Kasa Moto is a sprawling Japanese restaurant in Yorkville from the Chase Hospitality Group. Like its sister restaurants , Little Fin , and, Colette , it's an upmarket, seafood-centric dining experience - only here the tables are set with chopsticks and the walls adorned with hand-painted koi.
Open for lunch and dinner, you'll find the dining room and sushi lounge housed on the first floor, while Bar Moto (available for private functions) occupies the second floor and leads the way to the sprawling rooftop patio outfitted with a dedicated bar and a couple cabanas.
The menu from Executive Chef Michael Parubocki (formerly Momofuku ) and Chef de Cuisine Daisuke Izutsu ( Don Don Izakaya ) is organized into cold and hot plates, rice and noodles, robata, sushi, and larger more substantial selections like steaks and whole grilled fish.
Sushi Chef Tsuyoshi Yoshinaga, formerly of Yasu and Sushi Kaji is totally the itamae you want dealing out omakase at $120 per person. This is splurge sushi indeed, but not entirely unjustified.
For instance, the signature Kasa Moto Maki ($20) featuring spicy scallops, lobster and salmon is beautifully presented, scrupulously crafted, and, presumably made with top quality seafoods that I'm told are sourced from around the world. Fresh wasabi grated table side is a nice touch.
Another a la carte dish is the hamachi ponzu ($18) that highlights the natural flavour of supple fish with bright flavour of yuzu ponzu and crispy carrots for textural contrast. As with most of the menu, this dish easily lends itself to sharing.
From the list of noodles, find a cold soba noodle salad ($11) dressed in white miso and tahini. Eat this by winding the chewy dense noodle around chopsticks and dragging it through the line of crushed cashews to pack in a little extra protein and some crunch.
Something I've found true of all Chase Restaurants, and this one is no exception, is that the drinks lists are where they make you really shell out.
Reading a menu featuring cocktails at $14 and wines by the glass starting at $12, always seem to incite little heart palpitations. Of course, that first refreshing Thai Collins - mixed with gin, ginger juice, lemongrass syrup and lime - can cure that... at least until the cheque arrives anyway. More wallet friendly is the Izumi draft sake ($5/3oz, $8/5oz).
Kasa Moto, with its glorious patio and menu of clean, light dishes will likely shine throughout the summer. Reservations are advised.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.