This review is about Momofuku shoto, which is on the 3rd floor of the noodle bar (not sure why Tripadvisor does not have a separate page for shoto). We had a dinner for five here during a visit to Toronto and sat at the bar around the kitchen to enjoy our $150 per person prix fixe dinner. It was a great experience, but seemed a bit impersonal. When the chefs approached with dishes and explained, it was a bit cursory (I'm sure the experience would be better for a couple, but we were five and a bit spread apart, they seemed to not care if we all heard the details or not). The attendants were friendly, but gave one of specific instructions about not taking photos with flashes simply because the camera was big and visible while everyone was taking photos with their cameras anyway (and we had already been to many great restaurants to know that we shouldn't use flash or take photos of other diners).
The food was good, starting with several amuse bouche dishes, followed by 8 dishes and 2 desserts. We were given a menu at the end, so we could figure out what we ate, It was nice watching the chefs prepare the dishes in batches. It seemed that now and then there was a mistake, for instance, one of our dishes seemed to have been salted twice. The fired rice served with lobster was not that great either. The dishes started off with lighter fare such as scallop, a thin slice of dry-aged beef, octopus, and pickled egg with trout roe. Then moved on to ravioli, lobster fried rice and then meat dishes -- pig face and lamb with yogurt. For dessert, we were served a cucumber/juniper ice and bluerberry/taro combo. There was more than enough food and all in all, it was very good, but could have been better with some more friendly presentation.
We'd still recommend trying it out as a new experience and to watch how the chefs prepare the dishes.
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