This izakaya was recommended by a friend. For those of you who have never tried, an izakaya is a place that serves Japanese bar food, no sushi here. The dishes are meant to be small and paired with sake (or you can have a dry dinner as well, the food is usually quite good). Boisterous and friendly, Don Don Izakaya has a set of staff that make the eating experience that much more enjoyable.
Teriyaki Tokyo Dog: Not a good start. Dry and over salted. The meatballs could have used more seasoning in them.
Deep Fried Pork Belly: A thinly sliced piece of pork belly that is deep fried and drizzled with their mayonnaise-based sauce. The batter is considerably thicker than the piece of pork belly which unfortunately takes away from the flavour of the protein.
Black Seafood Rice: Interesting combination of sweetened rice with seaweed and seafood. I have to say I’ve never tried something quite like this, but the slight tang and sweetness from the rice pairs very well with the seaweed.
Jaja beef: Raw slices of beef that you are to sear at your table with a miniature cast-iron pan along with an assortment of vegetables and mushrooms. Tender and juicy, the steak is good especially paired with the BBQ sauce that they make. Would have liked to see more marbling on the meat though.
Spicy Grilled Squid: Simply spiced and grilled perfectly.
Ginger Fried Chicken: Tender pieces of dark meat deep fried with a side of ginger sauce or mayo. Yum!
Overall, this is a pretty trendy place to go to for unique snack-like foods, however, execution on some of these dishes could have been much better.
Would come here again to sample their sake with the food.
Until we dine again,
-The Piquey Eater
P.S. Because I promised to do a shout-out, our server was Harumasa Honda, UTSC alumni. Cool guy.