The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#36 JaBistro


Till Miku opened, Ja was Toronto’s only outpost of aburi (blow-torched) and oshi (pressed) sushi. Funny how Ja is even more popular now. And with that comes slightly harried service and less attention to detail. We still love their aburi and oshi, and the likes of fatty tuna handrolls with tuna that melts on the tongue and nori that crackles like glass. Agedashi is a splendor of smoky Japanese soup stock with deep fried BC clams, green onion and eggplant. And how clever to infuse miso soup with lobster! 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 — still delightful. Skip the green tea crème brûle — It’s a tad heavy.

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

  • 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:
  • Wines available: 10
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $30
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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