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Omi, little delights if you got the moolah

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Omi, little delights if you got the moolah

Curtis | Jun 28, 2005 10:37 PM

Torn between Oro and Omi for a big blowout dinner, I flipped a coin and ended up going to Omi. At Omi I got the Omakase with only tea and water to accompany it. The place was small and cozy, seating just over twenty people.

The first couple of items made me slightly afraid, wondering if I had made the right choice (especially for the price).

Miso Soup: tasted no different than any run of the mill miso, although it was nice that it lacked the graininess of the usual soup.

Vietnamese style rice wrapper roll with cucumber, lettuce, and surimi in a vinegary dressing: unfortunately, it didn't tickle my tastebuds as much as I'd hoped. The lettuce and cucumber were never huge flavour items and the surimi didn't help much. The dressing was competently subtle.

However, the rest of the items reaffirmed my faith in the chef and the restaurant.

Steamed eggplant with bamboo shoot in sauce: The eggplant was melt in the mouth and flavourful, as was the accompanying bamboo. The sauce was delicate and really added to the dish.

Grilled eel atop lotus root "meringue": The eel was tasty, and the lotus root was an eye opener. The accompanying wasabi perked up the dish.

White Tuna special: Basically a white tuna croquette, it came with a light soy-based sauce. Delicious and the fritter was seasoned pleasantly on the inside.

Sushi:

Saba/Mackerel, House Smoke cured salmon, White Tuna/Albacore, Butterfish, Salmon belly, Snapper, Cooked Snapper with spicy miso, Spicy tuna handroll

The Fish: Really good fish, clean taste, great texture. Notable favourites were the House Smoke cured salmon (another eye opener), and Tuna handroll (with the unfortunate circumstance of less than crisp nori, but the flavour more than compensated for that).

The Rice: A beautiful depth of flavour accompanied the rice, although the rice's texture on a few pieces were a bit less firm than my preferred ideal.

Soy and Ginger: Top notch ginger, beige coloured (I seem to have better experiences with beige pickled ginger to the pink, which is typically soggier and less intricately flavoured, IMO). House made soy was a joy, a taste that wasn't familiar to me but delightful.

The meal ended with green tea ice cream and came to $65 before taxes.

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