Kingyo Japanese Izakaya

Kingyo Japanese Izakaya

Kingyo does tend to get fancy with some dishes, and turn them into a spectacle. We spotted a serving hauling a giant covered wooden bento box and opening it up at the table to reveal a dozen compartments of food. There were blow torches brought out to caramelize meat, and hot black stones which customers were using to sizzle thin slices of beef. It can come across as a bit gimmicky, except that the food is actually delicious and the service was great.

Altona Iranian Kabob

Altona Iranian Kabob

Altona Kabab  is in a non-descript strip mall at Yonge and Finch, surrounded by Iranian grocers and stores. It's got flourecent lighting, a few chairs and tables, and a long buffet of stews and salads behind a glass counter. Your best bet is to pick out your choice of meat (chicken, beef, lamb, fish) and get it with a side of rice and the requisite middle-eastern grilled tomato. 

Donburi

Donburi

We trekked to Markham the other day for a taste of donburi, a Japanese rice bowl that's topped with meat, fish, or vegetables. Donburi in Markham is a restaurant that specializes in the dish, and a whole host of other izakaya-style dishes as well.