Cheap Eat of the Week: Koyoi’s Japanese-style poutine


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Poutine with a Japanese twist (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Opened in 2009, Koyoi is one of only a few pre-Guu izakayas in Toronto (yes, apparently izakayas existed in the city before Guu). Tucked away from busy Yonge Street on Irwin Avenue, it’s a neighbourhood spot that also draws a younger university crowd for its very affordable price point.

And what better to pair with your Sapporo than a selection from the entire menu page dedicated to deep-fried dishes? In a surprising Japanese twist on poutine, the French fries with special curry sauce and cheese ($6) offers crispy — almost crunchy — golden French fries covered in a sweet, barely spicy Japanese curry that’s reminiscent of gravy. It’s then topped with cheese, because everything is better topped with cheese.

Koyoi, 2 Irwin Ave., 647-351-5128

Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

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