> >

JAPANESE  | $$$
 
Hiro Sushi
 
416-304-0550
171 King St. E. ,
Toronto , Ontario M5A 1J4

43.650524 -79.371339
Map | Leave a review | User reviews
Chef Hiro Yoshida is a master of minimal, precise sushi. A slice of lean tuna is seasoned with a pungent sliver of black garlic and a hefty dose of wasabi; the first nibble is subtle, showcasing the freshness of the fish. The earthy garlic adds depth, and the wasabi erupts like a tiny Roman candle on the tongue. Cold-smoked salmon looks as unassuming as the shrink-wrapped grocery version, but it’s wondrously soft, flavourful and addictive. When Yoshida’s plates get complicated, though, quality can suffer. A quail bento box special—bringing smoked quail, hard-boiled egg, braised breasts and a quail-pumpkin fritter—sounds tantalizing, but tastes disappointingly one-note. For a place that charges $70 for an omakase menu, the room is disarmingly shabby.
Hiro Sushi
 
 

DETAILS


Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence

MAP


Reader Reviews of Hiro Sushi


7.7

Average user ratings (out of 10):

10.0
5.0
8.0

Undervalued gem by Jay from Kitchener on 2014-04-24

Overall Rating: 7.7 (out of 10)
Food: 10  | Decor: 5  | Service: 8

"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). "

- Jay

Toronto Life does not necessarily agree with the comments posted here. Editors will not correct spelling or grammar. Toronto Life reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely. Read our full commenting policy.

Advertisements

  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad