around about the ten dollar mark) […]
Our first pick of the Daruma Sushi Go Round was too packed so we strolled over to their nearby ramen and donburi focused outlet around the corner. They know that people can’t be bothered with the wait and are looking for a consolation option. Fortunately […]
Things are a bit expensy dining at Sakura Kaiten II, but the restaurant is a bit of a novelty so it’s worth checking out at least the one time. From the front there’s walls lined with Dragonball Z and anime merchandise and the playfulness continues into the dining experience with food delivered on motorised trains. Such fun. Also, there’s a ridiculous roulette game you play after ordering five dishes, with the prize seemingly being more food. We didn’t win as I chose the chicken instead of cat. Life regrets.
A friend and I checked out Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle earlier in the evening with the Japanese theming evidently being continued into dinnertime. I’m not so sure about the items on the conveyer belt themselves, they rotated a few times and some of the options (e.g. tempura sushi) should be served fresh from the fryer and warm. The menu is much more extensive than the other similar executions around town, but the prices are that smidgen enlarged as well.
I accidentally ordered a seafood miso dish I didn’t quite dig, but I was quite pleased with the base teriyaki chicken sushi as well as the chicken karage. Duncan thought there was an overabundance of mayo and sauces on the dishes, especially the seafood ones he was going for. The food is pretty good across the train, and the made to order ones were all spot on.
Half the entertainment here is ordering the dishes to see them coming on the police or fire truck which automatically stops at your table, and you push a button for it to return to the kitchen. It’s a heap of fun and brings a smile each time. I never know when to stop with sushi trains, so had one final thing in the pumpkin croquette. This was tasty with straight and toasty fresh and a clean end to the palate. In the end an expensive but okay meal, definitely here for the fun factor as well.
A very new addition to the East-ish side of Bourke Street is Mappen Ramen, which is tactically around the corner from good ol’ Hakata Gensuke. I would imagine they would hope for some queue overflow, I’m always up for a faster option. It seems like […]
I was rather hesitant to be dining at Okami, as all you can eat restaurants aren’t usually my kind of thing. I generally minimise displays of excess (cough!). The restaurant has a few branches all over the ‘burbs and for $29.80 you can stuff-yourself-until-you-can’t-breathe. It’s all […]
Nothing pleases me more than finding a quaint little hiding spot glowing with charm and pleasant surprises. I’ve lived in Collingwood a little while now and never really noticed this place until it was was prompted by a friend. Aka Siro is a Japanese restaurant just off Smith St (so easy to miss) and does a modern yet casual twist on Japanese dishes for lunch and dinners.
I went with the slightly unusual combo (at least for me) of karage chicken curry. I’m used to having both individually but not together. It was a tasty mix of crispy coated chicken with a rich and comforting curry combo. Possibly could have had a bit more meat ratio but even as coating it was tasty. Service was super affable and I enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant and the neighbouring dishes also looked stellar. Definitely a winner and a keeper. I’ll try be back to sample some if the choices available when I can.
Pro tip: don’t go Sunday as they’ll be closed!