first of all...wow!!!! is all I have to say.
my ex gf told me about this place a while back and had nothing but good to say....service impeccable, food incredible, she went on about how her and her new bf were waited on and barely ordered anything off the menu...how good the japanese chef was...etc. etc...so me being me...i had to check it out....
a buddy of mine (who travels all over asia regularly) came down from montreal last weekend and was staying with family in etobicoke...so my first thought was that i finally get to check this place out....so we went around 9:30pm on friday...we were seated and it started....
first instinct was to get a bottle of wine...but after a little prodding by the waitress to see what kind of foodies we were...we were advised that there was a better option...with a the little bit of a buzz i already had and our waitress' enthusiasm...we closed our menu and handed her the reins...
now at first, seeing the combo of a few thai and chinese dishes mixed with the rest, i was skeptical...but the first thing out was our drink, a bottle of sake...first shot with a raw quail egg, then we were instructed to put some julienned cucumber in the shot glass and continue to sip the sake...both were great...next, our first dish arrived...called ceviche, it was 9 slices of fish, 3 salmon, 3 tuna & 3 yellowtail in a sauce with some tobiko and other garnishes that blew my mind...now i was excited....next came an off menu item...the tower of heaven, a slice of eggplant eggplant with a crab/fish mixture, topped with a toasted walnut, in a sweet teriyaki(?) sauce...we were instructed to wrap everything in the eggplant and take it in one bite....once again...wow...next was some sort of spicy roll topped with salmon...again, simply amazing...this was followed by a fish roll, topped with a heaping pile of a warm, creamy shiitake and crab mixture...at this point i was in heaven but couldn't stop eating...next up was our last dish, a peanut crusted, spicy, sliced raw beef (tataki-ish) dish...what a finisher....after that...we were offered a complimentary desert, which we refused as we were both absolutely stuffed and still had a long night ahead of us....but overall, we both agreed that kumo sushi had just raised the bar and set itself up as a new benchmark.
(fyi: i am not usually a roll guy)
this place is amazing.
now, if you are looking for a truly authentic kaji-ish experience, this may not be the place for you...but...if you are looking for an amazing, fresh, new, funky meal...this is the spot.
i wish i took more pictures....all i could find online was this - http://phenau.com/kumo - everyone that's passing kipling on the gardiner should stop in, at least for one dish.
these guys are going to need more traffic, their location blows and i'm sure the factory lunch crowd in the area is not the type to frequent a spot like this.
i'd love to hear what anyone else who has been thinks.
these guys need to be kept around (and hopefully moved into the city)
that is all.