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Bar Shozan

Bar Shozan is a restaurant specializing in smoked sashimi and a menu of shareable Japanese dishes. 

Sitting on the Lower Ossington, Shozan is actually the reinvention of the restaurant Konnichiwa: one of several businesses in Baldwin Village that was forced to close after a devastating fire in 2017. 

shozan room torontoWhile Konnichiwa focused on affordable, family-style comfort food like donburis and authentic Japanese noodles, this new rebrand offers a menu of unique, high-quality dishes. 

Replacing Hawker Bar, the first floor of Bar Shozan is a tight squeeze. It's much more spacious on the second floor, with room for about 43 guests. 

shozan room torontoDuring the duration of your meal, you might hear occasional loud banging coming from the kitchen.

shozan room torontoThat's an indication that somebody has ordered the duck pastrami wraps ($9.50), a popular order that sees a trio of 24-hour-brined duck hammered flat by the chef per order.

shozan room torontoRolled up inside are micro greens, served with a miso and red wine reduction, and a sprinkling of cacao nibs. 

shozan room torontoAnother popular order: the decadent and flavourful Sashimi No. 7 ($45).

Sashimi is typically served raw and plain, but this dish serves chunks of seafood that are either smoked on the stove or cured for a special flavour that's best eaten without soy sauce. 

shozan room torontoCured chive-covered ebi and smoked tuna served atop avocado are all part of this decadently presented plate. 

shozan room torontoA smaller, more affordable plate of fish is the New Wave Nigiri Sushi plate ($16), which comes with a bright beet-cured salmon with a kumquat sake purée. Also on the plate: cured botan ebi, and aburi scallop with black sesame sauce.

shozan room torontoChicken tabasaki wings ($7.50) come with a layer soy and spicy peanut, served with garlic dipping sauce. 

shozan room torontoA pair of massive soft-shell crab croquettes ($14) have a fragrant miso flavour and come with a side of yogurt and garlic tartar sauce. 

shozan room torontoSmoked tuna tartar is made with blackened eggplant ($12) and served with an apple and caper sauce. 

shozan room torontoThere's a handful of signature cocktails offered here, including the Shozan Lady ($14) with sake. lemon juice, triple sec and egg whites. 

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