Wednesday, July 13, 2011
MIO Japanese and Thai Fusion
440 Spadina Ave.
This small restaurant is located on the West side of Spadina Avenue, about a block south of Bloor, at the North end of Chinatown. It’s easily accessible by streetcar or is a short walk from Spadina station. The place was, until recently, known as Sushi Star. It now serves not only standard sushi fare, à la carte and all-you-can-eat, but Thai stuff as well.
A bunch of us walked down from the lab on a Wednesday evening at about 18:00. There were 3 or 4 other diners there, but the place felt pretty empty. Decoration was simple and the atmosphere was casual; the evening news played quietly on a TV mounted in the back. There were about six wooden booths and a number of tables in the restaurant. Unlike busier restaurants, quiet conversation wasn’t a problem.
The meal ran me about $21.50 plus tip, without a drink; fairly standard for dinner at an all-you-can-eat place. I would put the food quality perhaps a bit above that of Aji Sai (some of my labmates might disagree) and if I had to choose, MIO would probably win out. The simpler decor notwithstanding, MIO offers similar or better food at about the same price, but at a far quieter location.