Yuzu No Hana

Foodie utopia is back with another special blog post – I’m a bit behind, but this was a special night for my boyfriend and I, as we celebrated our 5 months together with an evening at Yuzu No Hana, a trendy Japanese restaurant which caught my eye from blogto. 

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Yuzu No Hana was an upscale Japanese modern restaurant which promised authentic Japanese cuisine. When my boyfriend and I came here for our dinner date, it was pretty dimly lit – so it was a bit difficult to grab some good pictures. I think that the ambiance could have been improved with better lighting, though I believe they were attempting to give an almost romantic atmosphere for young couples such as ourselves. On display, they had an assortment of different sakes (rice wines) which added to the Japanese type atmosphere.

We were seated in the window corner of the restaurant, and were handed menus. Prior to arriving at Yuzu No Hana I already had an idea of what I wanted to try, their Seafood Bowl which I’ve seen advertised on many occasions on social media. Once I solidified my partner’s choice of meal for the night (we decided to get the unaju rice bento for him), we waited for our order to be taken, but service took awhile to reach our table and take our order. After some time, we were able to place our order and take in the views of Adelaide Street while chatting over a candlelight table. 

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My boyfriend, as mentioned above had the Unaju Rice Bento, which had fresh water eel, eel sauce, with an optional sansho / kochujang sauce. By the looks of what was left on the plate at the end of the evening, it seemed like he enjoyed his meal. However he did express that he was still hungry, so maybe quantity wise, the dish did not suffice for him. 

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On my end of the table was the famous Seafood Bowl which was served in a beautiful stone pot, serving shrimp tempura, scallop, and quail egg bedded on white rice. On the side they provided some soy sauce and hot sauce as well (which I didn’t use since I don’t like spicy food!). At first, the meal started off delicious, and of course the appearance of the meal was aesthetically pleasing. However, closer to the end of the meal, I noticed the rice was quite overwhelming, and in fact, the bottom of the rice was charred. All the seafood was delicious, but nearing the end of the dish it became pretty bland. Overall, what was a “famous” and advertised dish of Yuzu No Hana didn’t truly live up to it’s name.

Despite some disappointment in the food, spending time with my partner and being able to document a new place for foodie utopia is still a great time, and the best feeling. I’m excited to blog more places I’ve visited soon, there’s a line-up for all my readers to see!

For more information on Yuzu No Hana and what they have to offer, take a gander at their website: http://yuzunohana.ca/

Ratings

Plating – ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Ambiance – ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Taste – ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Service – ♡ ♡ ♡

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