Zen Japanese Restaurant has always been my favourite restaurant for sushi in Toronto! This is the Japanese restaurant I’ve come to the most, and one that I don’t regret spending the $$$. I can’t believe that this was the first time I visited this year though. To be honest, it’s not easy for me to go there because I need to find someone who drives and is willing to spend on sushi as well, lol!
I always come here for their sushi omakase. I find this is the best Japanese restaurant for it. For those not familiar, omakase means “I’ll leave it up to you”. This means the diner doesn’t need to order anymore since it is up to the chef to decide what is best to serve. In sushi omakase, all you get are sushi pieces but you don’t know what you’re getting until the chef serves it to you.
Travelling Foodie Tip: If you’re going for sushi, eat at the Sushi Bar! The experience is so much different. You get your sushi fresh one piece at a time unlike on the dining table where they serve all the sushi together on a plate. You also see how they make the sushi – so much intricacies are involved in making that perfect sushi. There are only 12 seats at the sushi bar so make sure you make reservations!
The sushi omakase that night was probably one of the best I’ve had at Zen so far. It was also one with the most sushi I haven’t tried before. Chef Seiichi Kashiwabara served us this time, as most of the time we were served by Chef Li Qiang Zhang (Cho San). Each piece was just served to perfection as has always been my experience at Zen Japanese. They craft the sushi so you just take the sushi and eat it since the chefs put the perfect toppings or garnishes that compliments the fish already.
Though sushi in general is pricey, I find Zen’s pricing is actually quite reasonable for the quality and experience. Their prices are on par or cheaper than similar level, or worse, sushi joints. If you enjoy sushi and are willing to spend on sushi, definitely check out the omakase at Zen!
13 pcs of Sushi Bliss
- Ishidai (Striped Beakfish)
- Shimaaji (Striped Horsemackerel)
- Mongo Ika (Cuttlefish Squid)
- Makochi (Flathead Fish)
- Seared Ocean Trout – This was soooo good that we ordered two more of this after!
- Kensaki Ika (Sword Tip Squid)
- Seared Mutsu (Sea Perch) – This tasted like otoro on a different level. We ordered another one after!
- Houbou (Sea Robin)
- Seared Otoro (Tuna Belly) – Always a favourite!
- Non-Seared Otoro (Tuna Belly) – I’m so glad we got this too. It’s a great way to compare and contrast seared v.s. non-seared versions.
- Seared Kinmadai (Golden Eye Snapper)
- Aji (Spanish Mackerel)
- Aori Ika (Bigfin Reef Squid) with Uni (Sea Urchin)
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Zen Japanese Restaurant
7634 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 2N2