The night Toronto got 20cm of snow was the night I was at dinner for some sushi and sake – so dedicated, right? Located on Gristmill Lane in the Distillery District, Boku serves a variety of Japanese specialties including blow torched sushi, sashimi and omakase.
Inside the restaurant, Boku mixes industrial elements like exposed brick walls and traditional Japanese decor to create a unique atmosphere. It seems like a good spot for dates or a sake tastingsat the bar with a friend or two.
Buckwheat noodle, spring mix, enoki, bonito flakes, balsamic dressing
Flash fried tofu, shiitake, oyster mushroom, negi, tentsuyu sauce
Slow Roasted Duck
Scallop, avocado, umé, albacore tuna & Unagi sauce
Shrimp, salmon, avocado, masago, topped with cheese, lemon & unagi sauce
Tai Aburi Haki Sushi
Pickled cherry blossom, yuzu pepper & sesame soy
Beef Aburi Hako Sushi
Asparagus, chilli daikon, negi & garlic
Wagyu Beef on Hot Stone
with sesame oil & ponzu sauce
The more memorable menu items from my visit were the Distillery Roll and the Boku Maki, packed with flavourful ingredients. I also really enjoyed the blow torched hand-pressed rolls “aburi.” As for the salmon tataki, DIY wagyu beef on the hot stone, and the soba noodle salad, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.