Place: Kingyo Izakaya
When: December, 2015
My friend Teng, my fellow food adventurer, and I had heard a lot about Kingyo Izakaya so we decided to make the trip to Denman Street and see for ourselves what the big deal was.
And you know what? The restaurant deserves every single superlative because the service was wonderful and the food divine. The seating arrangements were on the tight side but not uncomfortably so. We were given seats right by the window so the light was wonderful and we were able to get pretty pictures.
We did order enough food that passersby stopped to stare but…we were hungry!
Tea came in this beautiful and heavy stone teapot. Fresh, with a wonderful smell, the tea made us hungrier.
Teng ordered pressed salmon and ikura sushi (9.80). It was pretty light without an overwhelming fishy taste. As someone who is very dubious about raw fish, I liked it.
The ebi mayo (10.80) is divine. I mean, it’s good enough that I almost licked the plate after we were done eating the ebi.
This is the veggie stone bowl that comes with a salad, pickles, and miso. Here’s the official description:
“INARI AGE” (DEEP-FRIED BEAN CURD), ALMONDS, AVOCADO, TAKANA PICKLES ON THE RICE IN A SIZZLING STONE BOWL WITH 2 KINDS OF SAUCE – MISO & SOY – SERVED WITH GREEN SALAD, PICKLES &
VEGETARIAN MISO SOUP.
This was brilliant. The serving is huge and two people can easily share it. The vegetables were lightly saute-ed but retained just enough crispness. The sauce is sweet but noverly so. The almonds create an interesting texture. It was immensely delicious.
Matcha creme brulee. It was deliciously creamy with a stronger hint of the matcha at the end.
The sesame seed panna cotta won all the things though. Strong sesame flavour eased by the fragrant and light cream with a taste of toffee to intensify the sweetness.
There you have it. My very first restaurant review. Now I’m hungry. My friend and I plan to go back to Kingyo Izakaya for dinner. You shall all know how it goes.