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.

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Melts in your mouth
The aburi sushi is definitely Boku’s winning dish. The salmon envelops your tongue in its buttery softness, the saba bites back with its green onion and ginger toppings, and the ebi is as soft as a velvet kiss. And the hamachi? It practically melts  in your mouth.
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Flavour burst 
The organic vegetable mango maki is bursting with flavour … and crunch! The secret? The inner roll is not only lined with seaweed, but also layered with crisp leaves of lettuce.
 Soba surprise
Noodle lovers will delight in the soba surprise hiding under this mountain of fresh veggies. The yuzu-infused dressing makes the soba salad a citrusy hit!

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?”

boku resto dessert
Never too full for dessert
Find your betsubara (or second stomach) and prepare to be wowed by each bite.
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Divinely delicious
Mille-crepes is rich in flavour without being overly sweet. It will wake up all 10 mille (thousand) of your tastebuds.
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A gift for your tastebuds
Open your kawaii (cute) ceramic gift box and find a slice of heaven waiting for you inside.
boku resto tea
Tea lovers, rejoice!
Not only does Boku offer a wide selection of Japanese ocha (tea), but this fancy timer means never having to worry about watery tea again. Whether your tea of choice happens to be herbal, black or green, you’ll know it’s time to start sipping as soon as the sands in your hourglass reach the bottom.
 Meet Zuimei Okuyama

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!

Boku Restaurant
TEL: 416-368-8686
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