It’s very rare that I find myself in Yorkville, much less eat in the neighbourhood. It’s a ritzy neighbourhood that in some cases, you may be paying ritzy prices and feel a little dissatisfied. Mind you, this can happen at any pricey restaurant in any area; everyone’s experience is different.
When I think of brunch, I don’t think of going to Yorkville but here I am, at Kasa Moto, a contemporary Japanese restaurant… for brunch. I secretly think it’s a little absurd, but I’m keeping an open mind.
Kasa Moto is owned by The Chase Hospitality Group, whose restaurant roster includes Little Fin, Collette Grand Café and the pricey The Chase. Essentially, they have a reputation to uphold.
The Kinoko Salad ($13) – wild mushrooms, soy butter and enoki tempura. We got this thinking that our brunch won’t be very substantial. Surprisingly, this is pretty good. Mushrooms are sponges — they absorb flavours and this was very flavourful.
The Breakfast Bento ($19) comes with fried rice with eggs and salmon, glazed pork belly and yam tempura.
Salmon Tataki on Toast ($18) – avocado, wasabi cream and poached egg on seeded sourdough.
Sweet Potato and Pork Belly Hash ($12) – roasted sweet potato, crispy pork belly and garlic tentsuyu. It was good, albeit oily and the pieces of pork belly were on the dry side.
Breakfast Kamameshi ($14) – brown rice and quinoa, condensed milk, maple syrup, granola and fresh fruit. It’s very interesting, think of it as a sweet equivalent of fried rice (except this is not fried). It was brought out on the table and the server would mix the granola, fruit, syrup and condensed milk in front of you.
Ok, the brunch was good, but nothing really special for a premium price and the presentation. Most of the dishes on the menu are sharable with the exception of the bento. When you think about it, the hash, kamameshi and the bento can be made at home.
Edit: It’s been awhile since Jeff and I went out for brunch. Since we had a gift card that we wanted to use up, we decided to go to Kasa Moto as remembered that Kasa Moto had somewhat decent brunch when we tried two years ago.
Turns out, they no longer have their brunch menu, but no big deal as this gives us a chance to try the regular menu. Between the two of us, we can’t order very much though so we tried to order what we thought are filling dishes.
The Matcha Soba was good and light. The Karaage wasn’t anything special, but the wasabi gave it a nice little kick. The Wagyu Fried Rice however was a disappointment. It was too salty and there was a pool of melted butter on the bottom. Generally, butter is good, but to see the rice drown in it was off-putting.
In the end, we felt underwhelmed with our meal and likely won’t revisit Kasa Moto.
115 Yorkville Ave.