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871 Denman St. (Haro St.) Send to Phone
Izakaya offering Japanese small plates and spirited fun.
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  • 4.5 star rating
4.5 rating over 2 reviews

Kingyo Restaurant Review

: If you've never experienced an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant, know that Kingyo gets it right the second you step through the rustic wooden door. You’ll think you’ve entered the courtyard of a feudal Japanese home: traditional wood carvings adorn the walls, a clay-tiled roof graces the bar, and an elegant strand of bamboo runs the length of the long communal table. The small-plates menu features deftly executed flavor combinations. Deep-fried fresh corn with soy butter is deceptively simple, while the yellowtail and avocado carpaccio dressed with garlic chips, wasabi mayo and soy-sesame dressing will have you craving seconds. Rock'n Kobe has diners grilling marinated Kobe beef atop a sizzling-hot rock, and then slathering the results with two kinds special Kingyo sauces. Seafood includes “my ebi mayo” tempura prawns dipped in spicy chili mayo sauce and garnished with chili strings and paprika, and grilled miso-marinated black cod (also known as sablefish) with yuzu miso sauce. There's a serious wine pro on board, too. Each label on the compact, well-priced list is there to enhance Kingyo's menu, as are chilled sakés. Shochu (Japanese vodka) and a list of cocktails like the yuzu gin tonic and Japanese sangría are sure to tempt. Delicate creamy almond tofu and black sesame panna cotta provide sweet endings.

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