http://www.yakitorikintori.com/ $ 416.551.7588 dinner tues-sun
The second floor is definitely the busier of the two restaurants, I’m alone and they still gave me a two hour time limit. I’m warmly greeted by the staff and their smiling faces just make me feel so good, definitely a happy vibe in this lwood adorned little gem. The menu has a ton of options, it’s a little overwhelming at first so take a deep breath, read slowly and, order one of each… well almost one of each. I suggest making a reservation for one simple reason: a walk-in will probably not get a table.
Kintori red sangria (red wine, berries, apple, cinnamon, “etc.”) makes my mouth water, so luscious, fresh berries make it happen. Another must is the tori pate moriawase (chicken liver pate, terrine, pate de campagne) the smooth, creamy flavour of the chicken pate is unbelievably addicting.
When ordering yakitori I always suggest a salt seasoning, brings out the natural smoky charred flavour of the protein. Tonight’s tastest: chicken thigh, juicy charred wings, chicken tail (think “popes nose” – my absolute favorite) chicken knee cartilage, salty fatty pork belly, teriyaki coated pork intestine and a melt in your mouth like smoky butter Wagyu beef. And lastly, the quail egg wrapped in bacon looks sexy its not a favorite of mine.
If you feel adding some heat to your meat order the house made hot sauces (more like pastes) with a side of teriyaki or soy sauce for dipping. I hardly return to the same spot twice but I LOVE this place so much I’ve already been back, and I’m planning another trip this week!