Food

Ja­panese fare be­yond sushi; chef Steve Gon­za­lez talks cilantro and corn.

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Funé

Con­ve­niently lo­cated in the En­ter­tain­ment District, this Toronto in­sti­tu­tion is best known for its con­veyor belt sushi. Grab a seat around the bar where wooden boats float by car­ry­ing a va­ri­ety of fresh sashimi and rolls like spicy tuna ni­giri; pick what­ever ap­peals to you. 100 Sim­coe St., fu­ner­estau­rant.com

Ki Mod­ern Ja­panese + Bar

Well-heeled Bay Streeters con­vene here to in­dulge in share­able plates of in­no­va­tive Ja­panese cui­sine. Try the likes of lob­ster tem­pura, un­agi, kiwi tuna rolls, or a tofu pouch. The creamy miso chow­der driz­zled with truf­fle oil is the per­fect an­ti­dote to a chilly day. Brook­field Place, 181 Bay St., ki­japanese.com

Yasu

Reser­va­tions are re­quired at this tiny space—there are a dozen or so spots with only two seat­ings a night. Chef Ya­suhisa Ouchi metic­u­lously sources the fresh fish used here, and pre­cisely plates each morsel from the sea like it’s a rare jewel. The omakase meal is $135, and varies each night, de­pend­ing on what chef Ouchi deems wor­thy of serv­ing. 81 Har­bord St., yasu-sushibar.com

Miku

This spot spe­cial­izes in aburi sushi, in which seafood is seared to en­hance its nat­u­ral flavours and cre­ate new tex­tures, then paired with sea­soned rice for a unique com­bi­na­tion. 10 Bay St., miku­toronto.com

Kin­ton Ra­men

Head to this pop­u­lar noo­dle bar for a steam­ing bowl of ra­men. Each bowl be­gins with a rich, creamy broth base paired with silky noo­dles. The pork orig­i­nal comes with pork, a sea­soned egg, and nori. 51 Bald­win St., kin­ton­ra­men.com

Yam­ato Ja­panese Restau­rant

Open since 1983, this pop­u­lar Bloor-Yorkville tep­pa­nyaki spot boasts a feast and a show with a mas­ter chef en­ter­tain­ing din­ers around an iron grid­dle as he cooks the likes of filet mignon, shrimp, and salmon. 24 Bel­lair St., yam­a­torestau­rant.ca

Ki Mod­ern Ja­panese + Bar

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