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Oct 3, 2009 08:05 PM

Unexpectedly good Miso-glazed Black Cod in TO!

If it was left to me, I would never have chosen 'Taste of Japan' on Woodbine for a Japanese dinner venue. Unfortunately, tonight's decision was made by 'kids', so we adults have no choice but to tag along!

Seeing mediocre looking fish being displayed in the sushi bar cooler, I decided to pass on sushi/sashimi and opt for some cooked food instead.

I selected a Miso Black Cod set dinner. To my surprise, this must be the 'second best tasting' miso-glazed black cod I had in North America! The first being the 'original version' from NOBU, NYC, which, if my memory serves me right was utterly amazing! Now, if NOBU was a 10, I would give tonight's version a solid 8.5! The two huge pieces of fish was perfectly grilled without excessively burnt usually caused by the sweet mirin marinade. Unlike other mediocre, usually under-flavoured, Toronto versions I had tried, this Taste of Japan NOBU clone was basked in full Sake and miso flavour with the right amount of sweetness. The cook who prepared this fish would have made Nobu Matsuhisa proud! As for the rest of the meal?! Blaaaaaah!

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  1. Hey Charles, while I haven't been to TOJ for a while, I used to go "once in a while" back in the day. Sat at the teppanyaki table and actually enjoyed some of the food. Just took a look at the menu online, but didn't see any cod in either the dine-in or the teppanyaki menu. Can you point it out to me?

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    1. re: SMOG

      Its under 'Set Dinner - Marinated Sea Bass'. Guess their website must be out of date since Chilean seabass is now endangered and people, including them are using black cod instead.

    2. Charles, is the cod of the thin "steaks" variety with the bone in, that you often get in Chinese restaurants? Or is it a thicker piece?

      My personal favourite grilled cod is at Ematei, which I'm sure you've had - a nice thick, juicy slab of fish - among the best in the city, although you may not agree. How would it compare?

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      1. re: Wench Foraday

        Two thick boneless slices thats nicely brown on the outside, crispy on the edges and juicy inside with 'fish oil' galore. Ematei is OK but when compared to the TOJ version, the overall flavour is a bit underwhelming.

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Wow, that sounds amazing! I'm totally going to give that a try and cross my fingers that it wasn't a one-time fluke. Thanks!

      2. There's a fantastic version of miso back cod to be had from the refrigerated of Toro Fish. it comes pre-marinated and vaccumed packed, so you take it home and broil it for about 5 minutes a side. That's been my favorite version in T.O.
        Never been to Nobu, but I have had the Miso Butterfish at Blue Ginger :) The Toro version is pretty good!!

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        1. re: oracle347

          I find the Taro fish version under seasoned. The few times I bought some home, I always find the need to add more miso paste/mirin/Sake to it and marinade them longer.

        2. Wow great to hear! We recently Nobu'd for the first time in NYC and would love to find the miso cod equivalent in TO!

          1. Hi Charles, how much did this set dinner cost you? Thanks in advance!

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            1. re: Yum2MyTum

              We love Black Cod, (sable) and it is our choice when on the menu.
              The best we have ever had in Toronto - with Miso Glaze is at Bymark.
              In Chinese restaurants the thin sliced with the bone, is in our experience always frozen Cod.
              No comparison for taste.
              Diana's supplies fresh Black Cod year round.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Thanks Charles, for this, and the tip! I will have to try this, as miso glazed cod done well is one of my favourite things ever.