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“Great Little Spot in the city - Nice Patio”
Review of Omai

Omai
Ranked #3,017 of 9,166 Restaurants in Toronto
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
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Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Food, Great Patio, I am from Toronto and discovered this place while we were looking for a patio. Good deal on PEI Oysters at Happy Hour which are served with Caviar, other dishes are also great and there is something for everyone.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Omai is a welcome newcomer on the Baldwin strip. The small, simply-furnished space has bar seating for about 15 people, where one can watch and talk to the chefs. Another, somewhat isolating row of stools facing a wall would be OK for singles or couples only. There are no tables.
There is a selection of temakis to start. The recommended truffle did not have any obvious truffle flavour and the nightly special of scallop also lacked punch. They came across more like comfort food and one was left wishing for something more intensely flavoured.
Things picked up with hot plates from the kitchen. Fried chicken was tasty, the beef cheeks were melt-in-the-mouth tender and the accompanying sunchokes were sweetly delicious. Perhaps the best was the pork belly, with a crispy skin and tender meat.
There is a selection of quality sakes available.
The staff were very attentive and are obviously trying hard to please the customers. On the night our group of six was there we had the place to ourselves, except for a couple of early birds that were just finishing their meal as we sat down. Hopefully the lack of customers when we visited can be attributed to Winterlicious running concurrently across the city, because Omai deserves to be around for a long time.

Thank Norman R
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

This restaurant on Baldwin street is not the easiest to find as the sign is discreet. Upon entering, you feel the hip and relaxed vibe. Service was attentive, the warm sake recommended by our server was quite delicious and much needed on a cold winter evening, and overall, the food was good.

Although we were very impressed with their kitchen menu, the temaki, which we had high hopes for, was a let down. We found the rice in the temaki to be slightly dry, which was a big a disappointment. We tried the red sea bream, tamago and octopus temakis. Overall, the combination of ingredients in each temaki and flavours were good, but the drier rice didn't leave us wanting more.

From the kitchen menu, we tried the following dishes:

- Yu Choy ($7) - A common way to cook yu choy, a Chinese leafy green vegetable, is to blanch it quickly and serve it with oyster sauce. This is a much fancier version, with the yu choy served on top of a light dashi broth, complimented with a cashew miso butter. We didn't find this dish special as the cashew miso butter didn't have much flavour, although the presentation was nice.

- Croquette ($9) - The fried butternut squash and creamy oka cheese had a nice melt in your texture. Although we enjoyed the dish, we didn't really taste the nori in the aioli, which we felt would have added that nice umami punch if the flavour was stronger.

- Sunomono ($11) - The vinaigrette in this dish was very refreshing and we really liked the ingredient combination. The octopus was tender, and the cucumber and zucchini added some texture to the dish.

- Chicken Liver Pate ($12) - The addition of the orange blossom honey to the chicken liver pate was very creative and it really elevated the flavours with the sweet and tangy notes. This was one of our favourite dishes.

- Pork Belly ($14) - This was definitely our favourite dish for the evening. The skin on the pork belly was crispy, yet the pork belly itself literally melted in our mouths. The dish was also balanced in flavour and the sunchokes added a nice earthy and nutty taste.

- Beef Cheek ($16) - The beef cheeks were really tender and the persimmon added a nice sweetness.

Overall, we really enjoyed the kitchen menu, especially the hot food. There is a lot of potential here, but as mentioned above, the slightly dryer rice in the temakis was a huge disappointment as we were expecting these to be more of the highlight for our meal.

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We were advised to try this restaurant by a friend and it didn’t disappoint. We were only visiting Toronto for a couple of days and decided to try some Japanese tapas. I’m so pleased we did.

The food is outstanding, between the four of us we tried almost every dish on the menu! Each dish as sensational as the one before. It’s so difficult to choose one dish as my favourite so I chose at least three.... Personally the broccoli, pork and croquettes were my faves but everything else was just behind them. We actually ordered two broccoli dishes it was so good!

The staff were amazing, so friendly and helpful with the menu. The service was quick and I loved that we saw some of our food being cooked right in front of us!! We didn’t realise at the time that the restaurant had only been open for two weeks, everyone was so knowledgable and comfortable with the menu it felt like it had been there a lot longer.

We tried several sakes which were advised by the owner Jason, again they were beautiful!!

I would highly recommend this place and only wish there was one in the UK near home. We will definitely revisit on our next trip to Toronto!

Thank stroke5678
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