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Izakaya Reviews - Toronto

3/5

2 reviews
Ranked #12 out of 12 in Japanese (Toronto, Ontario)

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    Recommended? Fugheddaboutit!
    October 22, 2007

    This restaurant is just a great concept gone terribly wrong. An "izakaya" is to the Japanese what a pub is to the Irish - lots of drinking with affordable, casual bites on the side. The atmosphere is supposed to be relaxed and rowdy with the after work crowd drinking their day's stress away! It should be so crowded, you're constantly rubbing shoulders with the next table. But this restaurant took the casual style of the cuisine and repackaged it into an expensive and way less delicious version of the original. Being Asian, I really take offense at the capitalizing of such eccentric rituals, especially by the food industry. By elevating the izakaya into a posh dining establishment, the essence of the ritual is lost. It's now just a theme park version of the real thing. The noodles, which I looked forward to, was a total disappointment as well - overly salty soup; regular noodles; scant pieces of meat. Guess this is what you get when posh replaces comfort.

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    Recommended? Fugheddaboutit!
    October 22, 2007

    This restaurant is just a great concept gone terribly wrong. An "izakaya" is to the Japanese what a pub is to the Irish - lots of drinking with affordable, casual bites on the side. The atmosphere is supposed to be relaxed and rowdy with the after work crowd drinking their day's stress away! It should be so crowded, you're constantly rubbing shoulders with the next table. But this restaurant took the casual style of the cuisine and repackaged it into an expensive and way less delicious version of the original. Being Asian, I really take offense at the capitalizing of such eccentric rituals, especially by the food industry. By elevating the izakaya into a posh dining establishment, the essence of the ritual is lost. It's now just a theme park version of the real thing. The noodles, which I looked forward to, was a total disappointment as well - overly salty soup; regular noodles; scant pieces of meat. Guess this is what you get when posh replaces comfort.

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