District Bistro

*UPDATE MAY 2014 – District Bistro is now Mazz Bistro which is still serving up Japanese fare. Not sure if it’s the same owner*

As an Asian, most of my sushi-eating experiences have been at Chinese-owned AYCE (all-you-can-eat) buffet restaurants where the sushi is not bad, but not great either.  Since 2 years ago when I decided to take the oath of non-allegiance (mostly for the sake of my waist line) I’ve been labelled by some friends as the sushi nazi.  They can call me whatever they want – I’m just glad that I no longer walk out of an AYCE wishing I had worn my stretchy pants, or feeling way beyond uncomfortably full.I purchased a Groupon to District Bistro in Leslieville which included an appetizer (Miso soup or edamame), 2 maki rolls and sake pairings (with each course).  The Groupon was $39.  We were a group of 3, so we also ordered some items à la carte.IMG_8531 (640x427)

The restaurant reminds me loosely of a high-end sushi joint you’d find somewhere in the middle of Manhattan.  It’s more of a resto-bar in terms of the look and feel.  It isn’t a huge restaurant (probably seats around 40) and the little nook we were tucked into would make a heavier person feel uncomfortable.  Luckily, we were able to squeeze into the booth without having body parts ooze off the table.

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We opted for the edamame as starters (choice of spicy is also available).  We ordered one of each.  I must say the spicy one was neither here nor there and I would’ve been perfectly happy with the usual salt-sprinkled edamame.

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The Assorted Sashimi (18 pieces, $20) is quite a good deal and there was a healthy variety of fish that graced our plate.  Some of their fusion rolls were not so good, such as the District Roll ($13) which incorporated cream cheese among its ingredients.  Mayo is probably the only welcome intrusion in Japanese dishes that I willingly accept and embrace.  Cream cheese belongs on a bagel, not in my sushi.  Maki rolls ranged from $6 (for plain old cucumber and rice) to $18 (if you want soft shell crab).

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After we asked for our bill, our server came out and told us that she actually forgot that the voucher entitled us to a sake pairing with each course, so the night ended with us pounding back shots of sake.  We had tried the pear and plum one (with a bias towards the plum), so I guess you can say things ended on a sweet note?

I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to dine at District again.  While nothing was bad and the service was pretty good; nothing really stood out or wowed us.

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