It is good, as far as Toronto izakayas go.
Beautiful presentation (BIG white plates seem to be the norm these day with fusion Japanese restaurant these days). Fun to look at, but I don't find the ingredients to be top notch, the there are still execution issues (I found all their sauces overly sweet and salty).
Avoid the cocktails, and opt for the beer or sake.
Interesting addition to the neighbourhood, but not good enough for you to make a special trip.
yes. - Friday past when Chantecler was too packed.
The decor is beautiful and large. At best it restaurant was 40% full. The service was pleasant.
We sat at the sushi bar.
Overall the food was well presented. The sushi when plain as basic sashimi were noticeably fresh, but the fancy rolls and cold foods were passable suffering from too sweet sauces or blandness. The kitchen is very good at deep frying.
If you like desserts they have a few interesting choices, though we were too full to try any.
I wouldn't go back though I'd rate it above Hapa Izakaya which was disappointing and nothing like it's Vancouver counterpart.
We've been several times now. Put off going for a while, despite living 2 minutes away, as we thought it gave off a lounge vibe when first opened. Let's be clear, I am not a lounge person and can be identified as such on sight.
Was pleasantly surprised on first visit and even more pleased with them on subsequent visits.
Fish has been quite fresh and up a notch in quality level compared to most places around town. Nothing transcendent, but all quite solid. I especially liked the fatty sea bream nigiri with a dot of ume that I had last time.
Rolls may be a little busy with aggressive sauces but have been well executed technically. Not too large or rice heavy, flavours balanced, construction solid. I agree with chocabot, they deep fry very well - if you order a roll with a fried element, it will be crispy, not greasy and the appropriate temperature. They do love their fried shallots!
They get extra points for having a decent vegan friendly sushi plate.
Finally, we were most impressed with the service. Three times we've had excellent service. It's come from different servers, so as far as I can tell, this is a priority for the restaurant. They've made it a point to time the dishes appropriately, keep our water filled, follow up with us throughout the meal to see how we were or to answer questions, make recommendations and in general be friendly and professional. Again, this was the opposite of my expectations of a resto/lounge establishment.
Overall, I think they elevate them selves in décor and service, with a solid kitchen to back them up. I would qualify this as saying we've gone early evening each visit. I can't comment on how they operate later in the evening.