Toronto is getting a new anime-inspired wing spot and here’s a sneak peek

This Review article is part of a Narcity Media series. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Narcity Media.

Crave Wings was soft-launched in Toronto, and they serve anime culture with a side of wings.

This new restaurant dives into popular anime fandom with anime-inspired decor and wing flavors that fans will soon be able to enjoy for take-out or indoors.

The concept behind this one-of-a-kind restaurant comes from its owners. In their early to mid-twenties, the owners are three best friends from high school in the GTA who wanted to create something unique and who share a love for anime.

Partial owner and manager Krishi Desilda told Narcity they wanted to create a space where people with similar interests could come together and watch cartoons while enjoying wings referencing the actual shows.

“We really wanted to bring anime and food together.”

Crave Wings will have its grand opening on May 11, and Narcity got a taste of all the anime magic.

Space

The modestly sized restaurant sits on Eglinton Avenue West, and while it may look like your average wing on the outside, the inside is a whole different story.

Restaurant exterior.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

As you enter the restaurant, your eye is immediately drawn to the huge hand-drawn mural on the right side of the shop, created by artist Kirusha Kirideran.

An animated fresco.An animated fresco.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The mural, which has been ongoing since August 2021, is divided into five sections and features characters and hand-drawn manga pages from popular anime like Death Note, One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen.

An anime mural featuring the characters fromAn anime mural featuring the characters from “Demon Slayer”. Right: An anime mural featuring the characters from “Death Note.” Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The centerpiece of the restaurant features various characters posing with Goku, a popular Dragon Ball Z figure, and two side murals featuring demon slayer and Death threat characters.

On the right side of the restaurant, there is a seating section facing three TVs that will show anime shows for customers to enjoy while they eat on their wings.

Crave fender interior.Crave fender interior.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The left wall of the restaurant is painted mustard yellow and features the logo of Crave, a faceless version of Luffy, a character from A piece, featuring the character’s prominent scar and outline.

The Crave Wings logo.The Crave Wings logo.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

In addition to the window facing the street, there are additional seats where patrons can view the hand-drawn manga pages up close along the wall.

Close up of wall painting at Crave Wings.Close up of wall painting at Crave Wings.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The food

The menu has over 150 flavors of wings to choose from, with classics and unique options, with fun nods to anime characters and storylines.

The wings are freshly prepared daily and dusted by hand with a secret seasoning and recipe to give them their satisfying crunch, though they also offer other options like fries on the menu.

Three wing baskets.Three wing baskets.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

I tried three of their flavors including “Death Note”, their spiciest wings on the menu, “Sweet Zenitsu” and “Where’s Sasuke”.

A pound of Death Note wings sells for $13.25, and these bad boys are deceptively spicy.

Crave Wings Death Note Wings.Crave Wings Death Note Wings.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

They are coated in Crave Wings special Reaper hot sauce and sprinkled with hot peppers and roasted garlic. On the first bite, they may not seem hot, but the heat rises.

The spice isn’t overpowering, and they still have a great flavor. However, I wouldn’t recommend ordering these unless you can handle high heat.

Zenitsu soft wings from Crave Wings.Zenitsu soft wings from Crave Wings.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

Sweet Zenitsu was by far my favorite wing flavor of the day. These sweet wings have a great honey mustard flavor with the perfect amount of crunch, despite being drenched in sauce and covered in sesame seeds.

If you’re a fan, you might figure out that the wings look like Zenitsu’s character.

wingsWings “Where’s Sasuke” from Crave Wings.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

The Where’s Sasuke flavor was very visually appealing and had the same crispy, juicy chicken as the others.

The hot honey flavor was milder than the other wing flavors and I found the garlic parmesan sauce a bit heavy. So if you like it sassy these are definitely for you, but otherwise I’d look elsewhere on the menu.

I also tried some of their specialty fries baskets, which tasted like every hangover food I’ve ever dreamed of.

Fries from Crave Wings.Brooke Houghton | Narcity

I grabbed the Parm Garlic Fries, which are $7.99, and the Dolfamingo Fries, which are topped with cheese and hot Cheetos, for $8.99.

Longing for wings

Price: 💸

Type of cuisine: Wings

Address: 557 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario

Why you should go: To try anime-inspired wing flavors.

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