Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Apr 5, 2006 05:00 PM

Best Sushi in Toronto

  • m

I am in for a 2 day conference and would like to get a good Sushi dinner tomorrow night. Cost is no factor. What is the best sushi in Toronto? I am staying on Young Street downtown, but would cab it if it is worth the trip. Thanks for the help!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. p

    I'm saying all of this from the perspective of an omakase dinner. If you have no qualms about price then that's definitely the way to go. Make sure you differentiate from a cooked and raw or pure raw omakase if you're only in the mood for fish. And as always, try to get a seat at the sushi bar, if they have one.

    Hiro - King st. and Jarvis, renowned but the atmosphere is a little stuffy. Makes his own soy sauce.

    Japango - Elizabeth and Dundas, small 20 seater with a casual laid back atmosphere but wonderful fish and sometimes really interesting combinations.

    Omi - Church and Carlton, small place yet again with a nice sake selection. Slightly worn location but they're about food rather than trendy styling.

    All of these places have significantly better than average quality fish and aim to please. I personally prefer Japango or Omi as I've found their meals more satisfactory according to my tastes. If you go to Japango the thing to request is the tuna tartare.

    I wrote up something on Omi just a day or two ago and there's a review for Japango on my blog.


    5 Replies
    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Sushi Kaji on the Queensway. Not cheap but it remains reasonably axiomatic that you get what you pay for.Excellent sake selection. Sushi at the Prince Hotel ain't bad, either.

      1. re: Ronin

        as a note: NOT near yonge st.... definitely not a cab ride away but possibly a cab ride away from a subway station.


        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          TTC+ a short cab ride. Friends from downtown do it regularly.

          1. re: Ronin

            Really not all that far and it's worth it!

      2. re: pinstripeprincess

        didn't really care for hiro when i went this past spring....i think i read on here that hiro is getting a lil tired

      3. I would agree that if cost is not an object, Kaji on the Queensway is your best bet. As Pinstripeprincess has indicated in her post, it is not close to downtown (a cab would be about $30 from downtown each way), but it is the best sushi that I have had in Toronto. You can get there on public transport, but it is not particularly convenient. I too am a big fan on Omi. John really takes care of his customers and is a great guy. Enjoy!

        1. downtown: Sushi on Bloor the place is packed during mealtime so call for reservations. If you go, gotta try the squid appetizer (bbq/fried) amazingly tender, it melts in your mouth - usually squid/octo are rubbery.

          3 Replies
          1. re: BlueGerbil

            SOB is good, solid, but definitely not the greatest. The squid is called Ikayaki. Also try the Nasu Dengaku.

            1. re: ondadl

              sushi on bloor would definitely NOT be classified anywhere near the best sushi in's great for a quick, cheap meal. definitely not a visitor's stop...for the best sushi in downtown t.o..go for japango (definitely need a res.-tiny place) or omi (on church street)'s worth the trip to etobicoke for sushi kaji or hashimotos....(those for sure are the best sushi places in the toronto area)

              1. re: todc1996

                have been to the Sushi on Queensway was not impressed and overpriced ... I still think Oshi Sushi at Queens Quay and Yonge is the best especially on Tuesday, Wednesday as they get their freshest fish in then ... the oro is amazing and if you need a chicken soup when sick instead try their oodon noodle soup (sp?) it will cure all

          2. SUSHI ISLAND on College has all-you-can-eat (for various prices from $13-$20 depending on when you're there and if you get maki, sashimi, etc) and they do very yummy brown/black rice rolls. a short streetcar ride form downtown, a fun hood with lots of places to catch a drink afterward, and generally decent service and nicer-than-SushiOnBloor atmosphere. not in the Sushi Kaji range in price or quality or whatever, but definately worth your dollar.

            Sushi Island
            571 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B2, CA

            5 Replies
            1. re: LemonLauren

              Could we make a new rule to never, ever mention something like Sushi Island in the same thread as something as good as Hiro and Kaji. Not the same thing, not close to the same thing, not playing the same sport or even using the same playing field. Sushi Island is fine for what it is but in a thread discussing the BEST sushi in Toronto it just shouldn't make an appearance.

              1. re: Ender

                The principle behind a site like CH is that "best" is a subjective and relative term. If one is on a budget and/or enjoys a younger, busier vibe and/or wants value in a sushi experience while sitll enjoying a decent selection of typical and more adventurous options, Sushi Island might just be the best. Yes, the OP said cost is not a factor, but if somone got away with posting sushi on Bloor, then Sushi Island has place, albeit a unique one, in this thread. If only in the interest of democracy.

                1. re: LemonLauren

                  Agree 100%. Every time someone starts yet ANOTHER "best sushi" thread I just roll my eyes, yawn, and mumble "kaji, hiro, zen" (in any order) because that's going to be the answer, again...

                  Why we continue to waste bandwidth (and why I even bothered to read this thread) on "best sushi" when the answer can be given in those three words...

                  I think the problem is, the question was "best sushi" not "best AYCE sushi" which, as was pointed out by Ender, is a whole separate category.

                  1. re: TexSquared

                    Waste of bandwidth? This post is two years old, the thread older.

                    1. re: Dimbulb

                      I think the poster read several other "new" sushi threads posted today, which triggered these feelings.

                      He does have a point, people need to use the search engine more. Can't fight human nature though, we are lazy.

            2. I'm sure I'll be a minority, but Nami on King is one of my favourite sushi restaurants. Another excellent choice for a Japanese tasting menu (but not sushi) is Kaiseki-Sakura on Church, just north of Wellesely. Both are within walking distance from downtown. Oh darn - I just realized the OP was from April, 2006.... too late!