The large Japanese mural at BarFish | Photo: Nick Lee

New sushi and cocktail destination, BarFish, has now opened replacing what used to be the outdoor bar of Blowfish restaurant at the north east corner of King and Bathurst. Cocktails and sushi are at the forefront of this intimate and chic space with sky high ceilings.


Designed by Antonio Tadrissi and built by Prototype Design Lab, one wall still maintains the original exposed brick of Blowfish while the other wall features an impressively giant Japanese mural shown above. The space can hold up to 60 people reception style with DJs every night. It’s perfect for intimate gatherings or private events in a vibrant setting.

Of course, Toronto’s own award-winning mixologist, Nishantha Nepulongoda, a resident of Blowfish crafts the cocktails at BarFish.

Nishan Nepulangoda

Nishan Nepulangoda


Premium sake made specially for BarFish including Traditional, Yuzu, Pomegranate, and Peach Nigori

Premium Ontario sake specially made for BarFish including Traditional, Yuzu, Pomegranate, and Peach Nigori


“We’re excited to take the next step forward in the evolution of Blowfish.” says Zark Fatah, president of Capture Group and marketing partner at Blowfish and BarFish, “When we opened on King Street in 2003, we brought a new dining experience to the area and have stayed on the cutting edge of what’s trendy in food and entertainment ever since. The expansion reflects the changing neighbourhood and our desire to offer our clientele the option to join us for an intimate meal or a buzzier social experience.”

And the plans don’t stop there: in 2015 there are construction plans to create two private dining rooms on the second floor and to also create a third floor rooftop patio. Exciting!

BarFish is open Sunday to Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to midnight and Thursday to Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen is open Sunday to Tuesday until 10 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday until 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 11:30 p.m.

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