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JaBistro- wow

Had a fantastic dinner at JaBistro tonight.

The menu is currently a "soft opening" menu, and the grand opening should be in December.

We shared:
the snack of the night- squid balls and fried blue fin
JaBistro roll (snow crab, salmon, tobiko, uni, with the uni blowtorched before being served)
7 pieces sushi combo (salmon roe/fish liver pate, horsemackerel, sea bream, shrimp, toro, urchin, one other fish, and a bonus slice of tomago)
the "Caesar"- a spinach salad with battered shrimp, tomato, egg
a special request, off the menu order of miso soup (which turned out to be the most nuanced miso I've tasted in TO)
pear compote with ice cream & jelly

Best sushi and Japanese seafood I've had in TO in years, and very similar, if not equal quality to Sushi Kaji. Just to be clear, I haven't been to Kaji in years. I liked this meal a little more than my more expensive feast at Kaji, probably because I had a little more control over the order.

Service was attentive and friendly. Our meal came to just over a hundred dollars, including taxes, not including drinks, not including tip.

We'll definitely be back to try more on the menu.

Online reservations are possible through their website.

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  1. Wow, high praise indeed. Sounds great. I'm a big fan of Guu, in all their incarnations. I've got a reservation for this weekend - should be a perfect double bill with the new Bond film.

    1. Great review. Thanks!

      1. nice!! thanks for the preview! XD And I think you were just complaining about the defacto boring miso soup everyone serves in the other thread. :)

        1. I hadn't heard of it before... interesting, thanks.

          Some links - website:

          http://www.jabistro.com/
          Write up in Toronto Life:
          http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

          Address - 222 Richmond St. W (between Simcoe and Duncan).

          Too bad there are no "tags" in this forum so I will mention Roy Thomson Hall, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Royal Alex, Princess of Wales and Entertainment District for search purposes :)

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          1. re: ylsf

            I think you meant between Simcoe and Duncan

            1. re: midtowngirl

              yes, I did. Thanks for catching that before my "edit window" elapsed. Fixed!

          2. What are the noise levels like? Is it possible to have a conversation without yelling at other like at Guu? Thanks in advance!

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            1. re: buttertartz

              It was quiet last night from 6-7:30 pm. Nice mix of music, some interaction with the Chef, manager, servers. Our server Roland was attentive and down-to-earth.

              I don't think JaBistro will stay this quiet for long, but it was more quiet than my last dinner at Yuzu.
              Nice ambiance, nice furniture choices.
              Jlunar, there's a $50 sashimi that comes with lobster, and miso soup.

              Agree, this is a great option before theatre, opera, concerts, etc. Just a few blocks north of the Royal Alex, and less than a 5 minute walk from the SE exit of Osgoode Station.

              1. re: prima

                Ja Bistro is totally on my radar right now. XD Thanks prima!

                1. re: jlunar

                  You're going to love it, j.

                  By the way, the SW exit is the closest Osgoode exit to JaBistro Just noticed my earlier typo now!