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Sashimi so fresh!! - I thought I was eating in Japan!!

Charles Yu Nov 9, 2013 07:38 PM

Some seafood Sashimi at Cafe Michi with freshness quality that's at par with Japan!!
Live Giant Uni in the shell from British Columbia - every sliver the size of a table spoon if not bigger!
Live Diver Scallops in the shell from New England water.
My favorite 'kicked up a notch' Chirashi
Uni was best ever eaten in Canada! Sooo sweet!
BTW, a rarity in Toronto! 'Complimentary' Wasabi grind from fresh root!! I don't see Zen ever offering this for free?!!

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  1. grandgourmand RE: Charles Yu Nov 10, 2013 09:40 AM

    Man, that uni looks delicious.

    These pictures are making me envious. I went to Yuzu on Adelaide last night. Usually, I'm not "wowed", but I enjoy my meal. Had a deluxe sashimi set and it was too cold and the texture of most of the fish was mushy.

    How consistent is Cafe Michi?

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      Charles Yu RE: grandgourmand Nov 10, 2013 11:09 AM

      Very, very consistent!!

      That Uni, with 5 huge 'Tongue' was $28, but IMHO worth every penny since it was so huge, thick and fresh. Sweet and totally void of 'ammonia' smell usually associated with BC Uni. Don't forget the fresh grind wasabi was 'complimentary'! BTW, Inatei in Richmond Hill charges more than that and the size is smaller!
      The Chirashi with salad, appetizer and a big slice of dessert cake was $32.

      @ Blltz: considering the quantity and quality and being 'Japanese' own and operate, the price is very reasonable IMO. Zen, in an even more sleazy neighbourhood, has a steeper price point!

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        Apprentice RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 08:41 AM

        Intriguing I've never had Uni like that before. The best Uni I've tasted was also from Michi (and that includes Yasuda, Kaji) but it was Uni from Boston...fabulous.

        1. re: Apprentice
          Charles Yu RE: Apprentice Nov 11, 2013 09:29 AM

          Boston varietal is small in size. BC ones are known for big sizes. For me, I just wanted fresh and sweet tasting ones with no 'ammonia' smell or taste.

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      fatpersonpersony RE: Charles Yu Nov 10, 2013 09:42 AM

      what are the prices like? although, from the photos that really shouldn't be a concern.

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        blitz RE: fatpersonpersony Nov 10, 2013 10:10 AM

        cafe michi is definitely on the pricey side of things (considering its relative location in scarborough and interior decor). then again, the quality is much better than your run of the mill sushi place. i believe it is actually owned and operated by japanese individuals.

        as an aside, they also have a rule about guests not being allowed to order just desserts during a certain time period. i understand the reason for the rule but when your restaurant is half empty with 1hr before close and you have customers who want to order a few slices of cake...it doesn't make sense to tell them "takeout only". just a friendly heads-up to those who want to drop in for coffee/tea/dessert thinking this place is a "cafe"...call ahead to inquire when this is allowed (late afternoon i believe?).

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          nogoro RE: blitz Nov 10, 2013 07:40 PM

          Yes, the "cafe" name threw me off. 2 months ago, after taking my dad out for his birthday dinner, four of us decided to drop by at Michi for some cake to finish off the night. It was about 8:30pm, the restaurant was full but several tables were wrapping up. It was not obvious to us that dessert-only orders were not allowed, nor were we asked. It was only after 30 minutes of waiting, once we sat down and looked at the menu that we saw this. One of the waitresses wanted to make an exception for us but was overruled by another staff.

          Having become a permanent embarrassing memory for myself, I will never go there again.

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            Charles Yu RE: nogoro Nov 10, 2013 07:59 PM

            Interesting to hear from a food loving chowhounder that the reason for not returning to an establishment was not due to food but a misunderstanding of the restaurant's policy! What a shame!!

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              blitz RE: nogoro Nov 11, 2013 02:35 PM

              ditto what nogoro said. i assumed their inflexibility was perhaps a cultural thing....possibly great respect to the owners and their rules? anyways, i did give them a second chance and enjoyed my subsequent meal.

              1. re: blitz
                nogoro RE: blitz Nov 12, 2013 07:35 AM

                I'll admit I never made "special demands" when I was in Japan, but my assumption was that since they have the saying "the customer is god", that they would bend over backwards to be accommodating. If I was dining with friends that night I would have given them another chance, but being my dad's birthday that they ruined, another life perhaps (ichigo ichie)

                On the topic of uni, I did have a chance to eat it out of the shell at Sushi Nomi, only $19 if they have it in stock. That place has its own thread.

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          mexivilla RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 04:09 AM

          On last night's Anthony Bourdain in Japan he introduced a sushi chef he claimed to be the best. The chef was very clear that fresh fish had no flavor.

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            GeeDee RE: mexivilla Nov 11, 2013 06:17 AM

            Fish is the imperative word here I think. Uni and Scallop wouldn't age very well for sushi.. (Conpoy is another story!)

          2. shekamoo RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 05:11 AM

            so what exactly did you order to get all this? do they know you there?

            1. prima RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 11:27 AM

              Charles, was this lunch or dinner?

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                Charles Yu RE: prima Nov 11, 2013 01:17 PM


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                  shekamoo RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 05:55 PM

                  Would you so terribly mind sharing what you actually ordered to get all this? It's not on the menu....

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                    Charles Yu RE: shekamoo Nov 11, 2013 08:26 PM

                    The Uni and the scallops were both off menu daily special that day, which Toshi San offered and we accepted.
                    The rest were all inclusive in their #2 - Chirashi dinner. That small 3 items amuse are usually offered to 'regulars'. Photo of the 'cake' dessert was not taken and posted.

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                      c_snapper RE: Charles Yu Nov 11, 2013 09:31 PM

                      so how much did your meal cost...approximately?

                      i'm looking for a place to take my sister to next time she's in town from BC! show her how it's done here!

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                        Charles Yu RE: c_snapper Nov 12, 2013 07:03 AM

                        $187 for four inclusive of tax but not tips.

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                brushfire RE: Charles Yu Nov 12, 2013 07:30 AM

                Hi Charles! Awesome review. I remember my friend introducing cafe michi to me years ago! Back then there was a sushi bar in the back where the chef from kaji would cook. It was like has side project or something. Is the sushi bar in the back still there? Or did you have this meal in the cafe area of the restaurant? Everything looks amazing!

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                  Charles Yu RE: brushfire Nov 12, 2013 08:17 AM

                  FYI, the quaint sushi bar at the back is still there.
                  At that time, Kaji San was helping out the Japanese lady owner by creating the menu, help in the day to day operation as well as sending her a caliber sushi chef to help out. Subsequently, the lady sold the business to the current owner, a brother and sister team, Toshi and Fumi.

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