This evening, as member of a party of six, I braved rush hour traffic and head down from Richmond Hill to Corso-Italia for a date with this new 'Japanese' kid in town. Serving traditional Edomae sushi with a few additional 'new-wave' creations thrown in, Chef Kaito offers a $55 Omakase only menu comprising of 11 Nigiri pieces and 1 Hand Roll. A strict one hour time slot is assigned to each sushi-counter space party.......that means, if you are unlucky enough to be stuck in traffic for half an hour, you will only have half an hour to finish the meal!! Good Luck!
This super-affordable meal must be one of the best quality and value-for-money Sushi Omakase experience I have had in the GTA. Featuring quality Neta ingredients, by Toronto standard and at such amazing price point. We were offered Hotategai, Madai, Hamachi, O-Toro, Bonito, Aji, Ebi, Sake, Anago, Hirame sashimi roll and a chopped Akami/Chutoro hand roll. Brushed individually with the chef's house made special soy sauce and garnished with different toppings such as orange zest, grated ginger or fresh wasabi, each Nigiri pieces were stand-out by its own right. However, for me, the true stars were those innovative creations that utilized a smoking machine to bring out another level of taste sensation to the Neta. These were the Smoked Bonito and Smoked Salmon belly Nigiri. So ^^$@#$ing good!!
Only downside was that, in a few isolated cases, the well cooked and seasoned Shari were not properly packed, resulting in a few fallen rice grains when picked up by hand. However, this short fall, I am willing to overlook, considering the fact that our party was late and Chef Kaito was a bit pressed for time to finish serving us ahead of the arrival of the next seating.
This is one sushi-ya that, if it wasn't for the long drive, I could eat there every week!! A definite must-try!
BTW, both Chef Kaito San and the lady server speak quite fluent English and deliver superb care and friendly service. Also, instead of the usual shoga ( pickled ginger ), refreshing diced pickled turnips was offered. An enjoyable, interesting touch!
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