We chose a night and saved up our money to try the omakase cuisine in this quaint and subtle Japanese restaurant situated in the Church village. In Kaiseki Sakura - the omakase is really the only reason you come here, letting the chef DaisukeIzutsu craft five, six or seven courses ($80, $100 or $120) from authentic Japanese ingredients, which can be paired with shochu, fine sake and original cocktails (for an extra $35, $40 or $45). We did the six course with the sake paring - go big or go home is my theory on things!
Our adventure unravels with deep fried lotus root chips that are as crispy as potato chips and addictive. Lotus root has been seen as a divine symbol for virtue in ancient Asian traditions so it's very approrpriate to start our meal off the 'proper' way by eating these.
The next dish that came out was a goopy soup made with mountain vegetables such as bamboo chutes and mushrooms, seaweed and shrimp dumplings. The soup was gelatinous in texture and although it was a nice flavour; it wasn't a huge crowd pleaser around the table. The sake paring that we had was a subtle one - it had hints of cucumber that was infused in the saki with some sweet syrup and lemons - it was very subtle, fresh and quite nice.
We were then treated to our 'raw' dish -which featured sashimi of salmon, tuna, mackerel, shrimps and uni (sea urchin) -which looks like orange slime and is definitely not something that I enjoy as it's a weird type of mushiness. This was paired with a fruity sake. After we were brought out deep fried shrimp shells with their heads on them for us to enjoy. This was extremely weird to the group as there was no meat in the body of the shrimp, some stuff in the head which is definitely not for everyone to try and very crunchy.
556 Church St, Toronto,(At Wellesley)
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Daily: 5:30 pm - 12:00am (ish), closed Tuesday