I saw some photos of Aburi Room on my instagram feed when they had their soft launch and I was curious. I fell in love with the photos and scrolling through my feed, it made me crave sushi. It really was true that you eat with your eyes first. Com'on who could resist a beautiful plate of sushi?
Their menu is simple and elegant. You can either select from their tasting menu or à la carte. Aburi is a style of sushi that is blow torched with charcoal. They also serve pressed sushi (or oshi sushi). There isn't a lot of restaurants in Toronto currently serving oshi and aburi sushi.
I opted to try their aburi signature omakase, which included edamame, salad, salmon tartare, 10 pieces of sushi, and 2 hand rolls.
The tasting menu started with a trio of appetizers: cabbage salad, salmon with seaweed and onions, and edamame seasoned with salt and pepper.
I was so excited to see the plate of sushi served afterwards. The waitress patiently explained what was on the plate. She had suggested to start with the light to heavy fish or lean to fatty sushi. All sushi was seasoned and did not require additional soy sauce or wasabi, but they were available on the side.
My favourite was the truffle shrimp. It was an umami bomb explosion - fragrant, creamy and memorable. After having the truffle shrimp, every other piece had to live up to that expectation, but they couldn't. By no means was it a bad tasting menu. Every piece was delicious! And I would definitely order more truffle shrimp the next time.
Finishing that plate, I thought I was done. I had forgotten that there were also hand rolls to follow. It was a pleasant surprise, but the hand rolls were a bit of a let down in comparison to the sushi that was previously served. The sushi was very flavorful and balanced well and the hand rolls felt more like fillers at the end of the tasting menu. Nothing special with the hand rolls besides that it was fresh blue crab in the roll. It reminded me of kani salad (imitation crab salad), which I love.
Overall, I thought the experience at aburi room was unique. It was not your typical sushi place. Absolutely a must try for foodies and sushi lovers. Service was attentive and the decor was modern. The omakase menu reminded me of the experience in Japan when I had tried omakase sushi at Tsukiji fish market. Completely on par in terms of experience from the chef.
16 PARK HOME AVE, NORTH YORK
TEL. 416 .792 .5250