Sushi Kaji Restaurant
October 31, 2010
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860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z
(Islington & The Queensway)
T: (416) 252-2166
Sushi Kaji is popular for their omakase. (“Omakase” is similar to a tasting menu in which you are served a number of smaller dishes, one at a time, and each dish is chosen by the chef. Some restaurants do not allow substitutes.)
The chef prepares and puts a lot of thought and consideration to each omakase dish. Sushi Kaji offers three menus to choose from: $80, $100, and $120 (not including beverage, tip or tax). Although it was pricey, I felt it was worth it. Think of the dining experience as an “artistic culinary dinner”.
• Look at each of the three menus and see which combination of dishes you like more. (The menus change daily depending on what’s fresh and in season.) If it is your first time doing omakase, you might want to go with the $80 menu, which should suffice. The more expensive ones usually offer a little more quantity and quality. No matter which menu you choose, you will not be disappointed.
• To go with your meal, try a can of Japanese beer (i.e. Sapporo or Asahi) or Plum Wine (with ice) if you prefer something sweeter.
Good to Know
• Best seats: At the sushi bar (if you’re not looking to have a private discussion over dinner)
• Service: Server introduced each dish that was served and was diligent in attending to my queries. (If I had a question and he didn’t know the answer, he’d relay it to the chef and then got back to me.)
• Atmosphere: Unpretentious, cozy, wooden furniture
• Perfect date place: Romance, birthday, anniversary, parents, and others
• Make reservations: Yes, especially during holidays
• Attire: Smart casual, casual
• Patio: No
• Convenience: Parking spots available on Queensway; there is also a small parking lot beside the restaurant
• Warning: The food is freshly served (so fresh that the amaebi shrimp sashimi was still moving when it was brought to my table).