Monday, October 10, 2011

Yamato: The Best Sushi & Sashimi in Yorkville

I love sushi and sashimi. I love everything about it. The fresh fish, the sticky rice, the crisp nori, the little mounds of hot wasabi and pickled ginger, and the perfect little cups of green tea. Hidden way in the middle of Yorkville is Yamato, an up-scale authentic Japanese restaurant serving an innovative selection of what I consider to be the city's best sushi, sashimi, and udon soup. Equally well known for their ever-popular teppanyaki, it's Yamato's sushi and sashimi that keeps me coming back each and every time. 

The Spicy Hotategai, chopped fresh scallops mixed with tobiko flying fish roe and spicy mayonnaise is particularly noteworthy — the best I've ever had and worth the trip alone. Another favourite, the Ikura salmon roe, is served perfectly chilled, embraced in crisp blanket of nori and served with tangy white gari, or pickled ginger.

Yamato 'Spicy Tuna and Avocado' with spicy sesame soyo oil sauce 
and 'Atlantic Salmon Maki-Sushi'

Sake and Hamachi garnished with fresh miso leaves and kelp

Another favourite is Yamato's Sashimi, which is so fresh, it seems to melt in your mouth, from Botan Ebi, large prawns, Miraugai, giant clams and Toro, marbled tuna, I always end up ordering the Sake Atlantic Salmon and Yellowtail Hamachi. More elaborate seaweed rolls like the Dragon Roll with shrimp tempura, barbecued eel and tobiko fish roe with sliced avocado, is a treat for the taste buds as well the eye. The service is consistently efficient, courteous and always with a smile.

An ideal place to escape for lunch while you're shopping on Bloor, or having your nails done across the street at Luxe, Yamato is a tranquil oasis of calm in the middle of the city — most of the time — unless George Clooney drops by for a quick bite during the Toronto International Film Festival!

George was caught by autograph-seekers after eating at Yamato during TIFF!