Friday, August 16, 2013
Sushi Kaji Tasting Menu
But once you try the food, you will know that you are in for something special. Sushi Kaji has no a la carte menu, but offers two omakase (chef's choice) tasting menus, priced at $120 or $150. We have eaten there twice in the past five years, each time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Both times, we chose the higher priced menu which offered much better selections, since once you are up at those price points, you might as well go for broke.
The tasting menu started with three delicious appetizers including a battered fish cake with shredded snow peas sitting on top of a daikon radish, Japanese eggplant with a chicken miso sauce, and my favourite–a sweet asparagus soup made with kuzu sauce and a crispy asparagus cake. At least, that is what I think we ate, since it was very difficult to discern what was being said by the heavily Japanese-accented waitresses.
The most beautifully plated dish consisted of a slab of seared black cod, lotus root slices stuffed with sharp tasting mustard seeds, and a slice of corn on the cob which was hollowed and stuffed with a shrimp/crab mixture. Brightly coloured edible flowers and dabs of sweet hoisin-like sauce completed the the artistic creation.
All the staff including the host, waitresses and chefs seemed to be Japanese. The one conspicuous exception was the white apprentice chef, who spent the first part of the evening merely observing the others. But by the end of the night, he was taking part in creating the sushi and sashimi dishes. It was fun watching the sushi master, who was so graceful that his hands seemed to be doing a dance or tai chi movies, as he scooped the rice and the fish and joined them together.
860 The Queensway, (416) 252-2166