There’s no need to turn up the volume at Kubo Radio because they are cranking out the Asian fusion eats, treats, rock, soul and kung fu all at once. In fact it’s a bit hard to even keep up. Our very cute waiter sports a tee that says “Dim Sum Fooey” and in between taking orders and serving a full house, he still manages to find the time to dance with his co-worker in the back of the spacious restaurant. How cute is that? Even more so is the smart fusion of not just great food, but excellent service and good music (starting with Cheap Trick’s classic “I Want You to Want Me” and getting better from there…though a slight bit too loud) – there’s even kung fu movies playing on some of the monitors on the wall – making this a fun an alive spot on the Queen East strip in Leslieville.
We started with some sake martinis that packed a good punch ($6ish), Vietnamese style veggie spring rolls ($4.50), crispy sweet potato dumplings with ginger and maple syrup ($5.50) and shared the tasty in yo’ face ‘Funga Me Funga You’ Shanghai noodles, which boasts lots of tasty ingredients including abalone and wood ear mushrooms, spinach, garlic and dark soy.
On an in yo face scale of one to ten (where 1 = ‘not so much in yo face’ and 10 = ‘in yo face sucka’), TOist gives Kubo Radio a loud 8.5 for good food, good music and good times. Its well priced, casual and cool environment is sure to bring us back fo’ mo’. FYI – they are even one of the first restaurants to offer the new Bring Your Own Wine regulation, but you gotta cough up a $20 corkage fee.
Kubo Radio is located at 894 Queen Street East, just west of Logan Avenue. (416) 406-5826.