Shibui Robata Bar

Behold Toronto’s FIRST EVER Robata Bar! That’s right! – debuting on Adelaide in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, Shibui (@ShibuiRobata) brings a twist to the Toronto food scene with the city’s first authentic hot charcoal robata experience.

Now what exactly is Robata? Robata refers to a method of cooking, similar to barbecue, in which items of food on skewers are slow-grilled over hot charcoal. (Wikipedia)

Linked to Copa Cabana, Shibui is a Japanese venue designed by Ralph Giannone. This restaurant evokes a stunning combination of Japan’s beauty with an urban twist. The decor is quite modern and chic.

Luckily enough for me, I was invited to Shibui’s media launch party. The party was held on their lower level in which we got to see the robata bar – open kitchen concept.

Loved the presentation of the fresh assorted sashimi

Chef’s doing their magic in the kitchen!

So all night long, we were passed along quite a few different canapé for sampling:

キノコと蕎麦のサラダ Kinoko Salad

  • Soba noodle, Japanese mushroom, ponzu dressing
  • The salad was one of my favourite items of the evening – The salad itself brought out its A game. the citrus tasting ponzu dressing on the salad was well balanced. Soba noodles were incredibly fresh and cold. Quite a refreshing salad

薩摩芋 Sweet Potato 

  • Red miso sauce

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玉蜀黍 Corn

  • Yuzu butter sauce


  • Chilean Sea Bass

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ぴり辛鮭と焼きにぎり Crispy Rice Spicy Salmon

  • Pan seared sushi rice

ぴり辛海老巻 Pirikara EBI Maki

  • Crispy fried shrimp, asapragus, cucumber, chili mayo sauce

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子羊の辛味噌焼き Lamb Chop

  • Spicy  Korean miso glaze

Ending the night with one of my favourite proteins.. lamp was incredible! Shibui Robata bar has a lot to offer whether its items coming from their robata grill or their simply amazing maki rolls. And conveniently Shibui is participating in Summerlicious 2014 (July 4-20) My reservations has already been made.. what about you? =)


This meal was complimentary but remains unbiased in our content

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  1. andy1076
    July 6, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    I love the decor! You are right. So unexpected of a Robata restaurant to have such a modern touch to it, The crispy salmon and crispy fried shrimp have me so curious. But what I love most is the consistency of the presentation, It really adds to the experience 🙂

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