Kyoto Ka Prepares the Freshest Sushi you can find in T-Town

. July 1, 2016.

Kyoto Ka Sushi Bar & More

6801 W. Central Ave. | Toledo 43617
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:30pm-9:30pm
Sat: 12pm-10:30pm | Sun: 5pm-9pm

Growing up, I thought I knew about sushi. It was raw fish rolled up, right? I recall my college years when a friend spoke about going out for sushi and my first reaction was “eeewww” and “Wow that seems kind of fancy.” Turns out, I was quite mistaken. Fast forward to 2016, Toledo now boasts many sushi restaurants. Though hesitant, my children decided to be adventurous and have dinner at Kyoto Ka Sushi Bar. 

Sushi 101

First things first. Sushi does NOT mean raw fish. It translates directly to “it is sour”. Sushi is a food preparation originating in Japan using cooked vinegared rice and then adding any additional ingredients such as vegetables, cream cheese, fruit, and yes, sometimes raw or cooked fish. Sashimi, on the other hand, is raw meat or fish thinly sliced and NOT served with rice. News flash: those of you who don’t consider the California rolls filled with avocado and cream cheese etc. to be ”sushi”, you are mistaken.

Kyoto is the name of an old capital city of Japan and Ka is a Korean word for family. Kyoto Ka prepares the freshest sushi you can find in T-Town, while also offering a full menu to please most everyone. Tempted to try one of the many varieties of sushi rolls prepared to order with care for each customer. Go ahead, I dare you to try something new.

Kyoto Ka’s loyal following

A close friend was in absolute disbelief when I told her I had never been to Kyoto Ka. She told me she goes there at least three times a month! Since opening more than  eight years ago, they have developed a following of regulars. Owner Joe Cho greeted us with a smile from behind the sushi bar. With a friendly staff and excellent food, I know why they have a loyal following. You can identify Chef Joe as the one wearing blue behind the sushi bar.

According to Joe Cho’s son, Sung Cho, who was in 10th grade when they moved here from South Korea, “We serve our customers with the best quality of sushi. We love to serve our customers with a warm heart.”

Think outside the roll

Chef Joe and family do an amazing job with their sushi rolls which are truly works of art. However, beyond delectable rolls, patrons can find much more on the menu. Not everyone is a fan of sushi. Rest assured, the menu offers soups, salads, noodles, traditional favorites like orange chicken and more. They don’t offer a kids menu, but you can find alternatives for the younger set. Sung Cho recommends the teriyaki chicken or the chicken katsu which is a breaded and deep fried boneless chicken (with their special sauce, served on the side if you request). Sung Cho also explained that items can be made in lunch portions for the little ones. If that still doesn’t suit the younger set, you can rarely go wrong with plain noodles or fried rice.

My boys shared the chicken yaki udon/soba (noodles) with vegetables. I devoured the beef bulgogi with vegetables and rice. The charbroiled thinly sliced beef with the Kyoto Ka sauce was done perfectly. We all sampled my daughter’s California roll and shrimp tempura roll, but only after we admired how beautiful they looked on the plate.  For the sushi novice, those are great dishes to start with. I was just glad my children tried something new, and learned a thing or two as well.  

The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Somewhat
To avoid wait: Anytime
Noise level: Moderate
Bathroom amenities: No changing station
High chairs: Yes
Got milk? No, but lemonade and Japanese kid sodas are available
Kids’ menu? No, but options can be prepared in lunch portions
Allergies? Always speak to the server when ordering. They may suggest ordering something prepared up front, such as sushi. Extra caution will be taken when preparing your meal if you order from the kitchen.

Bottom Line: At Kyoto Ka you will be treated like family. The food is fresh and prepared perfectly. A kids’ menu isn’t offered but smaller portions of entrees are available. However, if your little one will only eat mac-n-cheese and fries, you might have to make this a date night sans kids.   

Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer who resides 
in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o