wanted some special sushi to celebrate this evening and thought we would roll the dice with kumai in mississauga. it was brilliant.
sushi suggestions often leave me skeptical and i'm snobbing it up these days by only going to japango and the now defunct omi. my mind is changed and now i'll have to beg and borrow my way into mississauga to get a taste of this wonderful place.
arriving at the restaurant, it was absolutely deserted minus a couple tables with a duo and single noshing along in the quiet atmosphere. hearing about their cheap sushi omakase from ch, we asked about it (not listed on the menu) and was cheerily mentioned the $36.45 price and that it was wonderful. ordering up one each, the best sushi meal i've had in toronto began.
after dropping off our beverages (and pouring a perfect beer), we received a salad amuse of lightly marinated tomato and cucumber chunks topped with small slices of white onion and bits of cooked octopus. nice, but not remarkable although my dining partner was impressed with the quality of the tomato. a steaming hot white miso soup was rather salty but the simple refreshing salad with carrot ginger dressing over ice berg lettuce did well to balance. these simple dishes didn't prove promising. however, after quite a while of a wait considering the emptiness of the restaurant our matching plates arrived.
nigiri: two pieces of fatty bluefin tuna, a long strip of beautiful salmon, squid, BC giant clam, salmon roe, uni, portugese sardine, kanpachi. maki - green onion maguro and two large pieces of tamago. fresh and flavourful it was all delightful but the one disappointment was the squid. potentially past its prime it was a bit chewy. the surprises of the evening were the portugese sardine and giant clam. the crispness of the white clam and its refreshing clean flavour was amazing. the portugese sardine was just rich enough and its distinct flavour barely lingered on the palate. the uni was certainly piled high and the briny sweetness burst in my mouth. the bluefin tuna... was an unexpected surprise. listed at 15.50 for 2 pieces of sushi or sashimi on the regular menu... finding 2 pieces on my plate was baffling. meltingly rich but taut flesh made it an absolute delight.
we were stuffed!
service was amazing. between offering hot damp towels between courses for cleaning up, carefully arranging dishes in front of us, pouring soy sauce into dishes at the table, perfectly pouring beer without touching the glass, checking up on us in appropriate time, and always with hot tea at the ready... i'm smitten. she wasn't overly friendly but certainly helpful.... service in toronto has never been like this for me.
loved it and urge all of you to go!