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  • Akimitsu

    Toronto's first tempura donburi restaurant, also known as Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu, sits above the new downtown location of Michelin-starred Konjiki Ramen. The global chain specializes in tempura-battered shrimp and seafood over rice.

  • Chotto Matte

    New Japanese-Peruvian spot has outposts in St. Tropez, London, and Miami. This is their first Canadian foray.

  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Fuwa Fuwa soufflé pancakes have definitely been on your radar. Originating in Japan, these light and airy pancakes are traditionally served after weddings to symbolize good fortune. Fuwa Fuwa is bringing these fluffy good luck charms to Toronto seven days a week, to encourage a daily dose of

  • Hawk & Chick is packing a lot of flavour into a small space. This takeout joint specializes in bento boxes stuffed with home-cooked Korean food, with a few Japanese cuisine options as well. Chef Joe Kim —previously of Momofuku, amongst others — has enlisted the help of none other than his own mother to help

  • Acclaimed Japanese ramen chain Hokkaido Ramen has opened up its third Toronto location, in the bustling midtown centre. Diners are encouraged to finish every last drop of their soups as the chain’s original founder, Yuzaka, has created nuances of smell and taste meant to be enjoyed to their finality. Come in for the signature dish,

  • It’s official: Toronto is experiencing ramen mania. This year alone we’ve seen the opening of New York noodle giant Momofuku, along with ramen-houses such as Kinton and Sansotei. Meanwhile, the team that brought us Yours Truly is set to open a ramen shop come December, and Ramen Raijin, from the owners of Vancouver favorite Kintaro, is opening on Gerrard Street soon. And now we can add Santouka Ramen to the list.

  • Opened in December on Dundas West, Imanishi is a new Japanese kitchen offering izakaya-style appetizers and teishoku, a traditional style of pre-set meal consisting of meat, rice, salad and soup.

  • If you’ve ever wondered where to go to get all your Japanese staples, the one-stop-shop is J-Town located at Woodbine & Steeles in Markham.  Inside you’ll find everything from onigiri, to sashimi to a Japanese bakery and also Izakaya Ju. The specialties of the house are the chargoal-grilled yakitori (meat on skewers). If you’re lucky

  • Koji Tashiro, the head chef of JaBistro, the new modern Japanese restaurant at Richmond and Simcoe, does more than make food. Watching him cook is like watching a performance.

  • Over at Bloor and Clinton in Koreatown, Japas opened in the old Camto corner lot on Wednesday. The concept: a Japanese tapas and oyster bar with plenty of Japanese beer and cocktails flowing. It’s also meant to be distinctly un-izakaya in nature (read: no yelling and no gongs) while offering a fun, casual space for people to meet and share a few bites over drinks.  

  • Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner, and is considered as much as an art form as a style of cooking. Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto’s owner/chef Masaki Hashimoto trained for ten years in kaiseki cuisine in Japan before coming to Toronto over thirty years ago. His restaurant Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto aims to provide culinary excellence with

  • A stretch of Etobicoke a stone’s throw from a Costco isn’t where you’d assume one of the city’s — not to mention Canada’s — top sushi restaurants would reside. And yet chef Mitsuhiro Kaji has been sitting pretty for almost two decades, masterfully serving his omakase menu to an ever-keen array of diners willing to

  • KaKa, a popular spot for unlimited sushi, has opened its first location in the downtown core.

  • Staring at the menu at Kanda Izakaya will drive you mad with hunger. The amount of scarfable options at this North York izakaya are too many to count, so you might just have to order them all. Serving up all the traditional classics like tonkatsu, ramen, udon, donburi and sushi galore, this menu is packed

  • There’s a newbie in North York’s Koreatown strip: Kayagum. Situated in the space previously occupied by The Party Restaurant at Yonge and Finch, it sticks out among the plethora of other Korean options we have in this town, not least because starting next week it plans to stay open 24 hours a day.

  • As patrons drift into Kingyo Toronto, each party is greeted with an enthusiastic chorus of "Irashaimase!" The latest addition to Cabbagetown’s culinary landscape, Kingyo is, in fact, a transplant from Vancouver. Out west, the eatery has been dishing out elegant Japanese pub fare for some seven years; this rendition is the first to make its way eastward.

  • When it comes to ramen in Toronto, choices have been scant compared to the bounty of New York City, with its Ippudo and Totto Ramen, or even Vancouver, with its Kintaro Ramen Noodle or Motomachi Shokudo. But now Toronto has a new player in the ramen scene: Kinton Ramen, opened last week in Baldwin Village, which aims to do away with the misconception of ramen as instant food that hails from plastic packages.

  • Fans of Baldwin Village’s Kinton Ramen know that it’s a pork lover’s spot. There, thick pork bone broth comes with heaps of pork belly or pork shoulder, and customers can request how much pork fat they want added to their soup (“rich” means a lot, “light” means less).

  • Nestled in Kensington Market, KOI KOI SAKÉ BAR​, from the folks behind the neighbouring Sukoshi Mart, boasts playful design touches like kabuki masks and lamps crafted from Japanese hanafuda cards. Sakes from all corners of Japan are on offer, with tasting notes listed beneath each pick. Newbies reach for the Dewazakura Oka Ginjo with a melon

  • Konjiki’s original Tokyo spot has been included in Michelin’s Bib Gourmand guide for four years in a row, and when chef Atsushi Yamamoto led the Toronto expansion, the lines formed immediately. And for good reason. The menu is stacked with items you won’t find anywhere else, like velvety clam broth ramen scented with truffle, sous-vide chashu