Went to Hiro (King east of Jarvis) on Saturday night with three others for dinner.
We opted for menu items as opposed to the full Omakase dinner (chef's choice) due to time constraints.
We were seated directly beside the only other table occupied - by four loud, obnoxious individuals - and promptly requested to be moved. These two tables were close to the window so I suppose the logic was that
a) they were 'prime' in some respect or
b) the restaurant wants to appear full.
In any case, our request was accomodated with little fuss.
We all started with the miso soup. The soup was served extremely hot and contained very little apart from broth-- three tiny cubes of tofu and some scattered wakame seaweed. The broth was nicely balanced with a mixture of both white and red miso paste. I expected more from this soup, although it was certainly not unpleasant.
Next came salads for some and assorted tempura for others. The appetizer tempura was $15 and included 3 shrimp - for those who might count. The batter was light, airy, crisp, and non-greasy. The shrimp were served atop your standard tempura veggie assortment: sweet potato, potato, carrot, eggplant, and green bean. Hiro's tempura was excellent. One of us opted for the snow crab salad with strawberry dressing which was a very nice dish. Chunks of snow crab atop mixed baby greens with a vivid red dressing.
I must change gears now for after our apps our hunger had been sated enough to take in our surroundings a bit more. This restaurant has seen better days. The chairs look like something out of a Journey's End hotel room and the floor was not aging well. The grey-blue ceramic tile appeared dirty although I am sure it was actually clean. We were seated beside a cheeky photo of two rabbits sharing an intimate moment. 'Nuff said.
The journey to the washroom revealed filthy walls and more wear and tear. The women's washroom was not great - one of the stalls out of two was not working and the space was very tiny. Paper towels on the floor... I never put much stock in restaurant bathrooms until I read 'Kitchen Confidential' and Tony Bourdain said there was a correlation between the condition of the bathroom and the cleanliness of the kitchen. But I digress.
Onto the sushi and sashimi which were both out of this world. We ordered these items omakase style to share and Hiro did not disappoint. The smoked seared salmon was divine as was the garlic oil brushed maguro tuna and the cured farmed salmon. Wild salmon was also presented along with White Tuna (albacore), Shrimp, and BBQ Eel. The rice was nicely seasoned and in correct proportion to the fish. We ordered seconds of a few items they were so wonderful.
We finished with green tea ice cream.
The service was very friendly and although our server seemed a bit confused when we placed our order (we ordered both on and off the menu and her English was not great) all the dishes arrived correct and in order.
Dinner for four with tea, 2 bottles of mineral water and the above came to $228 before tip.