In a lightly-dimmed, classically inspired nook in the heart of Yorkville, you’ll discover the city’s newest high-end omakase and sushi house at Kibo Secret Garden.
A first-of-its-kind for the Kibo franchise, the newest experience officially opens to the public on October 2, at 154 Cumberland Street.
This isn’t your typical sushi spot. If you’re looking for a more intimate and elegant experience, the Secret Garden should be your first choice.
When you walk up the steps to the new location, you’re welcomed into an elegant atmosphere as classical music plays in the background. Tables for two are lined up one in front of the other and in the far back at the sushi bar patrons are able to sit two by two — with plastic guards protecting and dividing customers.
The restaurant offers an exclusive menu, including a curated omakase experience with Sake pairings, which leaves the decision making all up to the chef. Its menu changes daily and will never be the same, offering 20 unique courses for you to indulge.
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The Kabocha Soup, a sweet pumpkin Rice Soup that leaves a honeyed taste on the tip of your tongue, is reminiscent of a warm home cooked meal.
The small dish is a must-try as an appetizer before you deep dive into the sushi menu.
The Hirame Nigiri, a fluke from Japan, will melt in your mouth and offers a sharp flavour, compliments of the hint of Wasabi, with a lasting sweet taste.
The Suzuki Nigiri, a sea bass from Turkey is suggested to eat without soy sauce in order to get the full flavour. Similar to that of the Hirame, which has a bit of a sweet after taste.
As for the Kurodai, a Black Sea Bream, the taste is almost delicate. A lasting freshness on your palette.
And their Madai Nigiri, a red snapper, similar to that of the Kanpachi is lightly torched for a more smokey flavour.
Kibo Secret Garden also offers two slightly different platters, beautifully decorated with earthy tones and bamboo. Both come with gold flake touches, and bold flavours.
It’s presented with liquid nitrogen vapour that steams from bellow, giving it a mysterious and mystical look. The Sake Pairing with Sashimi Platter comes with King Salom, Fluke, Bluefin Tuna, Yellowtail, Horse Mackerel and two pieces of Amberjack.
This platter is paired with a bold Sake, strong in flavour but a match made in heaven.
The second platter offered is the Wine Pairing platter that comes with Tako, Oyster, Wagyu Beef, Lobster and Tomago. Similar presentation to that of the Sake platter, each flavour almost compliments each other bite after bite.
Pair it up with a glass of Chardonnay, you can’t go wrong.
The next round of sushi offers King Salmon Nigiri, which originates from B.C., turns the classic piece into a delicious, delicate bite.
The Bluefin Tuna and Bluefin Tuna Belly both offer similar tastes but slightly different textures, lightly decorated with a gold touch.
The Ika, a squid sushi piece with caviar on top, Ama Ebi Nigiri, spot prawn from Japan, Black Cod Nigiri from Turkey, Saba Maki and a Sea Eel Nigiri from Japan – All bold flavours with a nice kick of wasabi to keep you rolling.
And to end your trip around the world of flavours, make sure to try out their Japanese Citris yogurt and/or their Crème Brûlée. Best thing about them is that they’re small enough so you can order both and not feel as guilty.
Be sure to make a reservation.
Address: 154 Cumberland Street Upper level
Hours: Monday -4 pm to 11:30 pm, Tuesday to Thursday – 12 pm to 11:30 pm, Friday and Saturdays – 12 pm to 11:30 pm, and Sundays – 12 pm to 10 pm.