Is there one great Japanese restaurant where the decor, lighting, and service reflect that?
- Googs Mar 13, 2012 06:46 AM
Decor and lighting eliminates Zen and Kaji. Note to Zen: If I wanted to perform surgery on my sushi, you'd be the first place I'd pick. Dim the lights already.
Good eliminates Nami and Ki. I took a look at the Blowfish Bay St menu, but it made me wanna gouge my eyes out to make the cliches stop.
Yuzu? Sushi there is along the lines of John Lee (Omi) styles that I believe you enjoy. Haven't been in a few months though. Yuzu was consistent for the time I was going there almost weekly (2 years?)... I don't know if it would qualify as truly great though. Good, yes. Sometimes great.
236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA
I agree with Yuzu, I had a great dinner there. Really good service and it's pretty nice in there. I sat at the tables directly across from the sushi bar and my only small negative was that the tables are so close together when they're separated into single tables that I felt I was having dinner w my neighbours to the left and right of me. We were definitely eavesdropping on each other's conversations all night so it wouldn't be so romantic if that's what you're also looking for.
Guu is definitely fun for big groups so you can order a billion things and the decor is cool.
Izakaya Ju has alright food (some hits and some misses) and feels authentic but I'd say the room is pretty plain and sparse. Giant shower curtain entrance and cute plastic hearts over track lighting doesn't seem to fit your decor and lighting req.
Would anyone know how Yuzu compares with Mikado? Would either be capable of a sustainable sushi omakase?
Though I love it, Japanese may include, but isn't limited to sushi restaurants. What about any of the izakayas? Less formal sure, but at least it hasn't been McBistro'd yet. I'm thinking specifically of Guu SakaBar and Izakaya Ju. I'd be willing to trade decor for fun. Not that Japanese isn't fun in the first place what with all the eating with your hands and sharing. Maybe not in that order.
re: Charles Yu
Granted it's been so long since I've Kaji'd that I haven't even seen the renos. Shame on me I know, but it's far. Really, really far for me. Zen's simplicity is more my style most days anyway.
Charles Yu, I was kinda hoping you might share your opinion on how the local izakayas compare.