Looking to plan a full day of Japanese treats for my birthday on a Friday with a few friends. Prefer downtown or southwest (not Markham nor J-Town), and need ideas for breakfast/coffee, lunch or afternoon tea; dinner; and late night drinking. Thinking of Japanese activities in between each, such as the Japan Foundation on Bloor Street West http://www.jftor.org/whatson/2014Danj... or perhaps a hair blowout at a Japanese salon. (The Iyashi bedrock spa seems too far north at Yonge/Lawrence.) Maybe a tea ceremony in a zen garden is a pipe dream.
Thinking the Black Dice Cafe on Dundas West to end the evening. Japanese whisky is a must. Have never been there. But perfect west location to get home in 15 minutes by taxi.
I love Zakkushi and Kingyo and Noir Coffee (kinda Viet-Japanese, right?) but they also seem a tad too far. But maybe someone will chauffeur me around. A place that does proper robatayaki would be ideal. Don't worry about finding me the best sushi though I've never been to Ja Bistro. I would skip Yuzu due to atmosphere. I like loud and raucous Tokyo-style or at least with great whisky and sake. The sake distillery doesn't run tours on Fridays but I will ask. Shi Bui might be tried and reviewed by then. Tapas-style food would be better than ramen. And a place that takes reservations for dinner for a group would be ideal.