I’ve always liked Bistro Taiyo—the previous owners were very sweet and once they got to know you a little, very friendly and always accommodating. The new incarnation is even better—nice furnishings and a little more up market, but still true to the atmosphere and feel of a small restaurant in Japan (and Korea). The sushi and sashimi is excellent and possibly the best BBQ’d sea eel—Unagi--I’ve had, including Vancouver and even in Japan. Very rich because of the high fat content, but very good and a large portion. I’ve tried the lunchtime bento boxes and the donburi, as well as the standard yakitori and tempura dishes—all very good, as is the decent selection of (cold) Japanese and domestic beer and sake. Staff are friendly and the service has been reasonably consistent, although the busy lunch rush is probably best avoided. Evening can get busy with the Asian students from the Uni letting go like they were in an Izakaya in Shibuya—nice atmosphere!
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