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“Such a fun place”

Kinka Izakaya Original
Ranked #129 of 8,996 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $24
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: An Izakaya is a Japanese-style pub and what we strive for at KINKA IZAKAYA is an authentic Izakaya with great food and drinks in an unique atmosphere. Our goal is to serve each and every one of our guests happiness as they experience a "truly authentic Japan".
Reviewed February 1, 2013

I love coming here with friends. This is such a fun atmosphere! The food is amazing, using shareable portions at a low price usually between $4-$12 each. They have huge Sapporo beers for $8. The staff yell out hello as you arrive and yell out your order, it's just great and a lot of fun to be around. They mostly have communal or bar style seating, with very few small tables. no matter though, it's all part of the fun.
i wouldn't recommend if you're looking to have a quiet date or anything. unless you go in the summer and get on their patio.

wait times are usually quite long if you don't arrive when they open, since they don't take reservations. I'd recommend going to a place nearby during your wait for some drinks beforehand, once you put your name down.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were lucky to get seated right away. The usual greeting is there. Tables are communal in the
middle. We ordered the
bibimbap- very good
agedashi tofu - soy sauce and wine with it excellent
yaki udon - another winner'
tongue - too hard and bland
eggplant - tasted too sweet, what sauce did they use ?
pork cheek - very salty
pumpkin egg - great texture and flavour
shabu shabu salad - nice dressing
prawn with mayo - great
short ribs - a tad tough
The place is noisy with a party atmosphere, servers are quick and polite. Dishes are given in small plates-tapas style. Tables are small and tight. People kept on pouring in. It is a japanese-mixed with korean fare. Overall good dishes.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Guu is my fav restaurant in TO so far. It is unique in the fact that it keeps up the Japanese traditions of making everyone feel welcome, the friendly family style dining and the lively atmosphere, and at the same time, has a menu that incorporates western influences on Japanese favourites. There is a waiting period to get in, around 20mins to an hour depending on the day, but it is totally worth the wait. Everything we tried was delicious. My personal favourites were the stuffed oysters, the fried calamari and the pumpkin egg dish (I ordered it after hearing people at the next table rave about it). The different types of Sake and the Sake-based cocktails were pretty decent too…

This restaurant is not for you if you are looking for an intimate, fine-dining sort of feel…

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Thank brownie06
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

What a fun place. Hard not to walk in and not feel the friendly vibe. Strongly suggest you reserve and sit at the bar where you can watch all the action. Great menu with daily specials. Do try the jellyfish and order the Bamboo sake. Had such a great time that I went back again the next night .

One odd thing.....we were told at one point that bascially our time was up. Supposedly clients are given a 2 hour maximum.

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Thank SusanWallis
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

The best japanese restaurant in Toronto!
Noisy, crowded, expensive but delicious and unique.
I have always had a great time with my friends there.
Definitely an experience to do either in couple or with friends.
No reservation allowed so arrive early!

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Thank meleo33
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