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257 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R 1B1
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Opening at 5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Cuisine type

  • Japanese,
  • Asian,
  • Izakaya,

Dishes

  • Sushi,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,

Features

  • Take-out,
  • Confortable Booths,
  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,
  • Group Reservation,
  • Open On Sunday,
  • Open Late Hours,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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May 17, 2019

Great food and excellent service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 12, 2019

Great food as always. Poor customer service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

May 12, 2019

This is the second time I have been here and it was really good. The workers are really nice and create a nice atmosphere. The food is also great and there is a lot to choose from. Definitely a one of a kind, and will be visiting again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2019

Very authentic Japanese dining and experience. Wonderful selection of nihonshu, highball, whisky, etc. The food is very fresh and very authentic Japanese. The karage is the best I’ve ever had in Toronto and reminded me of Japan. Very beautiful, large, isakaya style restaurant. Great service. I would come here again any time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2019

This is our favorite place! Food is always consistently good the staff are friendly we always feel very welcomed!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 28, 2019

You kidding me this place is superb been here for 30x never ever had a complain about everything is very good as always thank you for creating nice food and food from the house :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 14, 2019

Celebrated my birthday here for the 2nd year in a row and had a blast! Would most certainly recommend this place to others who would want to have a drink and just chill.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2019

Had a great time. Loved the traditional seating. Food and drinks were great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 1, 2019

excellent food and service - fun place - can't say enough about how authentically Japanese the food and atmosphere is!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 31, 2019

The food and service is so brilliant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 24, 2019

Food took a bit to long for us then they forgot our meal and thought we were done eating. But this place was the BEST!!!!!!!!! Love love love love I’m from Detroit and we have nothing like this restaurant in the states.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

March 23, 2019

Great food, everything was served in a timely manner and it all tasted great! The service was prompt and friendly. Great atmosphere, very inviting and comfortable

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2019

It was great experience, we really liked seating on the pillows. Complimentary treats were great, thank you Kate, you are awesome!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Great food and service as always! Thank you!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2019

Best restaurant in TO. 10 Michelin stars

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

food was great. services was ok until a point one of friends wasnt getting any of his food. while everyone was getting there and was able to order more and still get it before him. they said 5mins, it became 10mins,15mins until 20mins later he got his. they wouldn't allow us to have separate Bill's . we ask if they had a atm they said you have to walk about 3mins to the gas station if u wanted to pull out cash. overall food tastes great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 9, 2019

Food and drinks were great. But it was very disappointing to hear that they couldn’t split the bill for the group, informing us about it a little late into the middle of the dinner. This should be clear on the reservation website that they don’t split the Bill for large parties. This is first time I have had this problem in a restaurant in TO.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

February 27, 2019

Restaurant gets busy so be sure to make a reservation. Food was excellent, came very fast, and staff were attentive. Their $1-3-5 menu was super affordable to try many different apps. It's a bit dark inside so it might be hard to see the menus. Small restaurant but great place to bring family and friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 24, 2019

The food was amazing! We loved it and it was so fresh and tasty. Unfortunately our waitress seemed to be busy speaking to walk in customers and often we had to stand up and look for her to order the next dish.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

February 20, 2019

The service was absolutely amazing. The staff made sure we were well taken care of. It was out first time and it was really mice to have amazing guidance through the menu, as well as having the staff make sure everything was up to par. The atmosphere was awesome and we really enjoyed the privacy of the booths. The music was a prrfect fit for the vibe. It was our first time trying sake and their selection was endless and amazing. The only fault we found was that the skewers were a lttle overcooked. Despite that it was an amazing and we will definitely return as well as recommend to others. Thank you so much, we had a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

Sake bar Kushi is our go to place in the neighborhood. Service, food and atmosphere is always amazing. Never had a bad meal or even an issue of any kind when dining here and we've been there over a dozen times since we moved to the area less then a year ago. $2.95 Sapporo after 9pm is always a great way to enjoy a night as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

My second time there. The service is absolutely perfect. Flawless, in fact. And, very obviously, sincere. Our server (Same one both times, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the menu, the sake, and beer lists. The atmosphere feels like a super chill place on queen or college, without the same frenetic drive. But somewhere between super chill and super trendy. In the best possible sense of both words. I had to keep reminding myself myself we were basically at Avenue and Eglinton.. I considered giving the food fout stars, because it was a five-star meal the first time I went. When we went last night, I legitimately hadn’t realized it was valentines day. We just weren’t thinking about that when we decided to go out to eat. Having said that, they were slammed. A couple of our dishes were noticeably overcooked, still delicious but definitely overcooked. And I blame that fully on the volume they were doing that night. So, I forgive them the few slightly overcooked dishes in favour of celebrating the flawless ones. Again, having said that, I would expect a restaurant that wonderful, and that exacting, to be more than prepared for the busy night they had last night. All in all, I highly recommend this restaurant. The vibe, the food, the service,… Oh my God - the playlist! Honestly, it’s really a mandatory visit. Go for the food. Stay for the atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2019

Good service! The staff was very accommodating to our needs. Plus fantastic japanese food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2019

1 star off on atmosphere simply because of seating arrangements if your a couple aren't perfect but at the same time its forgivable because it still brings a good style to the restaurant. Also limited booth seating for groups, but if you get one, looks really good. I would highly recommend booking in advance for seating reasons. Aside from that, everything else was good, music isn't too loud (an issue i find with a lot of good izakayas), and personally enjoyed the lighting and style. Service was good, they can get a but busy at times but as long as you make yourself known they are quick to acknowledge you and never forget to come by. Food is fantastic, if you come here to get California rolls then 100% your judged, because this place offers so much more. Always go for the fresh fish of the day, i always wondered in general if they are actually fresh or not, but after trying fish here I'm confident the fresh picks of the day are fresh, and even if they aren't the picks of the day they still maintain their stock well. Only high quality. Aside from the sushi/sashimi menu there are good skewers. I have had the majority of them and they are all good or great, especially like the chicken hearts, but one I decisively didn't like were the scallops - weird after taste. Given how all fish I've had here in 2 visits of mine were always exceptionally fresh, i think the scallops probably tasted bad due to my own preference against how they prepared it. Aside from the sushi/sashimi menu, and the skewer menu, THEY ALSO have the tapas menu which has tiered pricing. Off hand i forget all the tiers, but items have 5 tiers starting from 1.95 to just under 10 if I'm remembering correctly. Highly recommend keeping a steady volume of takiwasabi ($1.95) coming in between your larger orders. As for drinks, the real star is essentially $2.95 (pretty-much-a-pint) pints of sapporo after 9pm. The catch? Need to include everything at your table under 1 bill. No problemo if your a couple, for larger groups, unless your korean/japanese and already culturally used to doing single bill purchases, this might be a pain - but how can you complain? $2.95! Highly recommend visiting, make sure you book a table in advance if you plan on coming in during the evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2019

I always have a great time! Amazing service, delicious food and of course cheap beer. Can't wait to go back!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2019

I'm not sure if it was because we were sitting at the very front of the restaurant but we noted that the service was not up to par, especially as we really appreciated the service in previous visits. On numerous occasions we had a hard time flagging someone down and we had to ask them about dishes we had previously ordered. I think they had forgotten about the ramens/udons that we ordered as they seemed to have to retake that order. I've brought numerous friends in the past and we loved coming but I hope this was just a 'bad night'!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

January 14, 2019

First time coming to the restaurant. They were very nice and even gave us 2 free appetizers to start. They have a nice selection of small plates and they are very nicely priced so it doesn't hurt your wallet too much even if you wanted to try a little of everything. It all tasted great. Would definitely come back again to try the rest of the menu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2018

love this place bring all my pals...and the 2.95 pints are outstanding.....

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Were able to accommodate our very large group. Excellent japa es food and sushi. The waitress served our entire group on her own and did a fantastic job. Would highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

When we arrived the host said they didn’t have a reservation for me. I showed them my reservation confirmation email from ypdine/bookenda it but didn’t make a difference. All the tables were reserved for others so we got put at a bar-like table with stools seated next to each other which wasn’t ideal. The restaurant and/or bookenda should get this issue sorted out.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

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Tempura does amazing things to vegetables. A lightly-battered vegetable of your choice is deep-fried until crisp and golden. The result is a crunchy morsel of tender goodness. Order that on top of some vegetarian rolls and a bottle of sake (rice wine for those with gluten allergies). With tapas-style offerings on the menu, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the vegetarian side of Japanese cuisine.

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