Fine dining provides some of the greatest ambiances and the most exquisitely presented foods. Momofuku Daishō is a place on University Ave which does not disappoint! I had the pleasure of coming to Momofuku this time around in celebration of being with my boyfriend for our fourth month together.
Daishō is located in a glass cube in the heart of downtown Toronto. The three-story building is also home to Noodle Bar, Nikai, Milk Bar, and Shōtō (Momofuku’s website, “About Daishō” Section). It features fine dining such as a raw bar, as well as meat, seafood, and meals meant for sharing. My partner and I sat at a polished looking bar seating area – we couldn’t get a table by the window unfortunately because our online reservation was for noodle bar, and not Daishō. However we both made the best of it – the proximity between us was much closer which was nice, and the bartender at Momofuku was very friendly and courteous towards us – he ended up taking our orders for food and sending it off to the kitchen to be made.
The menu selection at Momofuku was segregated into 5 different sections. It was a clean, polished menu and the descriptions were pretty clear so ordering was simple. We did have to wait a bit for ordering, but Momofuku compensated for that by providing us with free appetizers (Seasoned Pickles) during our wait.
Eventually the orders did come out, and we weren’t disappointed by the presentation! My main course was absolutely beautiful (displayed at the top) – the Poached Cod (Fogo Island, NFL) – which had eggplant, radish, and brown butter. I can’t even describe the art of this dish because I’m not entirely sure what the plate was trying to display – all I know is that the presentation of this dish was splendid and I almost couldn’t break it apart to eat it!
All guilt left my system once I took my first bite – the cod was perfectly cooked and matched well with the array of tastes smeared onto my plate. One thing that I do oppose of of this dish was the temperature – it was a little bit on the cooler side, which I don’t like for my fish. Regardless, the taste was definitely there.
My boyfriend got the Seashell Pasta – which had nduja, squid, and saffron. This dish was of a smaller portion, but it was packed with some great flavor as my partner expressed. From what I tasted, it was definitely warmer than my dish, and the tastes blended nicely for a great pasta dish. This one had a spicier taste, which is probably the reason I let him finish it on his own without more than one bite. He finished off his dinner with no complaints.
Overall, I was extremely happy to have spent a date at Momofuku Daishō – it’s a great place in the heart of downtown to have some great food and a modern ambiance. It allowed the opportunity to get fancy and dress up, which I love to do on occasions such as this one! I definitely have high reviews for Momofuku – perhaps next time I’ll check out their noodle bar on the first floor.
For more information on Momofuku Daishō, visit their polished website: https://daisho.momofuku.com/
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