My boyfriend and I enjoyed a nice dinner at The Sushi Bar (3365 Yonge Street) on a Sunday evening. Since March 2014, The Sushi Bar is currently located about a ten minute walk north on Yonge from Lawrence subway station. Kevin heard of this place from blogTO’s list of Top 10 New Sushi Restaurants 2014, so we decided to give it a try!
The place is run by Master Sushi Chef ‘Dr. Jimi’ and is particularly popular for its sushi catering services. We wanted to dine-in though, and had booked a reservation for 6:30pm. The interior of the Sushi Bar is nicely decorated and does a beautiful job of setting the mood for a Japanese dinner.
Our servers were incredibly attentive and upbeat! I can’t emphasize enough how great the service is here. After placing our orders, we were brought our first dish to share.
TUNA TATAKI SPECIAL
special of the day
We first got a little treat on the house: the special of the day, which happened to be tuna tataki! According to some Yelp reviews, this isn’t an uncommon experience, which is pretty cool for them to do. I enjoyed the dish itself a great deal – the fish was fresh and flavours were light.
baked scallops, crab, shiitake mushroom, and squid with spicy mayo
Our server brought out the seafood on a large shell and then proceeded to blowtorch it in front of us, haha. It was a nice little presentation and the food itself was yummy, with a particular large amount of crab. We were scraping up as much of the deliciousness up as we could from the shell by meal’s end.
SAMURAI SUSHI PLATTER (15 pcs)
1 pc: tuna, salmon, shrimp, white tuna, octopus, organic salmon,
butterfish, bbq eel, yellowtail
6 pcs: spicy salmon roll
We initially thought the price tag was pretty pricey for 15 pieces of sushi, but the quality was so goooooood. The sushi were all so fresh. The platter is mostly salmon so it wasn’t a whole lot of variety, but we really couldn’t complain.
salmon, cucumber, avocado, fish roe
We were comfortable already after ordering the first few items, but decided to get the Alaska Roll afterwards to fully satiate ourselves. While the Samurai Sushi Platter probably would have been too much for one person, it wasn’t quite enough for two of us. The Alaska Roll was nice and simple, and did just the trick of getting our bellyfuls of sushi.
I had a great experience dining in at this establishment, and it really is ‘sushi served with a smile’: great quality food and the service was so polite and pretty quick!