Located in the midst of the hustle and bustle in the financial district, Ki Modern Japanese & Bar serves up a fresh take on the Japanese style of leisurely eating and drinking with friends. The dining rooms at Ki are divided into 3 main areas – the bar area and depending on one’s preference, guests can choose to either sit in their spacious sushi bar section where they can watch chef’s prepare their sushi up close and personal. If guests prefer a dining environment where it is a little bit more formal (suitable for business meetings), the dining area is another great option.
Aomori Omiyage Martini ($15.00)
- Absolut Orient Apple vodka, honey Jack Daniels, Butter Ripple Schnapps, simple syrup, yuzu juice and egg whites
O’Toshi (amuse bouche)
- Salmon wrapped mango and kisawei with cucumber, strawberry, raspberry mimoji sauce
- We started off with these clean & refreshing palette cleanser
Zucchini-Wrapped King Oyster Mushrooms Grilled Skewers ($12.00)
- with red pepper, balsamic reduction
- These zucchini wrapped king oyster mushrooms skewers were grilled & seasoned perfectly. I had no problem finishing the skewers myself. I recommend this dish for those looking for a light starter.
Sake Braised Pork Belly & Green Onion ($14.00)
- glazed with teriyaki and served with chilli-ponzu sauce
- These large pieces of Pork Belly were done perfectly as well – we enjoyed the sweet teriyaki sauce that was used to glaze the belly
Wakatake Daijinjo Sake
- Michael Tremblay – Ki’s certified Advanced Sake Professional kindly brought us a Wakatake Daijino Sake to taste.
Hako Sushi ($16.00)
- with binnaga, avocado, chive, shiso, pickled kohirabi, cranberry ginger sauce
Tai & Snow Kelp ($16.00)
- with shiso, kumquat, watermelon radish, Asian pear, bonito, toasted quinoa & cranberry ginger sauce
- This dish is a new addition to Ki’s menu – this dish was presented like a work of art – easy on the palette; very light and delicate
Spicy Salmon Roll ($14.00)
- Atlantic salmon, red pepper, mango, cucumber, kimchi miso
- I don’t think I’ve ever had mango inside a spicy salmon roll before – but it was nice and tangy addition.
Lobster Roll ($20.00)
- chilled rock lobster, so paper, avocado, pickled radish, Boston Lettuce and momiji soy
Grilled Short Ribs ($20.00)
- marinated with Asian pear-soya and sesame seeds
- We realized we were missing a protein option in our dinner so we decided to opt for their popular grilled short ribs highly recommended by our waitress. She was right! – Grilled perfectly with a subtle smokey taste.
Seared Scallops ($39.00)
- with pickled figs, apple-parsnip puree and apple chips
- This dish comes with 4 large pieces of seared scallop – I really appreciated the addition of apple chips to give the dish a bit of sweetness and that crunch factor
Brussel Sprouts & Pancetta ($11.00)
- with pumpkin seeds & yuzu-togarashi sauce
Matcha Cheesecake ($11.00)
- with mascarpone, cream cheese & almond tuile
- Last but not least, we opted for a Matcha Cheesecake and boy was this ever delicious! Aside from its presentation, the matcha taste was not too rich (the way I like it). The cheesecake itself had a nice creamy consistency, dense and was not overly sweet on the palette.
Special thanks to Ki & Michelle for having us at the restaurant to try a galore of Ki’s fresh take on Japanese food. Ki is currently having a New Years Eve 2017 promotion / menu. For $75.00, guests can enjoy a 6 course Tokusen New Years Even menu that offers a range of hot and cold dishes, from Winter Saikyo Mushroom Soup, Sencha-Crusted Duck Leg to a variety of creative Cold Plates. For Sake Pairing, it will be $34.00 pp. – Perfect way to ring in the new year!
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