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Wagyu Beef Tasting Menu - A Japanese Alternative!

Charles Yu Dec 4, 2007 02:07 PM

I came across an article in an Oriental publication this weekend that features ' Mochizuki Japanese Fine Dining & Rotating Sushi Bar on 655 Bay Street, Unit 5. For $195 a person , they offer a 6 course tasting menu with the first 3 courses featuring 'Grade A5 100% Japanese Wagyu Beef' ( Cerificate of authenticity posted ).The first two courses include a beef sashimi serve over ice since beef with such marbling will melt around 24-24C. Another course involve a personal hebachi for grilling the beef. The hebachi approach also applies to the 4th course which involve grilling a whole scallop in the shell over the fire. Fifth and sixth course involve a whole lobster. The tail section is used to make sushi whilst the rest is used for a Japanese style lobster bisque. Tasting menu starts on 1 December and is limited to only 5 per day!!!
If by chance any Chowhound has savour this experience, please kindly provide feed back. If its really that good, won't mind dishing out the money for this unique meal!!

  1. jennjen18 Dec 4, 2007 03:28 PM

    Do you have other info, ie. telephone number??

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    1. re: jennjen18
      Charles Yu Dec 4, 2007 04:39 PM

      Location is NE corner of Bay/Elm St.,
      Tel: 416-348-8884
      Hours: Monday-Saturday 11.30am-11.00pm
      Sunday 5.00pm-11.00pm
      They also import seafood directly from Japan every week. Currently they have live organic sea urchins in the shell as well!

      Hope this additional info., helps!

    2. s0memale Dec 4, 2007 05:23 PM

      thanks for the info charles!

      never heard about this rest. before...anyone have any comments?

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      1. re: s0memale
        tampopo Dec 4, 2007 07:21 PM

        Had a couple of lunches there and was not impressed. The maki rolls were premade and came straight out the fridge.

        1. re: tampopo
          ace123 Dec 5, 2007 01:03 PM

          I had lunch there couple times too. Sushi & sashimi were only mediocore.

      2. skylineR33 Dec 4, 2007 05:43 PM

        I saw this article too. Wonder how many ounces of wagyu beef are there in the tasting menu as it does not say so. The pictures of the courses looks very good ! Definitely looks more interesting than what others offer in GTA.

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        1. re: skylineR33
          auberginegal Dec 4, 2007 05:52 PM

          what publication was this in?

          1. re: auberginegal
            Charles Yu Dec 4, 2007 06:07 PM

            Ming Pao Saturday Supplement.
            Whole article written in Chinese except for the address and the website:

            1. re: Charles Yu
              jennjen18 Dec 5, 2007 10:04 AM

              is the link correct? i couldnt access it.

          2. re: skylineR33
            Charles Yu Dec 4, 2007 06:15 PM

            Hay, skylineR33. Have you check out their website? I did just now and wasn't too impressed. Looks like another one of those 'Chinese' run outfit. Tempura, sushi platter/boat, udon etc all very common and mediocre looking. May be they have a few Japanese chef looking after the beef and the more expensive part of the menu?

            1. re: Charles Yu
              skylineR33 Dec 4, 2007 06:37 PM

              Actually I walked passed it quite a few times when I worked at "Atrium on Bay", but did not have the urge to try it out. Is it the same group of people used to run 'Ten-ichi' on McCowan and Sheppard ?

              But the wagyu special menu do 'look' very interesting with the Japanese way they cooked it, eh ? And the beef is actually top-tier from what it shows.

              1. re: skylineR33
                Charles Yu Dec 5, 2007 02:44 AM

                Now that you mentioned 'Ten-ichi', sounds like it , doesn't it?!

          3. OnDaGo Dec 4, 2007 08:38 PM

            for $195 a person including a whole lobster you will not be getting a whole lot of Wagyu... is the article online?

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            1. re: OnDaGo
              Blueicus Dec 5, 2007 09:56 AM

              Since the Kobe seems to be serve sashimi style and over a hibachi no doubt they're going to be serving restrained portions (think how little fish in terms of weight is actually served on nigiri or sashimi). Only with a steakhouse will you get anywhere near 8+ ounces of Kobe. Also, I recall speaking cantonese with some of the staff around when I went there once. The sushi (I just ate nigiri off the belt or ordered directly) was decent, but not great.

              1. re: OnDaGo
                Teep Dec 5, 2007 10:48 AM

                The contents of the Saturday supplement are not online. It could have been an ad that was written to look like an article. (If it says at the end "Information/Contents provided by [name of establishment]" then it's an ad.)

                1. re: Teep
                  Charles Yu Dec 5, 2007 02:28 PM

                  Article is a special editorial not an advert.,

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