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New Izakaya joint @ Yonge & Eg

It's definitely not a traditional izakaya but does offer some izakaya style dishes. Most dish are pretty good in a crowd pleaser kind of way. In the area it's located, I'd choose this place over any other Asian restaurant at the same price range ($20+ per person, excluding cost of alcohol). Most dishes tasted fresh. I tried a radish salad in Shabu Shabu dressing, not bad. Cold tofu 3 styles (ie, with 3 toppings), 2 of the 3 styles delivered. Sliced pork in ginger sauce - dry. Dragon roll - fresh, but no surprise.
The setting is nicely befitting of its offerings and price range. Service is very personable and warm. It has 1 of those colorful, 1-sheet, laminated menu with little pictures of most items next to their names. Quite Japanese city cantine (chain) looking.
I will go back if I'm around that area.

Jun 08, 2009
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ramen... again...

I think you'll agree today's Japanese ramen and Chinese hand-pulled noodles are 2 completely different things.
(...perhaps I should have named myself noodle-fan instead of Jellyfish...)

Feb 11, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ramen... again...

Where is Kenzo? New in town, could really use a authentic bowl of ramen. It doesn't even have to be excellent. I'm only looking for your run-of-the-mill (Narita airport food court quality) offers. Thanks.

Feb 11, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ramen... again...

the noodles used at Izakaya is not ramen, and not japanese either. other items were equally not japanese and underwhelming.

Feb 11, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Japanese BY Japanese

Thanks for the confirmation. I tried Zen after reading the blogs here. It's a true gem. I'll try their cooked diskes next time.

Feb 11, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Japanese BY Japanese

Gyoza King on Robson Street in Vancouver has achieved the same - Chinese owned but Japanese operated. The dining experience is pretty authentically Japanese.
Incidentally, there's also an Aji Sai on W. 42nd in Vancouver (near Arbutus), also a great little sushi bar. This one's simply Japanese owned and operated though.

Feb 09, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Japanese BY Japanese

I find Hamasushi over-priced for what it offers - quality of fish, presentation, menu breadth, ambience - although the fish portions are huge on the nigiris.

Feb 09, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Japanese BY Japanese

Cannot agree more about the ramen at Izakaya - they use cantonese wonton noodles, not ramen - an abomination, sigh... Well, it was a very disappointing experience.
I will certainly try the other places recommended above. Thanks for the info.

Feb 06, 2007
jellyfish in Ontario (inc. Toronto)