http://www.ryojiofcanada.com 416.533.8083 open daily lunch & dinner
This review is going to be short and to the point, much like my strange uneventful experience. The décor is crazy: a mix of mirrored ceilings, a large wood bar, communal and large lounge chair seating. The music is a mix of Japanese ballads and rock music. In the summer the streetside patio is a definite draw. Our waitress was a little out of it (I had to repeat myself several times) and not too knowledgeable of the menu.
Octopus Kimchi $6.5 is rubbery and tough. Salted fried chicken wings $8 are plain and boring. Next arrives the zucchini fritters not really Japanese or Korean especially when served with a boring sour cream dip. The boiled runner beans $4.5 are supposed to be better than edamame but really are just your average green beans.
Ton-toro (grilled pork neck) $11 is by far my favorite dish of the afternoon served with freshly chopped wasabi. Mini-sized Tondou Tonkotsu $6.5 rich with buttery tasting pork bone broth, topped with bean sprouts, a hardboiled egg, scallion, slightly crunchy kikurage mushroom and barbecued pork. Hot stone pork Kimchi is crackling and hot and unfortunately underseasoned.