More than your average izakaya: this established down-town hot spot blends east and west to create the perfect setting for pints with peers.
Ginger Fried Chicken: Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, mouth-watering karaage is a fan favourite that pairs nicely with warm sake or cold beer. (the dish on the left)
Stir-Fired Seafood Noodle: A new twist on tradition! With flavourful noodles, stir-fried seafood, garlic, seaweed and bonito flakes, this is yakisoba at the next level. (the dish on the right)
Hungry for more? Let’s dig in!
Stepping into the second-floor space of Don Don Izakaya—just one block west of Yonge-Dundas Square—kicks off a feast for the senses. As you part the noren (traditional Japanese fabric that acts as a curtain to mark entrances or divide rooms) and enter the dimly lit restaurant and bar, you’ll be met with hearty greetings from staff amidst the clinking of glasses and the deep rumble of the massive drum that sounds as you join a dining room full of patrons. Your mouth will water at the smell of the fusion concoctions being cooked up in the open kitchen, and you might even feel the heat of the flames as you’re led to your table. No doubt about it: there’s a tangible excitement in the air before you’ve even sat down.
Don Don Izakaya opened over five years ago and has been demanding “more” ever since—literally. It takes its name from the Japanese phrase don don (meaning “more of”) and represents everything an izakaya should be about: more food, more drinks, more people and more fun! Expect a lively atmosphere perfect for groups of friends celebrating special occasions or just out for a night on the town. Japanese aspects like private tatami rooms, imported seafood and decorative sake barrels are complemented by Western nods such as hip hop over the speakers and local sports on TV. Visit for a bite to eat and a few drinks—if you’re lucky, you may even get to bang the drum.
Smoky Hay Sashimi
It’s getting hot in here! Fresh sashimi is lightly seared on a bed of fiery hay while flames rise to the beat of the drum.
DONDON Special Black Croquette
Breadcrumbs, shrimp and mayonnaise are all that is needed to produce this uncomplicated yet intriguing menu item known for capturing attention and bringing diners back for more.
Sake Bombs are an action-packed way to enjoy your two favourite drinks at the same time: beer and sake. Get started by drumming your fists on the table until the chopsticks begin to move and your sake cup falls into the beer glass below. KAPOW. Taste explosion!
Don Don Izakaya
130 Dundas St. W., Toronto
416-492-5292 | dondonizakaya.com
Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 am-4 pm
Dinner Sun-Thurs 5 pm-12 am • Fri-Sat 5 pm-1 am