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Dec 15, 2012 08:57 AM

Kingyo is open

Perhaps a little under the radar but they've open in Cabbagetown.

Had a lot of dishes, including some of the best karaage I've had in my life. The uni don, stone beef tongue, saba oshizushi, kimuchi udon were all great.

Looking forward to trying the ramen.

They've upped the izakaya game in Toronto, leading the pack in food quality for sure.

Alcohol menu is very slim for the opening, that's the only caveat.

One word......go!

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  1. Nice, thanks for the tip!

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I will try it out for sure though I wasn't overly impressed with their offerings in Vancouver. IMO Izakaya Ju is tops in terms of food.

      1. Thanks for the report...wish they would open in the west side

        1. Have a night planned out on Wednesday. Will I have to wait in line if planning on going at around 8pm?

          1. Went to Kingyo Saturday, the food is on par with Guu if not better. the atmosphere is less noisy and has more of a restaurant feel than a pub. They take reservations which is a nice change. The staff are very nice and attentive as well.

            4 Replies
            1. re: Bobby Wham

              Sounds good…the yelling at Guu keeps me from going there more often. It is VERY annoying and having to line up is equally the if only Kingyo was a little closer...

              1. re: limitedtimeoffer

                There is no shortage of yelling at Kingyo! It was really alive tonight and got very loud at times. Food was awesome!

                1. re: justsayn

                  I was there today and yes, there is yelling, but compared to guu its a fairly quiet experience still

                  1. re: szw

                    If you were there last night around 9:30, I think you would report differently! : ) It was crazy, and very loud where we had to stop our conversations for bits at a time - not a complaint! Keep in mind that much of the yelling is saying hello and goodbye. Guu is packed so there is a lot of that. Kingyo is still half empty so there is much less....right now. But every single work staff yells.

                    Tip to those who like more quiet - Guu is one big room with no escape but Kingyo has a slightly separated section on the east side, so maybe off to that end it would quieter!

                    Either way the food really is awesome!