Boku

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CAN$30 and under
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Pan-Asian

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
Boku hopes to become the go-to spot for anyone looking for value and good food and drink in the East End. We are the Asian snack bar in the Distillery District providing share plates, rice bowls, noodles, cocktails and local beers in a chill, non-pretentious atmosphere.

We reserve the right to give away unused tables if your party has not arrived within 15mins of the reservation time. Just give us a call, let us know!

For reservations 6ppl or more, please call us or email us at info@bokunoodlebar.com.


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What 86 People Are Saying
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I
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

This was my first time here. Food exclusions were still included, but what was worrisome was the waitress who took away my food, walked around and served another table then handled payment with my food just put down on a table and in the midst of all of this. Not quite sanitary... The food taste was excellent; however, the detour with my food will prevent me from returning and I'm likely to share this experience with others, when asked.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One dish arrived with food just warm. When it was sent back it came back hot and delicious!

b
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great tuna poke and pretty good tofu noodle ( a few more vegetables would have made it great).

Was also disappointed that there was no desert available. They did say there were new choices coming next month

Will definitely return

DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Pleasant authentic

SC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful...as always!

WT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had an outside table on a beautiful night - noise level and ambiance were fine. The Poke bowl had tuna and edamame over rice. That was it. No mango, no other vegetable, no imagination. The stir fried beef and broccoli was in a too salty, too sweet sauce and the vegetables were soggy. Service was poor. The cost of the wine was only double that of LCBO, not triple as in most restaurants - that was a plus.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The waitress was either drunk or high on drugs. We ended up leaving and going to another restaurant

PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

It's an ok place to eat if you want someplace close in the Distillery District before or after a play but the serving staff need to be more attentive to their patrons.

LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value! Food was very good, still not sure about the Spam 'sushi' but everything else was very good. Our Server was patient and entertaining. We would return!

LW
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great feel to Boku... The flights of Japanese and American whiskey were recommended and were a great pairing. The flavours were robust and very savoury. We’ll be heading back very soon!

KT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great atmosphere and the service was great! outdoor patio allowed for a nice night outdoors

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Beef udon was very sweet. It was almost like eating molasses. Ramen was okay but have had much better elsewhere. Portions are a bit small for the price.

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Consistently poor service by wait staff. The last three times I have been here, it took a long time to get noticed, we were not given a bottle of water on our table like other tables had and we had to go up to the bar to ask for water, not once asked how the food was, and again had to go up to the hostess to ask for our bill. Food is adequate but overpriced.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow. Ants all over the tables outside on the patio. Food was average.

MF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I'd try eating here again if it wasn't the summerlicious menu. Also, they need more staff on the line to execute those kinds of menus. Not 3 line cooks...as my first time here with my table of 6, our main course took what felt like half an hour.

AD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

An easy going place to enjoy good food and surroundings. Good service and great recommendations for beers and cocktails. Started with Takoyaki, then Miso Ramen and Brioche Bread Pudding. Everything was flavourful, satisfying and really good. I would definitely go back. My guest was equally impressed and said they would recommend to family and friends.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We went there for Summerlicious event. We had Takoyaki (i like it!) and gyoza, Miso Ramen & Tan Tan ramen for main dish (not the real Japanese ramen, but taste okay), and some dessert that I don’t remember. The reason I don’t remember the dessert name because it took forever to be served, and when we asked for it they said we finished our noodle late than the others so we have to wait more?!? That make no sense at all. I saw next table who came after us and still had their noodle bowl, but they already got their dessert. Service was poor, have to wait a long time for the next dish to be served. Good place in distilery district.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Truly poor food. We were there during a citywide restaurant promotion event, which meant a prix fixe three course and no a la carte options. My ersatz Japanese salad was sloppily overdressed, but not worth the effort to return and replace. The garnish-free pork ramen broth was close to tasteless, with a decent appearance but thin savor and no mouthfeel. Dessert was paltry and rote. The meal was a cruel parody of genuine cooking, even by Distillery mass-feeding standards.

ML
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service
Highly Recommend!

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The first two courses were amazing, the taste and textures of the food superb. We waited close to 40 minutes for desert, bread pudding, and when it finally arrived it was classic Swiss Chalet, a real disappointment after the first two dished. The Kitchen needs to be staffed to meet the demand from the clients. The kitchen was the bottleneck in this operation. Our waitress was great.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! I would go there again and again. I had the vegan Ramen and was disappointed that it was made with rice noodles instead of vegan ramen noodles. That would definitely not stop me from going back!

CB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food. Substantial servings. Lovely to sit outside in Distillery District too.

0
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere

TR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place with affordable and tasty dishes. Nice selection of craft beer and a friendly waitress. All good!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My husband and I recently moved to the area and wanted to try Boku. I made a reservation ahead of time knowing that the restaurants in the area are usually busy. When we arrived there were only 3 other tables with diners in the restaurant which we were happy about given the crowds walking around. Despite the fairly empty restaurant, our server seemed very overwhelmed serving everyone. We were told that 4 dishes were unavailable to order, 3 of which were our top choices to try. The menu is fairly small so this was unfortunate. My husband wanted to add an egg to his bowl of ramen but they were also out of eggs. Although neither my husband and I are vegetarians, all of the vegetarian dishes we’re unavailable to order, including their one vegan dish. I understand it was a long weekend but perhaps better preparation is needed in the future. The food was flavourful but service was lacking. I would order take-out in the future but would be hesitate to dine-in.

i
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very delicious

TA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was very good. Ramen portion was on the small side. Prices are too high. $17.50 for ramen is too much.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very happy with service and my meal. A couple of people in our party would have preferred the chicken dishes but they ran out of chicken earlier in the week as they had been busier than planned. Disappointed in this only.

SC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t felt compelled to write a review for a while up until now.
Everything about this overly under rated restaurant was excellent.
We sat at the bar and our server Shun was attentive and so knowledgeable about Japanese whiskey.
My husband enjoyed the whiskey as much as the lesson on how this whiskey is served in Japan.
The mushroom salad was so fresh with the perfect dressing adding to the rich mushroom fragrance.
The gyoza was delicious, light and crispy with a savoury dipping sauce.
The short rib udon was perfection, rich and tender.
The mushroom ramen was the best vegetarian ramen that I’ve tasted.
Boku is a hidden gem!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

The atmosphere and service here in great, and they have a lot of interesting beers available. The gyozas are delicious, though small. The ramen itself was tasty but the noodles were very thick and stiff and seemed somewhat undercooked compared to previous visits to Boku and visits to many other ramen places. The broth was delicious but not very hot. This place is on the expensive side for noodles and we would visit more often if they paid a bit more attention to these details.

B
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect before a play: feels special, food great, service attentive. We'll come back.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening out with friends. Two couples, enjoyed a quiet Sunday dinner with tasty selection of udon bowls and appetizers. Not many vegetarian options but the ones available were excellent. Attentive service and would return.

CT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere and good location as we were going to Soulpepper. Only service misstep was they did not refill our wine when our wine glasses were empty. Food was good (Miso Ramen and Tan Tan Men Ramen) and great value for the price. Nice to have hot noodles on a cold night. They were missing an appetizer that was normally on the menu but the appetizers that we ordered (Gyoza and Takoyaki) were tasty. Limited wine list. We would go back again.

AN
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I didn’t love our server. He was pretty unhelpful. Not bc he was rude or anything, just not that great. Really didn’t sell me on any of the food and the food was nothing to write home about. I went for the promise of mochi not realizing it was not always on the menu so I didn’t even get what I was waiting for. Not their fault I suppose. Music and vibe was good.

LB
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a special night when they were offering $6 wine and Sake. We were pleasantly surprised. It was great food at a reasonable price. It did not have the Distillery or tourist tax (as we call the prices in most Distillery restaurants) attached to this meal.

We started by sharing the Chicken Karaage and Gyoza for appetizers. Both were plentiful and quite tasty. For main course, my partner had the Mushroom Rsmen. It was delicious with plenty of mushrooms. The noodles were thin and tasty. I had the Miso Egplant Danbury. The Egplant was delicious. It came with rice in miso which was excellent. Over all it was a great experience.

One drawback, I understand the difficulty in having an accessible entrance in front but there should at least be a sign pointing to the accessible entrance.

LA
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I didnt like the fact that it was ground pork, not shredded pork. Didnt have much flavor.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had really good servers.

t
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I made a reservation for my boyfriend's birthday about a month in advanced. We arrived early on a Friday night and were seated immediately, which was nice. I was expecting it to be busy, but there were maybe two other tables seated at the time. Our server was fantastic, the atmosphere was really beautiful, they played great music, and the food and cocktails were delicious. I had been a bit apprehensive, as at the time I made the booking it seemed the reviews were split down the middle. One thing that stood out to me though, was that there was a response to every single review - good or bad - and it showed they care about delivering great food and service.

There were some noisy kids seated behind us for maybe our first half hour, and the drinks were just a bit pricier than I'd have liked, but overall it was a great experience and I can't wait to come back!

W
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice décor. Great service. Food was delicious. It was a Thursday night, so the restaurant was not too busy. I imagine the noise level might be louder if it was busier.

CM
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An alternative to other restaurants located in distillery.
Good service and vibes.
Enjoyed during a night to light show!

Do not order the tea unless green tea. Its flavoured and not authentic regional Japanese tea.