Yes, I know it's in Newmarket. But, they have a new (6 months now) location down on Grosvenor (Bay & College, I think). This is good news for me. And all of us, I think.
Anyhow, thanks to the Chowhounds who directed me to this little place in Newmarket. Chowhounders raved about the Ramen and Omikase. Being lunch in the middle of a busy Thursday work day, I did not want Omikase; but, there were others in the restaurant enjoying Omikase and it looked really, really, really, good.
I wanted Ramen. But, the chef told me, they don't do it anymore because it was too time-consuming and expensive a process. Oh well.
The owner/chef was superfriendly and talkative. Truly passionate about trad Japanese food.
So I had a simple Udon soup and 2-piece order of salmon nigiri. Well. Best dang Udon I ever had; the noodles were not bleached white mush. Hell, no. They were toothsome, chewy and delicious. The owner told me they were from Japan. The broth was good; not too salty. There were even super-fresh pieces of salmon, and lovely mushrooms throughout this carefully made Udon soup. I've never had carefully made Udon soup before.
The sushi was great. I could feel every grain of rice. It was unbelievable. Homemade soy sauce. One forgets how good true sushi can be, in this city of Korean/Chinese McSushi joints on every corner. No offence to these places; I quite enjoy them, actually. But, this place is terrifically Japanese and it shows in a good way.
I can't wait to drop by his Toronto location for Omikase.
Thanks again for the tip folks.