Dozo was opened over a year ago but it was one of those restaurants where I have completely written off simply because the lot it currently occupies saw two previous restaurants close down within a year in business due to poor food and service. However a dinner appointment with Aunt Cindy saw us visiting Dozo a week ago and made me realize how dumb I was for not giving this restaurant a try.
The food served was better than most of the Japanese restaurants around the area and the price was also reasonable. To top it off the restaurant's ambiance made it feel more like a high-end contemporary Japanese Restaurant than your typical Sushi Bar. Reinforced with excellent service I came back two more times during the week and also had my last dinner in Toronto at Dozo before I flew back to KL for a month.
The beef was quite tender and wasn't served frozen like many other places
Ahi Tuna Tartar
This dish resembled a French Tartar with the use of Ahi Tuna. The Ahi Tuna was minced and then mixed with Avocado and a mayo dressing. It was pretty good especially when eaten with the crackers
The Sushi was very fresh especially the Uni which did not have any fishy smell
One of their signature rolls. The roll had shrimp tempura, cucumber and avocado and is topped with a scallop that is dressed with some mayo. The texture was good with the crispy prawn tempura contrasting the soft texture of the scallop
The Salmon Sashimi is easily one of the best around. The slices are cut thick and throughout all three occasions of ordering it they were all very fresh
Grilled Beef Roll with Asparagus
The beef was well seasoned with the Asparagus maintaining a nice crunch. Another dish that has a good contrast in textures
One Bite Striploin
One of my favorite dishes. The AAA Striploin was cooked teppanyaki style to a perfect medium and was flavorful and tender. One could definitely taste the use of Worcestershire Sauce which gave the beef a nice vinegary zing
Noodle Wrapped Deep Fried Prawns
The prawns were cooked perfect and the Fried Noodles had a crunchier but denser texture than Tempura
The squid was grilled perfect. It had a crisp exterior and was tender at the same time. The teriyaki sauce was done right without overpowering the squid
Grilled Hamachi Kama
My all-time favorite and regularly ordered dish in any Japanese Restaurant. The Kama here was a little over-salted but was very moist
In addition to all the dishes above my colleagues ordered 4 different Rice dishes that were served on a Hot-Stone Bowl, Individual Hand-Rolls and Dessert. I was pressed for time and did not take photos of those as I had to rush to the airport. The entire food bill cost CAD $240 after a 10% discount and includes tips and taxes.
With good food, great service, a nice ambiance and decent prices Dozo will definitely be one of my regular Japanese Restaurant I'll be visiting when I'm back in Toronto.
Price: $$$ (Under USD $35 per person)
Address: 230 Commerce Valley Drive East Markham, Ontario, L3T 7Y3
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