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Konnichiwa

Posted by Paul / Reviewed on March 16, 2007 / review policy

soup2.jpgI've been meaning to write a review of Konnichiwa since I started here at blogTO. I've lived in Toronto for about 4 years now, and throughout those 4 years I've made a point to search out the best Japanese food this city has to offer. Though the search continues always, Konnichiwa still remains at the top of my growing list.

Nestled snuggly along the south side of the Baldwin Village strip between McCaul and Beverley, this humble and cozy Japanese noodle house has been serving out classic (and affordable) Edo-Kaiseki cuisine since 1996. Having grown up Japanese-Canadian, I'd like to believe that I have a fairly good grasp on what makes for really good Japanese comfort food (but no one beats my gramma of course). Still, believe me when I say that this is, indeed, the real deal.

konnichiwa.jpgHaving eaten there regularly for the past 3 years, I've probably had almost everything on the menu. From classic favorites like Shrimp & Veg Tempura and Katsu Don to some more eclectic creations like Katsu Curry Rice, the menu is actually quite extensive without being overly daunting. In all honesty though, the main event is truly the Noodle Soups. In the winter time, there are few things I enjoy more than coming in from the cold to a bowl of steaming hot Nabeyaki Udon. Or conversely, in the summer, to one of the only authentically prepared Zaru Soba dishes you can find in this city.

So ya, have I made it clear enough how much I love this place? Oh, and on top of all that, the owners are easily among the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Konnichiwa, 31 Baldwin Street (between Beverley & McCaul), 416-593-8538

Discussion

9 Comments

Sameer Vasta / March 16, 2007 at 12:14 pm
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I've always been a big fan of Konnichiwa ever since I first discovered it a few years ago. Great little review of the restaurant.
Jerrold / March 17, 2007 at 11:26 am
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Do they do Nabe (I miss sitting under the warm kotatsu and eating a warm Nabe so much!)?
anfield / March 17, 2007 at 01:18 pm
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i like the food at konnichiwa, but the aesthetic design of the restaurant really leaves something to be desired. having lived in tokyo for 3 years, i can only note that they haven't managed to import japan's wonderful sense of style.
Z / April 25, 2009 at 03:14 pm
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With out a doubt the best Japanese food in Toronto! We visit 1-2 times week. Konnichiwa is always fresh and fast, and still maintaining excellent quality and presentation. We enjoy every bite of each dish like it's our last. Definitely highly recommended.

Konnichiwa's Spicy Salmon Rolls are the best!!
Rein / April 27, 2009 at 09:04 am
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Best value (quality vs quantity vs price) Japanese restaurant in Toronto...great range of selection too!
A / April 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm
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Every time I'm in Toronto, I'm always seeking for a delicious meal at Konnichiwa. Everything on their menu makes every sense in your body melt, your mouth begs for more and more of all their wide range of delicious Japanese dishes. YUM YUM!!!
Pierre / May 11, 2009 at 03:50 pm
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If I ever had to move out of Toronto, Konnichiwa would be my first stop when I come back in town. The quality of the meals, including their presentation, is of the highest grade and their welcoming staff always makes your visit even more enjoyable.

Between the comfort of your home and Japan, skillfully evoked through their sense of traditions, they will provide you with a unique and balanced experience.

When the sun is out, you can enjoy a cold Asahi on the cozy terrace, along with any of the exquisite items of Konnichiwa's menu.

A perfect combination of simplicity, distinctive hospitality, and authentic flavors, without the intimidating price or atmosphere of some other acclaimed Japanese restaurants.

A place you wish you could keep secret...
sarah / February 2, 2010 at 04:12 pm
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Does anyone know where to get Mah-Duppi-Yuhkwe ? It is an appetizer with little bits of raw beef in a porridge.
Meli replying to a comment from anfield / January 18, 2012 at 09:05 am
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You probably only went to the more trendy paces in Tokyo then because this place looks very much like a typical small Japanese restaurant. This one is better because it isn't overrun by salarymen.

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