The other night I had dinner at the new Samurai Japanese restaurant on Portage Avenue. It’s in the old Fyxx location next to the MTS Centre.
I predict big things for this elegant little restaurant–what more perfect spot could there be in downtown than right next to MTS Centre?
Samurai is such a welcome addition to the city’s sushi scene as a more upscale place to pick up the good stuff. I am totally addicted to toro and Samurai didn’t disappoint. I always marvel at the ability of sushi restaurants in the city to get such fresh fish, when we’re smack in the middle of the continent, but there it is.
Anyway, I tried some of the appetizers including bacon-wrapped scallops that were as decadent as they sound. Other great picks was the agedashi tofu and the gomae. I tried a couple of rolls including the volcano roll which come doused in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce that was sinfully rich and delicious.
My dinner companion and I were so full at the end we could barely move, but then the chef must have decided after we’d spent a week’s worth of our paycheques on dinner that we needed dessert. So he offered us creme brulee on the house! Free food is always a good way to win my heart. I’ve officially added this gem to my top restaurant picks in the city.