Blowfish Restaurant & Saki Bar
668 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1M7
The hotspot with the chilled-out late-night lounge, Blowfish serves it up raw.
|Cuisine Type |||French, Fusion, Japanese|
|Ambiance |||In Places, Patio Dining, Fine Dining|
|Meals Served |||Dinner|
|Amenities |||Great Wine List, Private Room(s), Tasting Menus, Catering|
|Pricing |||$41 and more|
|Payment |||MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bathurst streetcar, St. Andrew’s station|
|Cross Street |||Bathurst and King|
|Mon-Wed: 5:30PM Last order for kitchen: 11PM; Thurs-Sat: 5:30PM, Last order for kitchen, 11:30PM|
Profile Last Updated: June 27, 2008
Blowfish’s chic space features cool contemporary design and high ceilings adorned with elegant chandeliers. Green neon light glows beneath a wall of comfy benches, and even the bar emits light. Blowfish combines the best elements of upscale restaurant and a sophisticated cocktail lounge. Thursday to Saturday after 9 p.m., a DJ spins the latest down tempo grooves. Summers, the entire stylish experience spills out onto the spacious patio.
For the Sake of Sake
Named for the Japanese (sometimes poisonous) delicacy, Blowfish is particularly deadly if sake is your poison of choice. With three grades of high-quality sake on the menu and 11 varieties served chilled, Blowfish offers an experience not easily obtained elsewhere. For those shy of rice-wine but eager for a taste, there are also raspberry and pear infused varieties of the drink, and devastating sake-based cocktails playfully named saketinis. The excellent wine list features selections from Argentina, Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States.
Eclectic Varieties of Sushi and Maki
The Japanese-French-fusion menu, as one might expect, offers a variety of fish choices, both raw and cooked. An eclectic selection of sushi and maki includes such unusual ingredients as tempura bananas, brown rice, and blue curacao, and come with a sauces flavoured with chili, fruit or curry. Other flavours that also permeate the menu include Korean, Chinese, Indian, and Thai influences. Aside from fish, Blowfish also serves duck, chicken, and stone-cooked Kobe beef. Blowfish has won praise and awards for both design and wine list. It has also attracted some celebrity events, from the opening of Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation to launches for Chanel and Cartier. But in spite of the glamour, Blowfish prefers to play it like the best sake: cool.
Reservations : Recommended