Teara Lab- Toronto’s First Japanese Sandwich Shop

Foodies rejoice! Another food trend is coming to Toronto. Opening Friday, May 27, is Toronto’s first Japanese-inspired sandwich shop, Teara Lab. I was at the menu preview last night to get a sneak peak on what a Japanese sandwich really entails.

With a focus on specialty menu items, it is the key ingredients such as the sauces and unique flavour pairings that make this menu a one of a kind and different than any other sandwich in the City. This Japanese-fusion restaurant is owned and operated by the same team who developed KAKA All You Can Eat in Markham, yes, the sushi restaurant with the three-week reservation wait list. Focusing on fast service and casual eats, this is a great spot for grabbing something on the go.

Their passion for fresh quality food is extremely apparent with this specialty menu at Teara. Their signature dish and my personal favourite of the evening is their chicken teriyaki burger. That’s right, it’s exactly what it sounds like, on a delicious bun and dressed with a wasabi mayo and some of your other burger fixings this is one of the first menu items you should try.

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Other must-try sandwiches include the soy glazed pork belly and the red wine braised short rib, covered in crispy onions, mushrooms, kimchi and seaweed for bold flavours that melt in your mouth. The bun isn’t even big enough for how much they load these sandwiches up, but worth every bite. You definitely don’t leave hungry since these sandwiches are extremely filling. I couldn’t even finish three samplings!

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There are more than just specialty sandwiches too, Japanese sodas, milk teas, freshly squeezed watermelon juice, passion fruit green tea, which are the perfect flavours for the signature summer beverage everyone is trialing right now.

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Overall, I will definitely be back to Teara Labs, if there is not a lineup out the door as predicted with any new food trend in Toronto. You can find them located at 181 College Street West, a block past Queens Park subway station in prime U of T territory.

Even writing this, I now am hungry. Good luck with your opening and thanks for having me Teara Labs!

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