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Wednesday
Mar202013

[Japanese] JaBistro

Restaurant: JaBistro
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Entertainment District
Address: 222 Richmond St W
Price Range: $15~

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent

Food: 4
Service: 4
Ambiance: 4
Overall: 4

Extra information:

* Takes reservation
* Open for lunch (Mon~Fri)
* Vegetarian friendly
* Closed on Sunday
* Open late on Friday & Saturday


It was way back in early January when I visited JaBistro for my birthday. Couple food bloggers had already paid a visit and people were going insane over it, I just couldn't wait. It was a friday night and we went quite early in the evening since we had plans after. We made reservation but found it unnecessary since the restaurant pretty empty.

Inside the restaurant before it filled up

Simple table setting by the sushi bar

Even though it was my birthday dinner (one of many), I didn't have anything to drink since I had to drive. Instead I tried out one of their non-alcoholic drinks, Green Tea Mojito which was very minty and quite refreshing for $7

When we were about to order our dishes, I was so disappointed to hear that the 'Kyukyoku' was unavail for the day! So disappointed that I screamed a little and I am pretty sure I made our server feel a little uncomfortable...only for a tad second though. Feeling crushed (yes, I take my food very seriously), I decided to order other things to make up for it.


Ordered: Sashimi Platter 4/5

* Fresh sashimi pieces for the day, choose $50 or $100
* We added lobster for extra $15


* All of the sashimi pieces were laid out beautifully on a wide stone plate
* Memorable pieces were salmon (they were super creamy) and lobster sashimi (very fresh and bouncy meat)


* They took the lobster claw and made miso soup with it

Ordered: JaBistroll 4/4

* Salmon, snow crab, uni and tobiko for $22
* This roll was recommended by many and it did live up to the expectation
* It is pricey for what it is but the roll literally melts in your mouth
* Using real snow crab does really make the difference

Ordered: Aburi 5/5

* Blowtorched 7 pieces for $27
* These are nigiri pieces with that extra added 'condiments' and blowtorched on top
* Ours came with 4 aburi nigiri sushi and 3 pressed sushi pieces


* They were all very good but I say the best piece had to be saba (mackerel)

* Sweet shrimp head came deep fried (perfect with beer)


Summary: Aside from the fact that Kyukyoku was unavail for the night, my dining experience at JaBistro was close to perfect. Our server Jonathan was very helpful and kind, and the food was just what I expected. Sure, it is def on the pricey side- but you get what you paid for and it is quality Japanese food. I will def be back, when I have the extra money to spend that is.

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