Hashi Izakaya (Toronto)

Hashi Izakaya

Hashi Izakaya is a surprisingly spacious restaurant with a row of wooden tables flanking one side of the dining room, easily accommodating groups of 30. An ingenious bamboo overhang can be released to provide privacy between tables, but does little to block out the cheers of semi-drunk diners. But then again, no one really goes to an izakaya excepting a quiet romantic meal; it’s the noise, drinking and sharing food that makes the restaurant fun.   

Hashi Izakaya

Sharing is strongly encouraged as Hashi serves sizable portions. For example, the squid butter yaki ($9), essentially a squid cooked in butter, arrives whole and cut into thin bite sized slivers. The squid was overcooked and a tad tough. Moreover, the sweet soy butter glaze was rather muted and the mayonnaise dip is definitely not the flavour I wanted with the dish.

Hashi Izakaya: butter squid

Similarly, the grilled gindara ($13) could use more of the saikyo miso marinade given the black cod is such a neutral fish. The dish is an improvement over the last, with the fish cooked well, although could benefit from a crispier skin.

Hashi Izakaya: gindara

The kamikaze ($12) and dynamite rolls ($13 on menu; $10 actually charged) were large and filled with spicy tuna (kamikaze) and shrimp tempura (dynamite) along with avocado and cucumber in both. Perhaps a bit too much sauce was doused over the kamikaze; not a drop of soy sauce was required for either roll.

Hashi Izakaya: maki rolls

There were a number of dishes I enjoyed: the karaage ($6) was hot and juicy, with an unexpected ginger twinge in the marinade.  

Hashi Izakaya: karaage

Calamari rings, shrimp and bay scallops were abundant in the seafood yaki udon ($13). While the plump noodles retained a springy bite and had a spicy kick from the oyster sauce mixture.

Hashi Izakaya: seafood udon

For larger tables, the oden nabe ($13), a comforting soup brimming with assorted fish cakes, tofu and mushrooms will help wash down the heavier dishes. Served on a portable stove, diners can go back and grab sips without fear of the broth getting cold.

Hashi Izakaya: oden

Overall, the food at Hashi isn’t fantastic, but it’s decent enough. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable and tables are abundant. For affordable, stress free dining, Hashi is an ichiban choice.

Overall mark - 7 out of 10

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 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 5582 Yonge Street

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