Don Don Izakaya - I went on a Wednesday and it wasn't that loud until the time I left (around 8:00 PM). We sat at the bar and had a small petite waitress serve us. Don't try to pick sake bottles less than $25 because they'll tell you they're out. So we ended up going with three bottles around $30 something. Being at the bar, they helped pour your first shot and place it in the ice bucket, but by the end of the evening they didn't even bother opening the bottle for you.
We had the fish cake, smokey hay salmon sashimi, some pork bun that was like a Chinese bbq pork bun, and the skewer sampler, basically all the ones recommended in the Globe review. I don't think I was wow-ed, but it was half decent. I'd say the fish cake and skewers were the best ones of the lot.
Toronto Life just published their 2012 best new restaurants
Can't say I agree with some of them. Volos is pretty average - nice space, and clearly for the expense accounts. Aria is overpriced and I heard the kitchen is in the basement of the building and they wheel the food in quite a ways before it gets to your table. The bathrooms are also awkwardly placed. Yours Truly - would call it a bar with nibbles rather than a proper restaurant. Even Barque I've heard the quality is declining.