Kinko Izakaya – Toronto – October 6, 2018

Relentlessly festive Japanese tapas hot spot with a strong sake selection & woody interior.

Address: 559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6


Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkantsu sauce and mayo
Takowasabi – marinated octopus with wasabi stem
Pork Kakuni – braised pork belly, pumpkin puree, rapini, shredded red pepper, shichimi pepper, boiled egg, sweet soy sauce
Izumi Draft Sake – Junmai – from Toronto’s distillery district
Matcha Cheesecake – matcha green tea cheesecake w/ green tea ice cream

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Ryus Noodle Bar – Toronto – October 5, 2018

Relaxed Japanese eatery with bright, simple decor specializing in noodle soups in a signature broth.

Address: 786 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P7


When I went to this place on Friday there was a line of customers which went right out the front door. Which always a positive sign that it’s a decent place.

Shoyu with seasoned egg – pork slice, chicken slice, bamboo shoot, arugula, nori, white fungus, chilli pepper and sesame in a rich chicken broth

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Buca Yorkville – Toronto – September 15, 2018

Sleek offshoot of Rob Gentile’s Buca empire with inventive & traditional Italian fare & wine.

Address: 53 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 0A1


OSTRICHE – Seasonal warm oysters, arugula, preserved lemon, white fish roe & barrel aged vinegar
CULURGIONES – traditional sardinian hand-braided pasta stuffed with b.c. side striped shrimp and crema di patate, ontario cherita passata, shad roe bottarga
FIORI DI ZUCCA – crisp lobster and black cod stuffed zucchini flower

Unfortunately, I had to rely on the cell phone photos because I wasn’t happy with the way the Nikon camera pictures turned out. The exposure and clarity was slightly off and I couldnt save them through LR, so I’ll chalk it up to lesson learned and  apply it to the next time I shoot in a low light setting

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Fresh on Bloor – Toronto

A large menu of modern vegetarian & vegan dishes plus made-to-order juices in a lively eatery.

Address: 326 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W5

Menu items featured in this video:

Banquet Burger – grilled tempeh bacon, fresh ‘cheese’ sauce, garlic mayo, dill pickles, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, tomato & red onion

Moroccan spiced chick pea soup – star past, red lentils and white kidney beans

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars. I’d actually rate it a little higher than that. It’s very affordable vegan comfort food and one of my favourite restaurants.




Sushi Kaji – Toronto – February 4, 2017

Cozy, upscale restaurant where noted chef Mitsuhiro Kaji offers 2 tasting menus of Japanese cuisine.
Address: 860 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1N7


Google reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars



Yasu – Toronto – December 10, 2016

One menu option, a prix fixe Japanese omakase (chef’s choice) of 20 sushi pieces in small digs.
Address: 81 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4

Google reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars




Miku – Toronto – March 4, 2017

Flame-seared sushi is the specialty at this Japanese fine-dining destination with soaring ceilings.
Address: 10 Bay St # 105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8


Google reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars