Blowfish Restaurant and Sake Bar was established in the Spring of 2003 when the doors were opened to this landmark dining destination in Toronto’s stylish King West district.
Our story began with a bunch of guys from very diverse cultural and business backgrounds who all had the same desire—to re-create the Japanese dining experience to fit the lifestyle and feel of our city. This meant providing a high-energy, aesthetically contemporary environment, inventive Japanese food, lively music and staff in love with the idea of serving their guests.
As part of the group and sharing in that desire was Chef G.Q Pan; a man whose love for all things Japanese became apparent in the kitchens of some of the top restaurants in Toronto. Food critics, including James Chatto, have noted his creative play on staple Japanese food and he was quickly recognized as one of the best Japanese chefs in the city.
Inspired by the authenticity of the historical building as well as Executive Chef GQ Pan’s creative yet approachable dishes, local architect Johnson Chou infused old with new in his dramatic revitalization of 668 King Street West. Modern materials balanced with warm wood finishes and stunning design features create depth and imagination.
Mirroring this fusion of old with new, classic with modern, traditional with contemporary, the menu, wine and sake lists combine Japanese and Pan-Pacific with European and North American tastes. Featuring a brilliant combination of innovative gourmet sushi, complimented by a menu of hot and cold plates for sharing, these seemingly far flung influences and selections come together seamlessly in a memorable dining experience.