Toronto will be positively awash in new non-sushi Japanese restaurants this year. First there was Don Don Izakaya, which opened up in February. Then Kingyo, the popular Vancouver izakaya, announced plans to open an offshoot in Toronto this year. As well, there are three new ramen joints on the way: Santouka, from Japan, and Raijin and Kinton, both from Vancouver, the latter of which has its grand opening this Friday (it also has a new, somewhat Black Hoof-y website). The most recent announcement: Nejibee, a Japanese izakaya chain specializing in teppanyaki, will soon be opening up shop on Wellesley Street just west of Yonge. The only question: will Nejibee’s welcoming salute be able to match Guu’s enthusiastic call or Don Don’s drum?
Nejibee, 24 Wellesley St. W., 647-748-2882, nejibee.ca, @NejibeeIzakaya