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Mar 12, 2013 12:10 PM

Hubby and I are going for his birthday lunch to Le Café Michi - What should we order?

We have never been, so please tell us - what are the must-have dishes?


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  1. Boy are you in for a treat! I would get the chirashi. It's the most beautiful presentation you have ever seen, it's pricey but worth it. All their dons are quite tasty and although I have had better katsu curry, they have one of the better katsu curries in Toronto. Sushi can be made a la carte and their rolls are decent. Make sure to get some of their trifle for dessert as well.

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      1. re: Bobby Wham

        Oh, thank you!! Looks great! I am the trifle queen in my family, so we will definitely have to give theirs a try!

        1. re: Bobby Wham

          +1 on the cafe au lait chirashi. It is pricey but really good. I also like their unatama (eel and egg on rice) which they have a lunch price for I believe.

          I've been twice in the past 6 months and service was not so great. Hopefully your night will be better.

          1. re: sumashi

            We're going for lunch. I'll let you know!

        2. Another plus for the Cafe Au Lait Chirashi Don followed by the English Trifle. It's so amazing.

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            1. Michi is quite imressive in the whole range of dishes offered. Along with Zen, this is the only Japanese kitchen in Toronto that does not produce a single 'off' item (caveat:I have had their nigiri but rarely ever order it these days. for nigiri I go to Zen). I have tried everything on their menu (I go at least once a couple weeks) and never been disappointed. Cafe Au Lait Chirashi is tops though.

              1. So, we were there for lunch today. Thank you all for the recommendations! We each had the Cafe au Lait Chirashi, which was excellent and very much satisfied my husband's sushi craving. We also shared a trifle and a slice of cheesecake for dessert. As I mentioned, I am the trifle queen in my family, and both of us are quite partial to my version. Nonetheless, it was superb. So rare to find trifle these days! Plus, great coffee! Wow! Definitely on our revisit list. Service was a but clumsy and disorganized, alas. Not a major issue, however.

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                1. re: Full tummy

                  The owner Fumi San makes the trifle fresh daily and tosses what's left over at the end of the day because the fruit won't last much past a 12 hour period.

                  A testament to the quality control at Michi.

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Glad to hear you had a great meal! I'm always happy with their chirashi au lait. There's also an unidon which is just stacked with tons of uni on top of rice.
                    That's what I had experienced in terms of service ..they are nice but just disorganized and forgetful (they sat us at a table and didn't bring us menus til we flagged them down, they took our dessert order and it never came and they had to take the order again, trying to get water and coffee refills etc..). Despite that, I still go back for the food.

                    Oh and FYI for those that may want to go for only dessert/tea/coffee, they won't seat you for that after a certain time (maybe 5pm?) until closing.

                  2. Omakase with the sake cake is my favourite combo and the curry dons are great too :) Enjoy!

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                    1. re: mrsyumyum

                      would love to take the kids. how much is cafe au lait chirashi? $20+?

                      Took my kids to Zen for lunch and they loved it. Thx.

                      1. re: caitlink

                        I think the Cafe au Lait chirashi was $35. But we felt it was worth it.

                        1. re: caitlink

                          Yeah I'm not sure how kid friendly the chirashi is, unless they enjoy uni and other delicacies of the sea. Yeah and it's in the $30 range so not the cheapest order for a child.