Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nouveau Japanese Cuisine @ Ame, Toronto

A joint venture between the Rubino Brothers and Thomas Khabouth, Ame replaced the Rubino Brother's critically acclaimed Rain. The menu focuses on Nouveau Japanese Cuisine with familiar foods such as Sashimi, Nigiri and Tempura that are interpreted with a modern twist.

Nigiri: Tempura Dungeness Crab
Tempura Dungeness Crab
The Maki had a nice crispy exterior and the Dungeness Crab Meat went really well with the Aioli. The Sushi Rice however was very soggy.

Salmon Sashimi with Spring Melon
Salmon Sashimi with Spring Melon
This was really good. Reminded me of Nobu's New Style Sashimi. The Salmon went really well with the meaty texture of the Watermelon. The chef also added some Coconut Cream Powder on top which surprisingly tasted really good.

Spicy Tuna Tartare
Spicy Tuna Tartare
This was really good. The Spicy Tuna Tartare had no fishy flavor to it and the Spicy Mayo Dressing did not over power the Tuna.

Baby Mizuna, Watercress, Sudachi Lime
Baby Mizuna, Watercress, Sudachi Lime
The Sudachi Lime helped cut the otherwise really Earthy Flavor of the Baby Mizuna and Watercress. I don't really like a Salad like this

Prawn Tempura
Prawn Tempura
The Prawns were very fresh and had a lot of meat. The Tempura Batter however was a little dense in texture. I much prefer the lighter Tempura Texture.

Japanese Squash Tempura
Japanese Squash
The Squash had a very sweet flavor that was good. Presentation was a little gothic as they came skewered.

Miso Cod, Kochujan, Baby Bok Choy
Miso Cod, Kochujan, Baby Bok Choy
Another typical Japanese Dish. It was well executed with the Cod Fish tender and the Miso Marinade not being overly too sweet.

Wagyu Short Ribs, Black Vinegar, Tomato Jam
Wagyu Shortribs, Black Vinegar, Tomato Jam
The Short Ribs were fork tender and its natural flavor was heightened by the Tomato Jam and Black Vinegar which gave it a mild sweet and sour flavor.

Striploin (8 oz), Black Garlic, King Mushroom
Striploin (8 oz), Black Garlic, King Mushroom:
The Striploin was cooked medium as ordered. It was very juicy and well seasoned.

Roasted Sweet Pork, Umeshu Glaze
Roasted Sweet Pork, Umeshu Glaze
This reminded me of Chinese BBQ Pork. The Pork Belly was very tender and had a mild Chinese BBQ Pork Flavor. It was also served with Kimchi and Potato Puree.

Liquid Chocolate
Chocolate Dessert
This was my Dessert. The it was pure Chocolate Indulgence as my plate contained a Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate Crisp, Chocolate Ice Cream and Cocoa Beans. The combination of textures from the different Chocolate Ingredients was really good.

Cheese Cake
Cheese Cake
This was Katrina's Dessert

Raspberry Mousse with Vanilla Ice Cream
Lemon Meringue
This was Calvin's Dessert. We're not really sure what it's called.

Overall I really enjoyed the food at Ame. Favorite Dishes of mine included their Wagyu Short Ribs, Roast Sweet Pork, Spicy Tuna Tartare and their Salmon Sashimi with Spring Melon. The interior's use of Wood, Kimono Fabrics, Murals all fuse together to make a space that reflects Ame's Modern Japanese Cuisine.

Food: 4.3/5
Service: 4/5
Ambiance: 4.5/5
Price: $$$$ (Approximately USD $55 per person)

Contact Information
Address: 19 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Tel: +1 (416) 599-7246

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