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Posted June 18, 2011 by samuek in Food Joints
 
 

Kumai Sushi

Kumai Sushi is really the only Japanese restaurant in Mississauga worth visiting with the departure of Hashimoto.  However, the experience is also bitter sweet.  I will explain later on.  It is predominantly a sushi bar but does offer some unique Japanese treats if you leave the traditional menu alone.  As I always say, order Omakase if you want to know what the sushi chef can really do.


 KUMAI SUSHI

Return Factor – I will return
Location 135 Brunel Road Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8
Atmosphere – Quiet and Casual
Price – $60 a person

Website: www.guu-izakaya.com/toronto

The restaurant is small but this is a good sign when looking for raw fish.  The owner mans the sushi bar while his wife serves.  This is also a good sign.  The interior is classic but also strangely rough.  There are details throughout the restaurant that have been left unattended that are uncharacteristic of the Japanese way.  Attention to detail is a major reason I fell in love with Japanese food and here I feel in a way let down.  Details from the picture above show where the lacquer on the sushi tray requires touch-up, or linens and stock lining the hallways and table cloths of select cleanliness.  I go to, and will still return to Kumai as the chef is known for making everything from scratch and carries unique items like monkfish liver when in season.

This is their Omakase sushi, with fresh water eel, Otoro (Bluefin Tuna Belly), Squid, Tamago (egg omelete), Ikura (Salmon egg), Aji (Spanish Mackerel), Generic Salmon and shrimp. 

 I took this to show the beauty of sushi rice as it is intended to be.  Loosely packed, discernable individual grains and though cannot see this but warm.

This picture shows the delicious fresh water eel with its meat, tendon and fat.  So good.

A close up of the controversial king of sushi Bluefin Tuna or Otroro to show the marbling that makes this fish so tasty and buttery.

This was a cool dish.  It was black seaweed flavoured with dry scallop.  Very strong yet sweet.  The yellow dish is a traditional Chawanmushi or egg custard usually filled with seafood.  The chawanmushi was a perfect light summer dish.

  
In summary I want more for Kumai as the food can be great but in my guess there are other things going on.  Do you have any comments on Kumai?  I would love to hear them.


Kumai Sushi on Urbanspoon

Kumai Sushi Restaurant on Restaurantica


samuek

 


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