Originating from Vancouver, Ebisu Queen is a Japanese Fusion Izakaya restaurant which recently opened in Toronto offering tapas, sushi, ramen and more.
Though I attended the grand opening event, I didn’t really get to try much of the food. Therefore, I was glad when @Anthoni.Foodlab invited me for an intimate media tasting on December 12, 2016. We were able to try their popular dishes, new dishes and new specials.
Ebisu On Queen has some daily specials and some seasonal specials so it’s best to check in on them to see what they have. As of this date, they have an on-going Fresh Oyster Blowout where they offer $1 oysters daily during dinner time. And for December, they have a $9.99 Sapporo Pitcher Special from Sunday to Thursday.
We started off with some drinks. They let us try the Premium Sake Sampler, the Matcha Green Tea Cocktail and the Ramyun (Japanese Soda) High Ball.
I really enjoyed the Matcha Green Tea Cocktail. Very strong matcha taste mixed with baileys, and mochi. It was refreshing!
It was also nice to try the sake sampler and taste the differences between the three. Each has its own unique quality.
– Fresh Oyster
– Sea Urchin Sashimi
– Deep Fried Fish Cake with Cheese
– Shrimp Ajillo
– BBQ Beef Tongue
– Truffle French Fries
– Cajun Tuna Taco
– Oyster Motoyaki
– Chicken Karaage
– Miso Chowder Pot Pie
– Hamachi Jalapeno Battera
– Saffron Cream Mussels
– Sea Urchin Tempura
– Seafood Ramen – New Menu Item
– Seafood Mentaiko Yakiudon – New Menu Item
– Black Sesame Creme Brulee
– Anmitsu – Red Bean Jam, Fruits, Rice-Flour Dumplings and Matcha Ice Cream
– Yuzu Cheese Cake
Travelling Foodie’s Favorites
My favourites at Ebisu On Queen were the Shrimp Ahijo, Cajun Tuna Tacos, Fresh Sea Urchin, Miso Chowder Pot Pie and, for dessert, the Anmitsu.
The Shrimp Ajillo reminds me of the Spanish tapa dish and it was so flavourful and breaming with garlic taste which I love. I couldnt stop dipping the shrimp and the bread into the sauce. One thing I asked the owner was “What makes this Japanese”, they use a Japanese herb in this dish, which is the green leaves you see on top.
The Cajun Tuna Tacos were a breath of fresh air from the typical tacos – seared fresh tuna, mango, avocado, tomato and kaiware, dressed with house ginger sauce. The combination of the ingredients tasted so fresh and flavourful together. I especially loved that they used crispy wonton as the taco shell which was surprisingly amazing!
Fresh Sea Urchin is nothing new but what I love is they gave seaweed on the side so you can make a “sushi” out of it, without the rice. Having the seaweed makes a different in the experience.
I didn’t expect to find a chowder in a Japanese restaurant, but the Miso Chowder Pot Pie was amazing! There were a lot of seafood in the chowder and you can taste the miso along with it, which added a nice kick. What I especially loved was the fresh puff pastry that comes with it!
The Anmitsu was my favourite dessert among the three. It had a very strong matcha taste and loved the rice-flour dumpling that came along with it. It was very refreshing way to end the night and cleanse the palate.
Disclaimer: Although the tasting was complimentary as provided by Ebisu on Queen, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the companies.
Ebisu on Queen
204 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z2