http://sakebarkushi.ca/ 647.748.7253 open daily for dinner
I’m here early, like 5pm early and there is no one else here and you know what I’m okay with that cause there is nothing wrong with being the first*. The staff welcomes customers in with traditional Japanese cheer and is very helpful navigating the menus: monthly specials, Izakaya and a 5-course tasting menu for $37. They take reservations and have a private traditional Japanese style party room in the back. It’s good but not the greatest.
If they have Okunomatsu Kinmon sake on the menu I suggest you ordered it cause it goes with everything and it doesn’t break the bank. As for the menu, I order a few items I’ve had before and a few I took a gamble on. Lobster tartar $9 is heavy with mayo – skip this dish. Love the uni shooter $6.5, grated pear adds unexpected texture and sweetness along with uni sashimi. A must order: Kushi moriawase, $17 is a 10 piece mixture of skewered buttery chicken, fatty pork belly, earthy shishamo (a Japanese river fish) and beef heart – order extra pork belly – omg!!
Takoyaki (deep fried octopus balls) $6 coated in Tonkatsu sauce, mayo and smoky bonito flakes (dried, fermented smoked skipjack tuna) and I’m not a fan. And chicken karaage $6 deep fried and served with sea salt its good but needs a dip. Takoma wasabi $3 on the other hand is always a favorite, opening those sinuses with wasabi marinated octopus and wasabi stem.
Finishing with a last minute order of a kinda boring spicy salmon roll, however Nankotsu Karaage (fried chicken knuckle) $6 is ecstasy for those who love the crunch. For dessert, an almost zero calorie frozen persimmon; love does have a physical form…