For the freshest fine dining, head downtown to this hot spot to enjoy a calm, refined atmosphere and a carefully curated menu.
The ultimate tailgating party: From ocean straight to table and sliced before your eyes, lobster tail is a standout on a massive plate of deliciousness. (left bottom corner in the featured picture)
Fresher than your wildest breams: An impressive selection of seafood, this platter’s contents range from uni, amberjack and salmon belly to toro and sea bream. (right top corner in the featured picture)
Hungry for more? Let’s dig in!
Tucked away on Toronto’s Richmond Street West, amidst nightclubs and high-end restaurants, there is a long, narrow space featuring blonde wood, exposed brick and some of the finest fish the city has to offer. A self-described cosy hideaway, JaBistro prides itself on its elegant atmosphere and specially imported ocean wares—and Torontonians are positively eating it up.
From the Kinka Family—the same restaurant group behind the wildly successful Kinka Izakaya and Kinton Ramen restaurants—JaBistro offers sushi seekers an altogether different atmosphere than the one they’re apt to find in one of the group’s izakayas. Upon entering, customers will find their coats hung and napkins folded before having stylishly minimal menus placed before them. Consisting of sashimi, sushi (nama-and aburi-style) and bistro dishes, the restaurant’s offerings are all but guaranteed to appeal to even the poshest of palates.
Flown in fresh on a daily basis, JaBistro’s sh is far from average—and you’ll know it at first bite. Grab a seat at the sushi bar to watch as house chefs work their magic, and bask in the glory of the lobster platter, kyukyoku plate or lightly torched, Osaka-style salmon (pressed salmon). Wash it all down with sake, beer, shochu or cocktails, and don’t forget to try a matcha cream puff pastry for dessert. You may be accustomed to the vibrant, boisterous atmosphere of an izakaya but JaBistro will appeal to your sophisticated senses while positively tickling your tastebuds.
Piecing it all together
With a plateful of market-fresh pieces to choose from, kyukyoku is the best way to get a taste of what JaBistro is all about.
Handled with care
Sushi lovers will agree that its creation is an art— which is why JaBistro offers front-row seats for patrons to catch all the action.
A skilled, steady hand is required to make uni, Chef Takeshi’s specialty: gold-hued, avourful sea urchin that will leave you wanting more.
222 Richmond St. W., Toronto
OPEN: Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner: Sun–Thurs 5 pm–11 pm • Fri–Sat 5 pm–12 am