Ja Bistro

Several years ago I found myself in Vancouver and there was a place in Yale town that served blow torched sushi. It was a beautiful mix of fresh fish, miso sauce, spices and jalapeños.  It was like a flavor bomb in my mouth and I thought to myself, why don’t we have this in Toronto? A year or so later, I heard about Ja Bistro. Not only do they serve these flavor bombs, they also serve awesome sushi. First up was the Sashimi platter.


The fish is super fresh. My favorite was actually the scallop, which I’ve never had in raw form before but it really works. The cuts are thick, the texture is soft and fatty (by fish standards), and it’s cool and refreshing. One of the meal highlights was the lobster miso soup.


The miso soup is above average for miso soup but throwing in a lobster claw is a stroke of genius. This unexpected mix works. The rich buttery lobster compliments the warm comforting soup. Next, sushi platters, both the regular and premium.


Like the sashimi, the fish is fresh, refreshing, with perfect texture and perfect taste. This is some of the best sushi I’ve had in the city. The beef was also amazing. We tried some of the cooked food like the tori  Nanban (battered chicken).


The chicken was juicy and delicious. The batter was just ok. Probably sat around for a bit since it wasn’t as crunchy as I would have hoped but what can you do. The ika calamari however came out piping hot and crunchy.


It’s a little rubbery but overall the flavors were delicious. Now the show stopper, the aburi sushi (salmon and saba).


The flavors are great. There is a beautiful complexity to this. Fresh fish, warm on the top but cool underneath. Rich and savoury sauce with a bite of spice. It’s awesome! My favorite was the Ja bistroll.


Like the aburi equivalent, it’s rich, savoury and complimented by fresh fish. There is a bit of creaminess to this too which rounds out the whole thing. The R/F (rice to fish) ratio, as my friend calls is, is better for the roll as well compared to the sushi. Overall, it was a fantastic meal. It’s a little on the pricey side so not an everyday type of indulgence, but for special occasions, definitely worth the visit.



~ by jlowjlow on April 9, 2017.

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