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Deep Fried BC Spotted Prawns with Sea Salt and more...at Izakaya-Ju

Charles Yu Jun 17, 2012 04:58 PM

Tonight, before game 3 of the NBA finals, my son and I had a quick bite at Izakaya-Ju. In addition to the usual favorites of Yakitoris ( skin, leg meat, wings, medium rare liver, hearts...) and Chicken Teriyaki Burgers, we also ordered two new items. Chopped raw Octopus in wasabi ( good and interesting ) and Deep fried BC Spotted prawns with sea salt ( damn delicious and great value at $6 for 5 prawns! )
BTW, the burger was as stunning as before!

  1. jennjen18 Jun 20, 2012 02:44 PM

    One time I went and ordered the prawns (I think it was December) and they were quite .. mushy. Could it be the season?? Since then I just associate the prawns to that texture .. and thus not ordered. Should I try again?..

    You say prawns -- how big is big?

    Also, their grilled stuff includes chicken hearts on the menu!!??

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    1. re: jennjen18
      Charles Yu Jun 20, 2012 08:31 PM

      Hello JJ18,
      Our prawns were a 'little' mushy as well. However, in our case its understandable since its Sunday!! ( Worst time to have Japanese seafood is Sunday and Monday!! ) Size is pretty big. Stretched out size, head to tail is as long as a fountain pen! Mushiness was compensated by the crispy and crunchy head, shell and tail, which I consumed totally!

      1. re: Charles Yu
        jennjen18 Jun 22, 2012 06:43 PM

        But the head isnt the kind where you can eat the whole entire thing, right? I thought it'd be like that ... but alas, I was disappointed with the mushiness and the head not being able to be devoured whole ... But the other dishes were still stellar. :)

        1. re: jennjen18
          Charles Yu Jun 22, 2012 06:57 PM

          The way they fried them, we ate the whole thing!! In fact the head was the best part!!

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      bryanayrb Jun 20, 2012 02:39 PM

      been going to Ju regularly, still one of the best locations uptown for lunch or dinner. best yakitori in toronto no doubt.

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