food, life, toronto

Omakase @ YASU

Had my first full fledged omakase at Yasu in celebration of my birthday this month.  Omakase means chef’s choice set course, and this is the only menu offering available at Yasu. At  $135 per guest for a 2 hour seating, the meal consists of 20+ items. The menu mostly comprises of nigiri sushi, but we also had a few appetizers throughout the meal, and a dessert at the end.

It was an outstanding meal where although there were so many pieces, we never felt rushed or too full. They also offer to reduce the size of the rice in the sushi if you start to feel full. Their only dining time slots are 7:15pm and 9:15pm – be sure to make reservations well in advance as seating is extremely limited.

Highly recommend to try Yasu as personally, it is the best sushi I have ever had (and I have been to Tsukiji, albeit not the most popular spot) . Price is on the higher side but well worth it for a special occasion! There were 3 other patrons celebrating their birthdays the same night as me 😂

Full Listing of menu items (can vary):

  1. Smoked bonito with ponzu sauce
  2. Shirako 
  3. Shima aji
  4. Uni from Boston vs. Hokkaido
  5. Fluke / flounder
  6. Snow crab with crab liver
  7. Ocean trout
  8. Lobster with yuzu dust
  9. Fish broth miso soup (not pictured but very very delicious and rich)
  10. Tuna trio – akami, chuutoro, ootoro (served to be eaten leanest to fattiest meat)
  11. Monkfish
  12. Kanpachi
  13. Salom roe and negi toro rice
  14. Scallop
  15. Saba topped with daikon
  16. Anago
  17. Tamago fish cake
  18. Black sesame ice cream (also not pictured, they add a candle for your birthday)
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October 2018

This month I really loved being able to easily access anything in the city. It felt refreshing to be able to walk out for dessert or grab drinks on a whim (without worrying who the designated driver is!). This is such a novelty for me as I lived in Markham for probably 15 years, where going anywhere required driving.

Here’s my October round up:

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September 2018

Moving downtown has been a big change for me, one that I embarked around mid-August. The adulting aspect of it is gruelling and I dislike walking and taking public transit…but I am really enjoying living in the city core. Toronto just has so much to offer – there is always something happening and new each and every week. My plan is to do a monthly log to share some cool finds to fellow Torontonians living either downtown or uptown to check out.

Here’s my September round up of discoveries. Continue reading

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DOMA Toronto Tasting Menu

Doma a French inspired Korean restaurant is the first-time endeavor of Chef Paul Kim from Seoul, Korea. Their menu changes slightly each month by incorporating new items and rolling forward a few popular items from the previous menu.

For $65 per person, you can experience their 9-course tasting menu which is effectively also their entire monthly offerings. Great deal!

I went in the month of May and some of their popular entree type items are still currently available on their menu this month. Continue reading

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Bar Reyna @ Yorkville

Spent St. Patrick’s Day (coincidentally, really) with Adrienne at Bar Reyna in the heart of Yorkville.  What intrigued me about this restaurant was their beautiful indoor patio and their chargrilled octopus dish.

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Why I Went Dog-Sledding and Didn’t Like It

In my childhood, I was obsessed with Balto, a sled dog who led the final leg of a serum run in Alaska to combat an outbreak – and thus deemed a hero. I thought he was the coolest thing ever and dreamed of being pulled around in a toboggan by my own very Balto.

Last month I realized my dog sledding dreams with Toronto Adventures. Their location was about 1.5 hours away, a bit north of Mt. St. Louis and the day included about an hour of dog sledding and an hour of optional snow shoeing.

 

We were able to take turns sitting on the sled as well as being the musher; so about a half hour of mushing each. Continue reading

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Tapas Only.

Had a girls date with my friend Karen at Tapagria a few weeks ago where we decided to go all out and order whatever tapas we wanted without caring about the price XD

I’ve only been to Tapagria once with a few friends over a year ago and didn’t get too many of their tapas as we got a large paella to share, so it was nice to finally try more of their menu.

$5.00 Sangrias on Thursdays too!
Here’s close ups of what we ordered:

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Octopus Salad – very fresh tasting

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