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May 21, 2009 07:49 AM

New Izakaya joint @ Yonge & Eg

Can't remember the name, something with 3 or 4 letters, it will come back to me...but where Ichiban used to be, white paper all in the windows, with big "Coming soon" signs - great place for a sake bar, hopefully they serve some good sushi, as this area desperately needs some!

Maybe I will pop in this afternoon to get the scoop.

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  1. Exciting! Except if they are a real izakaya, they won't serve sushi at all. I would like to get a real izakaya in this neck of the woods!

    1. Izakaya and sushi synonymous? Not really, but I'll be looking for this place to open if the izakaya-fare is decent (assuming there actually is any).

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      1. re: tjr

        Come on...Toronto wouldn't have a mis-labelled restaurant, would it?

      2. Bad assumption on my part re: the sushi thing, I suppose the only reason why I thought this was due to the Izakaya place on willowdale being my only exposure to this type of cuisine.

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          1. Fino is now Open -

            Their menu does contain sushi, amongst a plethora of other items.

            Given my lack of knowledge of these type of restaurants, I cannot comment on the authenticity, but some items look interesting...

            Interested to hear if anyone has been / their thoughts

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            1. re: Sadistick

              Do you know if they have a website?

              An izakaya place named Fino? Spanish/japanese fusion?

              1. re: acd123

                They are actually called Fin - WEIRD logo...looked like Fino...

                No idea of a website.

                  1. re: acd123

                    I pray that they don't destroy the food like that awful place that used to be downtown! = )

                    1. re: Sandybandy

                      It's definitely not a traditional izakaya but does offer some izakaya style dishes. Most dish are pretty good in a crowd pleaser kind of way. In the area it's located, I'd choose this place over any other Asian restaurant at the same price range ($20+ per person, excluding cost of alcohol). Most dishes tasted fresh. I tried a radish salad in Shabu Shabu dressing, not bad. Cold tofu 3 styles (ie, with 3 toppings), 2 of the 3 styles delivered. Sliced pork in ginger sauce - dry. Dragon roll - fresh, but no surprise.
                      The setting is nicely befitting of its offerings and price range. Service is very personable and warm. It has 1 of those colorful, 1-sheet, laminated menu with little pictures of most items next to their names. Quite Japanese city cantine (chain) looking.
                      I will go back if I'm around that area.

                      1. re: jellyfish

                        what is it called and where is it?


                        1. re: acd123

                          called FIN. on eg, east of yonge, south side, next to former licks, whee ICHIBAN used to be.