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CharmyPoo Feb 27, 2011 06:29 AM

I feel most "cool" or "trendy" restaurants are pretty played out or at least I have been to them a ton of times. I am looking for a restaurant that has a different concept that leaves you with a great experience (and at least above average food).

Something like Ninja New York (http://www.ninjanewyork.com/) is perfect but I doubt we have anything like that in Toronto.

Open to recommendations! Help!

  1. TorontoJo Feb 27, 2011 06:39 AM

    I don't think you're going to find anything like Ninja here...which, to be perfectly honest, looks incredibly cheesy and rather insulting to Japanese food and culture... but hey, if they can make a buck off of it, then the more power to them (ninja mac and cheese... really?).

    Have you been to Guu? It's a Japanese izakaya (sake bar) with probably the best overall vibe in the city, if you like loud, boisterous eating, with the sound of Japanese being spoken (or yelled) around you. The food is great, the sake list is limited, but eh, in this case it's about the food and atmosphere for me. Be prepared to wait up to an hour and a half for a table.

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    Guu
    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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      CharmyPoo Feb 27, 2011 08:31 AM

      I have been to Guu several times. It's great but alot of our friends have been there too.

      The Ninja restaurant might sound cheesy (which is what I thought) until I actually went there. The decor and atmosphere was great! Service was superb and food was decent. The food was very well presented and interesting. Ok ok ... maybe I was just having a good day but I had fun.

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      Guu
      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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      morefoodplz Feb 27, 2011 06:42 AM

      I can only presume you've already been to Guu?

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      Guu
      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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        jamesm Feb 27, 2011 08:23 AM

        If you think the ninja concept is 'neat' just go to medieval times. It's equally gimmicky.

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          TexSquared Feb 27, 2011 08:57 AM

          I guess you could add Rainforest Cafe to that genre of gimmicky restaurants...

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            jlunar Feb 27, 2011 09:03 AM

            Let's not forget O'Noir!

            ...Though, I have wanted to go to Ninja for years now. Shhhh...

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              CharmyPoo Feb 27, 2011 09:08 AM

              Ok ok .. maybe I am looking for a gimmicky restaurant! Don't flame me now.

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                jlunar Feb 27, 2011 09:39 AM

                Not so much thematic, but have you gone to Colborne Lane? I'd say go for dessert and have the ice cream. Nitro ice cream has been done a billion times now, but hey, it's still kinda neat to see.

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                Colborne Lane
                45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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                  Herb Feb 27, 2011 10:18 AM

                  Captain John's? Sultan's Tent?

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                  Sultan's Tent
                  49 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B3, CA

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                    ingloriouseater Feb 28, 2011 04:16 AM

                    dave and busters

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                  downtownfoodie Feb 28, 2011 09:27 AM

                  ROCK’N ROLL NY $13

                  Spicy Cray Fish, Avocado and POP ROCKS SALAD topped with Habanero-Masago

                  hmmm...

                  lol

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                    jlunar Feb 28, 2011 09:42 AM

                    well... Graham Elliot in Chicago uses pop rocks on foie...!

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                      bytepusher Feb 28, 2011 01:47 PM

                      Aprile uses pop rocks at Colborne Lane

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                      Colborne Lane
                      45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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                        JennaBean Feb 28, 2011 02:29 PM

                        They use them on a dessert at Ame as well.

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