Japanese cuisine is quite popular amongst Torontonians. However, some people choose to stay away from it because they're not fans of raw fish. Well, for your information there's much more to this type of cuisine than sushi and dragon rolls. You can see for yourself at this amazing Japanese resto located in the heart of Toronto.

Zakkushi on Carelton is a hidden gem in the 6ix. This Japanese gastropub would definitely be classified as an  izakaya because of it's loud, casual environment, hands-on food and boozing vibes.  Zakkushi means "skewers" in Japanese and let me tell you, the chefs at Zakkushi are experts when it comes to working with the grill. Their grilled dishes are made over real Japanese charcoal, which explains the tenderness and smokey flavours of the food. Binchotan is a specific type of charcoal that is recognized across the world for it's quality of burning and excellent heat retention at high temperatures.

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The menu at Zakkushi is more authentic and extensive than other izakayas in Toronto. Many people assume Japanese cuisine is all about raw fish, but little do they know this culture is all about their meats and grilled dishes. There are over 30 different kinds, including meats, seafood, and vegetables offered at Zakkushi, that would be classified as Japanese tapas, perfect for sharing!!! Items are listed in both Japanese and English, along with photographs that are presented on a colourful menu. The prices are really affordable in comparison to other Japanese pubs in Toronto, so you won't have to worry about breaking your wallet!

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The compressed space within the resto perfectly depicts what an authentic Japanese design of "sukiya" style tea house with bamboo and shutters looks like.

Izakayas are knowns as Japanese style drinking establishments, that are popular, casual and usually cheap. The word is made of a combination consisting of "I" which means to stay and "sakaya" that is a sake shop. The sake selection is quite selective at Zakkushi, with over 10 different types to choose from.

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Zakkushi will take you on a trip to Tokyo because of its' traditional environment, cuisine and service. The moment you'll walk through the doors, you'll feel a warm welcome from the servers dressed in traditional Ryukyu attire.Whether you're looking for a quick eatery or a full out dinner, this particular izakaya in Toronto will leave you with a true Japanese experience.

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