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Yakitori Kintori

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on March 10, 2014 / review policy

Yakitori KintoriYakitori Kintori is a compact bar perched above the recently opened Kinton Ramen on Bloor. The snack bar devoted to Japanese skewered meats is the newest edition to the Guu / Kinton / JaBistro family of restaurants.

The dimly lit room accommodates 35 seated at sleek, custom built benches and bar rail stools looking into the enclosed kitchen.

Yakitori KintoriThe menu illustrates over a dozen parts of a chicken that can be ordered as single mini brochettes. Familiar cuts like chicken thighs, wings and breasts are listed alongside "rare" (meaning available in only limited quantities) selections like chicken oysters, necks and cartilage. Priced at $2.50 or less, each skewer offers a chance to savour the surprisingly varied flavours of each cut; juicy dark meat and even juicier tails, firm white meat dotted with wasabi or sweet plum jam, crunchy char flavoured cartilage.

Yakitori KintoriNothing on the menu exceeds $9. Premium skewers of marbled wagyu rib-eye and sliced Angus beef tongue, are the most expensive options but well worth it for the sake of variety. They're cooked over imported bincho (charcoal briquettes) and served simply with wasabi and smoked salts that draw out natural flavours.

Yakitori KintoriSake cheese fondue ($9) is an unexpected inclusion on the menu, but is a much appreciated contrast to all the meat I've just devoured. Melted Swiss cheese comes in a black vessel with a vibrant assortment of skewered brussel sprouts, quail eggs, taro, okra and bread.

Yakitori KintoriThe bar menu covers sake, sochu, beer, sangria and cocktails like the mango mojito ($8), a refreshing muddled mix of mint and fruit with rum, citrus and soda.

Yakitori KintoriYakitori Kintori is currently open daily from 5pm to 10:30pm, though hours may be extended to run late-night like the ramen shop downstairs.

Yakitori KintoriPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

6 Comments

james / April 2, 2014 at 12:15 am
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could anyone tell me what the women are like here? Is it boring/usual or do they have nice skirts and uniforms? is it worth going? thanks
Rob / April 5, 2014 at 08:35 pm
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Loved the food, as usually. Pretty much love everything they do. Great staff.
IKE replying to a comment from james / June 20, 2014 at 09:10 am
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This is a Japanese restaurant. If you are not looking for food but girls, go somewhere else. It's disgusting that Asian women who serve in Asian restaurant always have to be looked at like some kind of sexual object.
james / September 18, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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what waitress?? the server was a man lol and he wanted us to order drinks??
james replying to a comment from IKE / September 18, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Man, that was a legit question. It is called ambiance. Did you know? you can eat at home too. You go out for something different lameo
Baxter replying to a comment from IKE / September 25, 2014 at 05:51 pm
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You are the only one who spoke about Asian women... I however concur that a restaurant or establishment purporting to sell and serve alcohol would assist its goal by employing edgy pretty women. And no none here (but try Seoul Yakitori)

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