I read a few reviews and heard quite a bit of buzz about Koko Share Bar in Yorkville, which opened about 7 weeks ago.
I did a walk-by one day and the space looked really interesting. It's a few steps below, but the space is very intimate and serene with lots of browns and greens, creating a cool, minimalistic vibe. Turns out it's co-owned by Sang Kim, the same guy who did Blowfish (which, admittedly I was not a fan of when I dined there years ago).
I decided to give it a go recently and shared their signature platters with my dining companion. First up was their Bossam, which is essentially make-your-own Korean lettuce wrap. It's definitely modernized and North-American-ized, but still retains a similarity to what you can find on Bloor West. There's spicy chicken, pork belly and BBQ korean beef to stuff into the boston lettuce or Napa cabbage, plus 3 great sauces.
The other platter is Temaki, which is basically make-your-own sushi. I was extremely impressed with the amount of food provided. In terms of raw fish there’s a daily chef’s selection of sashimi. (On this day it was salmon, yellowfish, tuna, butterfish, clam and ebi. On another day there was also a shot glass of scallops and salmon roe.) The fish itself is fresh, and Sang said he brings fish in on a daily basis.
I was also given small nori sheets and sushi rice, a pile of tempura vegetables, shrimp and a soft-shell crab, plus a variety of fresh, grilled and poached vegetables for my DIY handroll.
If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, I highly recommend it as a fun meal. I wouldn't classify it as inexpensive, but it's a memorable and fun meal, and a good amount of quality food at $25/person. If you'd like to see more, there's photos of my meal on my blog.
I also went again for lunch (about $15/person), and again for a special occasion dinner (much more/person). I'm not thrilled about the dining options in Yorkville and I'd have to say since Koko has now opened, and is also open 7 days a week, it's earned a spot as one of my go-to restaruants for a casual dinner or a special occasion meal.
Koko Share Bar
81 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON , CA