Yuzu Sushi and Sake Bar

14 Aug

At some point Calvin and I became jackals when it came to sushi, and Hanabi the village we terrorize. But once in awhile, usually due to all that shame associated with eating there three days out of seven, we try somewhere new.

Awhile back, we saw Jiro Dreams of Sushi at TIFF Lightbox. Supposing the post-sushi-porn-cravings and the drive uptown did not make for a good situation, we (meaning Calvin) did some research and staked out the nearest semi-reputable place to try.

And so we found Yuzu.

Sushi Deluxe (Chef’s Selection): 12 pieces of nigiri, 6 pieces of maki

“It’s the best sushi I’ve ever had!!!” is a common verdict on the review circuit and for the most part, I found this to be true. But then again, the only thing I found to be different from Hanabi was the price tag and the disorientation typical of dimly-lit downtown sushi bars**. (One time at Selina’s in New York, and contacts-less, I turned around to Calvin and asked “who’s talking to me” when we stepped inside its swanky abyss).

YUZU bento:tempura, sashimi, sushi, your choice of teriyaki,
chef’s selection of side dishes in 2 layer bento box

Sushi, like good love-making, is simple. It’s more about quality than novelty and other than that, you only just need a skilled man to make it. After years of sneaking in occasions for sushi into as many situations as possible, I realized this meant a ceiling of sorts for how good it can get. At some point, unless you’re eating in the company of Jiro, sushi just reaches its zenith of goodness. If you’ve found a place that makes you weep from joy a little on the inside (or outside), consider a bit of your life fulfilled.

Uni (Sea Urchin) Sushi

Uni (Sea Urchin) Sushi

**Possibly, the best part about their location is the corridor in the basement leading to the toilets. Whoever was responsible for their film poster collection (including a retro Amelie, a Kirosawa, and a Wong Kar Wai) had interesting taste.

236 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON M5H 1W7
Neighbourhoods: Entertainment District, Downtown Core

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