109 Japan

Who said the British have the market cornered on neighbourhood pubs and taverns? The Japanese have been serving up savoury dishes made expressly for pairing with alcohol for decades- and PJ gives some of that fare a shot at Izakaya with chili beef ramen soup and tori kara age (deep fried chicken Japanese style.) Sora tries kushiyake (skewered, grilled meats and veggies) at Sakawaya and soba noodle master Ted Iizuka shows the two of them how to make fresh soba noodles by hand.

Eating Out:
Sakawaya Japanese Bistro, 867 Danforth Ave. Toronto
** CLOSED ** Izakaya, 69 Front St. E., Toronto
Edo Noodle House, 374 Spadina Ave., Toronto
Hana-bi Japanese Restaurant, 3235 Hwy. 7 E., Unit #28, Markham
Sushi Delight, 461 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Mye Japanese Restaurant, 143 Church St., Oakville
Tokyo Grill, 582 Yonge St., Toronto
Yumi Japanese Restaurant, 2384 Bloor St. W., Toronto

Little Tokyo, 199 Augusta Avenue, Toronto – 416-921-1328
Sanko Trade Inc., 730 Queen St. West, Toronto – 416-703-4550
Soba Canada Inc., Soba Master Tetsuya β€œTed” Iizuka

Read more about our guests in Mary Luz Mejia's columns:
Miso Makes Super Soup
Raising the Red Lantern
Grilled Pub Grub - Japanese-Style
Master Noodle Making 101

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