Boku Sushi provides a touch of Asian flair in the heart of the Distillery District. This chic Japanese restaurant serves up a slew of favourites ranging from sushi to tempura in a classy and sophisticated environment.
The exposed brick space has an industrial feel that's a bit unusual for a Japanese restaurant, but once you do a double-take, it's actually quite inviting.
The menu is extensive and diverse. In keeping with the chef's background, the sushi here features a Kansai flair. Expect hand-torched and box-pressed takes on your favourite raw fish servings.
I try the Aburi Flight selection ($36), featuring, among others, fresh salmon, beef, and yellowtail. The light flavours really come alive through the ever-so-quick torching of the sushi. My only complaint is that the beef is a bit on the chewy side.
Any good Japanese restaurant is measured by the quality of its sashimi, and Boku doesn't disappoint. The Sashimi Platter ($30 for 10 pieces) is a delight, with the tuna posing as the real standout for its buttery smoothness.
Boku also serves up seasonal specials like the Salmon Tataki ($12) served on a bed of greens. This is definitely a light appetizer but one I would have preferred to have a bit more substance on the plate.
One of my favourite dishes is the Boku Maki ($14), an impressively complex concoction of scallop, avocado, tuna, and sweet ume. The generous drizzling of unagi sauce seals the deal beautifully.
Be sure to ask for the house-made soy sauce when downing their sushi. It features a smokier and sweeter flavour than the regular store-bought ones usually found in Japanese restaurants.
For those who like a touch of deep-fried goodness with their sushi, try the Distillery Roll ($15), which sees fresh shrimp and salmon battered and flash-fried, then topped with cheese and unagi sauce.
The Scallop & Avocado Tempura ($14), with its light and almost airy batter, is excellent. Paired with some fried shiso leaves, it's immensely satisfying from both a taste and texture standpoint.
The Saki Ika Tempura ($8) is also interesting. While the slightly rough texture of the dried shredded cuttlefish may put some off, the sweet aftertaste I got from the dish makes it all worthwhile.
Boku also serves up excellent cocktails. The Ronin Lemonade ($12) packs a boozy punch, with a light lemon flavour at the end. The Kaiju ($12) is beautiful to look at with its shocking blue colour, with a touch of pineapple mixed in with the blue curacao.