Bacon Tempura at Ki in Toronto, Canada

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2018)

Ki is an upscale Japanese restaurant with several locations in Canada, including one in Brookfield Place in downtown Toronto.

It’s hard to miss if you happen to be in the area: If you’re outside you’ll notice the cheerful crowd in the restaurant’s leafy patio; if you’re indoors, you’ll stop to admire the restaurant’s dramatic glass-trimmed entryway just inside the Santiago Calatrava-designed atrium.

Drama seems to be part of the theme at this elegant bar and restaurant. It has a subdued, but striking, décor and a tempting Nuevo Japanese menu. There is nothing bland or ordinary to be found here.

We chose the sake-sake (sake-cured salmon tartare with tobiko, wasabi crème fraiche and shrimp crisps) and the tempura bacon (yes, delicately battered and fried bacon) from a menu that offered many, many delicious sounding bites.

The bacon was good, but maybe it is possible to have too much of a good thing, as the salmon was fabulous!

It’s not cheap, but everything was really good: our food, the food heading to other tables, the beverage selection, the service, and the atmosphere. I’m not surprised that both the patio and bar/dining areas were filled with customers as the work day ended — happy hour at Ki would be a delightful way to end the work day.

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