Kingyo 647.748.2121 http://kingyotoronto.ca/ open 7 days a week 5:30-11:30pm
Kingyo has just opened there first location Cabbagetown just a few weeks ago. Outside an old brick building opens up into a warm and inviting space decorated with odd cartoon figurines, hanging pinball machines and a widescreen plays old-school Anime over a lively bar. Servers shout greetings in Japanese over the boisterous crowd, it’s noisy but that is what one learns to expect from an authentic Izakaya. I stumbled into a place very similar to this walking the streets of Tokyo. Ah Japan, how I miss you so…
Specials of the evening include both food and drink. Tonight I’m having Mio ($24 300ml), very unique fruity flavoured sparkling sake with a soft texture similar to champagne. And it really does pair perfectly with any of the menu items. Throughout the evening I watched the bartender prepare mouthwatering Mojitos and creative white sangrias – a must on my next visit.
Sinus opening Tako wasabi ($4.20) -diced octopus marinated with wasabi stems- always a delight, especially when you can choose to have it served raw, cooked or half and half. Deep fried buttery soft “O-Sho Restaurant” chicken Karaage $8.80 accessorized with magic powder and a wedge of lemon dazzles.
Famous Vancouver Chef Sadas sea urchin shooter ($7.80) is one of the best items on the menu: first it starts creamy-sweet, then floral shisho emerges on the tongue subtly fading away into umami bliss. Nicely seasoned and heaping with BBQ pork, cucumber, sea kelp Goma Ramen salad ($7.80) dressed with a spicy cod roe sesame dressing is a lovely end to a perfect dinner.
Overall I can’t wait to come back and try more of the menu. A great winter spot because of the homey, warm quality of the room and the service is bubbly and fun.