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Kingyo Izakaya

childofthestorm Apr 2, 2012 12:56 PM

My favourite izakaya in Vancouver, Kingyo, is looking to open a slot here:


Sure, it's early, but just getting it out there. I like their food way more than Guu (but Guu is generally a more fun vibe).

  1. Charles Yu Sep 30, 2013 07:07 PM

    After reading so many thumbs-up review about Kingyo's GTA's best 'Spicy Pork TanTan Ramen', I decided to make a special trip to try it out. The verdict! Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Such noodle perfection! Super al dente ramen strands with rich, complex and amazingly flavourful broth. My trip from way up north was not in vain!

    In addition, our party must have ordered all the 'unhealthy' fried and carbohydrate laden dishes on the menu. They include:
    - Raw Tako Wasabi
    - Kaichan's Chicken Wings
    - O-Sho Restaurant Karaage
    - Ebi Mayo
    - Grilled Snow Crab Legs with spicy cod roe mayo
    - Stone Bowl Seafood and Uni Don
    - Kimuchi and spicy Mantaiko cod roe flavor Udon
    - Pork Tan Tan Noodles
    - 2 Flavor Almond Tofu Dessert
    - Creme Brulee
    - Frozen Grapes

    Most of the dishes i believe had already been covered by fellow chowhounders in previous postings. However, I just wanted to point out, IMO, the 'Stone bowl seafood,Uni Don' was over-rated and sub-par with the melted butter over powering all the delicate seafood ingredients! As well, contrary to most opinion, I found the chicken wings way more tasty than the overly thick battered Karaage. Lastly, at half the price of Bar Isabel's King Crab Legs, Kingyo's Snow Crab Legs were much fresher and flavourful than Isabel's 'mushy meat' offering!

    BTW, of all my years of dining experience, Kingyo is the first and only eating establishments that uses 'Porno Magazines' as decoration in the Men's Washroom!! Cool!!!! Ha!!!!

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    1. re: Charles Yu
      GoodGravy Oct 1, 2013 07:38 AM

      You had me at "porno".

      1. re: Charles Yu
        grandgourmand Oct 1, 2013 08:12 AM

        I like both the wings and the karaage, but prefer the wings. they are delicious.

        Haven't had the tan tan ramen or the crab legs (a special I guess). time for another visit!

        1. re: grandgourmand
          Charles Yu Oct 1, 2013 10:38 AM

          IMHO, the TanTan noodle plus the chicken wings alone are worth a trip!

      2. TorontoJo Dec 29, 2012 02:43 PM

        Went last night and really enjoyed it. Photos of a lot of the dishes here:


        1. mnajji Dec 23, 2012 10:07 PM

          Has anyone been since opening?

          Can anyone confirm if there are line-ups the like there were at Guu originally or at (the horror) Santouka?

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          1. re: mnajji
            Notorious P.I.G. Dec 24, 2012 12:34 AM

            I was there tonight. Food was great and there where no line-ups.

            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
              DDD Dec 24, 2012 05:35 AM

              We were there Friday, no lineups. Large space (seems quite a bit bigger than Vancouver), food/menu very similar to Vancouver - love the yellow tail carpaccio, sweet shrimp sashimi, uni and their ramen is pretty good too. Service was very friendly.

              1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                mnajji Dec 24, 2012 07:29 AM

                Nice, thanks a bunch. Will definitely go next Friday then. Will probably make a reservation because... well why not if they accept them?

              2. re: mnajji
                bernardtkchan Dec 24, 2012 08:00 AM

                Went there last night and there were no lineups... Arrived at 7:30 and actually, it was quite empty save for a few tables (I had made a reservation anyway)

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                Panda3035 Dec 20, 2012 03:20 PM

                have anyone gone yet? I want to know how it is compared to the Vancouver location

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                1. re: Panda3035
                  justsayn Dec 20, 2012 09:30 PM

                  it's awesome! Mostly the same menu!

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                  takashi Dec 15, 2012 05:55 PM

                  kingyo toronto is opening monday Dec 17, and Zakkushi from vancouver also opening within 1 week in cabbagetown in toronto, close by each other.

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                  1. re: takashi
                    bernardtkchan Dec 20, 2012 09:05 AM

                    a bit off topic, but do you know if Zakkushi will be open this weekend and if they take reservations?

                    1. re: bernardtkchan
                      takashi Dec 20, 2012 09:36 AM

                      they may have soft opening this weekend

                      1. re: takashi
                        bernardtkchan Dec 20, 2012 10:37 AM

                        I just called and was told that they are still going through health inspections this week and are aiming for late next week / new year

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                    takashi Dec 15, 2012 05:50 PM

                    kingyo toronto has opened, this weekend is soft opening, monday is official opening day

                    1. Bobby Wham Dec 14, 2012 01:38 PM

                      I believe they are days from opening now, they had their soft opening last night

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                      1. re: Bobby Wham
                        happycamper Dec 14, 2012 02:24 PM

                        My life will be complete! Very excited.

                      2. Dr. John Sep 24, 2012 03:38 PM

                        Definitely looking forward to this. Enjoyed Kingyo a lot last time we were in Vancouver.

                        1. Wench Foraday Sep 23, 2012 05:59 PM

                          Kingyo should be open by December in Cabbagetown:


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                            pinstripeprincess Sep 24, 2012 05:13 AM

                            so far so far :( but i'm elated nonetheless.

                            1. re: pinstripeprincess
                              Wench Foraday Sep 24, 2012 04:23 PM

                              It's something to look forward to as winter begins (ugh).

                          2. hippotatomus Apr 3, 2012 09:55 PM

                            So excited! hurrah to more vancouver restaurants making their way over to Toronto... pray we get De Dutch ONE DAY

                            1. Wench Foraday Apr 3, 2012 09:24 PM

                              So excited. Kingyo plus Santouka means I can put off a Vancouver trip almost indefinitely.

                              1. pinstripeprincess Apr 2, 2012 06:59 PM

                                <3 i've been waiting...

                                1. Notorious P.I.G. Apr 2, 2012 01:08 PM

                                  There it is. Can't wait for them to open.

                                  The next little bit, Toronto will see an influx of Japanese restaurants of all kinds. I'm betting that they'll be in the double digits and I couldn't be happier.

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                                  1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                                    justsayn Apr 2, 2012 02:31 PM

                                    Yes. They've been looking for many months!

                                    1. re: justsayn
                                      aser Apr 2, 2012 11:08 PM

                                      one word...."ramen"

                                      wait for it!

                                      1. re: justsayn
                                        Notorious P.I.G. Apr 3, 2012 12:19 AM

                                        For some, years.

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