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Nov 30, 2013 08:57 PM

Nakayoshi Izakaya - 812 Danforth Ave.

I really enjoy this place.

Great to see real japanese food finally on the Danforth. Excellent beef yakinuku, soba, udon, ramen, tempura, unagi, saba, rice, etc. Sure you can get sushi there too, but in my five visits so far, I have been exploring the other delicacies. Also, there are not usually very busy, andIi only order sushi from busy places. However, little by little, this place is getting more popular.

Even the chicken teriyaki is surprisingly well prepared.

Prices are better at lunch than dinner. Overall, this a bit more expensive than the other, cookie-cutter japanese places around town, but I think it is worth the premium.

Aside from the usual sake and beer, they have sochu, and was able to convince them to sell it by the shot, rather than just by the bottle. Mmmm, I love my suchu.

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  1. Does this place have an izakaya menu? Sounds more like a generic Japanese restaurant with a bit of everything on offer.

    1. Yes, they have 38 "appetizers" on the menu.

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      1. re: jmk60

        Thanks. It's close to me. I'll have to try it!

        1. re: jmk60

          I went when it was still pretty new and the atmosphere was sedate, to say the least. Hushed, really. So the Izakaya atmosphere was lacking. Are they getting livelier?

          1. re: julesrules

            The tend to be about 1/3rd full most of the times I am there, mostly lunchtime and a few early evenings. No buzz to speak of, except that feeling you get after a couple of shots of suchu.

        2. I looked up this place and found a blog post that definitely wasn't favorable. What makes it worth the premium? What did you like about the ramen? The sushi? Any vegetarian options?


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          1. re: Full tummy

            I wasn't super impressed myself. I don't go out of my way to pan low-key local spots but suffice to say we preferred the previous Viet restaurant, which wasn't amazing but decent enough.

            1. re: julesrules

              I've been surprised that I have yet to receive a take out menu or anything delivered to my house. To me it's worth investing in a distribution in the neighbourhood. Just my 2 cents.

              1. re: Baelsette

                Went with a larger group last night. Despite the blogger's post (above), we found Nakayoshi to be really good. We ordered from all sections of the menu, and with one or two exceptions, everything was surprisingly delicious. Highlights: soft-shell crab, Kara-age, and yakitori appetizers, the tonkatsu ramen, the gyudon donburi, the pork shogayaki, and the hamachi sashimi. From a food perspective, the only letdown was pork Katsu that accompanied the Katsu ramen, which was on the gristly side.

                The ramen was hot, the broth was flavourful, the toppings were good (the pork in particular was moist). I think maybe some people are always expecting momofuku / kinton and not giving other variations of authenticity a fair shake.

                The service? Well, it's earnest, but maybe not up to par. English is definitely not the first language (but the menu is numbered which helped in the ordering). Food comes at a good pace, but the clearing of dishes - not so much.

                Still, overall, I'm happy to have a non-AYCE sushi-focused Japanese restaurant in the neighbourhood. And FTR, I don't think Nakayoshi is an izakaya (despite the Yelp / Urbanspoon etc. listings); it's simply described on the signage and the menu as "Ramen. Fine Japanese Kitchen." And it is that.

          2. Despite the fact that this is a noodle-focused restaurant, I tend to prefer rice. I did try a ramen once, and I thought it was ok. The soba, on the other hand, was excellent, absolutely right texture - soft and chewy but not at all too soft. Shrimp teriyaka was right when I tried it too.

            1. I meant to say tempura, not teriyaki.