The name Touhenboku, or stubborn, is a testament to uncompromising taste. And while Boku reinvents the Touhenboku menu, it’s just as committed to flavour as its predecessors.
Hungry for more? Let’s dig in!
If you’re heading to Touhenboku’s much-anticipated third location with visions of all that ramen you’re about to slurp, spoiler alert: you won’t find any here. Considering the other two Touhenboku restaurants specialize in this hearty noodle soup, you might be surprised. Disappointed, even.
Don’t be. Boku might be one of the best Japanese restaurants you visit in 2015. Owner Zuimei Okuyama has good reason for leaving ramen off the menu at his latest eatery. He’s fulfilling a lifelong dream: opening a traditional Japanese restaurant.
But a more traditional menu is not the only thing that sets Boku apart from its sister locations. Upon entering the restaurant, patrons are greeted by a life-size samurai warrior (a costume Zuimei proudly donned this past Halloween) and a kimono-clad hostess (typically on weekends or special occasions). Once seated, your eyes will drink in the deep walnut browns of the custom-made tables and the earthy shades of traditional servingware in all shapes and sizes—not to be outdone by the miniature Japanese garden in the centre of the restaurant. Japanese restaurant or oasis? You decidez Sneak a peek behind the bar and you’ll find a wall lined with bottles of sake so fine they aren’t available at the LCBO. (The most expensive bottle goes for $300.)
Fish so fresh, it melts in your mouth. Food so authentic, you’ll let yourself believe you’re in Japan. By night’s end you’ll be saying, “Ramen? What’s that?”
Zuimei moved to Toronto over a decade ago to study English. But what kept him here was love. So you might not be surprised to learn that love had a little something to do with the decision behind opening a third restaurant in the Distillery District. The laneway outside of his new restaurant is where Zuimei and his special someone got married years ago!
42 Gristmill Lane, The Distillery District, Toronto
OPEN HOURS (winter): Tues–Sun 11:30 am–3 pm,
5 pm–9:30 pm(last order 9 pm) • Mon closed