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KINKA IZAKAYA TORONTO

Kinka Izakaya Original

Japanese Restaurant, Bar, and Sake Bar$$$$
Downtown Toronto, Toronto
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  • Lisa Marie C.
    "It's all about the almond tofu & the cassis oolong tea!"(14 Tips)
    TastyMontreal
    "Try the Deep Fried Brie With Mango & Blueberry Sauce"(11 Tips)
    Christina P.
    "maguro tataki and gyu carpaccio"(10 Tips)
    Dali Y.
    "Through my favorite Maguro Tataki, yummy uhmmmmm"(6 Tips)
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  • Khanh L.
    Khanh LySeptember 4, 2015
    This place is a true sensation. The food is food, great ambiance and the staff is super friendly and really professional. This place is the spot when you have something to celebrate.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 7, 2013
    The Village’s Izakaya is the original from this (originally west coast) Japanese-style pub chain, and its dining experience is not like British pubs to say the least. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Ghazal N.
    Ghazal NMarch 6, 2016
    Liked the deep fried menu! great calamari and oysters! the rice plate and,green tea cheesecake were good!LOVED the black sesame ice cream and sky of Tokyo cocktail! Beer glasses are super large though
  • J P.
    J PMay 10, 2015
    Yellowtail tuna and squid were both fantastic. Be ready for a wall of noise when you enter. Not a place for a quiet bite to eat unless you book the deck outside. Excellent food and good fun.
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WatsonMarch 12, 2013
    Very lively with a good atmosphere, the entire staff will greet anyone that walks through door and what I mean by that is that they all yell hello Lol. Small portions so watch how much you order.
  • Taus
    TausJanuary 14, 2017
    Crazy lively Izakaya joint in downtown. You should probably make a reso because it's usually very busy and wait times can be up to an hour on Fridays and Saturdays.
    Upvoted Feb 6
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby ChanJuly 1, 2016
    The cheesy oysters were very delicious. The scallops and sashimi were very fresh (close to Japan quality), and the karage (fried chicken) was pretty good as well. I would highly recommend this place.
  • Pao!!!
    Pao!!!November 8, 2014
    So tasty food! I can recommend the pork, salmon and tuna plate and the green ice te Gelato is amazing! Very good place and no expensive
  • Klaus M.
    Klaus MinoprioJanuary 5, 2017
    We had the 9 courses meal, and every single dish surprised us tremendously; the first dish was phenomenal and each one after, was better than the previous one. 100 points and 100% recommended.
  • Shyndyg
    ShyndygJune 27, 2012
    PRIDE 2012 TIP: Guu makes dinner into a wild and wacky party. It's hard enough to get into at the best of times, but once you're seated the food is great (it's not a sushi joint, it's Japanese food.) Read more
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChungNovember 13, 2011
    Worth the wait. Yes you'll be standing in the cold for an hour or so, but they have blankets and any food you order will be on the table right away. Everything is delicious so eat your faces off.
  • Ghassan A.
    Ghassan AlkharboushJune 17, 2015
    Definitely one of my favorite places in Toronto. The staff is amazing and the ambiance is great. The food is mouthwatering. I definitely recommend saba misoni and the takoyaki.
  • Andrei
    AndreiApril 14, 2014
    Try this: the Kakimayo baked oysters (!!) the deep fried Brie cheese, the seaweed salad, the Gyu carpaccio, the black sesame spinach. End with the deep fried coconut bananas. Enjoy!
  • Amanda
    AmandaAugust 21, 2015
    Was the best japanese food experience in Toronto!!! Amazing place with amazing people!! Unforgetable!! I recomended the grilled oyster!
  • Dounia
    DouniaFebruary 3, 2017
    Felt like a kid in a candyshop. Definately try out the deep fried brie, the baked oysters and the shabu shabu salad.
  • James B.
    James Banicar Jr.January 12, 2014
    I came to Toronto to visit a few friends, and I fell in love with Guu Izakaya! Seriously, the music and food combine to create an amazing dining atmosphere!
  • Kim L.
    Kim L.June 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Oh yeah...and they have BEST karaage ever (deep fried, boneless chicken). It was even good as take-out! A must must must try. Topped off with a lemon wedge and mayo and well worth the calories.
  • Danielle P.
    Danielle PalDecember 15, 2016
    Fantastic! $3 sake bombs on Weds & Thurs. Very high energy. Got the veggie hot stone bowl with rice, mushroom, and cheese.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Aka Guu. A fave experience in Toronto. Festive/noisy/crazy. Octopus salad with nori, bibimbap like no other I've had, fried chicken cartilage if available. Can be a long wait. 💛👍🏼🍢🍶
  • Annabelle
    AnnabelleAugust 18, 2014
    Must Trys: Grilled Cod, Seared Yellowtail Tuna (Sunday Special)Alrights: Pork Cheek Steak (Sunday Special), Gyu Carpaccio, OystersLowlights: Fried Brie Cheese (nothing special)
  • Alex v.
    Alex van ZijlFebruary 5, 2017
    Total mayhem when you're having dinner at the bar, but in a good way, such a great experience. Order yourself some saké bombs!
  • Diego P.
    Diego PinedaMay 19, 2015
    Food presentation, execution and service are top notch. Deep fried brie with kimchi udon noodles. Dare I say anymore?
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 1, 2011
    the atmosphere is loud & upbeat. not a place for a romantic dinner. go with 4-5 ppl, so you can try more dishes. everything on their menu is worth the try! i have too many favs to list.
  • What's Really Good T.
    One of the best and most consistent meal experiences you can have. Incredible Japanese tapas in an upbeat lively environment. Try the Deep Fried Brie, Ebimayo, and the Karubi. More like this at WRG. Read more
  • Kitty W.
    Kitty WuFebruary 23, 2011
    Almond tofu, sesame & coconut ice-cream are the first things to keep in mind before you order so you will have space for them!!! Grilles black cod and oysters and fried udon are the main dishes.
  • Rabs S.
    Rabs SMarch 3, 2016
    The salmon natto yukke is amazing! Don't miss this or the Maguro tataki, ebimayo and gyu carpaccio. Wash down with a sake mojito. Bonne Appetit!
  • Kim L.
    Kim L.June 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Am beginning to think you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Except dessert (icky deep fried ice cream seems an afterthought.) But no one cared 'cause everything else is izakaya heaven!!
  • Brjann B.
    Brjann B.September 10, 2014
    Great staff, rice bowls are incredible and the best value for your money if you're hungry. Great spot to go out with a larger group of people.
  • Maryam N.
    Maryam NghbJune 15, 2016
    I love the oyster and the octopus ball here 😍 black sesame ice cream was pretty good as well
  • Sasa M.
    Sasa MarAugust 26, 2017
    One of the best casual restaurants in Toronto. Amazing choice, playful menu. Brie cheese, fried chicken (karate) and short ribs are my favourite!
  • Aidan H.
    Aidan HornsbyMay 23, 2015
    One of the tastiest and most authentic Izakaya's I've visited outside of Tokyo. Be prepared for an extremely warm welcome as you walk in.
  • Maryann
    MaryannApril 27, 2014
    Love this place; great atmosphere, and good food. Try the Kabocha Korokke, Salmon Tataki, Brie cheese, Takoyaki, and Kakimayo.
  • Donna L.
    Donna LeeSeptember 11, 2013
    Salmon natto yukke, brie cheese, cheese oysters, and almond tofu dessert are a must. And Sapporo :)
  • Dan G.
    Dan GirouxJune 30, 2013
    Best place in town! Well worth the wait when you're looking for a great treat. Service was good, food was amazing!! Calamari... Mmmm.
  • JR B.
    JR BascoguinFebruary 18, 2012
    lively and wonderful atmosphere! The okonomiyaki is a wonderful thing. Takoyaki was ok. It's fun to shout with the workers. Probably grab a beer first though ;)
  • 🙊🙉🙈
    🙊🙉🙈December 12, 2015
    Guu is now called Kinka Izakaya! Still delicious and a must-see restaurant atmosphere!
  • Mitch O.
    Mitch OSeptember 22, 2010
    Fried chicken, bacon wrapped scallops, beef enoki mushroom wraps, salmon sashimi, takoyaki, cheese bibimbap, yakiudon are all good! Almond tofu is amazing. Black sesame ice cream is awesome too!!
  • Jill M.
    Jill MulliganNovember 17, 2014
    Such a fun experience. Everything was awesome, but the black sauce on the spinach is incredible. Super affordable too.
  • nik p.
    nik poonSeptember 21, 2010
    Go at 5 to avoid the lineup. Friendly, enthusiastic staff. Grilled oyster was a treat, and the sashimi salad was delicious. The portions aren't very filling, but it's a cool experience overall. 
  • Mike V.
    Mike ViscontiAugust 26, 2014
    The bimimbop was delicious - small portions so get a bunch of things to share and enjoy the Japanese beer hall atmosphere.
  • Diana F.
    Diana FuJuly 5, 2015
    Such a fun place! Grab a seat outside if you can as it can get loud inside. The kabocha croquettes are amazing!
  • Porter Airlines
    Porter AirlinesMay 5, 2011
    A temple to Japanese comfort food featuring both traditional and radical dishes. The only daunting thing about Guu is the battle to gain admittance; arrive early.
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're ok with an early dinner, go a bit before 5 to guarantee a seat at opening. Favorites: okonomiyaki, fried kabocha, deep fried brie cheese, ikapiri, gyu carpaccio. Drinks: White Sakegria, plum
  • Perla A.
    Perla AlfingerOctober 20, 2014
    I recommend Ebimayo and spicy tako. Sashimi salad with an amazing test but a lot of lettuce and few sashimi
  • Anna S.
    Anna SJune 18, 2013
    Amazing welcome and atmosphere, and the BBQ pork, takoyaki, and yaki udon are all incredible. Worth the queue!
  • Amber L.
    Amber LutskoJuly 27, 2017
    Everything is so delicious and the staff are so kind and enthusiastic! Impossible to not love this place.
  • Martha Z.
    Martha ZampinoMarch 23, 2014
    Eel rice is very very good. The chicken is good. Brie cheese is normal. Shrimp are good
  • Stephen .
    Everything I've tried has been really good, especially love the black cod! Generous portions with a modest price tag.
  • Tara T.
    Tara TMay 27, 2010
    Yet another fantastic authentic Japanese resto! Must-try daily specials if you're lucky enough to catch them: grilled avacodo topped with melted cheese+prawns, and the tofu cheesecake. Mmmmmmm!!! Read more
  • Dali Y.
    Dali YazawaNovember 12, 2012
    Excellent food, great atmosphere and good service. 100% recommended. Through my favorite Maguro Tataki, yummy uhmmmmm
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