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Feb 14, 2008 11:50 AM

Bad news - Izakaya to close

Really liked this place; its a shame they couldn't give it a go, but glad to hear the principals are working on a new place. Will also be interesting to see what moves into the space...

Dear friends of Izakaya,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to inform you that due to a number of circumstances Saturday the 23rd of February will be our last day of operation. It has been a truly wonderful experience to have operated Izakaya for that last three years. The entire team has put their hart and soul into making this restaurant a success and in so many ways it has been. Unfortunately, due to the economics of this particular location Izakaya Restaurant at 69 Front Street has seen its day.

I’d like to express my heart felt thanks to all or our loyal patrons over the past few years who have celebrated birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries or nights out with close friends and family. It has been an honor to have served you and I hope we were able to contribute to some fond and lasting memories. I have many of them.

So over the course of the next week or so we’d love to see you, even for a quick hello or drink at the bar. It’s business as usual around here until the end of next weekend.

On a more positive and exciting note, we are happy to create some anticipation for our next project. That's right, no rest for the wicked! We are just a few months away from opening a new neighborhood (Queen St.E) establishment that we are confident will build on the principles we set out to engender at Izakaya. We will continue to draw on our varied experiences and most importantly our love of hospitality, however we will also be "leaning on" our cultural backgrounds and European upbringing. Keep you all posted as this new venture draws nearer to completion this spring.

Again, I want to thank all of you for your support these past few years, Its been a fantastic ride and I’d do it all again. Well, most of it anyway….


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  1. I too was saddened to hear of Izakaya's closing. They got a real bad rap from this board--in my opinion one which was undeserved but received due to the not-terribly-houndish food combined with swanky II by IV surroundings and high price point. If anyone gets a chance to visit before they do close, I firmly believe that they make the best:

    --pork gyoza

    --chicken or vegetable katsu curry (I always wish they had done a pork! Their curry sauce is the best japanese curry I have tried in toronto)

    Other very good dishes:

    --I prefer their yakitori to any others I have had in T.O. (2nd best being at Ema Tei)

    --the tori kara age (fried chicken) is also a good dish.

    -- the seasonal soba--if it's still on the menu--comes in a very nice broth made from katsuobushi (tuna flakes) that has a rich and non-fishy flavour.

    I think I'm gonna try and get some of my favourite dishes before they close and I advise other hounds to give them a try as well. We have a dearth of cooked japanese food in this city and we can only hope that this does not deter other entrepreneurs from attempting to do battle with the ubiquitous maki-gods.

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    1. re: mstacey42

      always loved the yakitori there.
      They make a fantastic caesar, from all the summer nights i spent on the patio there.

      1. re: mstacey42

        oh, that's a total bummer.

        I agree, I really liked their pork gyoza. Also, their shrimp dumplings and mushroom ramen. I'm definately gonna try to get there one more time.

      2. Here's a $20 coupon for dinner at Izakaya (expires Feb 21, not valid tonight) for anyone who wants to say goodbye to the resto in person:

        1. Shame. I too liked this place, and never quite understood the animosity towards it on here, aside from the fact that I agree they were a tad pricey. I hope the space is put to good use with a new restaurant.

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          1. re: Gary

            I think it's pork bone soup base is way too mild with almost 'no' taste. The pork meat in the noodle is also too 'rough', it is like leftover from the meat used for soup base. Hopefully there will be some improvement in their now location.

            1. re: skylineR33

              New location according to their note above will be same owners but a european concept NOT a Japanese noodle concept.

          2. That Sucks, It was on my list of places to try in town. Seen it on Street Eats and it looked very nice and like it had pretty good food. Shame

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            1. re: mlukan

              where was that note posted? I noticed their website doesn't mention anything?

            2. Yeah, see you later, maybe now they'll open a real izakaya in Toronto