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Quick review on Sushi Kaji

Kaji food at Ki would be ideal. I am big on the entire "experience". If I could eat blindfolded, my decision would be easy. Perhaps I didn't know what to expect and was thrown for a loop as soon as I walked in.

Dec 08, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quick review on Sushi Kaji

Hey all,

I took my wife to Sushi Kaji this past weekend for a belated birthday dinner. I came across the restaurant from a post on this board.

We tend to eat at many of the nicer restaurants in the city.

The food was good. I wouldn't say earth shattering good, but good. Some parts were delicious (cellophane wrapped duck) and some were just ok. The sushi was good and fresh.

Here's the problem, for a $330 dinner, I would have preferred a much nicer restaurant. The sushi place we typically go to (Ginza - Yonge and Clark) where we eat for $40 is much, much nicer than Sushi Kaji.

The floor is white ceramic tiles (many have cracks) and the ceiling is the same drop ceiling I have in my office at work. The candle on the table probably cost $2. The chairs were perhaps purchased in the 80's.

I know you go to restaurants to eat, but the decor makes a difference. We don't eat with our eyes closed.

I would recommend Ki (at half the price) ten times out of ten compared to Sushi Kaji.

I liked it, but the overall experience goes down a few notches because of the "scene". Factor in the price, and it goes a few more notches still.

Just my $0.02.

Dec 08, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

This review is bang on. The tables upstairs are fairly close together. Ask for the one next to the stairs, beside the large pane of glass.

You will spend alot of money. There is no way around it.

May 14, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

$159 per person (2 of us) and $89 for the wine pairing (only for me, my wife is pregnant). All in, $540 including tip. As I said, it's not cheap.

May 14, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

See above. My apologies for posting on Tuesday and not checking back until now. If I remember I will post some photos after I download them.

May 14, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

Ask for the table that is against the glass leading downstairs. Most private one in the place.

May 14, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

Susur (when it was around), Auberge du Pommier (our 2nd favorite), Perigee, George, and Lucien. There have been others, but I simply cannot recall them all at this moment. We have also eaten off of the menu at most, if not all, of the top restaurants in Toronto.

I rarely leave one of these places disappointed, CL is just miles ahead, in my opinion.

I could not begin to describe the dishes properly. At the restaurant it is "This is the duck 3 ways, one with soya demi....blah blah blah". 5 days later all I know is that each dish seemed to be better than the last and you would wait a few seconds before eating since it looked almost too good to touch.

May 14, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Truth On Colborne Lane

Last Saturday my wife and I wanted to do something really special. Having been at Colborne Lane before (10 course tasting menu), I decided to book "The Kitchen Table" at the restaurant.

The Kitchen Table is located downstairs, in a private room just off the kitchen. It includes a 15 course tasting menu.

Let me say this - the staff are creative geniuses. The food was absolutely incredible. At least 6/7 different staff members took care of us, clearing plates, delivering food, pouring wine. It was an amazing experience. Midway through the meal, Chef Aprile came over to talk to us and ensure we were having a good time.

My wife and I have been to most of the better tasting menus and nicer restaurants in the City and I can unequivocally say that Colborne Lane is the best restaurant we have ever been to.

If you are willing to spend some money and have a fantastic meal, this is the place for you. You will receive great service and you will taste creative art that you have never seen or tasted before.

If you are looking to get stuffed by huge steakhouse-like portions, do not go to Colborne, since you are guaranteed to be disappointed. You will not leave full beyond belief where they have to roll you out of the place - if this is what you are looking for going in, you will be really upset.

Colborne Lane is a small, intimate, fantastic restaurant. The food is indescribable. Both of our experiences have been top top notch. "The Kitchen Table" takes it to a whole new level.

May 12, 2009
jkat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)