What? EDO for dinner
Where? 484 Eglinton ave w
Price? $35 (Winterlicious dinner)
The skinny: EDO restaurant offers authentic traditional Japanese cuisine in midtown. The idea here is not just sushi, but also Japanese flavours “done in a contemporary style.” Also, 36-year old EDO is part of a chain including EDO-ko and EDO at the Air Canada Centre. They also do take-out.

EDO has been on my radar for so long now I forgot what was so good about this place that made me want to go in the first place. Regardless, when I saw that this restaurant was listed as a participant for this year’s Winterlicious, I jumped. Good thing two of my friends blindly said yes when I asked if they wanted to dine here one night.

We were seated quickly and overall, service that night was great. The servers were really attentive. Almost as soon as we were seated, we were given little morsel salads and hot towels (to wipe our hands). 

The teeny salad was refreshing. It was nice to not have to wait a really long time before food first started coming. 

We ordered both of the featured cocktails. The Raspberry Lychee Sake-tini (6). It’s got vodka, cherry liqueur, soho lychee liqueur, cranberry juice, sake float, and a lychee garnish. Yummy! Then there was the the Japanese Slipper (6). Inside, midori melon, cointreau, lemon juice, and lemon garnish. 

It’s not written on the menu online, but in addition to the 4 courses, there’s also a complimentary amuse bouche: miso marinated cream cheese on rice cracker

Maguro Tataki with Daikon Salad
(seared tuna on julienned daikon with Chef’s apple soy sauce dressing). I really enjoyed this! Got three very sizable pieces of tuna! I’m not sure why it was buried underneath the spring salad though. 

Here's a little peek at the tuna hidden under the daikon.


Kobe Sausage Corn Chowder
(soy milk based corn chowder served with grilled
Kobe beef sausage). My friend said that you can tell the sausage is no ordinary sausage but at the same time, not groundbreaking for him. 

Vegetarian Nihonçoise
(baby spinach, potato, cherry tomato, shiitake mushroom, onion & olives, green bean, quail egg, topped with walnut in yuzu dressing). The star here for Zarish was hands down the quail eggs.


“Omakase” Sushi
(chef’s selection of assortment). There was also a vegetarian option but we came here for fish! ;) Everything was really nicely laid out on the plate and just like the other dishes, our server explained everything that was inside each piece. 

Each piece was unique and great bites in their own respect. I loved the lightly torched salmon sushi. Definitely reminded me of the Torched Salmon from Guu Sakabar ;D The teeny bite in the bottom left, sushi pizza. Not greasy at all, great crunch!

Shake, Hotate & Ebi Panko
(panko crusted Atlantic salmon,
Hokkaido scallop and tiger shrimp served with oshinko tartar sauce). All three of us got this main option. A whole lot of seafood on one plate. On each plate, one scallop and one tiger shrimp that have both been battered and deep-fried. 

Why wasn’t there more?! haha As for the salmon, the panko crust gave it a crunch but the salmon itself wasn’t as moist as I would’ve liked it to be. The tartar, nice. The stewed tomato and balsamic action…didn’t exactly understand that. 


Soy Milk Chou À la Crème
(soy milk custard with azuki (red bean paste) served in a puff pastry). My friend loved the choux pastry. The green tea sauce, too bitter for him. 

Matcha Crème Brûlée
(green tea flavoured custard topped with a layer of caramel). I was apprehensive of this but I ended up really liking it! Similar presentation as the dessert above with the long rectangular plate and sugar-dusted fruit (YAY FRUIT!). 

The dab of red on the side is red bean. I loved how creamy the custard was! I completely forgot about the fact that it was supposed to be a crème brûlée…it’s missing the whole caramelized sugar component but no matter. 

Verdict? It seems that they only get in about 2 seatings per evening…with us leaving as the last customers at 9pm (EARLY). We didn’t have to wait between courses at all. That’s good and bad, depending on your hunger level and company. I’m glad I came here because you don’t often get to sit down to a quiet, tasty meal where you don’t feel rushed.

4 out of 5 NOMs
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  1. I just ate and I'm hungry again. MORE FOOD ADVENTURES PLEASE CARMEN! <3