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“An undiscovered gem!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kaiseki Sakura
556 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Toronto, Canada
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“An undiscovered gem!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

An undiscovered gem! Unique authentic Japanese restaurant with dishes you won’t find elsewhere in the city. Great food and service. It's a tapas-style restaurant, so you should order multiple dishes in order to get the complete experience and to leave feeling full.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“This is more of a culinary spa than a restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

This is an unusual establishment where the service is more akin to a health care provider. The service is warm, caring, meticulous and thoughtful. The food is creative, thought-provoking and absolutely beautiful.

Other similar types of Kaiseki restaurants in the GTA are far more fussier or fashionable. This restaurant is designed for the sheer pleasure of its clients which include many Japanese expats, and many people who take their loved ones to this restaurant because they themselves love the food.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant. It is a shame that I cannot claim my meals as an expense. If I can claim a massage or other therapy, I should be able to claim this! Enjoy.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very interesting Japanese restaurant in centre of gay Toronto.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our five course omakase tasting menu - you can order more courses if you like, but, I found five courses at around 8 p.m. was just enough food.

Their sashimi course was simply lovely, very fresh and fatty tuna, mackerel, and salmon = wow. Another interesting treat: discovering their house made soy sauce, an earthy and zesty taste experience like no other to date. (Apparently, one can purchase this to take home in different sizes.) The amusing bowls, plates, and other little service vessels were beautiful and whimsical, not quite matching, yet, somewhat similar each course.

Service was just professional enough, yet, in that slight jolly Japanese sort of way, very friendly and sweet all the way from beginning to end.

The location of this restaurant seemed a little too odd to be believable at first, as I thought aloud approaching the door, ‘here we go again…’ But, as soon as we were seated, I quickly realized that their wonderfully fresh cuisine, eclectic atmosphere and service style, all truly matched the urbanized setting so magically and truthfully, that any doubts I held were now cast aside in the pursuit of pure Japanese-Canadian gastronomy. This place in one sense is what modern Canadian cuisine is all about, i.e., honouring culinary traditions, yet, honing in on gustatory innovations with respect to the past, present, and future.

My only complaint: there wasn't any Pinot Noir on their wine list; in my opinion, Pinot Noir is the best match for Japanese cuisine, especially, sashimi. I realize this is my opinion, but, the only red wine we recognized on their list was a Rhone red - not exactly fresh fish friendly...

Other than that, I'll be back.

Sincerely,

Richard Maloney

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, one or two misses. Presentation was amazing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

Good food, one or two misses. Presentation was amazing.

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“Very enjoyable evening here. Food was very creative and flavors were traditional Japanese. Very refreshing. One of...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2008

Very enjoyable evening here. Food was very creative and flavors were traditional Japanese. Very refreshing. One of the only places in Toronto serving fresh wassabi. You even get to grate it yourself. I highly recommend it if you have a sense of adventure when eating. You will have to try the beef tongue... to die for!

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