If you’re a noise-sensitive wallflower, then brace yourself when you walk into this great little Japanese restaurant in Toronto. Each of the 15 members of staff turns to the door and squeals ‘hello/welcome’ loudly in Japanese, and for a toe-curling 10 seconds everyone is staring at you.
Once you’ve passed the initiation, you’re taken to one of the communal tables and given an intriguing menu of Tokyo tapas. An odd-looking hotpot of fishcake, tofu and taro jelly might take courage, but there are more familiar plates of excellent sashimi and grilled black cod with miso (but the dishes are small and cheap here so it’s worth doing some kamikaze ordering).
The drinks menu delivers a quirky assortment of colourful cocktails, fruit-infused sakes and plum wine to get the job done. To cope with the queue, it’s a quick turnaround here, and there’s always a chorus of ‘sayonara!’ when you leave.