Since moving to Toronto, I have pinpointed several favorite places that I visit regularly. On that list, Koyoi probably sits at the top as one of my most visited restaurants here. I was introduced to Koyoi by a friend and since then, I've been taking new friends there and telling people about it. Well, what better way to spread the word than to do it on the internet?
|Beef Tataki 牛たたき $5.99 + tax|
If you read my post on Seasons in the Park, you'll remember that I like my meat cooked thoroughly. I always thought I can't eat raw meat, but this beef tataki turned things around. In fact, this is the only raw meat dish that I will eat. For some reason, although raw, the beef tataki at Koyoi doesn't have the bloody taste that I hate. Instead, the ponzu sauce, combined with the radish and green onion, creates a magical concoction in your mouth.
|Okonomiyaki お好み焼き $7.99 + tax|
|Grilled Beef Tongue 牛タン $7.99 + tax|
|Chicken with Tartar Sauce チキンのから揚げ|
|Tsukune つくね $5.99 + tax|
I wouldn't say that I'm extremely knowledgeable with izakayas, but to me the food standards of Koyoi is on par with Guu in most aspects. The service here is also great, although not as hyper. If you're looking for a slower night with some good Japanese beer and tapas, Koyoi is no doubt the best choice!
Koyoi Salad with Homemade Japanese Dressing
2 Irwin Avenue