Toronto , Ontario M5A 1J4
Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence
Reader Reviews of Hiro Sushi
Undervalued gem by Jay from Kitchener on 2014-04-24
"In a food landscape where haute cuisine is often challenging combinations of parts of animals better left separate, it's not surprising that 99% of the Japanese food is forgettable at best or nearly poisonous at worst.
Hiro Sushi on the other hand, is one of those places I regularly go out of my way to have the opportunity to enjoy. The food is uniformally wonderful; sushi and sashimi cut and delivered by Hiro-san are spectacular and among the very best I've had in any city, let alone this city. But the excellence doesn't stop at raw fish; the cooked dishes here are among the most inventive and best I've ever had (and that includes marvellous beef tongue, spanish mackerel, and superb soups and seafood). I've also been dining at Hiro's for over a decade, and never had the same exact omakase meal twice (though there are always favourites to look forward to; marinated tuna, smoked salmon trio, plum roll with shiso leaf).
Is this traditional Japanese food? Yes--no molecular gastronomy here, and the decor is absolutely plain. No, you don't get to add your own wasabi (it's real, and it's up to the chef to add it, though if you tell him you'd like less or more he will accommodate). It's also true that the sushi bar also gets the best overall service.
However, the extremely plain decor means you can relax with a Sapporo (or many of the wonderful sakis) and really enjoy the food. So it's one of my all-time, long-time favourite places in the city, and it comes down to Hiro's unfailing talent as a true chef (and his long-time sous-chef's work in the kitchen is also exemplary). "