I thought I’d try adding more variety to my blog by posting about subjects other than makeup, which brings me to the topic of food. I mean, who can refuse attractive, good food? I can’t, but my wallet can LOL. I am by no means a food connoisseur, but I can appreciate good food. Anyways, a friend and I decided to go to Yuzu no Hana for dinner after walking around the financial district to take photos for his portfolio. I picked this place wanted to try something new instead of the usual university student diet that consists of McDonalds, ramen, or Tim Hortons.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen these photos already LOL. I can’t help but upload pictures of food almost instantaneously.
The restaurant has a modern and contemporary atmosphere without skimping on the Japanese vibe. There is a variety of seating arrangements from bar seats to cushioned benches with tables. It’s a great place to go with a small group of friends or a date because the setup is quite intimate and cozy as well. There were little candles on each table to add to the mood, and the window seat looked especially nice. The menu consists of many generic sushi restaurant options, along with some fancy appetizers, main courses, and sushi rolls. They offer blue fin tuna at market price (expensive tuna that is more tender than white or regular tuna) and sea urchin, which is sometimes absent from other Japanese restaurant menus.
The braised pork belly was amazing. It was very soft and melted in my mouth, and that’s including the meat portion which is usually very chewy. The mushrooms were a great addition too. I especially liked the texture and slight flavour of the shimeji mushrooms. However, the kimchi tasted like the packaged jar kimchi from T&T- definitely not like the ones made by Korean restaurants.
Chirashizushi – $25
Sashimi might not be the thing for everyone; but I love it. I got the chirashizushi because I didn’t feel like ordering a roll (although the flaming yuzu roll looked epic) or picking nigiri and sashimi from the list. The fish was really fresh, and that’s saying a lot since it’s hard to come by in Toronto. Honestly, I don’t really like sea urchin; I’ve tried to like it, but it usually has a very distinct, strong taste. But the sea urchin at Yuzu no Hana actually tasted good with some soy sauce, and it was a fairly large piece in comparison to what you would usually get at other places. The bowl included some torched fish too, although I’m unsure what kind of fish it was.
The main dishes came with miso soup with shredded fried tofu in it.
Lastly, we split a sake cheesecake because why not, since we don’t eat at nicer restaurants often LOL. The sake in the cake wasn’t overwhelming and the after taste wasn’t strong either. But there was pure sake jelly on the cake too for that extra punch of alcohol. The pastry stick and dried apple were a nice touch to the aesthetics of the cake. While it wasn’t mind-blowing amazing, it was good as a conclusion to the meal.
Photo credits: Jason Hang.