Restaurants & Bars 9

Azuma = authentic mile end sushi bar!

OliverB | Jun 2, 2012 10:41 AM

Can't believe I haven't been sooner... I fought the annoying roadblocks, cyclists, and obnoxious crowds of pot clanging protestors last night for almost 40 minutes just to settle in at this sushi bar on St-Laurent, corner Maguire. I was the only honky gaijin in the room. The chef and all servers are Japanese (unlike most establishments in town) as were all patrons, and the fish was exceptionally fresh!

I had asked the chef to just slice me up a dozen pieces of nigri of his choice, but he somehow misheard or misunderstoof and made me a plate of sashimi instead, so I asked for a side of sticky sushi rice and probably made a fool of myself as he watched me try to assemble my own plate of nigri, dropping rice and wasabi all over the place and fumbling with the chopsticks hah. He then pulled out a giant Maine lobster claw and proceeded to crack it open and pull out heaping chunks of fresh meat. I couldn't resist and asked him to make me some kind of roll with it. He asked whether I wanted a handroll and I eagerly affirmed, but was surprised and slightly disappointed when he handed me a large cone instead. I was expecting a few pieces of maki, but it was delicious nonetheless. Overall, despite not really having sampled any sushi proper, I had a really great and reasonably priced solo dinner ($45 tax incl. for a dozen pieces of sashimi; yellowtail, tuna, mackerel, etc) and I am looking forward to returning next week to get a better taste of the potential that I'm sure this sushi chef has! So far, this is among the better sushi bars I've been to in the city. The fish is fresh, albeit a minimal selection on the menu last night, and the operation is basic and straightforward, which is what I look for in a good sushi bar. No fancy fusion rolls or overpriced novelty menus liek sushi pizza or items of that sort. Great atmosphere too!

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