Ever heard of torched sushi? Its the newest craze in Toronto and I think I’ve found the restaurant that makes it best!
KaKa All You Can Eat in Markham restaurant costs more than most AYCE restaurants – $24.99 for weekday dinners and $28.99 for weekend dinners. But for the quality of food, I’d say its totally worth it.
Both times I’ve been here, I arrived without a pre-booked reservation (don’t do this!) and was greeted with an hour-long lineup. Our first time here, we were the only party of 2 in line so the worker pulled us aside and set up a little table for us to eat in the middle of two large parties (cheers!).
My second time here with a girlfriend, we only had to wait 20 minutes as again, we were the only party of 2 in the hour-long line up. Once you get inside the actual restaurant, you can understand why the line is so long – there isn’t that much seating available. Its a semi-private, intimate space with a calming, warm ambiance. So take it from me, make sure you call in to make reservations before you arrive or you will be waiting in a long line, getting hangrier by the minute.
One of the things that sets KaKa apart from other AYCE joints in the GTA are that they put effort into garnishing the sushi. It adds a whole new dimension to the flavour experience.
And whoever heard of an AYCE restaurant serving aburi (blow-torched) sushi? Torched sushi is premium stuff with premium prices. For those that have never had torched sushi, the best way I can describe it is warm, melt-in-your-mouth fish, without the fishy taste or smell. Amazingly, KaKa does not put a limit on the amount of torched sushi items that you order, hurray! You’ll find limitations on other AYCE restaurants in the city, like max 10 pieces of sashimi per guest or max 1 order of snow crab sushi per 2 guests, but not here at KaKa! I never liked restrictions, anyway.
KaKa also provides a large selection of Japanese dishes beyond the raw fish offerings. One dish that caught my interest is called “spring egg”, a poached semi-cooked egg immersed in a delicious semi-sweet broth-like sauce reminiscent of miso soup and soy sauce. It was slimy, it was weird, and I loved it.
Another interesting menu item is the oshizushi, or compressed sushi. The flavours are bold and the whole thing feels like a denser version of your traditional sushi.
Make sure you save room for dessert! KaKa’s dessert menu is very different from the traditional “green-tea-or-mango-ice-cream?” that other restaurants have. Their unique offerings include green tea crème brulee, blueberry cheesecake, mango lychee slush, and cappuccino custard. My favourite is the green tea crème brulee.
I really enjoy the huge menu KaKa offers, for both dinner and dessert. Before ordering dessert, I like to get one last round of their torched sushi because its just so delicious! I am drooling right now as I type and thinking of when to go back again. Maybe this time I will actually call ahead of time and make a reservation 😉
KaKa All You Can Eat
First Markham Place
3235 Hwy 7 #18A
Markham, ON L3R 3P3