A wide variety of both comfortingly familiar and tantalizingly obscure (to those non-ESL teachers out there) cooked Japanese treats? Check. Friendly, knowledgeable service? Check. Pocky and Pocari Sweat ? Check. Other Japanese snacks sporting packaging with cute-sy anime characters and awesome grammar? Check! J-pop pouring out of the sound-system. Check! A mouthwatering assortment of the freshest seafood guaranteed to send your tongue into spasms of ecstasy? CHECK!
All the fish has been carefully chosen by Taro himself to exacting standards for sashimi/sushi use. Various fish are sourced from Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and North America. But Taro also loves local fish like lake Erie Pickerel.
Taro's cooked food should definitely be sampled fresh from the kitchen (and there's usually a quick enough turn around, especially on weekends, that freshness isn't an issue). On our visit, the items we chose were a little hit-and-miss. The grilled squid was smoky-sweet and delicious, albeit a little rubbery from its time on the counter. Likewise the shrimp tempura which was tasty enough though slightly greasy.
All the cooked food was good but made us wonder exactly how crazy good it would've been straight from the fryer or grill. Most of the cooked food is priced by weight so before you queue, make sure you head to the back cos it'd be a shame to waste 20 minutes in line.
By the time lunch is done, I'm exhausted and ready for a nap and Taro's proximity to Ikea means I'll be snoozing in modular Swedish "luxury" soon, but I manage to snag a few goodies for the road because though the lure of the seafood is strong, y'never know when you'll be at Taro's table again beyond the fact that it won't be soon enough.
All images courtesy of Adrienne Tam .