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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.