Simple and delicious, Tokyo Kitchen offers home-style cuisine the way Mom makes it—that is, if your mom grew up in Osaka.

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Some of my fondest memories growing up are in the kitchen, cooking side by side with my mother, making home-style dishes like stews, omelettes, burger steaks and mashed potatoes. These are the foods that bring a smile to my face on a bad day and warm my belly on a cold one—they are my happy foods. In this spirit, what Tokyo Kitchen serves is not fancy food. This is not a place where your appetizer will be served flambéed, your dessert will be deconstructed, and you’ll leave hungry and wondering why your wallet feels so light. Tokyo Kitchen serves home-style cuisine, the way Mom makes it. Thick and hearty, slightly sweet and spiced Japanese-style curry heaped over a pile of rice with a variety of toppings and served with a generous side salad. Oversized tempura, perfectly battered and crisply fried. Salmon and ikura (salmon roe) liberally piled on top of bowls of rice. The quality ingredients, Happy food made with heart Simple and delicious, Tokyo Kitchen offers home-style cuisine the way Mom makes it— that is, if your mom grew up in Osaka. large portions and reasonable prices—not to mention mouth-wateringly delicious food—are just a few of the reasons why Tokyo Kitchen is high on my list of everyday go-to restaurants.

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Since reopening in spring 2018, Tokyo Kitchen has added a deli and takeout counter, perfect for those that want to grab something during lunch or on their way home. Just like a Japanese konbini (convenience store), Tokyo Kitchen offers a selection of tasty, healthy and well-priced dishes to take away. Home-made croquettes with a variety of ingredients like corn, shrimp or beef cost less than a drink at Starbucks. Bentos filled to bursting with yakisoba, chicken karaage and salad, or chicken katsu with Japanese-style rolled omelettes, pickles, rice and stewed vegetables await hungry customers. The deli also offers hard-to-find Japanese-style desserts—traditional Anmitsu made with vegan agar-agar, anko red bean paste and fresh fruits topped with a black sugar syrup, coffee and Calpico jellies, and puddings made with milk tea, matcha and mango flavours.

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Owner-chefs Kumi Nakayama and Jun Yamashita love to cook, and the food they serve is real Japanese food. This is the cuisine that Japanese grow up eating—the dishes that Michelin-starred sushi chefs cook for their families. These are the dishes that remind me of simpler days, and these are my happy foods.


 

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Tokyo Kitchen
20 Charles St. E., Toronto | 416-968-9889
www.tokyokitchen.info
Tues–Thurs 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30 pm–10 pm
Fri 11:30 am–3 pm, 5:30 pm–11 pm
Sat 11:30 am–11 pm
Sun 11:30 am–9:30 pm