June 10, 2013

Birthday Celerbrations @ JaBistro

I've heard from multiple sources that JaBistro has the best sushi in the city.  So for my sister's birthday, I decided to take my family to try it out! We knew that the price tag was not going to be cheap, so it was definitely a splurge meal.
Not knowing that tea was not free, my cousin, sister, and mom all ordered a green tea ($4 each). I have nothing against the tea itself, but paying $4 seemed a bit excessively for tea. I myself got a virgin mojito ($7)- matcha syrup, simple syrup, lime, mint, and soda. I would've liked it to be a little sweeter, but overall, it was a refreshing drink. 
We ordered a couple of bistro items in addition to sushi and sashimi. The first item to arrived was the lobster sandwich ($20) - sun-dried tomato croquette, poached egg. I thought that a sandwich to help fill us up given that the sashimi probably wouldn't. I enjoyed the simple preparation and light seasoning of the lobster, which allowed its natural flavours to shine.
Of course, we had to try their famous sashimi platter ($50). The quality of everything was great, but we all wished for a little more food for $50. I think ordering two platters would've been too much food, but one wasn't quite enough to share amongst the five of us.
We're a family of black cod-lovers so we couldn't go pass the Gindara ($22)- with bacon and curry shrimp toast. The black cod was all buttery goodness, but what stood out for me was the curry shrimp toast.
My favourite thing of the entire meal was the JaBistroll ($22)- salmon, snow crab, uni, cucumber, tobiko. The roll literally melted in my mouth and the combination of uni, salmon and crab meat was absolutely heavenly! I've never had a roll like this one before. 
My sister also really wanted to try the aburi  sushi ($27)- blowtorched 7 pieces.
I loved that the blowtorch brings out that delicious fattiness in the fish. Sadly, amongst the 5 of us, I could only try two half pieces, but everything I had was lovely.
And because it was a birthday celebration, we had to get desserts! The first is their daily special ($10) - banana mille feuille with citrus custard and caramel sauce. It was super tasty but difficult to share among five people. I think I had a small bite.
The second dessert we had was the Sakura Puff ($10)- cherry blossom puff pastry, red bean custard cream, and matcha green tea ice cream. I loved this one too, and again wished I got more than just a few bites. I'm not a big fan of cream puffs in general, but this one was very good and made me want more.
Our meal ended with complimentary mint chocolate truffles. I didn't try any of this since I don't like mint chocolate in general. All in all it was a very good meal, but I can't say that it's the best sushi that I've ever had (I've had arguably better or at least comparable sushi in my travels in Asia and New York). While it may be the best I've had in Toronto, it is also the most expensive, so I'm not sure I can come here too often. That said, the JaBistroll was an absolute standout for me and it's something that I would come back for.
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2 comments:

  1. lol black cod is not actually cod. It is a generic name. Gindara you can look it up on any sushi list. Must be disappointed as a cod lover

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