Inside a former bank, this trendy minimalist Toronto restaurant and bar successfully cashes in on two discerning crowds. Drinkers and diners are separated by chain-mail mesh, allowing the ambience of both areas to seep through.
Early evening, the room glows blue but later it changes to red as the mesh is pulled back to unify the intimate space. The sake bar does big business in the restaurant, too, with a scattered kaleidoscope of fruity sake Martinis (‘saketinis’) on tables. Friendly waiters start everyone off with a menu and a bowl of hot, juicy edamame. But it’s simply a case of copycat ordering as mouthwatering Japanese-inspired delicacies waft past on plates (with no sign of a naff sushi boat). The Giant Ebi shooter – a handroll stuffed with grilled tiger prawns and other goodies in pink soy paper and presented in a glass – is the top head-turner.