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Bobby Wham May 14, 2008 01:54 PM

I love it here, how come no one knows about it on this board? Everyone always complains about bad sushi etc. This spot is really down low, and really good and inexpensive. And I know everyone asks, YES it's Japanese owned.

20 Charles Street East

  1. skylineR33 May 14, 2008 02:00 PM

    First of all, I think you have to tell us how this place compare to Japango. Or possible, Aoyama and Cafe Michi. These are some of the non-expensive good sushi joints being praised here. Not just saying it is good, thanks.

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      lsk May 14, 2008 09:36 PM

      Tokyo Kitchen isn't really the same kind of place Japango or Aoyama is -- it leans more yohshoku, i.e., curries, korokke, etc. It's a good place for a lunch or dinner, but I wouldn't say it's spectacular. I don't know whether it has bad sushi or not because I've only eaten there at lunch (the omukare -- the omelette rice with curry), but their lunch specials are pretty ok and its curry isn't too thick or sweet as I've found with Japanese curries in some parts of town.

      1. Teep May 14, 2008 10:42 PM

        It has been mentioned before on this board. Their ramen is nothing special, it was previously frozen and clumps up in the broth.

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          Bobby Wham May 15, 2008 09:46 AM

          yeah, don't get the ramen

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          childofthestorm May 15, 2008 10:26 AM

          I used to live near there and got the curry, mostly. Maybe a few rolls to go with it. Pretty good. But in that area I prefer Kokyo for cheap and cheerful sushi,

          1. jennjen18 Nov 23, 2011 02:20 PM

            I've heard things here and there about this place -- how is it recently?! Yes, it's homey, and it has good curry.. but the last we heard of it was 2008..

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              Degustation Nov 23, 2011 03:32 PM

              Still good. I had the Katsu-don last night. Big bowl of comfort food on a chilly night.

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                Wench Foraday Nov 23, 2011 06:23 PM

                Hmm. I used to really like this place, and it's still not bad, but sometime within the past year or so the menu was expanded for the worse. As mentioned above, it used to focus on yoshoku, but now they offer a ton of what I consider unnecessary sushi choices (before, they only used raw fish in a couple of donburi). I also miss their interesting daily specials (kushikatsu, oden, etc). Bottom line is that I don't really go anymore, but I'd be interested in hearing some positive reviews. Their servings were never large, but the food was always tasty.

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                  lsk Nov 24, 2011 04:28 PM

                  I think Tokyo Kitchen is the only place in Toronto to offer omukare, although it's a very basic version (plain rice, omelette, and curry). It's a tasty variation on curry rice that's a lot lighter than the also delicious katsukare (white rice, tonkatsu skewers, and curry).

                  The service is fine and the portions are smaller than Tokyo Grill which also has curry rice and katsukare. I think Tokyo Kitchen's katsukare is slightly better than Tokyo Grill's since their tonkatsu skewers stay crispier and fry up juicier than the latter's.

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                  Tokyo Grill
                  582 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Z3, CA

                  Tokyo Kitchen
                  20 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y1T1, CA

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                    Notorious P.I.G. Nov 24, 2011 04:39 PM

                    I think they should go head to head. I like both but the last time I was at Tokyo Grill it absolutely murdered Tokyo Kitchen as far as KatsuKare is concerned. The Katsu was large, tender, and juicy and the curry had huge chunks of beef, carrot, and potato in it. It was almost too much.

                    Been meaning to get back to Mikado to try their Katsukare out again. I hear it's still really good. Fun fact, Mikado was the first restaurant in Toronto to offer Katsukare and at one point where known for that over their sushi.

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                      jennjen18 Nov 26, 2011 10:10 PM

                      They're not related, are they -- Tokyo Kitchen and Tokyo Grill?

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                      Tokyo Grill
                      582 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Z3, CA

                      Tokyo Kitchen
                      20 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y1T1, CA

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                        katana750 Nov 27, 2011 07:45 AM

                        Both are owned and run by Japanese but the're not related.

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                          jennjen18 Jan 24, 2012 08:49 PM

                          Visited Tokyo Grill the other night (cold), and had their nabeyaki udon and curry katsu.. it was perfect. I cant believe they used pea shoots to cover the whole hot pot of udon.. along with wakame. There were lots of snow pea shoots.. and quite quite yummy too.

                          I think I'm gonna have to go back and try their sukiyaki next .. when I'm more in the mood for beef.

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                      CoffeeAddict416 Nov 27, 2011 06:29 AM

                      This place used to be my go-to spot in the area for hot lunch plates but i think they sorta went downhill after they renovated sometime last year. I would still go as it's pretty cheap but my expectations are lower now. For sushi in the area I would stick to Ichiriki

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                      Ichiriki
                      120 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W1B7, CA

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