Two or Toronto's best.........Avalon Restaurant
270 Adelaide W
Toronto, ON M5H1X6
Phone: (416) 979-9918
Fax: (416) 599-2006
With Chris McDonald's sterling reputation on Toronto's foodie front, it's no secret that Avalon, by all accounts, has helped set a culinary standard for Toronto's dining out circuit. In fact, the Avalon website touts McDonald as one of "Canada's most respected chefs, known for a creative, first-principles approach to cooking." Few would argue that he is among the city's culinary elite, with a pedigreed CV to matchHiro Sushi
His legions of fans acknowledge no other master, entrusting their appetites to Hiro Yoshida for lunch or dinner omakase style at the sushi bar. It begins with a highly inventive, beautifully posed plate of amuses—maybe monkfish liver (like fishy foie gras) in ponzu with pungent green onion. Soup might be thick green pea, its flavour true, with a raft of featherlight custard and a morsel of grilled conger eel. Kitchen dishes explore traditional Japanese flavours. A soft ball of mashed yam and minced shrimp shares a bowl with bittersweet rapini and a shy chestnut sauce; a dot of wasabi brings it to life. More intense effects are sparked by fabulous grilled tuna with hot, salty grated daikon, minced onion and garlic sauce. Marinades and grated garlic double the repertoire as the menu moves into sushi. A thin slice of sudachi lime and a dab of wasabi are spectacular adornments for nigiri of fluke. Desserts, too, have evolved in recent years. A collation might include basil sorbet, rich sesame ice cream, and moist banana cake with a compote of strawberry and rhubarb. Meanwhile, those who prefer to sit at a table encounter more conventional choices from a small, familiar menu enhanced by impeccable sushi and sashimi. A small list of wines, beers and sakes could be all one needs. Service is discreetly efficient under Yoshida’s eye. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Address: 171 King St. E., 416-304-0550.
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