Arisu www.arisu.ca 416-533-8104 open daily 11am-11pm
A voyage of discovery awaits you behind the doors of this exciting Korean and Japanese fusion restaurant. The interior is quite calming, Japanese style wooden booths and lacquered tables equipped with BBQ tabletop burners, some with sand gardens build right in. The staff is eager to please and attentive.
Spicy Kimchi, Korean pancake, deliciously sweet potatoes, savory pickled cucumber, sliced seasoned eggplant, and crunchy salty bean sprouts act as accompaniments to my Shabu Shabu (Korean Hop Pot) and BBQ meat Arisu Combo. On a sweet note the BBQ platter came with an enormous array of beef short ribs, marinated beef Bulgogi, sliced pork and marinated chicken. I found the dish to be quite authentic from the garnishes right down to the sauces. On a sour note the hot pot was extremely under season with thickly cut meat and chopped hard vegetables instead of broad leafy greens. I like my hot pot a little spicy and had to ask several times for hot sauce which they really didn’t want to hand over. Noodles are provided to enjoy with the leftover broth. Rice is only provided when requested. I also tried their hot pot Bibimbap which seemed thrown together without thought or seasoning.
The beverages were both Japanese and Korean but very heavily priced. Overall the evening was fun, animated and very tasty. I would come back again in a heartbeat.