#53 Hanmoto


  • Opened 2015
  • 2 Lakeview Ave., Toronto (map)

Great Korean-influenced Japanese bar food brought to us from by Leemo Han of Oddseoul. It’s a slightly upmarket garage grunge bar that takes no reservations and has no phone and no sign, but we love the food: Moto eggs sit pretty on a charred rectangular wooden tray over small stones in a round plate. And they’re fab: Devilled eggs very jazzed with chiles, salmon eggs, crisp tiny rice balls, soy and shreds of chicken skin. Hamachi tartare is what happened when Japanese food got its Korean mojo on — yellowtail jumped up with chili, ponzu, shiso and avocado. The nice big portion of uni (sea urchin) comes with crisp nori leaves, wasabi and sushi rice, for make-your-own sushi rolls — with savoury little bites of crisped chicken skin. Dyno wings are over-size chicken wings stuffed with pork dumpling meat and then thick batter, deep fried and served in a takeout box. A little sweet, a little greasy and a lot of forbidden fruit fun.

  • Hanmoto
  • 2 Lakeview Ave., Toronto (map)

  • Chef: Leemo Han
  • Sous Chef: Joseph Kim
  • Cuisine: Japanese,Asian Fusion
  • Cost of dinner for two: $35
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 2
  • BYOB?: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Street parking available
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