#16 Yunaghi


  • Opened 2014
  • 538 Manning Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-588-7862

Yunaghi serves food as jewels, tiny perfect complex dishes. It’s the best molecular gastronomy in town, Japanese with a French accent. And not very expensive! $68 for a seven course omakase tasting menu. From rich dashi stock warming yellowtail sashimi to shrimp imprisoned in a tiny savoury jelly cube, chicken miso pate, silken mackerel sashimi with wasabi, octopus with jumped-up mustard cured cucumber, tofu inflected with black sesame, a single quail egg topped with chive salsa verde, and for the molecular gastronomes, wasabi and brown butter powder. And that’s one haunting beautiful plate! Chef goes yin and yang: A crescent of velvety cold cream of corn soup and a crescent of squid ink chawan mushi custard with grilled corn, spinach emulsion and fermented chile. Then a tiny perfect chunk of sake and salt cured whitefish, perfectly cooked, with house-made ricotta (!!) and wasabi sour cream foam! After that a small melt-in-the-mouth bite of duck with soy butter sauce, lichee and coconut gel and brown butter powder. Fusion extraordinaire!

  • Yunaghi
  • 538 Manning Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-588-7862

  • Chef: Tetsuya Shimizu
  • Sous Chef: Koichi Fujioka
  • Cuisine: Japanese,French
  • Cost of dinner for two: $160
  • Hours: Wed. to Sun. 5:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. (last call for tasting menu at 9:30 p.m.)
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly:
  • Wines available: 10 plus sake
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Visa, MasterCard
  • Parking: Street parking available
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