The top 5 Japanese restaurants near campus

In this week’s restaurant roundup, we take a look at the top Japanese restaurants on and around campus, from ramen noodle soup joints to the best sushi spots.

Guu Izakaya

Toronto’s self-proclaimed first izakaya — an informal Japanese bar —is very popular among students and young professionals alike. The vibe is fun, casual and laid back with picnic tables serving as seating. Giant pitchers of Sapporo are passed around, along with Japanese-style tapas and sharing plates. The menu is extensive and includes sashimi salad, stir-fried udon noodles, kimchi bibimbap and grilled black cod.

Kinton Ramen

The latest outpost of the very popular Kinton Ramen has opened up right near campus at Gerrard and Church streets. The fifth of its kind, the restaurant serves up delicious hot ramen noodle soup with your choice of broth (miso, chicken, jalapeno and more) alongside a variety of toppings like soft-boiled eggs, soybeans, sweet corn and more.


This traditional Japanese restaurant features kimono-clad waiters, a sushi bar and tabletop hotpots. This restaurant is pricier and located farther from campus, but if you’re searching for the freshest sashimi and truly authentic Japanese food, then this is the place. Tables are also concealed behind a subtle screen allowing for an intimate dining experience.

Kyoto House

This all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet offers plenty of hot entrees and sushi. For $19.99 you can get an unlimited dinner (one of the cheapest options in the city) but à la carte is also available. Bento box dinners, udon noodle soup, beef bulgogi, sushi and sashimi are just some of what’s on the menu here.

Sushi Queen Izakaya

This is one of the better sushi restaurants in Toronto and luckily it is located close to Ryerson. What makes this restaurant special is that there is a plethora of options other than your standard sushi rolls and tempura. Try the tuna steak tartare, smothered with a delicious miso-wasabi sauce and a generous helping of fresh avocado. Other notable menu items include their enoki mushroom beef rolls and chicken yakitori.

Bonus: Yamato

This Japanese restaurant features a variety of teppanyaki combos prepared at your grill table by a master chef. This restaurant is much cheaper than the Benihana chain that follows the same cooking style, and the food is higher quality. Located in Yorkville, it is a bit far from campus but you can’t beat the value — $31 for a chicken teppanyaki combo cooked in front of you, accompanied by onion soup, salad, fresh vegetables and rice.

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