The slick sushi lounge at the foot of Bay Street has a double identity. Downstairs, it’s all floor-shaking house music and hookups by the bar. On the upper level, however, is an inviting dining room with a knowledgeable sake sommelier (Michael Tremblay, one of only five in Canada) and very good Japanese fusion dishes, like golden seared scallops on an earthy edamame purée, and a skewer stacked with sweet sake-braised and char-grilled pork belly. A maki roll stuffed with Alaskan king crab, salmon, butterfish, avocado, cucumber and tobiko is tempura-battered and deep-fried to a crackling crisp. A pear juice–soy marinade lends salty sweetness to a pile of tender grilled short ribs. Desserts, like a dry cheesecake trio and bland almond–Asian pear cake, are clumsy. Instead, ask Tremblay to recommend a dessert sake.
Neighbourhood: Financial District
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