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I'm heading to the great city in late May/early June for nine days and i'm hoping that i can find an excellent sushi restaurant or two....does anyone have any suggestions??? also, can someone tell me if Just Desserts is still as good as it was ten years ago when i last visited the city?

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    Kevin bertsch

    Many people, including the Globe and Mail's food critic, consider Hiro Sushi the best in Toronto. And,
    if you prefer your seafood cooked on occasion, one
    undiscovered gem is "House of Fisherman Delight" in Richmond Hill (north of Toronto proper, on Hwy 7). A real treat, although you may need a Cantonese-speaking friend to get the best of the experience.

    Just Desserts has now become a chain with outposts all
    over the city. Mileage varies, although the cakes are generally good. BTW, the original on Davenport was the scene of a grisly robbery/murder a few years ago, which resulted in a highly publicized trial.

    Hope this helps,

    kevin

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      Zhou Run Ping

      Hiro Sushi may have been the best place for sushi-- years ago-- but I would beg to differ today. I was introduced to Hiro Sushi many years ago when he was on Church St. before moving to the fancier digs on King East. For best sushi today? Try Kaji Sushi on the Queensway. I don't believe they have an a la carte menu...ie. you choose from one of several "tasting menus". I've dined there on 4 occasions and not once was I disappointed. Get a seat at the sushi bar if you can. The meal is worth the drive!

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        Zhou Run Ping

        Hiro Sushi may have been the best place for sushi-- years ago-- but I would beg to differ today. I was introduced to Hiro Sushi many years ago when he was on Church St. before moving to the fancier digs on King East. For best sushi today? Try Kaji Sushi on the Queensway. I don't believe they have an a la carte menu...ie. you choose from one of several "tasting menus". I've dined there on 4 occasions and not once was I disappointed. Get a seat at the sushi bar if you can. The meal is worth the drive!

        1. re: Kevin bertsch

          ACTUALLY, Just Desserts has been defunct for ages now. All the original cafes operate independently, under new similar sounding names or closed. I.E. Not Just Desserts (Yonge and Shappard, Best Desserts (Hwy 7), Barcode (kennedy and sheppard)...

          The in thing now is taiwanese and hong kong style dessert houses that are open til last call.

        2. Edo, Katsura and Nami are great for sushi. Nami has the most delicous sushi pizza and robato bar try the enoki mushrooms and there is also another fish that is so good that they make on the grill. Let me know if you go.

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          1. re: tina

            Please,oh,please. What on earth is sushi pizza? I need to know 'cos what I'm imagining doesn't sound good.

            1. re: Heidi

              sushi pizza is great - the crust is rice, on top is minced veggies and salmon w/ that japanese mayonaise - believe me it is awsome. You can get it calafornia style too try it ,I guarantee you'll love it

              1. re: tina

                Hmmmm....sounds like I might have to check that out next trip. I'm just so relieved that it wasn't "regular " pizza crust. Thanks.

              2. re: Heidi

                The sushi pizza at Nami is something I dream about all the time and I live in L.A. where excellent sushi abounds. I know it sounds wildly bad but it is not anything like pizza. It is a rice patty that tastes like heaven with a crispy finish topped with maybe the most perfect spicy mayo I've ever had... on top of that is fresh fresh salmon accented with slivered scallions and salmon roe which I didn't even like before this dish. Other places have tried to copy it with miserable results and that includes L.A. ... scary good!

                1. re: Peepingpalette

                  The *best* sushi pizza I've ever had is at Vincent Sushi, a small takeout place on Roncesvalles, north of Queen West. I believe they only opened in Nov or Dec 2007. Many sushi pizzas are made with a thicker "crust", topped with a modest spoonful of salmon. Vincent Sushi offers a thinner crust and more salmon topping.

            2. There's a little place on Sheppard Ave.(east of McCowan) in Scarborough that has excellent sushi and teppanyaki in a nice atmosphere. It's called Ten-ichi. If you're in the neigbourhood, you should definitely check it out!

              1. I like Edo and Nami. I had a good experience at Blowfish, but I hear some people say it's hit and miss. The kiwi tuna maki at Ki is yum. Also, I haven't been, but I read somewhere that Toshi Sushi on King (down the street from Blowfish) is reasonably priced and Susur's favourite (Susur is a local celebrity chef, if you are not from TO.). Ninki Sushi is also pretty good at Adelaide, just west of Yonge on the north side.

                1. I'm surprised Japango hasn't been mentioned yet. If you're looking for excellent sushi but on a budget it's the place. Real japanese owners in a tiny, tiny restaurant with delicious fresh sushi creatively presented. Good central location too, just minutes from Nathan Philips Square (city hall) and Toronto Eaton's Centre.

                  1. The best sushi I've had in Toronto was at Mochizuki (http://mochizuki.sites.toronto.com/) downtown, on Bay. Don't be put off by the "conveyor belt" sushi bar, which in some cities indicates lesser quality... the fish is wonderfully fresh and they get all kinds of unusual specials. It's a bit expensive though.

                    I had some wonderful sushi at Yamato in Yorkville recently (18-24 Bellair).

                    I personally avoid the cheap sushi bars on Bloor, in the Annex -- you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to raw fish!

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                    1. re: snarfa

                      I'll have to weigh in on this as I go to work and school within a stone's throw of both locations I've gone back and forth quite a bit between Mochizuki and Japango.

                      Mochizuki has a large and interesting menu with items you can't usually find with those normal Japanese places (5 kinds of grilled fish, curry, shabu shabu, etc.) So it's fun to go to sometimes. However the service is highly uneven especially at dinner. I go there frequently for lunch on the off-hours and it's fine but I've been there for SEVERAL dinners where we had to wait in excess of 40 minutes for entrees. Still the quality of their food is solid and their sushi is good.

                      Japango, it is very very good. There's no other way to put it - it's wonderfully fresh, expertly sliced by Japanese chefs and captures everything wonderful about raw fish in their plates. Their menu though is much more typically small, like their restaurant. But if you want good sushi Japango is the stuff.

                    2. Try Sushi Island on College St. all you can eat good deals

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                      1. re: foodie80

                        I find the all-you-can-eat at Sushi Island to be all rice, no fish. The best all-you-can-eat I've had was at Sake, at Pacific Mall. Sushi, sashimi, maki, plus loads of cooked dishes, really fresh and good. Plus bizarre Chinese karaoke videos to watch while you gorge.

                      2. I love japango also. My current fave is kokyo on younge and alexander. Its cheaper than most and delicious. Their sushi pizza is excellent (so thats not authentic japanese, but hey its still really good). My mouth waters thinking about their salmon.

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                        1. re: cupcakez

                          I will second Kokyo. They have some excellent lunch specials. I love their spicy salmon rolls. Now I think I will have to go there for lunch.

                        2. I love Japango too...
                          And I agree that Hiro sushi isn't too amazing, especially for the price. I had a "lunch special" of sashimi there for $20, and left still quite hungry. Great quality, but there were like 8 pieces of sashimi...

                          1. If we are talking about Japanese food in Toronto, it is hard to beat Zen on Eglinton East at Danforth. Yes, as described by Toronto Life, it is in the grimmest strip mall in Scarborough, but the restaurant itself is nice, the service is pleasant and the fish is marvelous. It's certainly worth the drive to Scarborough.

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                            1. re: Phoenix

                              I like the fact that if you ask the folks at Zen nicely, they'll sell the wasabi oil that sits on their tables to you. Very handy in the kitchen. Very hard to find. The mall may be grim, but the booths and the staff aren't.

                              1. re: Googs

                                you can purchase wasabi oil at sanko in the pearl court strip mall at brimley and sheppard.
                                as for zen, i like this place, especially their 'saba no matsumae', a box-type sushi that i can't find anywhere else in the city. it looks like this:

                                 
                                1. re: doubledown

                                  how come mine looks so diff from yours?
                                  :S

                                   
                                   
                                  1. re: hippotatomus

                                    Different camera settings. Double Down's looks like it has no Konbu on it (but that could be due to the camera setting)

                            2. Japango is my fav too! Their soba is quite nice.

                              1. I vote Japango too!! Their butterfish nigiri KILLS me.

                                But Toshi, sadly, is going downhill. I ate there a few nights ago and the fish was poor quality (I won't get into it, it's a bit icky). I doubt I'll go there again :-/

                                1. Try Sushi Supreme on Yonge just north of Davisville

                                  1. Try Ginza at Yonge and Clark (just north of Steeles) in this white condo block. They have the best spicy tuna and shrimp tempura rolls. Avoid Sushi Eaton at 90 Eglinton east. The tempura is pretty skimpy and the shrimp tempura roll is stale. The best all-you-can-eat sushi place is Hockey Sushi on Centre St (just west of Bathurst) in Vaughn. Many buses go there from the Finch Subway, and its worth the trip. There are also great places in the Annex of course, such as New Generation (Bloor, west of Brunswick) and Big Sushi, on the north side of Bloor (west of Spadina).

                                    1. I'm still a sucker for New Gen on Bloor. One of the first places I've been to and still a favourite. There's so many sushi options in TO and from my humble research, it's tough to find truly terrible sushi.

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                                      1. re: antin

                                        Sorry I grew up in Vancouver and I haven't had anything here in TO that comes close (even their chain sushi bars trump anything from what I've tried here), but I haven't been to Hiro or Kaji - mainly because when I crave sushi it's not some eclectic chef's concoction (I've tried plenty of those in Van ), but straight-up Tuna or Salmon (maybe Unagi or Scallop too). So my experience with basic sushi bars in TO is meh, do not bother.

                                        1. re: Sui_Mai

                                          Please do try Zen, too. And report back, if you can!!!!

                                          1. re: Full tummy

                                            I don't think Zen will impress him. Kaji is the best you will be able to get in the city. Then again, I like pretty much everything, and don't really limit myself to tuna and salmon. What are your favourites in Vancouver?

                                            1. re: tjr

                                              I was responding to Sui Mai, who says that straight-up tuna or salmon is his/her preference. Having eaten at Kaji and Zen, I must say that I think Kaji's sushi is more decorated or created than Zen's. Zen is known for having great fish, by Toronto standards. I have had some excellent, fresh as can be tuna there lately.

                                          2. re: Sui_Mai

                                            Kaji and Hiro are quite traditional (ie no funny sauces).

                                            1. re: Edith S

                                              You can add Zen to that list Edith. Staunchly trad.

                                              1. re: Edith S

                                                Actually, Kaji tends to use "funny sauces" a lot of the time. I tend to put Kaji's sushi into a slightly more untraditional category as opposed to Zen and Hiro. (and Aoyama, and Michi) I've had Hirame with a sweetened olive oil reduction and Himalayan rock salt, and even Sake/Hotategai with an almost hollendaise like sauce on it. Not saying there's not some traditional Sushi included there but there are definitely a lot of things about his Sushi that I would not classify as traditional.

                                                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                                                  Yes, and the cooked dishes exhibit a lot of French fusion elements as well.