I wanted to eat at Le Cafe Michi for a very long time. However, it is located at a neighbourhood that I rarely frequent so the only time that I would drag myself over is on weekend evenings. Of course the whole place would be booked and I would end up trying to find another place.
By some lucky coincidence, I decided to have an impromptu track hop in Scarborough after work today. I'm currently looking for a nice track to practice inline skating that's closer to my home. From Google Map, there are a few in that area that look very promising. Alas, none of them are in skateable condition. However, I wouldn't pass up an opportunity for some good sushi so I quickly found myself sitting at one of the tables at Le Cafe Michi on this Wednesday evening.
Most of the dinner menu are sets including salad, main dish, and a slice of cake (btw, here's a nice site on types of Japanese restaurants), ranging between $15 - $25. I'm not in the mood for nigiri sushi tonight but neither do I want to fall back on my favourite standbys such as oyako don or curry rice. The deluxe "Cafe Au Lait Chirashi Sushi" sounds amazing so that's what I decided on. Instead of the garden salad, it was served with a special chef's salad made with a tangle of vinegared seaweed. It was very appetizing indeed.
My bowl of chirashi was piled high with pieces of sashimi including salmon, salmon roe, tuna, scallop, octopus, ebi, tamago, unagi, and a cute little tuna with mayo nigiri sushi ball. The selection of fish was not particularly adventurous but the quality was very high. I enjoyed the ebi shrimps the most because they were so fatty and sweet! The salmon roe was not as salty as I expected and they tasted so fresh. The smokiness of the broiled unagi buried deep in the rice was like a hidden treasure. The seasoned rice was a little less sticky than your typical sushi rice but it was so delicious that I ate every last grain.
All the cakes at Le Cafe Michi are baked in-house so of course I was eager to give them a try. There are so few Japanese-style pastry shops in Toronto (La Bamboche, Bakery Nakamura) but personally I think the delicate and subtle characteristics of typical Japanese-French cakes should be popular with anyone. The most interesting flavour was Chocolate Sake Mousse Cake. Even though I'm not a big fan of chocolate, I was curious enough about this cake to choose it over Bailey's Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcake, Cappuccino Cheesecake, and Green Tea Mousse Cake. The thin layers of cocoa genoise were moist with a syrup spiked with sake. The mousse was very airy but the chocolate flavour was subtle. The ganache on the top of the cake and the dark chocolate shards both helped to boost the chocolate quotient.
I love the cozy atmosphere and the great value here. On days when I crave sushi yet too lazy to drive downtown to Ichi Riki, Le Cafe Michi would be a wonderful alternative. I'm looking forward to come back on a weeknight for another quiet dinner.
Le Cafe Michi
1802 Pharmacy Ave.