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izakaya recommendations

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I'm going to up in Toronto next week and I would like to experience some real authentic izakaya-style food. It seems Ematei is a favorite on these boards. Do they have a large selection of skewered things? Is it offered at lunch as well? How are the prices? Thanks!

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  1. Ematei is excellent and authentic (japanese by japanese). They are open for lunch and have *some* skewered things, particularly tasty is the grilled short rib. Also great sushi, udon, grilled fish, etc. Prices are reasonable and a good value considering the quality.

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    1. re: JonasBrand

      I wouldn't say the sushi is great, in fact I would say avoid the sushi and stick to everything else. Make sure to order some things from the menu of the day, which is always seasonal and terrific.