#39 JaBistro


Ja comes to us from the guy who brought us Guu and Kinton Ramen. But Ja is a cut above both: A suave elegant room with service to match, upmarket sake, and sushi to die for. Aburi is barely blowtorched and oshizushi is lightly pressed, which intensifies the flavour. Pressed cured mackerel sushi is heaven on a rice cube, impeccably fresh ungreasy mackerel, lightly cured with delicate sauce and topped with either a dab of daikon miso or fried leek threads. Best mackerel ever! Sashimi is impeccable raw fish as floral bouquet. The house special JaBistroll is uni, real crab and salmon rolled in rice studded with crunchy flying fish roe in sauce that’s a cross between hollandaise and light mayo. Ja is rescuing Toronto from tasteless sushi.

  • JaBistro
  • 222 Richmond St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 647-748-0222
  • www.jabistro.com

  • Chef: Koji Tashiro
  • Cuisine: Japanese,Sushi
  • Cost of dinner for two: $130
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Sun. to Thurs. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 20+ wines, 20+ sake
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: Up to $30
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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