Anyone who has been to Kaji lately...
Could you describe what exactly was on the menu? I want to choose the right time when they have stuff like lobster, crab, toro, etc because this will likely be a one-time thing for a few years. (I just can't stand the reality of paying more than $150 for a dinner for two, when it's coming out of my own pocket ;) ).
have not been there for several months, but love the place.
The value is there despite the price, as it is the entire evening.
The service is comfortably slow, and the comfort level is perfect.
Some courses are small, but by the end of the evening you are served a lot of food.
Last time our final course was some beautifully laid out sashimi, and the purest of tuna, and we were too full to finish.
They are very accomodating, and if you call ahead, I am sure that they would adapt the menu for you.
Must make a reservation, just thinking about it!
Kaji's style is very traditional and hinges on communication, so don't be shy about asking what's on offer.Just don't couch it like you do above in terms of "mostest for the leastest." If that's your goal, then head straight for Bloor W.Kaji's portions are have always struck me a typical of hi-end sushi/sashimi.The emphasis is on quality and presentation, not quantity.He's not cheap but then you'll not see this type of food elsewhere.
Pinstripe is right, you should call and ask to find out. They might also be able to give you a general idea of when the crabs and lobsters they tend to use are in season.
I went to Sushi Kaji in November. There are 3 set menus to choose from, I believe they were $80, $100 and $120. I was with a group of people, and each of the menus was ordered at my table.
The most deluxe menu the night I went included a crab dish, and it came with a few more courses than the least deluxe menu. I ordered the least expensive menu, and I still ended up having several slices of very good toro. There were over 10 different seafoods served over the course of almost 3 hours, all of it unbelievably fresh.
If you're looking for 1 or 2 specific types of seafood, be aware that each courses is quite small, since so many courses are served, and your portion of lobster, crab or toro will also likely be on the small side. That being said, the slices of sashimi were a generous size.
personally, i would call and ask. i mean who would know the best?
i doubt they'd mind if you're looking for specific types of fish/seafood, just don't phrase it as if you're trying to get the most expensive ingredients for your buck. i'll give some of my favourite seasonal places a call to find out when they offer something i really enjoy and they'll gladly tell me.