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Ame Throws Splashy Opening Bash

On Sept. 10, Ame threw a splashy opening party that attracted the Beautiful People eager to see how the former Rain has rebranded itself.


Ame's dining room.

Ame's dining room.

On Sept. 10, Ame threw a splashy opening party that attracted the Beautiful People eager to see how the former Rain has rebranded itself.

The room is gorgeous, the polar opposite of Rain, and sets a new standard for Japanese decor in Toronto.

Where Rain was all white-on-white and concrete and self-consciously designed to within an inch of its life, Ame is warm and inviting, done up in floor-to-ceiling wood. Even the concrete pillars are earth-toned!

Adding to the cozy vibe is a room cleverly divided into separate eating areas and sporting a snazzy sushi and robata grill.

At the back, a private room is available for corporate business meetings.

Chef and co-owner Guy Rubino has ditched Rain’s pan-Asian carte to focus on what he calls ‘modern Japanese.’

“It’s my interpretation of classic Japanese food – me having fun with Japanese ingredients,” he says.

At the launch, the busy kitchen sent out such treats as buttery salmon nigiri sushi dabbed with smoky eggplant miso; braised wagyu-beef short rib with black miso; pork belly with melon kimchi; and cloud-like tofu with miso foam.

The menu offers sushi and sashimi, as well as a daily hot pot, tempura, grilled beef, pork and seafood and ramen-noodle bowls.

Rubino plans to offer omakase tasting menus.

Night owls will gravitate to the sushi bar, which stays open until 11:00 p.m. (Monday to Wednesday) and midnight (Thursday to Saturday).

Watch for my full review shortly…

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