Thursday, April 8, 2010

Japanese Food @ Dozo Sushi and Sake Bar, Toronto

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.

Beef Tataki
Beef Tataki
The beef was quite tender and wasn't served frozen like many other places

Ahi Tuna Tartar
Ahi Tuna
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

Assorted Sushi
Assorted Sushi
The Sushi was very fresh especially the Uni which did not have any fishy smell

Scallop Makimono
Scallop Makimono
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

Salmon Sashimi
Salmon Sashimi
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
Beef 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 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
Fried Shrimp with Noodle Wrap
The prawns were cooked perfect and the Fried Noodles had a crunchier but denser texture than Tempura

Grilled Squid
Ika Sugatayaki
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
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.

Food: 4/5
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Price: $$$ (Under USD $35 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 230 Commerce Valley Drive East Markham, Ontario, L3T 7Y3
Tel: 1.647.724.1662

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1 comment:

Clement said...

Without reservation, U won't get the Tea for free.
After the Japan's radioactive pollution to their seafood, they still have price hike on many Items.
One of the menus didn't have the price hike stickers at all because of that, I made a mistake ordering my food.:cry:
The waiter denied to admit and appologize because he can't find "the menu"
The customer next to us found the "bad menu"
The supervisor ignored our complaint and request that waiter to serve another customer....ignoring us...Their attitude were very very poor and didn't appologize.
The current price on most of their items are unreasonable for this kind of customer service. Don't ever try the Umi...yuck!
I'll never go again! :mad: