Third Time’s the Charm: Contemporary Japanese at Blowfish (Toronto)

I was in Toronto last weekend and hoped to collide with some culinary goodness. Canada’s most populous city has grown over the years and has become an epicentre for art, design, culture and food. Given the multicultural mix that is Canada, I was positive it would have been night after night of intolerant-friendly awesomeness that I’d be able to rave about for weeks to come.

Alas, it wasn’t so.

Dining with the luxury-minded Cultureur on Friday evening, we had a horrific experience at a restaurant that is fabulous in NYC, but not so much in Toronto. Delayed service, questionable food combinations and flippant service had us filing a complaint with the manager and vowing to never return. On the heels of this a sports-bar lunch on Saturday at a downtown-dive was marred by $10 for a simple green salad and the radioactive sweet potato fries they served.

By that point we were 0 for 2 and wary about whether we’d have a decent food experience in Toronto. Luckily, we did a bit of homework Saturday evening and found a sushi restaurant by the name of Blowfish that had solid reviews on Yelp and was also recommended by the hotel concierge.

There's nothing else to say aside from: ヤムヤム (yum)

There’s nothing else to say aside from: ヤムヤム (yum)

So off we went, fingers crossed. 

Luckily for us, that was entirely unnecessary.

We were joined the effervescent Third Eye Mom and what resulted was a stylish, merry and most delicious time. Located just north of Toronto’s financial district, Blowfish is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant that caters to business-minded Torontonians, as well as young fashionistas and die-hard sushi lovers. With a simplistic decor (plenty of clean lines and wooden accents) the experience smacked of dynamism and was accompanied by quality service and a solid menu.

blowfish

Given our varied tastes we ordred a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. I stuck with straightforward sushi and nigiri on a bed of brown rice and reveled in the delectable fresh salmon and the funky combination of snow peas, asparagus and sesame seeds in my roll. My dining compatriots were a bit more adventurous with their selections and branched out to devour the lotus-steamed lobster, red hot curry salmon and some other contemporary Japanese dishes.

Dumpling heaven.

Dumpling heaven.

In all, we ate, drank and laughed the night away, ooohing and aaaahing with every morsel we placed in our mouths. The food was a fantastic compliment to enchanting company in a city that finally delivered on the type of upscale dining experience we knew it could offer.

As they say: the third time’s the charm.

Blowfish

Blowfish
333 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 22:30/23:00
Saturday: 17:30 – 23:30