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Best All You Can Eat Japanese in Toronto GTA

diehardlasallejai Jul 24, 2006 02:57 PM

I have read quite a few recommendations on another board, and I would like to hear your opinions here before I go try a few of them in the coming weeks when friend and family will visit us in Toronto.

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    shanman99 RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 24, 2006 04:43 PM

    My favourite for this is Echo Sushi on Yonge St, two blocks north of Davisville. It is all you can eat, but it is not buffet, everything is made to order.

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      AmandaEd RE: shanman99 Jan 15, 2007 02:47 PM

      Second Echo. Very fresh fish, prompt service, and super-clean.

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        Ron M RE: AmandaEd Jul 23, 2008 05:49 AM

        And I third Echo. I'm going again this Friday. Both the Spider Roll and the Dragon Roll are very good. Can't wait!

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          chaptwo RE: Ron M Sep 10, 2008 11:10 PM

          Didn't have the same experience at EchoSushi I'm afraid...sushi was pretty bland, no real taste outside of the white tuna served. Rolls were all inside out, which just multiplies the rice...Couldn't get a simple tuna maki to save our lives. Won't return, thought it was a 4 out of 10.

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            SushiZ RE: Ron M Feb 13, 2011 01:24 PM

            Echo is absolutely best for Sushi,Rolls,and cooked items!
            Oh and the service is confident and attentive

            Echo Sushi
            2036 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S1Z9, CA

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          lamaranthe RE: shanman99 Jul 23, 2009 11:31 AM

          Echo Sushi does not seem to have a website of its own with a menu. Do they serve other items than sushi?

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            ShinjiCook RE: lamaranthe Feb 21, 2010 03:49 AM

            Yes they do. but it's typical stuff like the pizzas and some udon .etc .etc the place is not bad, menu is pretty big too.

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            sweatersister RE: shanman99 Jun 19, 2010 07:08 AM

            100% yes to Echo Sushi. I started going there from a recommendation from @Karmacakedotca on Twitter and I've been going ever since. I wish they had better cuts when it came to the katsu. the spicy scallop brown rice roll is a favorite and so is the beef udon and dynamite and spider rolls so good. GO!

            Echo Sushi
            2036 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S1Z9, CA

          3. Tara9000 RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 24, 2006 05:26 PM

            I don't mind Sushi Kuni-Ya on Baldwin St. $17.99, I believe.

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              jayseeca RE: Tara9000 Jul 25, 2006 03:00 PM

              i second this rec

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                jennjen18 RE: Tara9000 Dec 6, 2006 07:11 PM

                What do they serve there? How about weekends? I'm planning a thing for friends and would like to know how service, quality of food, and pricing is for Sushi Kuni-Ya on Baldwin for weekends. Oh, and do they limit your sitting time? Thanks!

              2. kerwintoronto RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 24, 2006 11:23 PM

                Haven't tried the above recommendations.

                Our current default for AYCE Japanese is:
                Maison du Japon, 7500 Woodbine Ave, Woodbine+John
                - I'm a sucker for their spicy baby squid (said octopus before)...just cooked little octopuses in korean spicy sauce. We tend to go with sashimi as we are not crazy about their nigiri. Rolls are decent. It's been awhile since we been to Maison but because we haven't felt the AYCE need.

                It is pretty good we found.

                There have been mixed reviews so I'd do a search on 'maison du japon' and also try 'ayce' too. Lots of choices...might try that Nagoya place.

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                  tbone187 RE: kerwintoronto Jul 28, 2006 07:57 PM

                  I'd definitely second this rec, have gone there for lunch, $11.99, and dinner $19.99. Major difference is sashimi and tuna on the dinner menu. Lots of good places up in Markham and they're just off the 404.
                  A couple others are Yang's Kitchen, on Highway 7 near Main St. in Unionville, they have very good teryaki dishes and sushi and rolls are good. Another is Sushi on 7, on Highway 7 also, close to Kennedy, a smaller place, but you won't leave there hungry, beware if you ask for sashimi, because they will give you a ton to start.

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                    jennjen18 RE: tbone187 Nov 7, 2006 08:56 PM

                    I would not go to Yang's again. A friend brought me there (I'm from Scarborough, and dont have a car) and I thought "oh wow, somewhere north of Steeles, YAY!" Boy was I disappointed. I think their way of doing business is totally unacceptable! Yes, their food is superb (sashimi was very fresh, stuff from the grill was excellent.. ) but on our second round of ordering, they tell us that its last call? And that they're all out on garden salad? At 8:15pm? I dont think so! They were sooooo kicking us out by getting us to order dessert. And so by the time we ate our dessert, paid the bill, we found out that there was a long lineup at the door. But to tell your client that the garden salad has run out at 8pm? I dont buy that at all.

                    Oh and before that--once we sat down, took our coats off, we were expected to order right away, as 2 staff came by us immediately. Wow. Thats efficient service alright.

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                    foxymoron RE: kerwintoronto Nov 4, 2008 12:52 PM

                    I just went to Masion du Japon this weekend and was disappointed with the quality of sushi. There is a lot of selection, but the surf clam on the nigiri we ordered was ridiculously tiny. They have a reputation for being better with the hot dishes, but overall, they were average. The beef ribs were probably the best, but they were way too fatty.

                    I wouldn't go there again.

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                      kwong RE: foxymoron Nov 4, 2008 01:57 PM

                      Where would you go instead?

                      At MDJ, it's all about the salmon sashimi and salmon nigiri for me. Other than that, I like the black dragon roll, eel roll, eggplant tempura, grilled eggplant, and black pepper beef.

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                        foxymoron RE: kwong Nov 5, 2008 04:47 PM

                        It was lunch time, so we couldn't have any sashimi but if we return, I'll try it. Some of MDJ's dishes (like the eel and tofu spring roll) were just downright misguided and left--literally and figuratively--a bad taste in my mouth.

                        If I had to pick an all-you-can-eat sushi place to go to, I'd like to try Wasabi. My parents compared MDJ to it and said Wasabi was much better, although slightly more expensive. That, or Sushi Island. I think SI is overrated and wouldn't wait in line for it, but if I were seated immediately and not pressured to leave before the 1.5 hr time limit expired, I'd return.

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                          kwong RE: foxymoron Nov 6, 2008 12:10 PM

                          The items I like at MDJ I like better than at any other AYCE. I don't go there for variety... I know exactly what I want and I keep re-ordering and enjoying those items. Even for lunch, I could literally sit there and eat only salmon nigiri until I was stuffed.

                          I've been to Wasabi before. The items I like aren't as good there, but I'm certain there are plenty of items I don't like that are probably better.

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                            Teep RE: foxymoron Nov 6, 2008 08:07 PM

                            We went to Sushi Island for the last time a couple weeks ago. The food was bad, the waitresses were clueless.

                            Our fave is Aji Sai on Queen West. Next is Sushi Baldwin, not a big selection but has some good fish, esp amazing fresh scallops.

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                          sugarcube RE: foxymoron Nov 4, 2008 02:32 PM

                          I agree... MDJ was a big let down.. the white tuna was chewy due to the tendons.. i suspect they cut again rather than with the grain.. however the service there was very friendly.

                          Kaze is pretty good.. with two locations- woodbine and the other in Richmond Hill. They have a pretty nice variety including yellow tail, red tuna, octopus, and grilled calamari sushi on the menu. The specialty rolls were delicious too. Tempura on the other hand was a tad greasy.
                          For dessert, they had sesame as well as coconut ice cream listed too! Unfortunately they mentioned they were out of the former when we tried to order.

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                            diehardlasallejai RE: sugarcube Nov 21, 2008 10:53 AM

                            Hey Sugarcube,

                            I just want to confirm with you that Kaze had tuna and yellowtail on their menu. I have only been able to find tuna at Sushi Fun, but yellowtail can no where to be found on any all you can eat menu out there now after Sushi Time closed. If that is true I will go to Kaze to give it a try, because I have been going to Sushi Fun most of the time now because their foods are quite good and they also offer tuna sushi---last time I went I had about 17 pieces of them. : ) Please advise, thanks! By the way, I am glad to see this thread I started couple years ago is still going strong with information being added regularly by forum members. I am looking forward to hearing more from other members about their new finds and updates pertaining to Japanese all you can eat restaurants.

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                              sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 22, 2008 08:59 PM

                              Thanks much for the info diehardlasallejai.
                              Overall, I still recommend Yang's Kitchen (despite the horrid service) in the markham/ richmond hill area
                              I tried maison du japon, syogun, and kaze's richmond hill location. Maison lacked variety and syogun had way too much filler aka rice for their rolls, although service for the latter was quite friendly and efficient on a friday night. kaze was all right, but nothing spectacular.
                              if in the mississauga area I always love to go to Price Sushi. However service isn't the best there-- it's hit and miss, some staff are friendlier than others.

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                                diehardlasallejai RE: sugarcube Nov 24, 2008 11:04 AM

                                Hey Sugarcube,

                                Does Kaze serve both tuna yellowtail???? I think you mentioned that before and I would like to confirm that with you.

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                                  sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 24, 2008 05:12 PM

                                  Hi Diehardlasallejai,

                                  it's been awhile since I've been there but I believe they do offer tuna and yellowtail as sushi.

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                                    diehardlasallejai RE: sugarcube Nov 25, 2008 10:57 AM

                                    Thanks Sugarcube,

                                    I checked their menu before, and if the menu is updated and correct, then they do not offer tuna and yellowtail for sushi. I guess I shall keep frequenting at Sushi Fun for now since they do offer tuna sushi, which I can chow down 20 pieces each time I go there.

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                                      sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 25, 2008 02:48 PM

                                      Oh, that's odd. Their Richmond Hill location offered it.. I'm pretty certain.. If anything, you can call and ask them.

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                        TCB RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 02:18 AM

                        All you can eat? there is no best.

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                          redearth RE: TCB Apr 5, 2007 01:04 PM

                          Second that!

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                            SirAlain RE: TCB Aug 6, 2007 05:14 AM

                            Newsflash: The sky is blue!

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                              ShinjiCook RE: TCB Feb 21, 2010 03:51 AM

                              I agree, I've been to like MOST of the AYCE sushi. It was great when u were a kid u know 20$?! ALL U CAN THAT EXPENSIVE STUFF?! AWESOME!! but now when u get older u got the money, the stuff taste disgusting. U gotta go to a place that serves authentic Sushi!! there's nothing more delicious then a really slimy feeling piece of salmon rather then the bland, Chinese prepared sashimi. lol.

                            2. Kagemusha RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 11:43 AM

                              Just go to the nearest Mandarin or other open trough Chinese buffet. Nearly all of 'em now offer AYCE "sushi."

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                                Wil RE: Kagemusha Jul 25, 2006 12:55 PM

                                This is a joke right? The worst AYCE japanese place is 100x better than Mandarin or any other Chinese buffet. Mandarin in particular is horrible beyond belief. I haven't been to AYCE in a long while now, Sushi on 7 used to be the best (Hwy 7 between Warden and Kennedy) but not sure how it is now. Most recently I've been to Maison du Japan which is pretty good, but not spectacular.

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                                  mainja RE: Kagemusha Nov 8, 2006 12:11 PM

                                  AYCE sushi is actually something that you order and they make when you order, it's not a buffet. NOTHING like mandarin etc.

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                                    kymah RE: mainja Aug 18, 2007 06:34 PM

                                    This must be a joke. Mandarin Sushi!?!??! I'd rather eat shards of broken glass. They even have a sign that says specifically "Our sushi does not contain any raw fish".

                                    That's like eating fried rice without rice.

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                                      KevinB RE: kymah Mar 5, 2008 04:55 AM

                                      Yep, my 14-year old daughter freaked out when she saw that. "How can they call it sushi, Dad?!"

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                                        Teep RE: KevinB Mar 5, 2008 07:03 AM

                                        If "that" means the "no raw fish" sign, it's actually fine to have sushi without raw fish. Literally, "sushi" means "vinegared rice". The toppings can be anything, although it's usually raw fish.

                                        But if she was referring to the quality and appearance of the stuff at Mandarin, I agree 100%!

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                                        silverfyre RE: kymah Oct 6, 2008 04:05 PM

                                        Yah dude. Mandarin is nasty. And I lived in London where nothing is that great. And Mandarin was still nasty

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                                          DavidoXT RE: silverfyre Feb 18, 2010 09:22 PM

                                          OMG sushi at the mandarine is simply dirty!
                                          Sushi D on college was pretty decent.

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                                            redearth RE: DavidoXT Feb 21, 2010 04:50 PM

                                            Dirty? Pray tell, whatever do you mean?

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                                    pocky RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 01:22 PM

                                    I have been to Maison du Japan before and my SO and I used to like it a lot. We haven't been there for quite awhile so I'm not sure if it's changed. I have also tried Sushi 7 before, but found the place small, the tables were too close to each other. The last AYCE I went to was Sake at Pacific Mall. We really liked the price of I think it was $13.99 or $14.99, but I believe it has gone up a couple of dollars. The food at all of the places mentioned above are comparable, they're good, but not excellent.

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                                      diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 02:28 PM

                                      Thanks guys and gals! I have been to Sushi on 7 many times, and their quality remains good, but then we really hate the size of the place. We sat in the middle of the restauant before and the expereince was just terrible--people's buttocks passing by us while we were eating! I do not know if that place can pass the fire code if some one reports to the fire department.

                                      Nagoya serves pretty good food, but then their service is so slow even my mom at the age of 81 thinks they are too slow for her. When the owner couple was not there the chefs and cooks just talked to each other and some of them even talked on their cell phones when making up the food. We were so turned off by that and have never gone back.

                                      Maison du Japon is a hit and miss really. Their service was excellent, but then the food there is really average.

                                      1. juniorcruz RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 02:58 PM

                                        If you are thinking about the area around Sushi on 7, there's a place a bit west of the that store called (Yang) Yang's Kitchen, at 4261 Hwy 7 in Markham. It is an all you can eat Japanese restaurant and it is not bad. (Although, I would not order the "thousand island" maki again.)

                                        It is just under $20.00 for dinner and $13.00 to 14.00 for lunch (weekdays).

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                                          sway RE: juniorcruz Jul 26, 2006 03:24 AM

                                          I second Yang's kitchen. They offer over 200 items, including a very good wakame (sp?) salad. Better than most of the middle of the road a la carte sushi restaurants in the downtown area, and much better than Mariko and Katsu. If I remember correctly, they also include pop and dessert(ice cream or fried bananas or I think fried ice cream?) in AYCE.

                                          Their service was not bad either, as I went with my parents and several relatives who ate obscene amounts of food, and continued to order more and more over the course of two hours. Also, I changed my mind between a la carte and AYCE and although they warned me beforehand I would have to pay for what I had ordered before I changed my mind, they ended up taking it off the bill unasked.

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                                            ShinjiCook RE: sway Feb 21, 2010 03:55 AM

                                            I disagree with yan's kitchen. Place has the most BLAND tasting fish ever. Feels like they bleached it or something. Most AYCE are bland tasting but this is the worse in my case. Also the wait is long, the service is not the best. They were pretty rude and dumb most of the time. I've been there multiple times due to friends that like it... and EVERYTIME i've been there, at lease 1 table skipped out on the bill. lol. u have over 8 worker, 4-5 guys at the bar, how can u not notice a table of 8 walk out? lol.

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                                          jkm RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 02:58 PM

                                          they are all going to be garbage bastardized places and none will be good but if you are craving junk food, ((which I do sometimes) Hockey Sushi in Thornhill is good, especially at $11.99 For lunch (17.99 for dinner maybe)

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                                            lamaranthe RE: jkm Jul 4, 2010 06:53 AM

                                            Prices have been going up since you wrote your comments.
                                            You should not order too much at a time, as food will get cold and unappetizing. Then you'll be charged for uneaten food.
                                            Service is poor. We felt rushed. The waitresses could have been more relaxed and smiley. The fact that the gratuity is already included in the bill might explain why they won't make much of an effort to be pleasant. Also, they have problems understanding the English language. But the food is great and the selection is huge : not only sushi but lots of other delicious items. You have to have a solid appetite, though, if you want to eat your money worth.

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                                            mgs RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 03:21 PM

                                            Sushi Island on College street offers AYCE, its pretty reasonable ($12.99 weekdays for AYCE maki rolls, more $ for appz/nigiri/sashimi & more on weekends)

                                            everything is made to order...

                                            they have rolls on brown/black rice too which are yum!
                                            their regular menu is pretty good too...

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                                              jennjen18 RE: mgs Jul 26, 2006 02:50 PM

                                              Where is Sushi Island exactly? $12.99 for weekdays? Is that both lunch and dinner pricings? That is incredibly reasonable... oh but you say its only for maki rolls though? What about cooked foods like noodles, don buri, teppan, teri, tempura snacks...?

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                                                mgs RE: jennjen18 Jul 26, 2006 08:38 PM

                                                Sushi Island is on College at Manning ( 571 College St. W.)

                                                I think if you want AYCE off of the entire menu (sashimi included) it will run you around $21 on a weekday, more on a weekend...i'm not 100% about the price though so you might want to call and find out (416) 535-1515

                                            2. Cereal Killer RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 03:51 PM

                                              I second Sushi Island. Although AYCE Sushi is NEVER a good idea, if you absolutely have to kill yourself Sushi Island makes fresh, excellent sushi (as above, set price for rolls only, more if you want a wider menu variety).

                                              As it stands, Sushi Island is a good place for decently priced sushi - period.

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                                                prairie_dog RE: Cereal Killer Jan 15, 2007 03:51 PM

                                                I disagree totally that AYCE sushi is never a good idea. Kimono on Eglinton (just west of Avenue Rd.) is terrific, and I've actually stopped going to my regulars (Sasaya and Takesushi) because of the good food and service at Kimono.

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                                                  BritinCan RE: prairie_dog Aug 5, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                  i have to second kimono. been a couple of times and it has a really good AYCE list.
                                                  i am wondering why people are saying "AYCE Sushi is NEVER a good idea". i thought they were the healthiest of places to eat.

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                                                cupcakez RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 04:07 PM

                                                Out of all of the all you can eat sushi I've had sushi island is my fave. Much better than mariko or katsu.

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                                                  mgs RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 25, 2006 07:42 PM

                                                  Sushi island AYCE maki rolls pay for themselves if you get the Dragon Roll (soft shell crab) & Rainbow roll together...

                                                  very tasty too

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                                                    kymah RE: mgs Aug 18, 2007 06:37 PM

                                                    I believe the Spider Roll is the soft shell crab roll.

                                                    Or you can just order the Soft Shell Crab appetizer.

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                                                    diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 26, 2006 01:49 PM

                                                    Went to Yang's Kitchen last night to give it another try after a long elapse. Well, the food was indeed quite good, but the service was just terrible. All the waitresses who worked there acted like some one in their families had just passed away. On the other hand, the waiters were much better. I believe it is the pressure, work load and low pay they get there turning the girls into zombies. Another thing was we were a group of five and they were gutsy enough to put us in a table for four just because they probably expected the place would be packed later on. Nevertheless, around us many parties of two could dine at a table for four with lots of room and table space. You should have seen our table when food came we had to move all our tea cups and menus away in order to accomodate the dishes: very stressful meal indeed. We arrived at 6:07PM and they were bold enough to just put the bill on our table at 7:35PM, even when we were still waiting for about 7 items of food to arrive. They were so rude, because even before all our food arrived they had already asked us what desert we wanted and said it was for last call and if we did not order the ice cream we would not be able to get it later. So we had to have the ice cream before we went back to the food that arrived later on. Well, four of us thought they were very impolite and swore we will not go back any more. We will stick with Tokyo Tappanyaki on Yonge for now, because their seating is much better, and they even have a nursing room for the small children, and they never toss us the bill at the 90th minute. We are always able to sit and eat for more than two hours every single time we dine there, and the quality of food is very good also. So long, farewell, Yang's Kitchen.

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                                                      Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 26, 2006 02:14 PM

                                                      We were at Akina Sushi AYCE this weekend, and we thought we had bad service (sully waitress, orders not filled), but your ice cream story tops it! Of course I don't recommend Akina. Some of the food is OK, but their white tuna is the worst I've ever had, it's got chewy sinewy bits! BTW we couldn't *not* leave a tip because they have a 10% service charge, but then they offer a 10% discount.

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                                                        blitz RE: Teep Mar 5, 2008 08:17 AM

                                                        agreed. missing orders and one waitress in particular who was very unpleasant on both visits. if u MUST visit, visit at lunch when it's not as hectic, and when the price is much lower. avoid at all costs though. their "backdoor" is located inside the mall. when it was open one time, i saw a cook take an old deep fried "scallop" from a just cleared dish (a leftover from a table that had just left)...and use it for a brand new order...

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                                                          sushisuzzy RE: blitz Mar 17, 2009 10:30 PM

                                                          I just went to Akina last week and suprisingly their sashimi was amazing! Their salmon and white tuna tasted so good! I agree that i didn't enjoy Akina the first two times I went but last week I went for my best friend's birthday and it was good. I don't mind coming back now.

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                                                        galambo RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 24, 2006 08:45 PM

                                                        Tokyo Tappanyaki is closed. they did not pay thier rent. and they were good

                                                      3. redhead RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 26, 2006 02:13 PM

                                                        I would usually avoid any "sushi buffets" but have had consistent food (in the a la carte "all you can eat" style) at Asahi Sushi on Carleton, just west of Parliament. You order from a large menu and it's made to order...I'm not sure of the "authenticity" but it's always fresh and enjoyable. The Sushi chef tends to get a bit excited when things are busy (is he swearing in Japanese? I'm not sure, but it's kind of entertaining)...they charge you for any left-overs to avoid people ordering like little piggies...they seem to have a pretty loyal neighbourhood following, so must be doing something right (19.95 per person I believe)

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                                                          Teep RE: redhead Jul 26, 2006 02:28 PM

                                                          I don't think there are "Japanese Sushi Buffets" around much more (since Shintori closed its doors). Buffet means everything laid out on a table and everyone serves themselves. The ones under discussion are simply "All you can eat" or AYCE, where you order a la carte. However, Chinese food buffets *with* sushi are all over the place, and they are almost always crap, or at least very limited at what they offer. E.g. Mandarin's are total crap, but Star Walk's is passable.

                                                          BTW, there are buffets that are NOT "all you can eat for one price". For example the vegetarin restaurent Le Commensal on Elm - you fill your plate and they charge you by weight.

                                                        2. Teep RE: Kagemusha Jul 26, 2006 09:05 PM

                                                          For myself, the buffet/AYCE experience is not so much as "ALL YOU CAN EAT", than "whatever I'd like to eat in whatever portion size I want". I get bored by having an entire regular entree and prefer to have a bit of this and one or two morsels of that. As for making it at home, I'm afraid I can not buy just 2 pieces of salmon sashimi from the fishmonger.

                                                          However, I have not yet ventured into "tasting menus" because the chef dictates what I have to eat. I don't eat red meat so it can be a problem. But I do plan to try omakase as you can tell the chef what you like and don't like.

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                                                            bogie RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 26, 2006 09:26 PM

                                                            My wife and I go to a small, family-run sushi house on Mt. Pleasant called Sushi & Tea.

                                                            For $17.95, they have an all you can eat menu.

                                                            It's not a buffet, rather you order a few things at a time that are made a la minute.

                                                            The great thing about this place is that the all you can eat also applies to teriyaki, tempura, noodles and a few Korean dishes too.

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                                                              jennjen18 RE: bogie Aug 5, 2006 02:07 AM

                                                              How is the quality of food at Sushi & Tea? What are the choices in the teriyaki, tempura, noodles and Korean categories?

                                                              Was it $17.97 for a weekday or weekend dinner? How much is lunch?

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                                                                kerwintoronto RE: jennjen18 Aug 16, 2006 03:49 AM

                                                                We just tried it tonight. Nice recommend bogie. The AYCE menu was $19.99 weeknights and $21.99 weekends. They have a very full a la carte menu too...AYCE is on a separate form.

                                                                Lots of rolls (hand or std).
                                                                Salmon/tuna/crab/hamachi...sushi standards
                                                                salmon/white tuna/red snapper/???...sashimi...fewer than sushi
                                                                - white tuna comes in very small sashimi pieces

                                                                Chicken/beef teriyaki
                                                                Spicy chicken (korena)
                                                                Spicy beef bulgogi
                                                                Beef bulgogi
                                                                Chicken katsu

                                                                Tempura, didn't try so don't know the mix

                                                                Udon, seafood/beef/chicken...
                                                                -noodles not bad, decent pre-made
                                                                Chicken karage - very nice
                                                                Spicy chicken - good kick and sweet too...like my friend's mom made.
                                                                Wakame salad - not like I'm used to...cut sheet seaweed rather than the strands I see at store or other resto...and in a very tangy dressing...sunomono like.
                                                                Gyoza - deep fried but very light filling

                                                                Dessert extra.

                                                                **Given that it's about same distance for us to get to I'd choose Sushi & Tea over Maison du Japon, 80-20. Maison has a much wider selection but we preferred quality at Sushi & Tea. Another visit and this will firm up.

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                                                                Full tummy RE: bogie Jan 14, 2007 05:56 AM

                                                                Sushi & Tea on Mt. Pleasant is, alas, no longer offering AYCE.

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                                                                  food face RE: Full tummy Mar 27, 2011 06:13 AM

                                                                  Went to Sakae Sushi which used to be Sushi and Tea. They have a an incredible AYCE. I went as it seemed to get great reviews everywhere. It is on Mt. Pleasant and Davisville. I must say it was really fantastic. The salmon rolls were very fresh. The fried rice was lovely too. Everything was just as good if not better than the best mid-priced sushi I've had anywhere in Toronto. Also worth noting was the tempura bannana and green tea ice cream. The service was patient and kind and welcoming. It is a new family tradition.

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                                                                    Full tummy RE: food face Mar 27, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                    Hey, that's great! Thanks!! I'll have to try it out soon.

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                                                                      food face RE: Full tummy Mar 27, 2011 03:30 PM

                                                                      Enjoy Full Tummy!

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                                                                diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 27, 2006 05:34 PM

                                                                I had been to Shintori a few times before they closed down. Buffet style did not
                                                                really suit me, and they got kind of bad in term of quality the very last time
                                                                we went. By the way, they opened another one by the name of Sakura on Don Mills
                                                                North of Lawrence. We went to give it a try and the food served there almost
                                                                identical to the one in down town on Charles! We have never gone back, because
                                                                the quality of food just was not there.

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                                                                  jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 7, 2006 09:05 PM

                                                                  OH my goodness, Shintori was horrible when it was alive! For that price they were serving sooooooooo little food, and the owner defended himself by saying that it was all in the price of the sashimi! I had gone with my mom, and she felt quite fumed by the whole concept, and yelled at the owner! So finally, he got the chef (or whoever ran the kitchen) to make more food (tempura shrimp) and to specifically put it on our table. My goodness.. it was just horrible.

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                                                                    Teep RE: jennjen18 Nov 9, 2006 01:54 PM

                                                                    I don't remember them serving "so little food" for under $20 - I thought it was a fair selection and quantity, except for the tempura shrimp. If you got there around 5pm you can get several, but after that you are out of luck. However there was something about the oil they used which had an odd falvour, so I usually just have sushi if my buffet freak friend begged me to go.

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                                                                      newcaveman RE: jennjen18 Nov 10, 2006 02:06 PM

                                                                      yelling? lol... it's like walking on thin ice at a lake..
                                                                      a few years ago, I was visiting southern california and went
                                                                      to a dinner buffet with soem friends at a place I think called
                                                                      home town buffet.. it's a chain buffet place and they have
                                                                      all over california..
                                                                      anyway, there were 2 couples sitting several tables
                                                                      away from us, and one of the guys was complaining about food
                                                                      or something and the manager came, the guy yelled at the
                                                                      manager, and he asked not to yell, but the guy continued
                                                                      yelling.. so he asked them to leave..lol.

                                                                  2. juniorcruz RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 24, 2006 02:35 AM

                                                                    I recently went to this place called NAHA SUSHI on 16th (I think). It was in a unassuming plaza and could have easily been missed. The service was good, thep lace rather cramped, and the food was hit and miss. Yet, the serving sizes were big. I've been at other places from Vancouver to Markham were 1 order of salmon skin maki meant 1 piece: not 1 roll, but one slice of said roll. At NAHA, however, my sis ordered a couple salmon belly... we received 8 pieces, each piece being half a fish! My cousin ordered one fried tofu appetizer... we were given a minimum of 12 pieces! Huh?! I'm sure we did order a lot, but as the plates came in, it looked almost indecent.

                                                                    As I said, the taste and quality of the food was hit and miss. I enjoyed the standard dragon rolls, the grilled steak, and deep-fried chicken. The salmon & white tuna sashimi were okay. I was disappointed in their hand rolls and other selection of sashimi. Also, I expect a 'sundae' to be more than simply a tiny scoop of ice cream with a drizzle of chocolate sauce on it.

                                                                    Against better judgement, I ordered a single piece of Uni (maki). [It was my first time trying it and it was on the special sushi menu. Maybe not the best excuse, but an honest one.] At the very least, it was not disgusting; yet, it wasn't worth noting: a slight woody flavour, almost non-existant texture... and well, nothing else to remember. Kinda
                                                                    ruined my impression of revered sea-urchin roe.

                                                                    As for NAHA SUSHI,I'd go back, maybe for lunch. It wasn't bad. I'd stay away from the uni, though. Maybe next time, I'll try something form the a-la-carte menu... lobster sashimi, maybe. I have enjoyed that before at another place, so I can at least compare theirs with something.

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                                                                      newcaveman RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 7, 2006 09:15 PM

                                                                      I think there are 2 ayce Japanese around Steeles & Silver Star,
                                                                      one nearby the Star Walk Chinese buffet, and another one at
                                                                      a plaza (beside the No Frills) across the street.

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                                                                        jennjen18 RE: newcaveman Nov 8, 2006 06:20 AM

                                                                        Yeah, the one near StarWalk is called Wasabi. Friends told me the service was poor, and that they forget to bring u things. I think its the same one across the street from No Frills--they're all in that general area.

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                                                                          newcaveman RE: jennjen18 Nov 9, 2006 12:24 PM

                                                                          That means those 2 places will be on my hot list lol, and
                                                                          I'll be paying a visit soon. The other day I came out of
                                                                          Star Walk buffet and saw a group of ppl going into Wasabi.
                                                                          Im generally a contrarian, and not easily influenced by
                                                                          negative reviews.. Generally if there are good reviews, eg.
                                                                          Swatow, Splendido, etc.. they do turn out to be good/great,
                                                                          but if a joint got some negative reviews (except for
                                                                          cleanliness), I'd usually give them the benefit of the doubt..
                                                                          and almost always go to evaluate it..
                                                                          I think the strip along Midland from Finch to Steeles is
                                                                          interesting.. Rona is building a big home hardware center
                                                                          at the corner of McNicoll.. so definitely that area will
                                                                          get busier.. I especially like the arae around Silver Star-
                                                                          Steeles.. with 3 ayce places it's rather unique.. and there's
                                                                          a tea house at the plaza beside NoFrills.. the other day, we
                                                                          wanted to go there.. but the place was fully packed like over
                                                                          70 ppl..

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                                                                            eaterholic RE: newcaveman Nov 11, 2006 04:40 PM

                                                                            I'm a HUGE fan of ayce jap and I always go with my boyfriend the last place I went was Wasabi the one right by silverstar and I have to admit, it's my new place. I went to Kilin Japanese (I believe that is what it's called) the restaurant right across the street by the No Frills plaza and it was the worst experience EVER. I have to admit the food is fairly good compared to other ayce jap but the service and their way of running the business is just excuse my language but crap. They advertise "10% off w/ cash before 7pm" but they dont give it to you. They claim it's expired despite the fact that there is no date or anything on it. However, I recommend Wasabi, good service and most importantly the seats are comfortable too!

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                                                                        cwong5 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 8, 2006 08:10 AM

                                                                        One of my favorite is Miriko on Danforth. (next to second cup) Although it was "okay" the last time I was there, but they have/had really good rolls. And it's 15 bucks a pop. Try them out.

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                                                                          yoyodyne RE: cwong5 Nov 8, 2006 02:28 PM

                                                                          Mariko's is a senitmental favourite. They used to have a pricier AYCE deal with tonnes more on the menu (AYCE spider rolls if you can imagine!) but toned down the menu when they moved. Still lots of variety on the menu and while it's not the best sushi in the city, i've never left disappointed (or hungry for that matter). Mariko's also has locations at yonge south of bloor and bloor west of spadina. all offer the same deal: AYCE for $14.99

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                                                                            cwong5 RE: yoyodyne Nov 9, 2006 02:17 AM

                                                                            We ever run into each other back at the carrot commons? LOL I am sure we would of cleaned out thier spider rolls!! LOL. Didn't know they had another 2 locations! Good times!

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                                                                            Pincus RE: cwong5 Oct 15, 2007 01:48 PM

                                                                            I used to like Mariko's on Danforth, even after they moved from Carrot Common across the street. I still like them for anything but AYCE. It's not that the quality of what they offer on the AYCE menu is bad, but for me service dropped off to nearly zero when I was trying to order from it. The first couple of times, I blamed the crowds, but a couple of times after that when the place was half-full I got the same slow service, so I stopped going for AYCE there. Still go for take-out or a la carte, service for these is very responsive.

                                                                            You can draw your own conclusions...

                                                                          3. jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 8, 2006 05:41 PM

                                                                            Anyone know how Nagoya (14th and Kennedy) prices?

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                                                                              jennjen18 RE: jennjen18 Nov 9, 2006 03:14 PM

                                                                              Just went to Nagoya (14th and Kennedy) last night. They're doing a 15% of thingy right now, and they're quite good. Bummer that they didnt have much grilled stuff tho. I remember when I went to Yang's, they had lots of grilled goodies (salmon, squid, ...). But for $17.99 minus 15%, the food was not bad. We had:

                                                                              seaweed salad (kinda weird)
                                                                              miso soup
                                                                              white tuna, snapper, salmon sashimi (very fresh, the snapper was very sweet!)
                                                                              spicy tuna roll
                                                                              crispy salmon skin roll (very crispy)
                                                                              california roll (classic)
                                                                              dragon roll (their unagi is superb)
                                                                              sirloin beef on skewers (very nice and tender)
                                                                              lamb chops (very fatty and stringy, not so good)
                                                                              short ribs
                                                                              escargots (which were unidentified meat on mushroom caps)
                                                                              baked mushroom with garlic and butter (tasted weird, but my friend said it tasted like pizza; i think we should have gotten the mixed mushrooms in pot)
                                                                              basket of tempura (the shrimp was okay, but was halved)
                                                                              stir fried udon (very oily)
                                                                              baked mussels with garlic and butter (same weird stuff that was on mushrooms)
                                                                              shrimp skewers (the highlight of my night, ... sooooo good)
                                                                              beef with onion rolled up
                                                                              banana pancake
                                                                              banana split
                                                                              green tea and mango ice cream (green tea's better)

                                                                              It was good, not spectacular. I do like Yang's selection, but I would never go back there again (to Yang's). Nagoya, not bad. Their service was attentive, they brought everything that we ordered, they didnt kick us out after 90 minutes and let us sit even after we paid the bill (it wasnt a busy night tho).

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                                                                                jennjen18 RE: jennjen18 Oct 2, 2008 03:54 PM

                                                                                Went to Nagoya again just yesterday (Wednesday night). Still very consistent. They have 5% off special right now... adults are $17.05. Would go again.

                                                                            2. orangewasabi RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 8, 2006 10:08 PM

                                                                              Where exactly is the Mariko's on Yonge south of Bloor? Above or below Charles? East or west side?

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                                                                                cwong5 RE: orangewasabi Nov 9, 2006 02:16 AM

                                                                                Wow. didn't know they have one at yonge and bloor. I am constantly looking for something to eat in that area!

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                                                                                  Teep RE: cwong5 Nov 9, 2006 02:27 PM

                                                                                  According to yellowpages.ca there is only 1 Mariko - on Danforth.

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                                                                                  yoyodyne RE: orangewasabi Nov 10, 2006 01:17 PM

                                                                                  i believe the yonge st. mariko's is on the east side of the street, just north of charles.

                                                                                3. Herb RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 9, 2006 02:33 PM

                                                                                  Mariko on Yonge is south of Gerrard at Elm and is not ayce. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Masa or Katsu.

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                                                                                    Teep RE: Herb Nov 9, 2006 05:22 PM

                                                                                    Both of them are quite limited in what's available to order. But Masa (where Shintori used to be) is better of the two quality-wise, in my experience.

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                                                                                      Teep RE: Herb Nov 18, 2006 04:20 AM

                                                                                      Just passed by the Mariko next to FutureShop on Yonge - there are large friendly letters on their window announcing that they have AYCE - "Sushi and sashimi - 65 items" - for $14.99!

                                                                                    2. dlw88 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 9, 2006 04:27 PM

                                                                                      Best all you can eat is by far the OMAKASE at OMI. Just tell John to keep the ball rolling until you're ready to burst. I ususally tap out after round 12.

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                                                                                        jennjen18 RE: dlw88 Nov 10, 2006 01:29 AM

                                                                                        Wow--and how much does that cost?

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                                                                                          Teep RE: jennjen18 Nov 10, 2006 01:52 PM

                                                                                          Over $60 I believe. Omakase is an entirely different experience than the usual AYCE, not just because of the price, but the whole philosophy. With AYCE, you pick out what YOU like. Omakase means "trust the chef", to give you anything that the CHEF feels like. You can't say "I would like some veggie tempura and uni hand roll and tuna nigiri". Some people enjoy the surprise (and good Omakase should include items not found on the regular menu) but others may not like being dictated as to what they have to eat.

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                                                                                          ahysin RE: dlw88 Oct 16, 2007 09:20 AM

                                                                                          So where is this OMI restaurant? Thanks.

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                                                                                          ghetto_scarlem RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 9, 2006 08:12 PM

                                                                                          Anyone been to Kimono Japanese Grill & Sushi?

                                                                                          359 Eglinton West, Toronto, ON, M5N 1A3
                                                                                          (416) 487-8660

                                                                                          I think it's new.

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                                                                                            prairie_dog RE: ghetto_scarlem Jan 14, 2007 05:00 AM

                                                                                            Kimono is terrific! The food is cooked to order, and the AYCE includes numerous appetizers (e.g., tempura, dumplings called gyoza, little ribs, etc), soft drinks and desserts (my whole family loves the chocolate-drizzled fried bananas with ice cream). Best of all, you can get up-scale sushi that other AYCE places exclude: green dragon rolls, spider rolls, dynamite rolls, etc., and the service is personable and good. We like it so much we go several times a month.

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                                                                                              Teep RE: prairie_dog Jan 15, 2007 01:00 AM

                                                                                              Sorry, I've had many a dragon roll, spider roll and dynamite roll in AYCE restos. However will definitely give Kimono a try (although the "little ribs" made me think it's probably a Korean run place.)

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                                                                                                prairie_dog RE: Teep Jan 15, 2007 06:40 PM

                                                                                                Well, Teep, you've had better luck than me, then. I recently went for dinner to Masa, on the grounds that Now Magazine said it was he the best AYCE in the city. NOT! The rooms are cavernous but pleasant, and we liked the decor, but they didn't offer any of the above sushi that I mentioned. They said it was too expensive to be included.

                                                                                          2. oohlala RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 10, 2006 05:54 PM

                                                                                            Anyone been to "wasabi" around Highway 7 and Leslie?

                                                                                            The place is always packed, any comments?

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                                                                                              doutdes RE: oohlala Feb 27, 2007 07:45 PM

                                                                                              My coworkers and I went there 2 weeks ago after work and when we got there and gave them our reservation number, they said there was no reservation under that number. They kept on asking for different names and phone numbers that might've been used to hold the reservation when the restaurant was about 90% empty. We were eventually seated. Service inside was much better. There was a good proportion of waiters to table, therefore we were pretty much attended to when we looked for someone. This is important given that all sushi/sashimi/rolls are made to order. They seem to have a greater variety of fish/rolls offered than most other ayce places (sushi on 7, maison du japon, the one east of 16th and warden, yang's kitchen). There is a large variety of of hot foods offered, a lot of which are made to order as well. Personally, hot foods don't interest me as much as the sushi/sashimi does, but if you're going with friends who aren't raw food lovers, this is a pretty decent choice.

                                                                                            2. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 13, 2006 03:13 PM

                                                                                              We went to Kuni Sushi Ya on the weekend (Baldwin St.) Their AYCE is $18. The menu is divided into different sections, and you write down yourself what you want. But at our table, my friend wrote down a heading of Handroll:, then listed the ones we want, e.g. "spicy salmon" - but they came as maki rolls instead. So we end up eating at least twice the portion for that as what we had intended. The table behind us did the same thing with sashimi, and they got also maki rolls instead, which they sent back. We don't know whether they were just simply not paying attention, or if it's a ploy to stuff you so you couldn't order more!

                                                                                              The sashimi was so-so, what put me off was when I picked up a piece of salmon, it was still connected to the next piece! That tells you how well trained the "sushi chefs" are. The nigiri sushi was better, esp. the unagi and saba. However the hotate was terrible - just a paper thin slice of scallop overpowered by what seemed to be unagi sauce. Spider Roll was good but not the best I've had at AYCE. Tempura shrimps were large and fresh. "Tempura salmon skin" was a package of veggies wrapped in salmon skin, fried in a tempura batter. Doesn't work! Kara-age chicken did not taste like what it should, though not necessarily "bad". Chicken Katsu was a little dry, pork katsu much better. Can you image they were out of Green Tea ice cream at 6 pm on a Saturday? The ginger and red beans versions were still good though.

                                                                                              One more thing, the menu uses Japanese terms only, so you have to know "sake" under sashimi means salmon, or what "geso age" is (I didn't) etc. They also have some specialty rolls like "Martini" with no descriptions whatsoever, and we didn't feel like asking the waitresses who always looked harried. Also we were glad we didn't order the sushi pizza, it's huge!

                                                                                              Overall not bad, since it close to where I live I might visit again some other time, but would try others first like "Sushi and Tea".

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                                                                                                kymah RE: Teep Aug 18, 2007 06:45 PM

                                                                                                "geso age"

                                                                                                -fried squid

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                                                                                                pocky RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 23, 2006 04:31 AM

                                                                                                Decided to try Mariko on Danforth (near Chester station, across from Timothy's) and really regret it. I was very disappointed. When I first walked in, it felt like I walked into the kitchen without the stove fan on. It seemed like there was no ventilation. The AYCE menu was $14.99 and not very extensive even though it mentions 65 items to choose from. It only had 2 types of sashimi - salmon and red snapper. Not many choices in rolls - they didn't have spider rolls. Not many choices in nigiri - they didn't have ebi. The rolls and handrolls were not wrapped tight and the rice was falling everywhere. The yakitori (BBQ chicken on skewers) was not fully cooked. The yaki soba (stir-fried, thin buckwheat noodles) was served on a big platter even though I swear the waitress motioned a small bowl and said there would be soup inside. No dessert included. I did read mixed reviews before going, but now I understand why people said that the quality and service has gone downhill. Will not go back and do not recommend.

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                                                                                                  Teep RE: pocky Nov 23, 2006 05:47 PM

                                                                                                  Told my buffet-fiend friend about Mariko and he said he's not going to try a Japanese AYCE at that price - it's sure to be no good.

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                                                                                                    Smalph RE: pocky Nov 24, 2006 03:59 AM

                                                                                                    As an aside, Mariko's a la carte is leagues better than their AYCE. I think they must give the AYCE orders to very, very junior sushi chefs because there is literally barely any comparison between the AYCE ones and the a la cartes. Their menu items are bigger and better presented by far.

                                                                                                    I don't mind their AYCE if I'm just in the mood for a ton of salmon, gyoza, and maybe sone teriyaki. I get my fifteen bucks worth, easily, and am content with the quality to value balance. It's akin to fast-food sushi, best I can tell.

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                                                                                                      Teep RE: Smalph Dec 2, 2006 03:50 PM

                                                                                                      I tried the Yonge St. location, there was just 1 guy at the sushi counter, so he would be doing the same for regular and AYCE sushi. We had the AYCE but I wasn't feeling adventurous so I just got an unagi handroll. The rice was too warm and not flavoured enough. The chicken katsu was very good, crisp but moist and tender inside. Tempura batter was too thick, but still flaky and the shrimp fresh. I was surpised the yaki soba has tons of veggies in it (as much as, if not more than the noodles!) however it tasted a bit of a "dirty wok" (i.e. not cleaned between each dish. At that price, my mindset is more like a "make your own bento" rather than a full fledge ayce experience.

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                                                                                                      bobbieMac RE: pocky Apr 10, 2007 01:22 PM

                                                                                                      yeah, the AYCE sushi is just terrible...i went a while back when it was still in the Carrot Common. They seemed to have a larger selection of sushi back then compared to what you've listed, but all the sushi was essentially a mound of rice and a thin piece of fish. Back then it was also more expensive (18.99?), probably cause they had more selection. It definitely wasn't worth it...and now with the decreased selection and assuming same quality, it still wouldn't be worth it. Just avoid the AYCE at Mariko all together.

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                                                                                                        DishyDiva RE: bobbieMac Mar 5, 2008 12:40 PM

                                                                                                        Ditto what Smalph and bobbieMac said about Mariko. Don't waste your money on their ayce.

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                                                                                                          Pincus RE: DishyDiva Mar 5, 2008 01:12 PM

                                                                                                          I also find the service on the AYCE (for me) to be abysmal, like they are hoping I will lose patience and get out. When I get a la carte, take-out or a lunch special, on the other hand, service is fine.

                                                                                                    3. dlw88 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 23, 2006 06:56 AM

                                                                                                      Anyone have any info on the new WASABI at East Beaver Creek/7 ? I believe the place took over what used to be PAPARAZZI.

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                                                                                                        kaka RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 23, 2006 05:40 PM

                                                                                                        My boyfriend told me the food was good, but not surprisingly excellent of course. Besides usual fish selections (salmon, white tuna, snapper) they also have tuna (maguro) but comes in nigiri sushi instead of sashimi. Also they have crab legs as both cold and hot dishes. All the sushi and cold dishes are ordered from order sheets, and the hot dishes can be picked up from buffet trays. He told me he liked the cold crab legs and grilled dishes. Service was alright.

                                                                                                        I have yet to try this place.

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                                                                                                          Psylocke RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 24, 2006 03:39 PM

                                                                                                          Sushi Island has got to be one of the best All-You-Can-Eat Japanese restaurants I've dined in. The food was delicious and fresh. The service was impeccable. We never had to wait long to get another order filled, our water glasses were always full, and out empty plates were never left on the table very long. Very friendly service, and the price was right: $14.99 (no shashimi or nigiri), $17.99, and $21.99 (everything) for a selection of stuff on their menu... I went in the evening, so it might be less during the day. I'm heading there again tonight. I didn't get a chance to try their noodles. :)

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                                                                                                            kaka RE: Psylocke Nov 24, 2006 04:46 PM

                                                                                                            where is Sushi Island?

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                                                                                                            Psylocke RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 25, 2006 04:59 AM

                                                                                                            Sushi Island is at 571 College St. West of Bathurst. I made a mistake with the pricing... it's actually $12.99 for AYCE (no shashimi/nigiri/dessert) and $16.99 for sushi (no shashimi/nigiri), and $20.99 for everything on the menu. $2 more for weekends incl. Friday night.

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                                                                                                              LemonLauren RE: Psylocke Aug 21, 2007 05:13 AM

                                                                                                              can you get brown rice rolls AYCE?

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                                                                                                                Yum2MyTum RE: LemonLauren Oct 3, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                You can get "forbidden" or black rice rolls... I'm not sure about the brown rice though!

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                                                                                                              spikella RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 2, 2006 10:33 PM

                                                                                                              I'm surprised I haven't seen Katsu mentioned on here. They offer an All You Can Eat (made to order) menu that is excellent. Them and Echo Sushi are my 2 favourites, but i'm about to try Sushi Island tomorrow :)

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                                                                                                                spikella RE: spikella Dec 4, 2006 09:02 PM

                                                                                                                Sushi Island is my new favourite!

                                                                                                              2. xianzhong RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 3, 2006 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                I've been to Yang's Kitchen many times over the past few years and generally their food has been very good...but service has almost aways been very poor to absolutely horrible. I can only remember less then a handful of times where their service was some good. But I tolerate it and mostly go for lunch because its cheap (13 bucks) and has quality food. Main thing to avoid would be their udon noodles/noodle and soup bowls, none of them are very good. My fave dishes there though are;

                                                                                                                soft shell crab rolls
                                                                                                                spicy crispy salmon hand rolls
                                                                                                                eel and avocado roll
                                                                                                                salmon sushi
                                                                                                                veal spare ribs
                                                                                                                grilled saba (mackerel)
                                                                                                                and a bunch of other stuff

                                                                                                                dinners (20 bucks) have beef tenderloin cubes, salmon sashimi, tempura ice cream, and beef sashimi (carpaccio)

                                                                                                                haven't tried them yet but Sushi on 7 and Maison du Japon I have heard very good things about and hope to try them soon.

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                                                                                                                  jennjen18 RE: xianzhong Dec 5, 2006 12:37 AM

                                                                                                                  So I guess you can eat within the 90 minutes that they give you, huh? But I didnt see the tempura ice cream on the menu last time I was there.. is that a weekend only thing? I've only had the fried banana thing for dessert. Do they also rush you out for lunch sittings?

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                                                                                                                    xianzhong RE: jennjen18 Dec 5, 2006 09:31 PM

                                                                                                                    like I said, I mostly go for lunches...so an hour and a half for lunch is plenty of time. I've only gone a handful of times for dinner and generally I'm just glad to get a table because usually the waits have been very long whenever I go for dinner. I maybe felt rushed a couple of times I was there, but mostly the service just stinks because they keep giving you the wrong food or never bringing certain things at all after asking multple times, etc.

                                                                                                                    But half the times I go, I aim for a time when they are not busy, so usually I wouldn't have much complaints.

                                                                                                                    Except the last time I went a few weeks ago, super busy, waitress took forever to come to take my order and didn't really pay attention when I gave it...first two items that came to my table were things I never ordered, etc. So I was generally not in a very good mood but the food was very good. They ran out of mango ice cream though, so that sucked.

                                                                                                                    oh and I meant the Tempura Banana Ice Cream, is for dinner.

                                                                                                                2. sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 5, 2006 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                  I used to like Maison, but prefer Sushi on 7 now. I agree that you should not got to Sushi 7 if you have a large group (more then 8). I find that the food is fresher at Sushi on 7, at Maison especially on busy nights the maki seem like they have been sitting around for a while.

                                                                                                                  1. sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 5, 2006 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                    PS do not eat the tempura Icecream at Sushi on 7......so dissapointing.

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                                                                                                                      chemenglala RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 24, 2006 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                      We usually go to Ajisai at Bayview and the 407, right across from Thornlea SS. It used to be awful there but now the fish is fresh, big variety, owner is so nice. I think weekday dinner is $17.99, $19.99 on weekends.

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                                                                                                                        flashy_mcflash RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 15, 2007 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                        If you're looking for an alternative to Yang's, try Syogun. The menu is quite extensive (with Rainbow Rolls, Spider Rolls, sashimi, etc) and the service isn't rude.


                                                                                                                        1. SushiZ RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 22, 2007 07:48 PM

                                                                                                                          Has anyone been to Sushi D on College Street? For AYCE it seems quite fresh and priced well. Sashimi comes at times very cold and at times frozen in the middle. Share thoughts!

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                                                                                                                            Cereal Killer RE: SushiZ Jan 25, 2007 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                            Sushi Island on College is much better.


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                                                                                                                              melsky RE: Cereal Killer Feb 13, 2007 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                              I agree, I've eaten at both and Sushi Island is better. But try to avoid it on weekend nights, there is a huge wait and there's really no good place to line up, so everyone ends up crowding right in the doorway.

                                                                                                                              I also like mostly non-authentic sushi, like California rolls and veggie rolls. The crunchy rolls at Sushi Island are great.

                                                                                                                              Sushi purists will probably want to go elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                              dinin and dishin RE: SushiZ Feb 13, 2007 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                              Just dreadful! Forget about it if you have any true love of sushi.

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                                                                                                                              SushiElite RE: diehardlasallejai Apr 5, 2007 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                              I like to second Sushi D,

                                                                                                                              Amazing food and super fresh sashimi, sometimes me and my husband forget it's an AYCE.
                                                                                                                              haha yeah definitely get the rock shrimp and treasure island, which is also served at Nobu in NYC but costs you an arm and a leg to get the sampler dinner plus I actually like the Sushi D version much better. They are located on college, diagonally across from the Mod Club, west of . They also have a really nice patio setup, which will coming up soon. When the snow stops.

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                                                                                                                                eyewristlung RE: diehardlasallejai Apr 8, 2007 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                I just came from a show at the mod club, which is just down the street from sushi D, so my friend and I decided to have some sushi for dinner.
                                                                                                                                The all you can eat menu is very extensive, ranging from delicious rolls (I recommend D roll, Tiger roll, spicy salmon roll) to hot dishes such as stirfried udon noodles, and beef stuffed with baby mushrooms. For an affordable meal, it was a very classy dining experience. I highly recommend this place - just down the road from good music!

                                                                                                                                1. YYZ2LAX RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 7, 2007 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  if the last 3 posts arent from sushi d staff my instincts are terrible

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                                                                                                                                    jinxed RE: YYZ2LAX Aug 7, 2007 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                    Haha, I got nosey and saw that those are their sole comments on CH so you may be correct.

                                                                                                                                    Back to the topic at hand, I like VIP Sushi in Thornhill, although I haven't been there for a while. AYCE to order, with decent quality sashimi. I have never been rushed out of there like some other places seem apt to do, and the orders come quick. This *may* be because my group always orders a lot of alcohol (sake bombs, anyone?) to go with said sushi. I think you can only order one dessert, but that's all you'd have room for by the end of the evening. I think it's $18.95, and well worth it.
                                                                                                                                    The plain bright yellow sign outside makes it look like a super cheapo, sleazy place, but it's fine inside!

                                                                                                                                    Bad Experience:
                                                                                                                                    I went to Mariko's on Yonge south of Gerrard, not for AYCE, but just a regular dinner set. Perhaps it was because it had recently openly, but it was the worse "sushi" that I have had......EVER. And I don't have a problem going to the mediocre places on Queen St. Even the rice did not taste right, and the rolls fell apart when you picked them up.

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                                                                                                                                      goofibulator RE: jinxed Aug 18, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ha! And not only that, the first three are posted within about 10 minutes of one another: just enough time to re-register under a different pseudonym and type up a quick (grammatically similar) note :)

                                                                                                                                      The manager, I should think.

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                                                                                                                                      s0memale RE: YYZ2LAX Aug 8, 2007 10:12 PM

                                                                                                                                      lol good find!

                                                                                                                                    3. LovelyAsia RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 8, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                      Being Japanese, I am a Sushi snob, and will only go where I know Japanese Sushi chefs are working. Too many places don't even know how to prepare the Sushi rice, let alone anything else.

                                                                                                                                      All You Can Eat = Lower Quality Food whether it be Sushi, Chinese Food, or any other food - with the exception of pricy brunches at expensive restaurants and hotels... and of course Mom's!

                                                                                                                                      Having moved downtown I miss two of my favourite places to get Sushi in Richmond Hill...

                                                                                                                                      For dine in:

                                                                                                                                      280 West Beaver Creek Road
                                                                                                                                      Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1

                                                                                                                                      For take out:

                                                                                                                                      Sue's Market
                                                                                                                                      280 West Beaver Creek Road
                                                                                                                                      Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Z1

                                                                                                                                      At Sue's there is an in house (Japanese) Sushi chef who makes simple authentic Sushi from lunch to dinner and at the prices of the stuff trying to pass itself off as Sushi in stores like Loblaws and Longos. I miss being able to pick up the best California Rolls and Futomaki on my way home for a quick and easy dinner.

                                                                                                                                      If you like Sushi, treat yourself to the REAL stuff, not for the quantity but the QUALITY.

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                                                                                                                                        caitlink RE: LovelyAsia Aug 8, 2007 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                        I go to Miyabi all the time but I never noticed Sue's Market. is it in the same plaza? If so, which part of the plaza Thx.

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                                                                                                                                          oohlala RE: LovelyAsia Aug 9, 2007 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                          same phone #s for both restaurants? Sue lives @ Miyabi i guess

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                                                                                                                                            LovelyAsia RE: LovelyAsia Aug 9, 2007 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                            Woops! I obviously goofed when I did a cut and paste!

                                                                                                                                            Here is the info for Sue's Market:

                                                                                                                                            205 Don Head Village Bl, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 7R1

                                                                                                                                            It is on the South Side of Major Mackenzie, 1 street East of Bathurst.

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                                                                                                                                              diehardlasallejai RE: LovelyAsia Aug 12, 2007 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                              Good grief! Time really flies! I have not been browsing this forum for almost 9 months since my last post, and I cannot believe it has been over a year since I started this thread. Any way, I am glad this thread is still pretty alive.

                                                                                                                                              I have been trying out some of the next All You Can Eat Japanese restaurants in town, and I have couple more to recommend. Sushi Home on Steeles Avenue East close to Midland is quite good for the money. They used to have Hamachi sushi, but after we had gone twice they took it off, but they still serve Tuna sushi. Their cooked foods are good, but I love their cooked, cold Boston shrimps. My wife likes their crab legs. For less than $20 I still think AYCE Japanese is a very good deal, because for me to eat at A La Carte places it would cost about $90 with taxes and tips in(no alcohol since I do not drink).

                                                                                                                                              Another place we love to go now is JR at Midland and Finch. I would say it is a better deal if you go there for lunch, because for a mere $9 you can pretty much order everything in the menu except for sashimi. Their cooked foods are very very good, and if you can spare couple hours for lunch with a big appetite you should give this place a try. Their hot steamed shrimps is one of my favourite, not to mention their beef tatake. However, having said that, in their dinner menu they do have some specialty items that you do not get to taste at lunch time, and the variety of bottomless drinks are numerous.

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                                                                                                                                                Jimbo Bob RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 19, 2007 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                When I saw this thread I was thinking I most post my high praise for Echo Sushi on Yonge near Davisville. Much to my surprise they when the first restaurant listed.

                                                                                                                                                Not only is the all you can eat dinner special fabulous but they also do the best Bento Box lunches in town. Dirt cheap too. I used to work just down the road from them and the whole office would order from them at least once a week. They have stiff competition in the area but they are by far the best.

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                                                                                                                                                  Paradocs RE: Jimbo Bob Aug 27, 2007 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'm sorry diehard, but JR is terrible. I used to go there on Sundays after church and their service is slow, the waiters have bugs up their asses, the food is pitiful.
                                                                                                                                                  Sure you're paying a buck less than everyone else for a lunch AYCE (on a weekend no less) but if it sucks, a dollar can't make up for the slow service, slow food and crappy food that I'll be getting. If it's during the week, there are plenty of other options - like Sushi on 7
                                                                                                                                                  The place's decor is cheap and just looks over the top and gaudy.

                                                                                                                                                  For normal "non-japanese" dishes, it's cheap and does the job well.
                                                                                                                                                  If you want GOOD japanese food, Hanabi beside JR at Finch and Midland (in the corner of the plaza) is awesome although small. Not AYCE but still great.

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                                                                                                                                                    sushisuzzy RE: Paradocs Mar 17, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                    I live right there and Hanabi is great!!
                                                                                                                                                    Their lunch specials are actually offered anytime, I recommend the sashimi special. On top of that, the chef is really nice, and you get free appetizers- miso soup, salad, a special roll, you know, nice jap appetizers!
                                                                                                                                                    The prices are great too! Definitely recommend this place.

                                                                                                                                                    It's a small little place but great food~

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                                                                                                                                                  pocky RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 28, 2007 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                  After I read your post, I decided to give Sushi House a try for dinner. The chef's specials were different. I tried the special king crab hot pot. The pot took forever to heat up even though I saw others really boiling. I was surprised that they were out of a couple of items...the scallop special and green tea ice cream?!? The service was a little slow. Overall, it was okay, but like Yang's Sushi better. I think any AYCE Japanese/Chinese is good for the money, but average quality.

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                                                                                                                                                  pearlD RE: LovelyAsia Aug 20, 2007 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                  'Lovely Asia'
                                                                                                                                                  ...now that you've moved 'downtown' what have found to be the best restaurant for Sushi?

                                                                                                                                              2. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 19, 2007 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                Finally tried Sushi Island AYCE and it is quite good, though not the best.

                                                                                                                                                Almost everything is very fresh, well made and delicious. Great service, no attitude, no missing items. A few minor disappointments, like the "spicy chicken nuggets" - which tasted like what you would find at a cheap buffet, in contrast to the heavenly fried oysters and soft shell crab, or the "tempura banana" with ice cream which is so soggy you couldn't tell it was deep fried. And for some reason both my friend and I thought "Thai roll" with mango and crab on their specials list was some kind of fresh spring roll, so we were surprised to see it was just another maki.

                                                                                                                                                What keeps it from not being great is that some items like beef teriyaki and pork katsu are only served as complete dinners, so we didn't order them cause that would be too much. Other places serve them appetizer-sized or a la carte which is great for sampling. [After I got home I realized we could have asked if they can do that. Has anyone tried?]

                                                                                                                                                1. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 2, 2007 10:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Gallery Sushi on Dundas near the AGO has a big sign saying AYCE for years, tonight we went to try it. We sat down and told the waitress we want AYCE, she said OK she'll bring the paper over. For over 5 minutes, she walked back and forth serving other customers with nary a look in our direction. Either she didn't want our business, or it's a sign of bad service, so we left.

                                                                                                                                                  We walked up to Baldwin looking for alternatives. Lo and behold, there is a brand new place called Sushi Baldwin which offers AYCE. Similar to Sushi Island, there is a cheaper $13 AYCE which includes a limited list of rolls only, and a $18 version which includes everything on the menu, except tuna and eel which you can order once.

                                                                                                                                                  The sashimi is very fresh and generous (although strangely they gave us 3 pieces of fish for "two orders"). They even have scallop and shrimp sashimi (not the cooked version but amaebi - the raw botan shrimp). There are lots of rolls to choose from, but not too many small portioned cooked food, just a few things like soft shell crab and shrimp tempura. Ice cream is included although they don't have the tempura banana that goes with it. Currently they even have a 20% off grand opening special! so it's a real bargain if you like sashimi and sushi. Still not as good as Sushi Island overall though.

                                                                                                                                                  One bad thing is the place smells like stale cooking grease on the walls, left over from the previous resto. Also they don't have sake yet.

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                                                                                                                                                    pinstripeprincess RE: Teep Oct 3, 2007 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                    do you know who they took over on baldwin? just curious.

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                                                                                                                                                      Teep RE: pinstripeprincess Oct 3, 2007 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                      We couldn't remember, but it's the second one from McCaul, in between the one on the corner and Kowloon Dim Sum.

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                                                                                                                                                        oohlala RE: Teep Oct 3, 2007 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                        used to be kuni sushi?

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                                                                                                                                                          Teep RE: oohlala Oct 3, 2007 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Kuni is still across the street.

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                                                                                                                                                            domesticgodess RE: Teep Oct 7, 2007 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                            checked out sushi island tonite after reading many posts.
                                                                                                                                                            We are ate only the rolls...and we are happy campers.
                                                                                                                                                            The service was top-notch, the little water pitchers on the table were amazing (why dont more restaurants have this idea?), and we loved the brown/black rice combo-sushi rolls.
                                                                                                                                                            Defintely will be going back.

                                                                                                                                                            I also tried Kimona on Eglinton..2 months ago (after reading recommendations)..and there is no question that we will be going back to Sushi Island.

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                                                                                                                                                              togone RE: Teep Mar 20, 2008 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                              used to be golden chop suey ?--> 3 Baldwin Street

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                                                                                                                                                      LemonLauren RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 14, 2007 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                      finally checked out sushi island, on a friday at 8pm. we got a table (shock!) but two of our party-of-four were late in meeting us, and the servers kept harrasing us about if they were coming. whatever, ok, it was busy. the service was great with the green tea refills, but pretty rushed otherwise. as for the sushi, the AYCE deal is pretty sweet considering the range of rolls availible, and the brown/black rolls are a nice variety. i'm going to marry the crunchy roll, that's for sure. will definately be back, on a weeknight, for even more food for less money!

                                                                                                                                                      1. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 15, 2007 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Read about Asahi on Carleton so went to give it try, not expecting too much.

                                                                                                                                                        - great wait staff
                                                                                                                                                        - no time limit
                                                                                                                                                        - small selection but a bit of everything
                                                                                                                                                        - fresh raw shrimp (amaebi) sushi
                                                                                                                                                        - delicious chicken katsu (the waitress said it's a "regular portion", but the pile that came out is at least twice, if not three times, what you'd get in a normal order elsewhere)

                                                                                                                                                        - smells like stale grease as you walk in
                                                                                                                                                        - we were the only table the entire time - few customers lead to sashimi being not that fresh, e.g. tuna
                                                                                                                                                        - thick cakey tempura batter. they give you 2 shrimps plus yam, taro, pumpkin and carrot
                                                                                                                                                        - rice in sushi is kind of mushy

                                                                                                                                                        The conclusion is we won't be going again.

                                                                                                                                                        1. pinstripeprincess RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 15, 2007 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                          just thought i'd tack on some recent experiences.

                                                                                                                                                          sushi island
                                                                                                                                                          went for the highest end because we saw scallop was a choice in the sushi sashimi section... what a riot what they consider sushi and sashimi. chopped up previously frozen but raw scallop was mixed up with a huge amount of gloopy mayo and tobiko. it was gross. all the other sushi was just ok at best. they did shine with the beef sashimi, fried oyster bits and generous wakame salad (that was not the weird rehydrated stuff). the dessert was disgusting. awful ice cream and a seriously sickly looking tempura banana. many of our items were forgotten and had to be reordered. they delivered the wrong maki to us and after we discovered this by popping a piece into our mouths, they scolded US about not noticing the mistake. it's not my problem! needless to say, never again.

                                                                                                                                                          tried to go to kumai but it was closed for a private party and so we decided that gorging over quality would do us fine. it was pretty darn good. shrimp tempura was succulent and lightly crisply battered, we totally understood why mountainous baskets of the stuff kept streaming out of the kitchen. unagi too sweet, ebi (cooked shrimp) wasn't dry like many other places and actually quite tasty, the rest of the sushi was ok. here you can get a single order per visit of tuna nigiri and handrolls. i found the tuna tasted old but did find it commendable that they stuffed the rolls and topped the nigiri quite generously. the spicy version didn't even have any mayo! just spiciness mixed right in. zawanmushi had obviously been sitting in the steamer way too long and the kalbi beef was one of the best ones i've ever had - tender, sweet, meaty, juicy.. delicious. had fruit for dessert and the ice cream was ok. the service was smooth, consistent, quick and unflustered. we had to cancel an order because we were getting stuffed and it wasn't a problem. wish they had a wider selection of sushi, but otherwise quite tasty and i would definitely return.

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                                                                                                                                                            Teep RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 15, 2007 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Our Sushi Island experiences were better. The first time we went the tempura banana was limp and blah. The second time it just came out of the fryer and was hot, crispy and delish. And where else do you get sesame ice cream at an AYCE? One or two servers seem to have a slight attitude but overall service was quite good and we've never had a missed order. Were you there on a weekend?

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                                                                                                                                                              pinstripeprincess RE: Teep Nov 15, 2007 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                              i can't remember exactly. but i know that it was a very busy evening and the tables were full the entire time we were there.

                                                                                                                                                              i forgot to mention, they gave us a last call (even though we were missing a bunch of dishes) which confused me because no one ever bothered to mention the time limit. was this on the menu?

                                                                                                                                                              i also got hassled for having my camera with me. they said something about how they didn't allow photos of the food due to concerns regarding "competition" and "copying".

                                                                                                                                                              i think normally the sesame ice cream thing would wow me... but i've got a batch of homemade stuff sitting in my freezer that i'm already having quite a bit of difficulty getting through.

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                                                                                                                                                                lilith RE: pinstripeprincess Jan 7, 2008 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I agree with pinstripeprincess. I was also grossed out by their scallop (hotate) sashimi.
                                                                                                                                                                Here's what I wrote about Sushi Island: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/345783

                                                                                                                                                                Yea the 'last call' got us by surprise too, they didn't inform us beforehand and I don't recall seeing the time limit thing written anywhere on the menu.
                                                                                                                                                                About the sesame ice cream... they didn't have it when we were there.

                                                                                                                                                                Now I remember another thing that grossed us out... one of our regular maki (i.e. white rice) orders came with bits of brown rice stuck on them, as if they used the same utensils (which is okay to a certain extent) but forgot to clean it after making the brown rice rolls (which is NOT okay).

                                                                                                                                                                I realize this place is popular among CHs, but for me, a big NO.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 1, 2008 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Thought I'd chime in again about Sushi D. We wanted to go to Sushi Island but it was closed today, so tried this alternative. Yes they have terrible sushi - both rice and fish are flavourless (though the texture seems fresh.) However all the deep fried dishes are good, like tempura, soft shell crab (in panko coating), chicken katsu, Rock shrimp (deep fried with a light sweet/sour/garlic sauce) etc. So we would definitely go back for that. And since this thread is not just about AYCE Sushi, but Japanese food in general, this is relevant.

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                                                                                                                                                              KevinB RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 1, 2008 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                              One place I haven't seen mentioned is Shi-Ki Sushi in Richmond Hill (Yonge St, just south of Elgin Mills, east side). We go for lunch as a family about 2 times a month. We usually don't order AYCE, as they have lunch specials that include miso soup, salad, California rolls, and a main for quite reasonable prices. I'm low carbing these days, so I usually order the sashimi lunch; it's pretty heavily loaded with salmon, but that's OK with me. I think I get about 18 pieces of sashimi for under $10, and I'm always full when we leave.

                                                                                                                                                              1. 50firstdatesguy RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 3, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Here's one nobody mentioned yet. For what it is, it's not bad. It's one of the standard order-off-the-card places where you also pay for the food you waste and don't eat (so order carefully) but the food comes quickly and it's decent quality. I think lunch is well below $15, dinner is closer to $18 or so. When I went there I had zero complaints.

                                                                                                                                                                Akane Japanese Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                433 Comstock Road
                                                                                                                                                                Scarborough, ON
                                                                                                                                                                (416) 757-8833

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                                                                                                                                                                  Googs RE: 50firstdatesguy Jan 3, 2008 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  You brave, brave man. I work within spitting distance of Akane. I've never entered the building. I'm ashamed to admit it, but it always looked too scary. What are the patrons like?

                                                                                                                                                                  Here are some other opinions on Akane in case you're interested:

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                                                                                                                                                                    50firstdatesguy RE: Googs Jan 3, 2008 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Googs, very few places would deter me from entering based on exterior alone, else I would have never set foot in many of my favourite Toronto establishments for food or otherwise :) As we see from the reviews you've kindly linked, it's not that bad of a joint according to others who also took the plunge.

                                                                                                                                                                    When I was there the patron's consisted mainly of lunchtime warriors from the area, although I was just there for fun at the time with my friend. It was relatively quiet but there was a steady influx of patrons.

                                                                                                                                                                    Unfortunately it appears to have closed down for renovations and there is no indication as to whether it re-opened. Since you work so close-by are you able to confirm?? The number I called was out of service :(

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                                                                                                                                                                      Googs RE: 50firstdatesguy Jan 4, 2008 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Normally I don't let appearances deter me. It was the combo of nasty appearance and raw fish that made me stay away. I'm a fan of the DineSafe website. Its always the first review I check. Speaking of which...

                                                                                                                                                                      I was wondering why I couldn't find Akane listed on the City of Toronto site. I know they remove a listing switftly after a place closes. I will go take a wander over once the temps are above zero. I don't think I'd hold out much hope though if I were you.

                                                                                                                                                                      Have you tried Zen yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                        50firstdatesguy RE: Googs Jan 4, 2008 08:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't, I will though. It's gotten some good reviews. It's a little far off the beaten path just in terms of where people usually go to play on the weekends so I'll probably have to make my way out there solo one of these nights after work if an opportunity doesn't arise soon!

                                                                                                                                                                        Shame about Akane, sounds like they never re-opened after the renovations.

                                                                                                                                                                        Now that I think about it there's one more AYCE around J-town on Steeles that I'm not sure anyone mentioned yet. I can't remember the name at the moment and I can't find it online. It's literally in front of J-town off Steeles east of Woodbine, and it's quite a large place. I remember thinking they were about the same quality as Akane, although the interior was a little more modern (expensive looking and less cozy).

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                                                                                                                                                                          HarryLloyd RE: 50firstdatesguy Jan 4, 2008 08:46 AM



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                                                                                                                                                                            50firstdatesguy RE: HarryLloyd Jan 7, 2008 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Harry Lloyd, that's the place, thanks for remembering the name for me!
                                                                                                                                                                            This place wasn't bad, it was about as good as Akane. Not bad for AYCE, order by pencil&card, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                            Here's their website:

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                                                                                                                                                                              pinstripeprincess RE: 50firstdatesguy Jan 7, 2008 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              for ayce, i've been pretty happy with thee and i don't get charged for not finishing something because it was a failed experiment.

                                                                                                                                                                              no restrictions on getting only a certain amount of a certain type of fish and the selection is decent. what wins me over though... is their dessert section. it's chock full o' cantonese things that i quite enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                sexyaznboy RE: pinstripeprincess Jan 7, 2008 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                I took my mom to THEE a few weeks ago for lunch. I thought it was decent but nothing special. I'm not sure I remember 100% but they only gave you sushi and sashimi was extra cost, and still the bill came with 30 bucks (this was after a promotion). I much prefer Wasabi at Kennedy and Steeles in terms of variety, selection and freshness and they gives you Salmon sushi for lunch and is comparable in price. Although the service at Wasabi I have to say is pretty bad, they ignore you unless you call them over to your table.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  msprnt RE: sexyaznboy Mar 5, 2008 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  i've been to THEE too (anyone know why it isn't just THE?) ... anyway, i went on a monday a month ago with my extended family (12 of us) ... it was quite empty, but there was lots of seating and the room was nice .... unlike most ayce places in the markham/RH area, they had a salad and dessert bar with a large choice among ice creams (you scoop yourself).

                                                                                                                                                                                  the dinner included everything on the menu and their steak was surprisingly cooked well! it was cut into thin strips after it was grilled and was very tender... my cousins, brother, and i order that several times over cuz they'd only give u a few pieces at a time.....

                                                                                                                                                                                  the sashimi was quite fresh....we ordered lots of salmon and white tuna ...

                                                                                                                                                                                  the knock i have about is that when we asked for some ice water, there was someone's lipstick clearly on the rim... i have pictures!!! ... also, some of their staff don't understand english, I asked if the ayce came with soft drinks and they said yes while shaking their head.... so i asked another person if soft drinks were included, who said, "yes, it is not included" ... i just decided to drink the tea and avoid the confusion....

                                                                                                                                                                                  oh, and my dad found a coupon (in a chinese newspaper?) that gave us a "buy one get one half off" .... for a lady ... so that could come in handy for couples.... not sure if it was specific for monday tho.....

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                                                                                                                                                                  CL416 RE: diehardlasallejai Mar 4, 2008 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I went to Sushi Fun a while back - an AYCE Japanese place on Yonge, just north of Steeles on the East side. Don't let the weird name fool you, this place was pretty good. All the standard rolls and a la carte dishes, plus the extras (spider, dragon, etc) and sashimi. Food was good, service wasn't terrible - I think they were slightly understaffed when I went. Went with my sig other on a weekday night, $19.99 for AYCE. A lot of rice on the rolls, but otherwise not a bad find!

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                                                                                                                                                                    diehardlasallejai RE: CL416 Mar 5, 2008 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh Wow! It has been almost 2 years since I started this thread and it is still going strong. Well, I went to Sushi Fun on Yonge around Christmas time after they had changed hands, and what a pleasant surprise! The quality of the cooked foods was excellent. We were enticed by their deep fried chicken wings, by the way! For wing lovers, they have very nice juicey deep fried wings, marinated perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                    We had been going to JR quite a bit on Finch at Midland until they closed down due to rent eviction just recently. The food was nothing superb, but for $9.99 dinner and lunch what could I say.

                                                                                                                                                                    We have also gone back to Sushi Home on Steeles at Midland, but the cooked foods they served just were not up to par. I do not think we will go back until we hear some good things about them again.

                                                                                                                                                                    I went back to Maison du Japon on Woodbine two weeks ago for lunch and I was rather surprised by the full house they had at 12:30PM on a wee day. The food was quite good even though the place was packed. Service was quite prompt and I would not mind taking my family back one more time to see if they are consistent. One thing though, when the place was full it was like 37C inside and I really lost most of my apetite.

                                                                                                                                                                    I will report back here again soon!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. 50firstdatesguy RE: diehardlasallejai Apr 3, 2008 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I went to Katsu tonight on the Danforth. For what I paid I really can't complain. Selection was my biggest gripe but if you have a little of everything it's easy not to get bored in one sitting. I've been there once before and it was the same thing, nothing outrageous but quite decent for the price. I haven't even gone into their main menu because I've had tabehodai both times, I'm sure they've got some other good stuff there.

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                                                                                                                                                                      gtafoodie RE: diehardlasallejai Apr 4, 2008 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      I decided to check out Ten-Ichi Japanese Cuisine near Sheppard and McCowan after a recommendation from my brother and ended up having a great dinner! It was a Thursday night around 6:30pm and the place was already full but we were lucky enough to get 2 seats at one of the Teppanyaki tables. Ten-Ichi is the only place in Toronto serving AYCE Teppenyaki and Sushi. Our chef was quite nice and efficient at serving up our orders. I really enjoyed the sizzling rib eye steak, salmon filet, and grilled jumbo shrimp. Sashimi, chopped ika sushi, spicy salmon sushi, spicy tuna maki and gyu tataki maki were quite fresh. All the usuals are there and staff was quite friendly. The AYCE Teppanyaki dinner is $21.95 Mon-Thurs and $23.95 Fri-Sun + Holidays. They also have your regular AYCE for $19.95 Mon-Thurs and $21.95 Fri-Sun + Holidays. I recommend going for an early dinner, we left around 8pm and the line up was already 30 people deep by the door.

                                                                                                                                                                      Ten-Ichi Japanese Cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                      4810 Sheppard Ave. E. Unit 213
                                                                                                                                                                      Scarborough, ON

                                                                                                                                                                      1. mrbozo RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 1, 2008 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        A friend took me to Sushi Star, south of College on the west side of Spadina, for lunch this past week. Have to say that the 9.99 AYCE menu was quite tasty: fresh sushi and greaseless tempura.

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                                                                                                                                                                          kashirat RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 1, 2008 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Any updates to this thread? I'm looking for a good AYCE in Mississauga... or somewhere not in the Downtown area.

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                                                                                                                                                                            ricenice RE: kashirat Jun 4, 2008 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            Try Prince Sushi @ HWY10 and Courtney park near AMC. Its the best AYCE japanese in Mississauga.

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                                                                                                                                                                              missyoulikegravy RE: ricenice Jul 22, 2008 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I second that. Prince Sushi rocks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                chaptwo RE: missyoulikegravy Aug 4, 2008 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                i totally agree with ricenice and missyoulikegravy...I hate AYCE sushi places but this one is fantastic and is the only one I'll go to..

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                                                                                                                                                                                  jennjen18 RE: chaptwo May 15, 2009 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Okay - didnt find Prince that great for lunch with their a la carte stuff.. but for AYCE its good? I live on Hwy 10 and Eg, what about the one in the plaza with the Food Basics, beside BBT Republic? How does that place fare?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    jennjen18 RE: jennjen18 May 22, 2009 02:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just went to Kobe last night - at Hwy 10 and Eg, beside Swiss Chalet. They charge $20.99 for cash, and $22.99 for credit/debit, I think. They dont have a start time per se, but I noticed that their menu was the same for lunch and dinner (which included sashimi). Lunch was something like $12.99, I can't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                    We liked:
                                                                                                                                                                                    -salmon & surf clam sashimi (salmon was served generous pieces)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -bbq eel, tuna, salmon sushi (bbq eel's sauce was REALLY yummy.. and served warm, tuna very fresh...)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -spider roll (nice and crunchy)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -shrimp shish kebab
                                                                                                                                                                                    -tempura shrimp, yam and eggplant (that was the highlight for me.. their batter was EXCELLENT)

                                                                                                                                                                                    We didnt like:
                                                                                                                                                                                    -grilled squid (the sauce was so sweet, though they charred it to give it a smokey flavour... and it still was too rubbery for my friends)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -cooked beef with green onion rolled up (beef was not fresh)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -seared raw beef (quite raw... )
                                                                                                                                                                                    -tai sashimi (really tough)
                                                                                                                                                                                    -grilled mackeral, i think.. cant remember which fish it was, but it was cooked too much as it came out tough

                                                                                                                                                                                    We had the usuals, really ...
                                                                                                                                                                                    Service was excellent. No throwing us out at 1.5 or 2 hour mark. I like them. I'll visit again.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Kobe Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mississauga, ON

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                                                                                                                                                                              StriderGirl RE: kashirat Jul 21, 2008 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry I'm late replying to this one, Kashirat, I just noticed the thread today.

                                                                                                                                                                              I don't know if you'd be interested in heading out as far as Hamilton, but there's a Japanese AYCE there called Sapporo that's *amazing*. It's at 96 Main Street East, 905-527-1668, and I highly recommend it. $18.99 a person at supper; everything made fresh and arriving fast; marvellous tempura and yummy rolls. They don't put any limits on your orders (although they do charge for food wasted at the end), and there's lots of seafood on the menu.

                                                                                                                                                                              Another thing I like about Sapporo is that the menu is fully illustrated in colour so you know exactly what you're ordering. Good for non-Japanese-speaking guests like me.

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                                                                                                                                                                              graydyn RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 4, 2008 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              A new place in Richmond Hill called Kaze is pretty nice. Really fast service and a lot of options in both sushi and cooked items.

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                                                                                                                                                                                jennjen18 RE: graydyn Sep 4, 2008 06:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Contact details for Kaze?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  tksh RE: jennjen18 Sep 9, 2008 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think Kaze is the one at Woodbine and 16th where the old Taiwanese ramen place was, near the corner with the congee place (king?). If it is that one, then it's not new at all. I remember going there a few years ago and it was all right.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    KevinB RE: tksh Nov 25, 2008 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not to be persnickety, but Woodbine and 16th is Markham, not Richmond Hill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                joshto RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 21, 2008 04:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                sushi d is decent food, awful service.
                                                                                                                                                                                i wouldnt go back because others in the area (sushi bon, aji sai) have the same quality food with superior service

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                                                                                                                                                                                  tjunmin RE: joshto Jul 22, 2008 10:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  spouse and I tried sushi d once and decided not to return because the food was not as good as alternatives in the area (sushi island)

                                                                                                                                                                                  we recently discovered aji sai on queen west and so far have been pleased with the quality, given the price point. service at times can be quite slow.

                                                                                                                                                                                  we've not experienced poor or slow service at sushi island yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Teep RE: tjunmin Jul 23, 2008 05:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    When they first opened Aji Sai was great, e.g. the Spider Roll was bursting at the seams with softshell crab. However it's gone a little down hill now, not so much crab in that roll anymore, in general less tasty, but we still like it a lot more than Sushi Island.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      jennjen18 RE: Teep Mar 31, 2010 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I would not go back to Aji Sai on Queen ever again. Went there for dinner with a friend, and were told "last call" after an hour. We were told to go for ice cream or other dessert as "one hour has passed..." What the!? I should have said to charge me at a la carte pricing - it would have been cheaper!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Crepes Suzette RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 23, 2008 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried My Sushi (on Yonge south of Finch)? Comments about quality, selection, service, prices?

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                                                                                                                                                                                    petertheeater RE: Crepes Suzette Dec 27, 2008 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    My Sushi is excellent. Great selection, the dragon rolls and spicy salmon hand rolls are our favourite. My wife loves the sushi pizza too. The cooked foods are good but smaller portions. Great friendly service, but make a reservation on weekends as it gets busy and its a small place.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Enjoy! :( )

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                                                                                                                                                                                    diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 24, 2008 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Went to Sushi Fun at Yonge and Glen Cameron a few weeks ago and we were not disappointed. The best thing about this place is the non existence of a seating time limit so we could just chit chat and relax. It was a Tuesday and the place was only 1/3 filled. Service was a little bit wanting though, but we can live with it for the price. We paid cash so we got an additional 10% off the posted price, which was a bonus, and we all went home stuffed. This place still serves tuna sushi and beef tatake!

                                                                                                                                                                                    Last Saturday we went to Maison Du Japon for dinner at John and Woodbine, and we were quite happy about the experience. We went in at 5PM and there were already 10 people waiting in line. As soon as the door opened we were seated accordingly. Both cooked and raw foods were good and we were all satisfied. I am sure we will go back again for some more on a not too hot day, because the air conditioning in that place seemed to be quite weak. I do not think there is a seating time limit at this place also, because were not given the bill after two hours had passed. The only thing is that this place has fewer selection than most other places, but then since they do it well with what they offer I am not going to complain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      dmbphan041 RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 4, 2008 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Soooo just to recap we have

                                                                                                                                                                                      Aji Sai
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sushi Island

                                                                                                                                                                                      stupid Sushi Palace on Queen West had to be bought out :( Yea, it wasnt the best sushi, but it was $20, and when I have a hankering (like right now!!) I dont really care what it tastes like (OK, I wont go to Mandarin but ya know...)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 21, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        All right, I know it is a bit off side for this thread, but after trying this place for 5 times I have the courage to recommend them to other Chowhound members in the GTA, or Chowhounds visiting from out of town.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rice Paper Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese all you can eat at Finch and Leslie is the restaurant I would like to introduce to any one of you who frequents this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Their strengths are not from their Japanese department, and that is why I say I may be a bit off side to put them under this thread, but nonetheless, their Japanese selections are quite all right with no distinction to be mentioned about, that is all. Nevertheless, the cooked Japanese food items are as good as any other all you can eat places, for example, the tempura shrimps.

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you like Thai and Vietnamese, then this is the place to go because you can have some lovely Pho and spring rolls, and at the same time some nice Thai curry beef brisket with French bread. Add $1 and you can have all you can drink pop, iced lemon tea, iced milk tea and iced coffee. For $21 it is a steal and I highly recommend them before they fold. I seriously do not know how they make money because the food quality is just plain good and service is prompt and accurate. I really like I can just check off the items I want on a sheet and hand it to them for them to prepare right away. We ate till they closed at 10PM last two times we were there so I guess they do not have seating time limit enforced like some other counterparts. Their black sesame seed ice cream and mango coconut yogurt are couple things you ought to order at the end! Ask them for them because they are not listed in the all you can eat menu. Go try it and come back to let us know what you think, enjoy!

                                                                                                                                                                                        4 years since I started this thread, keep them coming fellow members!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 5, 2008 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Went to Wasabi at Silver Star and Steeles last Friday for the first time and I was very surprised for the food quality they provided there, because I had been to their other location in Richmond Hill inside the Jubilee Square Plaza on Hwy #7 and it was an absolutely terrible experience---long waits for their make to order sushi and sashimi, and for the rest of the cooked foods they were mostly chop shui Chinese foods for westerners' tastes. For sure it beats going to places like Buffet King and Mandarin, but the fight to the self served food tables was irritating during busy hours. Nope, I prefer sitting down to be served with the foods I order. We swear we will not return to their Richmond Hill location, but their Scarborough location has given us a pleasant surprise. Raw and cooked foods were both good except beef tatake, which was too lean we had to chew 27 times before swallowing. The oxtail in red wine sauce was a joke, because it came out like a soup with very dilute sauce with no taste. I think those were the only two things we did not like at all. So thumb is up for Wasabi Scarborough. Oh, one more thing, their bubble tea was horrible with artificial colours. So opt for other drinks instead, and they are included in the price. : )

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 25, 2008 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          for those who mentioned Yang's kitchen and Sushi on 7, between the two which one would you choose? I am looking for AYCE sushi places that offer a good variety of sashimi and specialty rolls (i.e. dragon, spider,etc)
                                                                                                                                                                                          also, regarding THEE (the one on steeles and woodbine), do you order from a menu or do you grab your own food?
                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks in advance

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                                                                                                                                                                                            asianhunkster RE: sugarcube Sep 4, 2008 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sushi on 7. They give bigger slices of fish and their specialty rolls are generous sizes and not just more rice. IMHO, Akina at 1661 Denison St. is still the best.

                                                                                                                                                                                            THEE I believe you order from a menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              diehardlasallejai RE: sugarcube Sep 6, 2008 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Sushi on 7 is the obvious choice between the two because service at Yang's is next to nothing, but I shy away from SO7 because of their tight seating plan. Couple times I was there they put us in the middle of the place, and people going in and out would bump into our shoulders with their butts. The best time to go is in the mid afternoon. Do not forget to go to www.ccue.com and download their discount coupon: 15% for lunch and 10% for dinner, good till September 30th. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 7, 2008 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                thanks for the helpful info asianhunkster and diehardlasallejai. I'll be sure to try Sushi on 7 for dinner soon.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Although the seating arrangement can be bothersome at times, I don't mind it that much (in fact my friend and I chatted up quite a storm with our neighbouring diners when we tried Yang's Kitchen 2 weeks ago). Also a note about service: it was quite efficient when we went on a packed (!) wednesday night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                I haven't heard of Akina before. Do you order off a menu as well? What would you recommend getting?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  diehardlasallejai RE: sugarcube Sep 8, 2008 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have been to Akina many times, and I must say their seating plan is one of the most comfortable out there, but their food quality has gone down quite a bit from when they first opened. I may be wrong on this, because I have not gone there for about a year now while exploring other AYCE Japanese places in town. You also order from a menu and they will make the foods for you right away. Go try it out sometime, but do not expect anything extraordinary.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. cityplacegirl RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 6, 2008 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              College/Spadina - Sushi Star's dinner menu is great! Salmon sashimi is fresh, lots of roll options. Appetizer list and dessert list is good too!

                                                                                                                                                                                              They have a roll on the menu called the Kamikaze roll ... try it if you like spicy rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Their lunch menu is quite limited it's better to go there for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Teep RE: cityplacegirl Sep 8, 2008 07:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The one time I was at Sushi Star I didn't enjoy it. The atmosphere feels more like a run down Chinese resto than a sushi place. I didn't have AYCE but got the grilled cod which was not good quality, so it didn't give me confidence to have the sushi there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  mrbozo RE: Teep Sep 8, 2008 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must differ in opinion. Sushi Star is definitely not run-down by any stretch of the imagination. As I'd mentioned in a post above in this thread I found the Sushi and teiryaki, though limited in scope, both tasty and well-prepared. Have also noticed single Japanese men aged 40+ dining there at lunchtime (whether that be due to choice or lack of preferred options I cannot say).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wahooty RE: Teep Sep 8, 2008 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm with Teep - I was not impressed with Sushi Star. I was there for lunch, and not only is the lunch menu limited, but there were items we ordered repeatedly that we never received. If you have taken something off of the menu, take it off of the order sheet or at least tell people it won't be coming when they try to order it. It is ludicrously cheap, though (I think AYCE at lunchtime is $9.99), so I guess you get what you pay for. Every roll we ordered looked and tasted exactly the same, regardless of the description on the menu or the type of fish. Nigiri were okay, I guess, but overall it was just...bland and uninteresting. And the most off-putting thing the day we were there was the smell of the place when we walked in - I haven't been back to know whether it was a fluke or not, but it just didn't smell clean that day. Had it been up to me, I probably would have turned right around and followed my nose out of there. They do have a clean DineSafe record, but I just can't see any reason to return based on my first experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 2, 2008 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The name of the resto escapes me-- it's acutally a place in Markham, in a plaza across from Markville Mall. Does anyone know the name of this AYCE sushi place and whether it is a good place to dine at? What are their offerings?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    baby_tran RE: sugarcube Oct 2, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Its called Hachitarou. We like it...lots of variety especially with cooked foods. Very large, spacious and clean restaurant. Pricing on par with other AYCEs...there's a 10% coupon in the Sunday Ming Pao (chinese) newspaper.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      sugarcube RE: baby_tran Oct 2, 2008 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for this Baby tran. How's their sashimi and maki rolls (any specialities?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kwong RE: baby_tran Oct 2, 2008 03:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        My brother and I went once. We found the fish to be less fresh than places like Sushi on 7 and Maison du Japon. There was a large variety of cooked food available, but it must have been an off day because they didn't change the oil, so all the cooked items we received were really gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If the fish had been at least as good as SO7 or MDJ, I'd definitely have returned to give Hachitarou a second chance on the cooked food issue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      aaronhb RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 6, 2008 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      had really good experiences at aji sai sushi (bayview just south of 407)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      consistently good food average price - and quite good service (may have something to do with the frequency im there) - by far my favorite
                                                                                                                                                                                                      as well tried wasabi (west beaver creek & 7) a couple times
                                                                                                                                                                                                      buffet style for lunch but a la carte on sushi for dinner (still gotta get up for the rest of the food though) - sushi was quite good and service was nice as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. sugarcube RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 7, 2008 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wanting to try a new AYCE resto, I made calls to both Syogun and Nagoya... I received the most obscure voice message from the former and thought I had the wrong number. When I tried Nagoya, the phone just kept ringing and ringing.. my experience begs the question: do these restos still exist? Not wanting to take a chance, drive there, and end up disappointed, we opted for Yang's Kitchen... it never fails to please.. we went there on a Monday night and the food was served at an unbelievable lightning speed (within 5 minutes). Everything that arrived tasted fresh and delicious. The food was tasty: one of the unique winners being this specialty sushi pizza with a zesty sauce, salmon and red tuna sashimi (it`s listed at the bottom of the menu). other favs include the sashimi of course (white tuna, snapper, salmon, there was also surf clam but i've always found it to be rubbery and chewy),beef sashimi (careful, sometimes it arrives icy cold, rather than soft and tender, but don't be expecting beef carpaccio, it's not nearly thin enough nor of a high enough grade to qualify) spicy crispy salmon maki, eel sushi (slightly warmed and oh so good!), Yang`s roll (shrimp tempura, eel and sauce), spider roll, and spicy red tuna maki. scallops were yummy but there is a limit of one per person.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only damper was the silly 10% service charge added to the bill,which eliminates the 10% "discount" you get when paying by cash. pshh

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also went to Hachitarou on a Friday night.. even though it got pretty busy, we were never ushered out after 1 1/2 hours. The food was decent (stay away from the fishy tasting mackerel sashimi.. aka saba I believe. I also insist upon avoiding the crab-avocado and mandarin maki rolls.. i thought the mandarin was some crispy skin of sorts with an orange flair... i.e. crispy orange duck.. oh how WRONG I was.. it turned out to be mandarin peel! worst combination of flavours for a sushi roll- ever! ) but compared to Yang's, there weren't as many sushi/sashmi varieties.. but for those who enjoy cooked items, you'll be pleased. (though, wasn't too fond of the greasy funny tasting chicken skin dish)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sushi on 7 was all right but once again the variety for sushi/sashimi just wasn't there...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although the coconut jello like cubes were quite cute looking.. and my girlfriend mentioned they taste all right (though the flavour was a tad bland). I quite liked the squid balls, which came out nice and piping hot. The mussels we ordered were not fresh at all-- do NOT order. They also have 'sushi or sashimi' "taco" which was really a ceviche of sorts mounded on top of a pringle chip!.haha

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been to Akina before for lunch.. (no sashimi is available then).. I didn't like how the maki rolls had quite a lot of rice on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I want to try Gal Sushi (is that AYCE?) and Maison Du Japon.. but how are the offerings?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          jennjen18 RE: sugarcube Oct 7, 2008 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, Nagoya at 14 and Kennedy is still open! :) Went there a week ago, and also a year ago, the review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3118...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The sashimi choices are the same as that for Yang's. Specialty sushi offerings are abalone sushi, shark's fin sushi (not worth ordering), and sashimi sweet shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cooked foods were excellent. We especially like their buttered shrimp on a stick, and the cubed and stir fried beef tenderloin (so very tender).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            avec9 RE: jennjen18 Oct 7, 2008 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hi, taking my sister out for dinner and she wants ayce - we are in central TO but willing to drive if it is worth it. We have had recs for Sushi on 7, Maison du Japon and Thee Asian Kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            What would be our best bet for cooked and raw (mostly interested in fish - she doesnt eat beef or pork) .


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                                                                                                                                                                                                              sugarcube RE: jennjen18 Oct 7, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              that's a relief... thanks for the update jennjen18.. it's hard to find a decent AYCE sushi place nowadays
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ooh banana pancake and split (like a regular banana split you find at Ice Cream shoppes)? That sounds interesting :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Was it real abalone and shark's fin?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Side note: I wish AYCE sushi places included uni or black sesame ice cream on their menu!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Teep RE: sugarcube Oct 8, 2008 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only AYCE with uni I've had was in Hong Kong, where it was close to $80 per person! you'll never find that here, there is absolutely no cutting corners with the cost of uni. Sesame ice cream I've had on College St (forgot which one) but they don't have it any more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 8, 2008 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Makimono on Liverpool in Pickering, really like this place
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I mentioned place in another post about Pickering, but I went back to Makimono over the weekend and was not disappointed. They are lacking a bit in variety but the food is good. I love the dynamite handroll !!!!! The sushi pizza is particularly good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              avec9 RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 8, 2008 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              if I must go to an ayce japanese - which one is best?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              choices are Sushi on 7, Maison du Japon and Thee Asian Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kwong RE: avec9 Oct 8, 2008 09:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Personally, I've always enjoyed both Sushi on 7 and Maison du Japon. They both do salmon really well, which is probably my favorite fish. Due to proximity, I end up going to MDJ the most.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The items I tend to order the most at MDJ are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                salmon sashimi (or salmon sushi if it's lunchtime)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                spicy salmon sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                eel roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                black dragon roll
                                                                                                                                                                                                                black pepper beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                beef teriyaki (this one is a misnomer; I find it tasty, but it's definitely got the wrong name)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                short rib teriyaki

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  matbouha RE: avec9 Nov 6, 2008 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  does this mean that they do not offer tuna, or that you just dont like tuna?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lamaranthe RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 8, 2008 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://toronto.ibegin.com/restaurants... is not enthusiastic, far from that. I live nearby and I never tried it, so I cannot comment.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AngelSanctuary RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 26, 2008 08:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    um...ten-ichi is the only one I like. I order more for their cooked food though. But their food is consistent, and pretty good. The food comes pretty fast. Better than any of the ones I have tried so far. Their teppanyaki actually uses a teppan!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You should ask how much a serving is though, when you ask for one order it's usually just one...which is good so you won't be full from just ordering a few things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stv RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 17, 2008 12:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saw this from RFD, " CHEAPEST Japanese AYCE ever seen,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sushi Tomato is having a special $14.99 AYCE dinner (Fri/Sat +$2). Have never seen Jap AYCE price SO LOW!!! "

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think the coupon is needed, since the price is posted in their website, but I think it is CASH only at that price point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      These are my thoughts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Was there before, and Last nite, Tues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The varieties are many, and the sashimi (or if you prefer fishies <g>), ARE fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Doing AYCE, I usually eat lots sashimi, few rolls, and a bit of the misc items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Their sashimi got downsized by about a 1/3 as compared to before. And the rolls are maybe 10 to 20% smaller only.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The other many items are not too bad, here are my thoughts:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Sashimi very nice; Saba (Mackerel) is very strong in flavor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - The rolls are somewhat bland, ALL of them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - I don't do hand rolls, so won't comment on them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - The tempura shrimp and veggies are all quite good, light, fluffy and not that greasy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Deep Fried Japanese Squid Ball is weird tasting, sorry but thats the best word I can use for it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Grilled salmon anything is good, as in not bad in AYCE, had the grilled salmon and salmon belly.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - Grilled Baby Mushroom with Bacon is not as good as it sounds, the bacon's flavor is TOO strong for a nite of sushi eating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - grilled OX tongue was a tough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - the grilled ribs, actually are minute steaks, or short ribs, are OK.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      - the Grilled Beef Roll with Onion & Garlic is very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hope this helped.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        diehardlasallejai RE: stv Dec 29, 2008 05:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Went to try out Sushi Tomato on the 24th for dinner and it was a pleasant surprise, indeed. The place was packed by 6:30PM but service was still very acceptable. Food was mostly good except for the roast beef. The owner was very friendly and the three staff were very prompt. I liked their tuna sushi and spicy tuna handroll a lot. The sushi rolls got a bit sloppy when the place was full, but quality was still maintained. The tempura shrips were good, and I was quite fond of their deep fried squid balls. For $14.99 it is a real bargain, and drinks are included too. I shall go back one more time to see the consistency is there and report back here. : )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sushisuzzy RE: diehardlasallejai Mar 17, 2009 11:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Miyako Sushi on Bathurst and Rutherford Road\
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          this place is my favourite, their variety of rolls and dishes are good and they're really nice. The place isn't so so pretty but it's good. I've been to many many sushi places and this is still my favourite. I've yet to try Sushi on 7. I definitely recommend the volcano salad, the most unhealthiest salad you'll eat (it's deep fried but awesome good!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Akita Sushi On Hwy 7 and Martin Grove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This place is good but their service is bad. I'd rather go to Miyako lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dmbphan041 RE: sushisuzzy May 9, 2009 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I want to take myself for AYCE today. I've been to Sushi Island in the past and it was decent. I was thinking of trying Kuni Sushi Ya. We'll see how it goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai May 16, 2009 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New entry: Rice Paper at Finch and Leslie, where the Chinese supermarket is. AYCE Japanese/Thai/Vietnamese, $22 dinner (I think). For $3 extra, you get unlimited uni and hamachi as well! The fish is mostly on the fresh side, the uni is of course not the top freshest but still sweet, I ordered it 3 times and the freshness varied between the pieces. (The last order was urged by the manager, "You had so few!"). One thing I like is they don't give you a big hunk of rice to fill you up like other places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some of the Thai and VN items are pretty good, like fish cakes, spring rolls etc. The pad thai is predictably ketchupy. The sauce is also very bland in the satay dish. The have black sesame ice cream, but it's more like a gelato and not creamy. They said it's made in house. I didn't like it but my friend loved it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's become my "gourmand" friend's top favourite AYCE place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Teep RE: Teep Jul 8, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went back to Rice Paper and it's now off our list. The uni special was only for their "grand opening". Furthermore, the fish were mostly tasteless. Even the fried oysters were not fresh. The VietThai items are still OK, but not enough to keep us going back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perhaps they found they couldn't sustain the quality they set out with, so have to cut corners. Or maybe they had planned it that way, to suck you in at the beginning. Reminds me of Woo Buffet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diehardlasallejai RE: Teep Jul 8, 2009 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I am glad to see this thread I started 3 years ago is still alive and kicking. Any way, I went to try out Rice Paper as well, but I have mixed feelings about the place. If you want Japanese all you can eat, stay away from this place, because they do a very mediocre job preparing the Japanese raw fish, sushi and rolls. None of them came presentable for us. We saw uni and hamachi on the menu so we were jumping with joy on our seats, but then after we had ordered they never came so I asked the waitress about the orders and then she broke the news to us---those two items were only available during their grand opening days. Good grief! Why did they not erase or cross out those two items in their menu??? We ordered a lot of Thai and Vietnamese items to try amonst the 5 of us, and most of them were good, except the Pho. You can forget about the Pho and the Japanese items there and concentrate on other things in the menu. The fried chicken wings, whatever style, was a joke too so do not even bother. I think they are good at producing most Thai items and some Vietnamese, especially the Vietnamese spring rolls, but other than that nothing much to impress me with. I will treat this place as Thai all you can eat instead, because they are quite weak when it comes to Vietnamese and Japanese food items. Also, drinks are not included so you will have to pay a few bucks extra for each person for a cold drink and the bill will come to about 30 some dollars per person on weekends. For now I will stick to Sushi Tomato, because it is the cheapest in town still, and they offer tuna sushi and handrolls with bottomless drinks for a mere $17 on weekends and $15 on weekdays. I just went there last Sunday and it was still good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 8, 2009 09:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I second (or is it third) this opinion. I went to Rice Paper after hearing about the uni thing. I was incredibly dissapointed with the sushi. It was nearly inedible.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ttran88 RE: diehardlasallejai May 25, 2009 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i went to Ten-Ichi in Sheppard East of McCowen last night. IMO it was the best AYCE place that ive tried so far... and ive been too alot. the reason why its so good is simple....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1) food was good- fresh, tasty, large variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) super quick- they are always very busy and to have food served that fast in that quality... great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3) the service was, compared to the others, outstanding. from the server to the busboy to the owner... very nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Definately worth a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ive been to Sukyaki, Sushi on 7, Yangs, Syogun, Nagoya, Hachitarou, Kaze, Akina i think (the place in the grocery plaza on Denison and Kennedy), Wasabi, and a couple of other places that i cant remember the name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            caitlink RE: ttran88 May 26, 2009 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What are the specialties at tenichi? Used to be teppanaki (?). Do they have big grilled shrimps or any worthwhile house items?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vinnie Vidimangi RE: ttran88 May 27, 2009 09:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some time ago, I decided not to go to any more non-Japanese owned self-proclaimed Japanese restaurants. Encouraged by ttran88's approval of Ten-Ichi whilst rejecting so many other places , I went today for lunch. Here goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The AYCE format runs only in the evening and weekend lunch.$20.95, and $22.95 on weekends. Lunch on other days is from a menu. The food is cheap and plentiful and ingredients seem to be good. But......
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I should add that I am Polish; my idea of sushi is herring; I can only say whether I liked something , not whether it was good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I had the beef donburri combo.for $7.95.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tea- yes, quite rich tasting. Supposedly green tea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Salad-no- bad tasing iceberg lettuce leaves, 3 slices of cuke, 3 tomato wedgies French dressing. I don't need to go to a Japanese resto for this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Appetizers- OK I suppose. A bit of tofu in soy sauce , some marinated shredded vegetable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Beef donburri. I ordered this in part as a test. Generally Konichiwa's donburri is a monument to Japanese aesthetics., although I have had a couple sub- standard ones there. This one was as if from a college dorm food line. Wholesome, but just calories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pickled ginger. iI asked for some ginger as a palate cleanser. Yes, nice and spicy, no sacharine taste.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And believ eit or not , there is dessert, a scoop of ice cream with this $7.95 lunch. I passed. I preferred to end with the ginger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The big problem was the MSG helmet that lunch gave me , which got worse as th e afternoon went on and which I still feel; look at the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes Ten-ichi is Chinese owned. I never have MSG problem at Konichiwa. K is on Baldwin; owned and operated by Japanese, ex- Prince Hotel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe I ordered the wrong thing; but you are warned about the MSG.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vinnie Vidimangi RE: Vinnie Vidimangi May 28, 2009 10:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I forgot to mention the miso soup. I liked it , it tasted a bit smokey. My Japanese friend said that it likely was made from powder and heavily MSG'd.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jennjen18 RE: ttran88 Jul 8, 2009 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So, earlier in this thread, someone mentioned that there's an option at Tenichi! You could get AYCE teppan + sushi + cooked foods at $21.95! Do they still have that? I was just there a couple of weeks ago, and I must say they dont have that much of a variety that others do, ... no tuna! And their unagi was horrible - so dense and tough! Yuck. We had the weeknight regular AYCE at $20.99... not quite a bargain for the quality of sushi... :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  gtafoodie RE: jennjen18 Jul 8, 2009 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, Ten-ichi still has AYCE teppan + sushi+ cooked foods but you have to request to sit at the teppanyaki tables.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TexSquared RE: gtafoodie May 1, 2010 10:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thought I should chime in since I went to Ten-Ichi last week; I haven't been back since before they offered AYCE (and were never busy), now the place is packed (on a Tuesday evening), even with a reservation we had to wait to be seated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Since the discussion was on pricing, that's all on their website:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AYCE Dinner is $23.95 on weekends, $21.95 weekdays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AYCE Teppan is $25.95 on weekends, $23.95 on weekdays

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Look at the separate menus to see which way you want to go...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scarberian RE: ttran88 May 24, 2010 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I second Ten-Ichi. People you have to remind yourselves it's an AYCE, so the quality, though decent, can't compare to a traditional Japanese resto like a Zen. That said I enjoyed the food and the format of this AYCE. I mean to be served at an AYCE rather than wandering around "food troughs" was a welcomed change. The menu was extensive and I enjoyed it even though it was $20/person. We had several hand rolls (tuna, salmon, tempura shrimp), the grilled garlic steak, sashimi (salmon, tuna, some sort of white fish), california rolls, tempura and sushi pizza. I didn't care for the pizza as Niji makes a much better version. Now $20/person, the food was decent but I guess I would use that money to get lunch at Zen if I wanted to eat at a real Japanese resto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    stv RE: scarberian May 24, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wrote this on Mar 21st, 2010.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just had a great time at ten-ichi, a party of 15.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    To enjoy this place, make reservations, either for 2 or more, its almost a must.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK, the food, done well and served in a timely manner. Very professional servers, Jessica was our main server. Instead of trying to order a piece of that and a piece of that. We asked for a few sashimi platters for a first order. She did an excellent job on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sashimi is fresh, knife work is a bit off, different thickness. Most ppl liked the weekend special of the sweetened raw shrimp; I didn't think it was that great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had a lot of spicy salmon, something with fish eggs on top, salmon roses and house rolls, are are great.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We had a lot of salmon and white tuna, delicious. The cooked beef and onions are cooked perfectly with no tendons or chewy parts in it. The grilled mushrooms are huge and are eaten quite quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 types of cooked whole fish were ordered, didn't like it, not due to taste, but the amount per order( 1 fish of about 9" per order).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The high light for me were the hot milk and ginger, yogurt topped with mango, and the mousses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It was so good, that when my Sister comes to visit, I am taken her there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, here are the menus:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tool & Die maker

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thaithechef RE: diehardlasallejai May 30, 2009 05:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have try a new place on Bloor street, just east of bathrust on the north side of bloor, cant remember the name, their price is around $13.- for basic adding $4 for extra items during weekday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not many selection on sashimi but a lot of choices for maki rolls. They taste really good and the protion of rice and raw fish is just right . I special love the butter fish maki roll. If you just order the basic AYCE menu, I found it is the best value in downtown.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vinnie Vidimangi RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 17, 2009 03:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only AYCE to which I would return is Tokyo Maki Sushi , in Brampton Bartley Bull and Hurontario Just opened. Standard prices ($13 lunch, $14 weekends) lunch to 4pm, $20.50 supper. See main thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 28, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Has anyone been to Syogun Japanese Cuisine recently?.. and i mean within 2 weeks. A group of us have been hounding sushi restaus for a few years now. We're not uber-picky, just a CLEAN, decent service, and good food is what we're looking for. For the past year, we've been going to Maison du Japon at Woodbine and John. The place has great service, clean and they have alot of choices. The food is always fresh when we go (Sunday brunch). I really recommend you guys try it out. Be there early and you get the best quality food. =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maison's still a favourite for our group, but we'd like to give the other restaus a try. We've been to Yang's and food is great there, but we waited for about an hour for our table and sat down for 30 minutes.. then they told it's last call..?? Left a bad taste.. so we're not going back there. We also tried Hockey Sushi up at Bathurst and the food there is good too, but the space was a little cramped. We've also tried Sushi Tomato once, it's closed now though. We've been to downtown ayce, midtown ayce, mississauga ayce... even Wasabi we've already tried and didn't like that one either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Syogun is just north of Maison, and has caught our attention. I was wondering if anyone's been there in the past 2 weeks. Other forums have been saying the service was slow and the place isn't that great... but that was a few years back. The most recent one i read was saying that service has improved alot, and many say the food quality is really good too. I've tried looking for a menu and their price and came out with nil. Found photos of their food from late 2009 and it looked great....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can anyone help me out with this?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        petertheeater RE: jent24 Jan 29, 2010 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hi. I was there in the fall (late November 09 if memory serves), so I guess that isn't recent enough for your request. We did enjoy the place, fyi, just remember to bring cash! I was sorely disappointed to arrive at a very nice looking restaurant only to see a large "Cash Only" sign. Something you might expect from a dive or really small/take out place, but not in a sit-down, nice establishment. Needless to say my attitude going in was sour because I had to drive to 7 and Leslie just to get some $$$! Once inside and settled, the food was delish. Great selection, fresh fish, some decent hot dishes too. We love hand rolls the most (in general), but some of the maki rolls and sushi/sashimi were also great. My personal favourite for AYCE sushi is My Sushi on Yonge just south of Finch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jent24 RE: petertheeater Feb 1, 2010 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thanks petertheeater! im going in a few days with a couple of people. will let you guys know how it goes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i called them today and asked for their price. the guy said $12.99 for lunch...? i thought it was $11.99... oh well..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diehardlasallejai RE: jent24 Feb 1, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It is nice to see this thread getting revived once in a while after being in existence for more than 3 and a half years now. Any way, we went to the previous Wasabi in Scarborough, now called Cafefest, on Silver Star Blvd., and please allow me to warn you---do not go there for your all you can eat Japanese cravings. The service and the seating comfortness was good, but definitely not the food they offered. Good grief! I cannot remember when was the last time I had such low quality all you can eat Japanese food. After Sushi Tomato closed at Metro SQaure(used to be our favourite for the price versus food quality factor) we have tried couple other all you can eat restaurants to see if we can find another one close by to make it our regular, but unfortunately we still have not found one yet. Moreover, trying Wasabi(Scarborough) again for the third time just gave us nightmares. No wonder the restaurant was only less than half filled when we left at around 8:45pm on a Sunday evening. If they say the newest Wasabi opened in Mississauaga provides worse food than the one in Richmond Hill, then I want them to give Cafefest(old Wasabi Scarborough) a try and tell me what they think. We went to Fujiya at Steeles and Middlefield two Sundays in a row and we all thought it was quite all right, but ex-Wasabi has let us so down we lost sleep last night! : ) I started this thread in July 2006 and if I have any merit at all, then please listen to me and do not go to the new Cafefest at 668 Silver Star Blvd. at any cost, I beg you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              presencegirl RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 20, 2010 03:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree, Wasabi was REALLY BAD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went for AYCE when it first opening up, and then again recently and it was the worst sushi I've ever had in my life. Worse than school campus sushi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I found the tables and utensils not ideal condition but the worst was the spicy salmon roll. There was next to no salmon inside ALL rice. I mean some AYCE's have lots of rice but still some fish inside, the roll was falling apartm the seaweed was soggy. I will never go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the plus, the service was very attentive and kind.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 21, 2010 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Okay, this thread is still alive and kicking, which is good to see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to the new TJ Mix Japanese and Thai all you can eat that replaces Sushi Tomato inside the Metropolitan Square Mall. Well, food choices were far from plenty, but food quality was good except for the Thai items. Do not bother with their Thai selections because they were absolutely unauthentic and not very good to eat. The waitors and waitresses were really attentative, but for $25 on weekends I do not think I will return, especailly they charged my 5 years old son $16. There was not really one thing that I could recommend so I am going to rest my case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. elvisahmed RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 19, 2010 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Count another vote for Ten Ichi. I hadn't been there for years and went there again yesterday The place was packed and had an over an hour wait but I guess it was worth it. The Salmon was average but thats to be expected at this price range. Rolls were below average but the teppanyaki and tempura stuff was good. All in all money well spent for AYCE.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Teep RE: elvisahmed Feb 19, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IIRC their menu was rather limited, e.g. no seaweed salad, dragon rolls, spider rolls etc. Also much too cramped and hectic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            suckfail RE: diehardlasallejai May 1, 2010 09:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Been to quite a few, including Sushi on 7. I think my favorite is Akina at denison and kennedy. I don't suggest maison japon, nor do I suggest wasabi. Kaze (mentioned above) is also a decent choice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think overall the quality, even at the preferred Akina and Sushi on 7 is about the same, which is to say "not bad", but it's also nothing spectacular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai May 21, 2010 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey Guys, I dont know how new or how established this one is, but a friend and I just went on a whim without any recommendations and found this to be one of the best that we have ever had. With that being said, don't go with that big of an expectation - I hope I didnt just raise the bar for you...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              360 Highway 7 East, Unit 15-16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Richmond Hill, ON L4B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dinner AYCE was $18.99 on weeknights. The selection was like that of any other AYCE, but food was fresh, service was attentive! The sashimi was sliced very thinly (I've had thicker slices), but good quality. Scallops sashimi was good! It was my first time having it at an AYCE... didnt have to pay extra at all. Their eel was VERY yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cooked stuff was good too. Skewers, I was disappointed to not see shrimps. If anything, their cooked shrimps werent that great.. I've had amazing shrimp on skewers, garlic shrimps, etc. at other places... I think their quality of shrimps just isnt great. Other than that, my friend kept on eating chicken hearts on a skewer! Yep, chicken hearts. We also liked the fried oysters. They were small, but very oyster-y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Back to the service being attentive part - we were seated, and were given our order sheets to fill.. and then tea comes. Then, without being asked, they offered us some miso soup to start... never at an AYCE have I been offered anything to start except for tea. Usually they'd hound at us to start ordering... But no, we just took our time (perhaps though, it was weeknight) and we sat for >2hrs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dessert was usual - ice cream and fried banana. Solid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd go back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                zeva RE: diehardlasallejai May 23, 2010 03:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I love AYCE anything and sushi is my fave. Best place I've been to so far is Maki Sushi in Thornhill. Large menu with some inventive offerings for AYCE. Good quality every time I've been there. Service isn't always the best but it's pretty good. I like the lunch. Reasonable and lots of variety.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  elvisahmed RE: zeva May 23, 2010 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the recommednation I will try it out if I get a chance but so far my picks are Ten Ichi Sushi in the suburbs and Ninki in Downtown area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ednamode73 RE: elvisahmed Jun 18, 2010 07:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Went to Ten-Ichi tonight for dinner and I must say that I was pleasantly surpised by the food. It was excellent, good quality and quantity . The service was fast, the wait staff was truly pleasant. The only thing we ordered that we werent too pleased with was the grilled calamari. Too rubbery. Everything was going really well until our waitress came over and said that this was the last call for the table. We were quite shocked due to the fact that we were not even there for a full hour and a half yet. We we ordered our desert and they finally brought us our last order after waiting a good 15 minutes. We were so disappointed with what was happening that we spoke to the manager and let him know of our displeasure with the recent turn of things. He was very gracious and apologized for the way we were treated and promised things would be different should we return again. We told him that we would return because we truly did enjoy the food. So overall I would say a 4 out of 5 stars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: ednamode73 Jun 18, 2010 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not to excuse what happened but, how late were you there? Was it approaching closing time? Our last 2 visits (in a group of 6 each time) we were at our table for 2 hours from the time we were seated to the time we paid the bill. Never were we told of a "last call" nor felt we were being rushed (either to turn the table or close the restaurant for the night).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our last time, we ordered our desserts while the staff was cleaning the sushi area (hosing down the glass shields, mopping the floor, etc), so this was maybe 1/2 an hour before closing, it was maybe 10PM. And yet we still saw people's sushi orders being delivered to tables, so they obviously had some stuff ready in the kitchen to cover the final hour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the review. I enjoy this place as well. I definitely like them better than the AYCE sushi places in Pickering/Ajax (namely Makimono and Sushi Mountain). Not that those two are bad but the quality is much better at Ten-Ichi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ednamode73 RE: TexSquared Aug 7, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        no it was not closing time, we got there at 6:30pm and at 7:45 they were telling us last call because they had another booking.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        AngelSanctuary RE: ednamode73 Jun 20, 2010 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Was it at ten? Cause that's when the kitchen's close. So I don't think they were trying to get rid of you for new table or anything.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ednamode73 RE: AngelSanctuary Aug 7, 2010 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          trust me they were trying to get rid of us for another party. We were not impressed and the manager tried to make things right but the milk already spilled and left a bad taste in our mouths.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jent24 RE: zeva Jun 29, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      how much is their lunch at maki sushi? saw their website and the decor is pretty nice. i just hope it's not like wasabi where place looks decent.. food is bad...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      went to sushi on 7 this past weekend for early dinner. we got there around 6 and was surprised the place wasn't as busy as i thought it would be. it did pick up around 8-ish though. food at sushi on 7 was decent. the maki rolls were too big but they were good enough. we were there for good food and we were not disappointed. loved their sake boiled mussels... but im just a sucker for anything broth-based, so you decide when you get there. we had great service. the people there gave us enough time to finish our food and asked if we want to go for another round. :) big plus!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      expectations for ayce restaus were never put on the same list as a la carte jap restaus.. there's a huge difference in food quality (obviously!) - ayce chefs wouldnt have as much time and care as a la carte chefs when it comes to sushi... so all in all.. i would go back to sushi on 7 - of course, with a small crowd so we can get the booths and not sit in the middle! =)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      also, was driving by yonge and clark area and passed by an ayce restau - had a green sign but didnt get the name - anyone been there?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tochowchick RE: jent24 Jul 4, 2010 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Couldn't agree more re: Sushi on 7...my chowpal and I go there regularly and always enjoy the food and the service.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          diehardlasallejai RE: jent24 Jul 5, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you referring to Sushi Fun at Yonge and Clark??????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 16, 2010 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            yes, found out it was sushi fun.. haven't been there thouch.. is this good ayce?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            just an update. we went to maki sushi last month.. there's really nothing special about their menu. they had speciality rolls which made it a bit interesting prior to eating the food - which i must say we did not really enjoy. maybe we had bad timing bc our sushi rice was hard when we went. the place looked great, but the chefs at hockey just around the corner were hands down better... it was a "meh" for me. it might be a better experience for someone just getting into the ayce scene...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on the upside, went to hachitarou across markville mall yesterday for sunday brunch. just a few of us. went here before for a dinner bday and found the food was delicious and service was awesome - although it might be due to one of our guys knowing the owner... so sunday brunch we went. love that they have alot of different items on their menu compared to other ayces. a thumbs up on the sushi to rice ratio.. maki rolls were quite tasty and just the right size. BIG NOTE: make sure you order alot on your first round.. we found service got a bit slower when we finished our first round of orders and we were still hungry... their cooked food was awesome also. hachi has been known for their beef sashimi so we ordered this to try... we might've gotten the odd plate since it was sooo salty when we tried it. i'll give them another chance since we do plan to go back with a bigger group (we also noticed bigger groups got their food faster...) now moving on to dessert: YAY! they had red bean with ice cream.. milk tea with tapioca and the pop selection was as usual... they also had egg tarts,etc.. we didnt have a chance to taste everything on the menu but we're going back for sure. decor though is not uber-modernized but who cares.. food is great, washroom is decently clean and they wont bug you to leave unless you stay for more than 2 hours (which we did since we enjoyed the food so much and we're just a bunch of pigs really)...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              diehardlasallejai RE: jent24 Aug 18, 2010 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have not gone to Sushi Fun for quite some time since we had Sushi Tomato to turn to for couple of years. We like Sushi Fun a lot because they offer tuna sushi, and food quality in general is very acceptable. They do not offer free drinks but each can of pop is only 25 cents so it is really no big deal. Now Sushi Tomato has folded we may have to go back to Sushi Fun to try it out again to see if it is still worth the while. They have bene there for a while now, and they are still open so they must be doing something right. AYCE places usually come and go in a short cycle and whoever can stay in the business more than 7 years they must be good at something.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 23, 2010 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ooh. interesting. we're planning another sushi round in september. maybe we'll try sushi fun. any idea how much their sunday brunch costs?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                if drinks are 25 cents i guess it's not too bad.. although we are cheap-asses.. i'll sell it to the gang. we'll give it a try. has anyone been there recently? would like to know if they offer something unique for the palate...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  diehardlasallejai RE: jent24 Aug 23, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find most recent reviews of Sushi Fun on line here: http://www.just-eat.ca/restaurants-Su..., and it seems like they are still doing a good job. No reviews given at Yelp, for which I am also a member for resto reviews. UrbanSpoon has one review from April and it is all good: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/146990.... TripAdvisor has one from a year ago and it is all good as well: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe.... Well, let us know after you have gone there to try it out. We await your review!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Teep RE: diehardlasallejai Jun 20, 2010 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, here is one to AVOID - Sushi World on College west of Spadina. They treat AYCE diners as second class patrons. We should have left when we note some of the order sheets were used before as they have half erased pencil marks on them. After we ordered, we got 1 salad and edamame, then food began to arrive at the other 2 tables which came later than us and have ordered a la carte. When finally the second salad and sushi came, we asked why did this take so long, the waitress said "this is AYCE". If that doesn't mean "we serve you after the a la carte patrons", please enlighten me. The food is actually OK, however their attitude left a bad taste in our mouths.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chrisfernando100 RE: Teep Jul 7, 2010 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          anyone else have input on ninki?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            elvisahmed RE: chrisfernando100 Jul 7, 2010 05:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I tried Ninki in Scotia Place for AYCE. Their rolls are actually good for AYCE and better than Sushi Tei not to mention a lot more variety. The tempura stuff was good as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              smfan RE: elvisahmed Jul 8, 2010 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tried Ninki last week for AYCE. I find Ten-Ichi has better quality and variety for rolls and sashimi.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chrisfernando100 RE: smfan Jul 12, 2010 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ten ichi is hard to beat i'll still have to try ninki one of these days...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  elvisahmed RE: chrisfernando100 Jul 12, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I concur Ten Ichi is hard to beat especially with the Teppanyanki. Ninki is good for downtown I should day with reasonable sushi rolls.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Piggy Smalls RE: diehardlasallejai Jul 20, 2010 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kyoto house on elizabeth and dundas is awesome. it's right next door to japango.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the quality of their sushi and cooked foods is better than most of the mid range (non japanese owned) a la carte places. and for the price it's a great bang for your buck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TOchowgal RE: Piggy Smalls Jul 20, 2010 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is Kyoto House AYCE sushi?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Teep RE: TOchowgal Jul 20, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes they are AYCE, but my sole experience was not "awesome" but "awful". Maybe it was an off night, but it was the first time ever that I could not finish a spider roll - it did not taste fresh.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Piggy Smalls RE: Teep Jul 20, 2010 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i don't usually get the rolls there. only the sushi, sashimi, and cooked foods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the rolls are usually huge and fill me up too much...i'd rather save my stomach for the other stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ragged25 RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 16, 2010 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm usually not a big fan of AYCE and recently went to Ten-ichi and was shocked to find how packed it was on a weeknight. Considering the fact that they charge more than anyone else and does not have all the gimmicks such as free special items like (lobster sashimi, or sea urchin sushi etc.). Our party of 9 did not make a reservation and it was a big mistake as we waited over an hour for a table. Everything was decent to good but nothing really special.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was however a little shock to find out that they don't have all you can drink with the price. Near the end of the night when I was working on dessert, the waitress came to ask me whether I wanted another Coke. Assuming that it was included with free refills I said yes. We had already paid our bill at that point so she comes back with a can of Coke and a seperate bill for $1.75 or something which I find a little disturbing and rather embarassing as we are now seraching around for a couple of loonies to pay for a can of Coke. We spent quite a bit as we ordered a bunch of beers and sake, so I thought it would have been a nice gesture to comp the can of Coke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry to say, that was a bit of a turnoff and I probably won't be returning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              elvisahmed RE: ragged25 Aug 16, 2010 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well I don't expect exemplary service in a AYCE sushi place. Forget about the being comped in my second to last trip we had reservation the part before us had overstayed their welcome but it was very disturbing to hear the guy at the booking station bad mouth them in front of us. Calling them cheap! I can understand it throws of your schedule but to badmouth a customer in front of customer is down right bad. I have friend who is a big fan of the place otherwise I wouldn't have gone back as I found a good AYCE downtown in scotia place by the name of ninki down side is its only open on weekdays.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TexSquared RE: ragged25 Aug 16, 2010 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's one of my biggest complaints about AYCE places (whether it's buffet or table service) in Canada. It's AYCE on the food, but rip you off on the soft drinks with no free refills. Ten-Ichi, Mandarin, Imperial, Great Wall, they all do it that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Compare to the USA where AYCE includes soft drinks. Buffets will have the soft drink fountain and the iced tea jug out for everybody to use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When we go to Ten-Ichi we just have them bring us a pot of hot tea and we make sure it lasts. Other AYCE places we'll just take tap water.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scarberian RE: TexSquared Aug 16, 2010 07:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can also request for a jug of whatever soft drink you want. That's what we do when we go to Ten-Ichi. I know what you mean about the States, man soft drinks at their AYCE places are like water to them and they even give you large cups (16 oz) at some locations. Maybe our AYCE places should simply serve either 1L or 2L bottles of pop to each person or group.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jent24 RE: TexSquared Aug 17, 2010 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    hey guys... friends have told me many times not to eat at ten-ichi.. im sure they have some sort of uniqueness compared to other ayce restaus, but word of mouth is word of mouth. friends paid $30 each for dinner and felt they didnt have $30 worth of food since service was really slow... i agree it's quite disappointing to have to pay for drinks at ayce... most ayce usually includes drinks for free... try other locations... there are other ayce restaurants with better food, better service, better price and unlimited drinks out there.. just need a bit of looking... if you dont mind driving up from ten-ichi... there's hatchitarou, yang's kitchent, sushi on 7, maison du japon, and more east: hockey sushi, kaze, maki sushi and many more..

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      diehardlasallejai RE: jent24 Aug 18, 2010 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I actually know the owner and one of the managers there, even though the manager always gives us one round of free drinks, but then we still have to pay for the drinks after the first round and it is quite costly. For that reason we have not gone to Ten-Ichi for a long long time, because many other AYCE places offer bottomless drinks and at a cheaper price for more variety. I do realize the quality of food at Ten-Ichi is very consistent, and their staff is undoubtedly polite and prompt, but the choices are lacking and the seating plan sometimes makes me feel very sqaushed. For now we will stick to Rice Paper until they go under.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ragged25 RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 18, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I totally agree with you regarding the lack of variety, I was actually pretty shocked that they don't even offer a soft shell crab roll. Considering that on a weeknight they charge $21.95 w/o drinks was what caused my amazement regarding the volume they're able to generate. It's either people think they're really good or people just think the rest of the Japanese AYCE is really that bad. The bottom line is, it was truly embarassing having to pay $2 for that can of Coke, I simply can't see too many restaurants not having the business sense to Comp a can of coke after the table had spent $350. For that, they will not be seeing us again.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AngelSanctuary RE: ragged25 Aug 18, 2010 06:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They serve drinks in a can, why would you think it was a refillable?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ragged25 RE: AngelSanctuary Aug 19, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been to other Jap AYCE that would bring you a can with a glass and ice to suggest that was the case. I belive Nagoya up in Kennedy/14th does that among other places, even Maison du Japon if I remember correctly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AngelSanctuary RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 18, 2010 06:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like Akina, their all you can drink...fountain drinks are by far the least watered down. And they have really good desserts. I really like the ginger milk (second best ginger milk I've had thus far in Toronto...I don't know if that's great for them or sad for Toronto...), creme caramel, double skinned milk, and mango pudding (tastes very mango-y not artificial at all. I'm quite surprised actually for an AYCE to have such good desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's around pacific mall, more on Markham side on Kennedy, next to Mix 2 if anyone knows where that is...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      blitz RE: AngelSanctuary Aug 19, 2010 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kennedy and denison. SW corner beside the old fortinos, or Mix 2.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chrisfernando100 RE: blitz Aug 27, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i just went to ninki about a week ago and i will never go back, decent tempura but they had the most overcooked rice i've ever had...overall very sub par!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i still have to try sushi on 7 and maison du japon but so far ten ichi is the one for me...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          diehardlasallejai RE: chrisfernando100 Jan 12, 2011 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Both favourite all you can eat places have bene closed for business, namely Sushi tomato and Rice Paper. we were quite saddened by their closing. We have tried a few other all you can eat Japanese palces but none has impressed us so we went back to Sushi Fun on Yonge at Clark to see how they fared. Pleasant surprise, their foods were still quite good, and we were quite satisified with their prompt service. the place was half full on a Saturday night and I am sure we will return when we crave some sushi and handrolls. The only problem is that it is quite far for us, a whooping 29KM from our home. We will have all you can eat Japanese this coming Friday and I will report again after we try a new place out. This thread has did down quite a bit since last August and let us revive it for 2011's good finds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 22, 2011 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to try T J Mix at Metropolitan Sqaure again, and they had reduced their price from $26.99 on weekends(at grand opening) to $19.99 any day for dinner. Everything was good except for the fried squid, which was over done. My friends who treated us for the meal were very impressed and they recommended the place to their friends. In case of a fluke we deliberately went back two weeks later on a Saturday to see if there would be anything different from the last Friday night dine in. Once again, their service and their food impressed us with consistency. I think this will be the all you can eat Japanese place we will be going from now on until we find a better one, if there is one though. For the pirce and food quality T J Mix is best for now. We especially like their Japanese squid sushi, sweet shrimp sushi, masago sushi and scallop sushi.They had cheese cake for desert and quite surprisingly it was very very good. Drinks are included so for that price you cannot go wrong.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LearningHow RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 23, 2011 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Where is Metropolitan Square?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                diehardlasallejai RE: LearningHow Feb 23, 2011 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ferrier Street and Steeles Avenue East(Markham)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 23, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think that plaza is known as Metro Square. Also the link in your post lists some place in Waterloo, that might be misleading.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    diehardlasallejai RE: sweetie Feb 23, 2011 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry, I do not know why the TJ Cafe link was there, because I did not put it there, and I did not even know it was there until you mentioned it. I just deleted it so no more misleading link now, Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 23, 2011 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ooh! new ayce? how much is sunday brunch?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we've been repeat sushi brunching at maison du japon fo awhile now. they've been consistently great with their service and that's priority for us. better have good food and awesome service than really good food and bad service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                how does TJ Mix compare?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                either way, i'd love to try it out - new menu, new yummy to the tummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (do they have salmon rose for brunch?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Makimono AYCE Jap in Pickering is pretty good!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1790 Liverpool Rd, Pickering, ON L1V1V9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LearningHow RE: richardq Feb 22, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The one is Pickering is pretty good, but I would skip the ones in Ajax and Vaughan.. the quality was not the same at all.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          zeva RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 23, 2011 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Right now, I'm enjoying a new sushi place on Bayview at High Tech Rd. Akabane and it's pretty good. Lunch is $9.99 for cash and the food is amazing quality with tons of variety. I really like their deep fried corn cakes with a creamy corn center that's to die for. They fish is very fresh and my fave is the spicy salmon sushi. I think it's worth a look-see if you like ayce.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            diehardlasallejai RE: zeva Feb 23, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will pay them a visit soon to do some scouting. Is this place the previous Outback Steakhouse????

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TorontoTips RE: diehardlasallejai Apr 7, 2011 10:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just FYI - The former outback location is Kaori at Yonge & High-Tech Road - solid quality Sushi + Korean (dolsot bibimbap, etc), and not AYCE.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Akabane is over at Bayview & High-Tech, in the plaza.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jent24 RE: zeva Feb 23, 2011 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              would like to check this out as well.. do they offer salmon rose for sunday brunch?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              salmon rose FTW!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                zeva RE: jent24 Feb 24, 2011 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                @Diehard - Akabane is in a plaza. I doubt it was Outback before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                @Jent - They don't have special Sunday brunch menu. I didn't see the salmon rose on the menu for lunch.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Reubiwan RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 23, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hi there,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AYCE Japanese fans of TO!! I was reading many of the posts, Echo is pretty decent for what it's worth. Most of their items are cooked to order. I have to agree with some of you on their tuna, ( as on one of the specialty roll and the sushi pizza). It tastes so bad, I had a better time eating the rice and the tempura bits. But other than that, their stuff is really good across the board. I must respond to a post that was critical of how much rice there are in their rolls, compare to most other AYCE restos, Echo is really good. Their Spicy salmon actually have fresh pieces of salmon instead of some orange glue! But let's remember we are there to stuff ourselves silly. For the amount of food and varieties we get, it really really good. For some of you wannabe "sushi connoisseur", The only place you can get real authentic Japanese sushi is Sushi Kaji in West end, but make sure you pack your dough in your wallet, that shit ain't cheap. Or save some serious money and take a trip to Tsukiji in Tokyo to pay homage to what real sushi is. There is no such thing as white tuna on a proper sushi menu, you will get laughed at if you try to order. But there is no crime if you like or even enjoy white tuna, I am sorry to say you are only an amateur. White Tuna is not tuna. It's a type of really oily fish that up til a few years ago, no one would even eat raw, it was used to camouflage as cod. I go to Echo to get my salmon fix, after all Canada does produce some of the the best Salmon. For those of you that like Echo, Peace and God Bless!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sushi Kaji
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 26, 2011 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gallery Sushi at Dundas and University (at the Village by the Grange) is a great alternative downtown. It's priced at $18.99/person, but variety is little. I think the price doesnt break the wallet, but their quality is quite up there. Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, tempura.. everything is done well. Run by Japanese (I'm sure that topic's been talked about before). If you're one for the basic, constant things, and request good quality, try Gallery. I believe also that its the same price for the weekends. Bonus.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                275 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T3K1, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  diehardlasallejai RE: jennjen18 Mar 1, 2011 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welldone jennjen18,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hardly see any pictures here with reviews and for sure you are one of the first. I will start taking pictures and post them here to show fellow chowhounds---a picture soemtimes beats a thousand words. I will try out Gallery Sushi when I am in down town next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We went to try out this brand new all you can eat place called Sushi Kiku(used to be the Crazy Sushi) at 808 Yorkmills(intersection Leslie and Yorkmills north east corner). Could not find any reviews at Yelp so we were the guinea pigs. Well, the place was not hugh but comfortable without being seated back to back with others. By 7pm the place was packed to the fullest. We ordered about 20 items and none was poorly done. Their sushi and sashimi chefs were very good in term of plate presentation, and the dishes came out looking like they were ala carte quality and style. I was very impressed by the way they folded the salmon sashimi on the plate. Red tuna sushi was offered and we had 24 pieces of them. No easy to find red tuna all you can eat these days. Their salmon was quite fatty and I could taste the fattiness of the fish eating their salmon sashimi. Shrimp tempura was done well so their deep fried department was quite all right. Their handrolls and maki rolls were all done appealing. Too bad their hot sauce was not up to par for me so I stayed away from their spicy rolls. I do have a few complaints about Sushi Kiku:(1) Drinks were not included, (2) seating time limit of 1.5 hours, (3) their desert ice cream flavours were lousy. Other than that, if you want a quick fix for superb sushi then swing by this place and chow down some good quality sushi and sashimi, but it is definitely not a place to chit chat and mingle. Their price is very reasonable at $21 per adult, and their staff was very courteous and prompt. One thing suprised me a lot was their dinner start time, 3:30pm, which I had never seen at any other places . You can literally have sashimi and some special sushi items from 3:30pm on without having to wait till 5 or 6pm like most other Japanese all you can eat places that only serve them at dinner. I promise I will add pictures from now on, and hopefully the picture tagging interface is not hard to manage at this site. Stay tuned because I will meet up with 5 friends at T J Mix this coming Sunday for dinner again to see if they can sustain the same quality of food in a Sunday evening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  275 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T3K1, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. danionavenue RE: diehardlasallejai May 19, 2011 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Echo Sushi is great. I have been there a few times. Great food. We usually spend $50 for 2 after tax and tip. Their fried banana with ice cream dessert is great. They take reservations. You have to wait for a table anytime after 7 P.M.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .alias RE: diehardlasallejai Aug 15, 2011 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Anything good now around the GTA?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What do you guys think of Hachitarou?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      jent24 RE: .alias Aug 26, 2011 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kaze Sushi All you can eat sushi buffet 4400 Dufferin Street, North York, ON M3H6A8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (if you're around the Dufferin and Finch area - it's tucked away in the canadian tire plaza, just south of Finch)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      we went for our usual sunday sushi brunch to Kaze. we were curious about this restau bc it felt kind of odd to have an ayce at Dufferin and Finch (ha). so off we went. when we got to the plaza, the restaurant had a different name. confusing! but the menu had Kaze.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their menu had chinese food items in there (we only tried one item and laid off LOL. we were there to eat sushi not sweet and sour chicken ball). it seemed like a newbie-to-sushi restau but when the food came - i must say, they were pretty tasty!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      drinks aren't free, you gotta buy. sushi to rice ratio was decent. they had salmon rose!!!!!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their price is about the same as any ayce (12.99 for sunday brunch)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the service was very quick - there were only 4 tables being served. =P
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it's a new restaurant that just opened and probably having a difficult time getting the markham/richmond hill/thornhill crowd to get there. lol.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it's worth a try. im not raving it's super awesome but if you live a bit on the west side and have no interest in wasting gas money to drive all the way east - i say kaze fits just right in there on the ayce list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nevrenuf RE: jent24 Sep 11, 2011 07:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i'm surprised i havent seen spoon and fork up yet...i went for the first time a little while back and it was good. the menu is japanese and thai, the fried squid was awesome (thai style), tempura was the same, their beef sashimi was the best i've had at any ayce, sushi/sashimi was great as well, the only problems were the spicy tuna hand roll was mushy (pre-mixed tuna and temp bits) and roll selection is somewhat limited and sushi and the price is a little steep @ 25.99. overall a good spot but i think ten ichi still has my vote...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jent24 RE: jent24 Nov 22, 2011 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fyi - this sushi place on dufferin and finch is now called Taka Sushi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          same offerings, i think they just did a name change...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dinner price was good on a weeknight (about $15ish per person)..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          but i dont think we'd be going back as regulars...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          on the upside, we're back to MDJ this weekend. :) havent been there in awhile...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          diehardlasallejai RE: .alias Sep 16, 2011 07:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, for new AYCE I have tried Nine Up Sushi(Midland and Finch) three times already since they turned into an all you can eat place. Nine Up is located inside the new Chinese plaza mall and it has been there for less than a year, I believe. It used to be an ala carte restaurant using conveyor belt to deliver their foods and you picked what you wanted and got charged by the colour of the dishes you had taken off the belt. Well, they still use the belt for shooting out some sashimi and sushi dishes, but for all other cooked foods you still need to order from the menu. Overall, I like their tuna sushi, their grilled whole suid, sushi rolls and salmon sashimi. You can easily get $2 off coupons from Chiense newspapers and megazines to make the meal $21 per person. They also give you 50% off one person when 5 adults paid, and one person free when 10 persons paid. I think it is a pretty good deal if you go there once in a while and collect the stamps with the stamp card they give you after you pay the bill. Kiku Sushi is still #1 on my list for about the same price, but for some conveyor belt delivery fun I like to be at Nine Up Sushi. The place is not big at all, but their service is great. Give it a try if you are in the neighbourhood and report back here what you think of the meal. Their address is 3278 Midland Avenue, Unit D118.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 22, 2011 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey diehard.. got the coupon! Dyou know how the lunch menu's like? I'm assuming no sashimi...? food is generally good?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 22, 2011 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also -- do you think I should make a reservation?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jennjen18 RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 5, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Blech. I wouldnt go back to Nine Up now that I've been!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So I ended up getting reservations on a Saturday night at 8:30, which is good. Right when I stepped in the door -- there were tonnes of people standing around. But then again ..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So the conveyor belt is a prop. Nothing goes on, .. except for the lone plate that goes around and around and around. The problem is that everyone orders AYCE, and the chefs behind the conveyor belt cannot keep up with demand! So they're trying to place everyone's AYCE sushi/sashimi/handroll orders, and thus cannot make things to go on the conveyor belt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's that, and THEN, the quality is no good. Because they were trying to keep up with everyone's orders, they're compromising on quality.. the sushi rice were regular white rice, and WARM. It sucked so bad. :( Only good thing sushi-wise was the sushi salmon rose.. only because it had very little rice in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cooked food items were so-so. Tempura was very battered, and very oily. Everything was just really greasy. Not good... I wouldnt go for the conveyor belt concept -- its just not worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. sweetie RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 12, 2011 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was close to Eaton's centre and wandered into a place called Kyoto House. I was surprised by the quality of the maki and sushi. The menu is very limited, the sashmi selections were meh,. However they had masago and tobiko sushi, as well as spider roll maki. I probably would not go out of my way to eat here, but would eat here again if I was in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to Ninki this week and boy that place has gone down. The non Sushi items were OK but we had to return the sushi items (a first for me) as the rice was so mushy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The manager tried to push us to keep them saying this is how sushi rice is supposed to be! but we didn't relent so he ended up taking it back and gave us a new batch. Not much of an improvement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I don't think I will go back again for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 16, 2011 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This month I tired AYCE at Sushi Kiku, Ten-ichi, and Echo sushi. For Sushi Kiku please ONLY order COOKED food. For Echo, no weekend surcharge for lunch, deep fried oyster and Spider (soft shell crab) rolls are on the lunch menu. Their salmon sushi is way better than Ten-ichi and Galleria supermarket take out. The disappointments are the pizza sushi, soy sauce, and shrimp tempura.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    caitlink RE: smfan Sep 16, 2011 04:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    how is the quality for Tenichi? is it still as busy as ever? Have not tried it since always reading about long waits and lineups even on weeknights.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Sep 16, 2011 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ten-ichi is still busy. Quality and taste the same. But now I don't need to trek all the way to Sheppard/McCowan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There popped up a REALLY cheap AYCE place on Dundas, just east of University. It's new, and used to be a diner .. as for the name -- I cannot remember!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, point is: DO NOT GO. It is horrid! We sat down, thinking we'd do bento boxes, but was presented with the AYCE tick sheet. We then inquired more (thinking it's a new restaurant, let's give it a try). At $15, and with tax at $17.17 (as advised by a very non-english speaking waitress), how can we not?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The reasons not: sashimi/sushi not fresh and absolutely funky-tasting; cutlet/katsu is all breading and hardly any meat; the rice that they use for sushi, if you can believe it, is plain old rice that you'd use in any type of Chinese cooking, because, yes, they're run by Chinese people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The only saving quality was that the yakisoba udon was tastey. The udon in soup was good too. Don't be drawn by the price .. DONT GO!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Nov 28, 2011 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A brand new AYCE just opened on Yonge/ south of Yonge Blvd called Yonge Sushi. The sushi rice is a bit sticky but the salmon and white tuna are fresh, tempura is pretty good, grill shrimp and shrimp tempura are on lunch menu. If YOU ARE IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, give it a try. 20% off for now. Drinks extra. Still like Echo sushi better. I think almost all AYCE japanese food are run by Chinese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tried Fushimi at Woodbine and Esna Park (opposite Maison du Japon - used to be Memories of Japan). They have some items that you pay $1 extra for per order (3 pcs each). I had sweet (raw) shrimp which were OK and scallops which were good. All of the sushi items can be had as sashimi as well. The cooked items were good too. However portion size is inconsistant. Grilled squid was a single small squid about 1 inch x 2 inches. Tempura sweet potato (not my choice) were 4 thick rounds of the starchy root about 3 inches across.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you sit at the teppanyaki tables you can also get 1 round of the grilled items.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            sweetie RE: Teep Dec 20, 2011 02:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks Teep, I was wondering about that place. I on the other hand decided to try Osechi AYCE on Hwy 7 beside Baton Rouge. It was good. As with all AYCE there are hits and misses. Surprisingly the hits were gerneral tso's chicken, tom yum goon soup, the salmon sashimi was just as good as any other place. I enjoyed the ika(squid) and the flying fish roe sushi. The mango pudding was decent too, for a AYCE place. The hand rolls were just so so. I didn't get a chance to try any noodle or rice dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              caitlink RE: sweetie Dec 21, 2011 06:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How is the pricing for Osechi? Did u go for lunch or dinner? I used to go frequently when it was Dozo. The ramen was quite good. The rolls were so so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sweetie RE: caitlink Dec 22, 2011 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dinner was 22.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch is 13.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is extra $2 premium for Fri, weekends and hoilidays

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aleta RE: sweetie Dec 22, 2011 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You should all try Big Meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 6, 2012 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wanted something other than Echo sushi and decided to try California Roll on Bayview Ave north of Davisville. Very happy with the AYCE lunch. But if you are into "White Tuna", Echo sushi still offers the best.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Listeners on Chinese Radio AM1430 had been calling in to complain about AYCE Japanese restaurants (operated by Chinese) in the Markham area!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently, most of those restaurants are making excuses such as lost order or sudden running out of ingredients or simply 'forgetting' to deter customers from placing orders for my than 2 rounds! Any fellow chowhounders experienced such 'tactics'?! Will be visiting 'Big Meal' tomorrow. Would be interesting to see whether they practice this kind of 'cost cutting tactics'??!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TexSquared RE: Charles Yu Jan 7, 2012 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know it's not in Markham, but Ten-Ichi (operated by Chinese) has been doing this for years, when the place is packed and they want to turn tables. Orders disappear, and the servers start ignoring you, stop refilling water glasses, etc. Then when they finally stop by, they ask what you want for dessert (as a not so subtle hint they want you out).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Big Meal sounded promising on this thread, until the most recent comments by Aleta. I had hoped Big Meal was going to hurt Ten-Ichi bad. They need a good whupping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This blogger (not me or anybody I know) really ripped Ten-Ichi a new one:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For those of you on the east end of town, Makimono in Pickering and Ajax, the few times I have gone, does not pull stunts like that. Actually I'd say they give larger portions right away so that you get full sooner... which is not how Ten-Ichi does things.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Aleta RE: TexSquared Jan 8, 2012 11:26 AM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Big Meal sounded promising on this thread, until the most recent comments by Aleta. I had hoped Big Meal was going to hurt Ten-Ichi bad. They need a good whupping."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't know what exactly I wrote that gave you a negative impression of Big Meal! If anything, my objective is to deliver an honest opinion of my experiences there. As with any place - established or new - there will be highs and lows. And hiccups and burps, LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We were there last night (party of 12) and the food was delicious. We started at 6:30 pm and didn't leave until 9:30 pm. They had a few new specials that they automatically brought out for us to try: fresh scallops on the half-shell and housemade creme brulee (see pictures below).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The scallops were fresh and sweet. That was the last of their shipment so if you were to go tonight, you might be disappointed. The creme brulee was pretty good but I'm not a fan of such things in general. The manager told us that they were experimenting with new desserts (since customer feedback had indicated this area of their menu as a weakness). I suggested coffee jello with whipped cream but REALLY wanted to give them a recipe for molecular yuzu-flavoured balls in the style of El Bulli! They have some folks in the kitchen who really know how to cook. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    T Long RE: Aleta Jan 8, 2012 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was puzzled by that TS statement also as I've put the "Big Meal" on my to-try list (despite not being a fan of AYCE concepts) based mainly on your positive comments and reviews. I was not impressed with Akasaka (non-AYCE) in RH on a first visit last night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TexSquared RE: Aleta Jan 8, 2012 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was referring to this post where you said they almost lost your business:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lying to a customer like that (especially a fiercely loyal one like you) is just not smart. Not when one can easily log into CH, Yelp, or Urbanspoon and ruin them in short order with a nasty review.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will say I will definitely try Big Meal before ever going back to Ten-Ichi. Ten-Ichi HAS lost my business, and maybe Big Meal has gained it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Akasaka does pretty good Teppanyaki but they are overpriced for what you get and didn't "wow" me for the prices they charge. It's like there's a huge gulf beween the garbage on Don Mills Rd (Memories and Tako) and Akasaka.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TexSquared RE: Aleta Jan 8, 2012 05:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, if I wasn't clear, Ten-Ichi needs "a good whupping", not Big Meal!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aleta RE: TexSquared Jan 8, 2012 06:49 PM


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the clarification. I wouldn't call what happened 'lying'. More like very poor communication skills and zippo business sense on the part of the person who answered the phone (not the manager, of course).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      T Long RE: Charles Yu Jan 8, 2012 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In my limited experience with AYCE in Markham, missing orders have happened every time (I can recall at least 5 occasions over many years). I have only gone with larger groups and thought this was a norm with this type of operation! While I don't like AYCE (or buffets) in general, my dining companions never seem to have a problem/concern with this particular issue....go figure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TexSquared RE: T Long Jan 8, 2012 05:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Orders are less likely to go missing at places where you check off your choices on a form. That's how it's done at Makimono and also Sushi Mountain (Ajax). Makimono actually brings your form back to you with the delivered items crossed off the list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        At Ten-Ichi you're trying to call out orders in a very cramped, loud dining room and you know that the servers aren't hearing things, or hearing the wrong things, and maybe in frustration just skipping things and nodding to you so you'll let them go on to the next table...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. TorontoTips RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 13, 2012 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99% of the time lost orders are not plots to eject you nor has Lee-Harvey Oswald hidden them in Area 51, they've just been delivered to the wrong table by the 'runners' system most AYCE's employ. I've had plenty of orders not show up, and I've had a few mystery orders arrive that were not ordered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For the record, I liked Big Meal's quality and service very much - only one visit so far, have consistently enjoyed pretty good food at Matsuda, and I also refuse to return to Ten-Ichi due to terrible customer service by management.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 18, 2012 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i might be blind.. but i havent seen a peep about Ginza Sushi AYCE here yet. we went to the weston and langstaff location this past weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        not that i'm about to sing super high praises. i would say... "mm.yeah. not bad.."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        first off, i love their sushi. compared to MANY ayce restaus out there they don't give you a fistful of rice and a spec of fish on top (a bit of an over-exaggeration but you know what i mean) pricing is the usual ~$25(tax + tip included) but not including drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i really can't say anything too bad about them except for the warm rice on the maki rolls but then again, they were very busy that night and we MAY have gotten the odd maki with the warm rice. overall we were satisfied. they had red bean ice cream which was a plus on my books! will go back to double check consistency!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        oh! and here are some photos from our last sushi brunch at Maison du Japon for new year's eve. i was surprised to find out they're open from 3-5pm for "early" dinner! They give you a 10% off the dinner price if you go. i HIGHLY suggest going at this time if you want something a little more quiet, sashimi, and the chefs focusing on your order without any rush.... so technically, MDJ is now open the WHOLE day. yay. =)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 20, 2012 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Echo sushi and California roll sushi are my favourites now if I want AYCE. No lost order. Staff are fluent in English. Both are on TTC route.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            caitlink RE: smfan Jan 20, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What do you recommend at Echo for lunch? is that the one on Yonge S out Eglington? Always wanted to try. Thx.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodiex3 RE: caitlink Jan 20, 2012 08:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It seems like Echo has received a lot of good mention over the last 3 years. I must go and try. My go to sushi place this last few years has been Akita Sushi. one in Woodbridge & Brampton. good selection for lunch. great price. $12.95. fresh and flavourful. my sister also recommended Hockey Sushi, block or so west of Bathurst, on north side of centre. have not been yet but she says it's her fav. Has anyone been?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                smfan RE: caitlink Jan 21, 2012 05:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch at Echo: Mango & Green Tea Ice cream, Fried Banana, Mango pudding, Salmon, Surf Clam, Red Snapper, Tofu Pocket, Mackerel, Flying Fish Egg, BBQ eel, White Tuna, Salmon Ginger Sushi. Fire Cracker roll, Mango & Crab roll, Brown Spicy Scallop Roll ( I think they use black sticky rice). Scallop tempura. Calamari, sweet potato tempura. Grilled beef rib. Seaweed Salad. Shrimp tempura udon but ask them not to put the shrimp in the soup. Hand Rolls and Sushi Pizza are not bad if you are into those. Beer is cheap. No lunch on Sunday. It is on Yonge between Eglington and Davisville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lunch at California Roll: Salmon sushi, Salmon sushi Pizza, "Red" Tuna Hand Roll, Spider Roll, Grilled Beef ribs, seaweed salad, Grilled salmon belly, Scallop cutlet, Green Tea, Mango, & Red Bean Ice cream. Still have to try out more items. Open for lunch everyday from 11 to 3pm. TTC # 11 bus 10 minutes from Davisville station
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I go to lunch solo, so it takes me a few visits to find out what I like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also tried Aji Sai on Spadina/Queen in December. Does not worth the trip from midtown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. jent24 RE: diehardlasallejai Feb 27, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NEW AYCE SUSHI ON THE WEST END!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i'm so excited there's something on the west of the city - FINALLY!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              although, i haven't been there yet but i just wanted to share the good news to my sushi loving folks that live on the west side (Etobicoke, Rexdale area)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It's called Wakame Sushi - they just opened a location at Weston & Hwy 401 (behind Future Shop). I think they have another location on Bathurst and Sheppard tool.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              they currently offer $18.95 pp for dinner (Monday to Thurs) + 15% off as a grand opening price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe their lunch is $12.95 pp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cant wait to try them out and report on some goodies!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                scherz0 RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 12, 2012 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Since the last post was from earlier this year, I'd like to ask what you would recommend nowadays, in either the Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, or Midtown Toronto?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Poorboy RE: diehardlasallejai Jan 14, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Mrs and I ventured out on to The Danforth this evening and thought we would try Katsu Sushi. She had been before with a group from her office and they liked it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have 2 AYCE menus with the basic at 16.99 PP and I think the other one was around 19.99 but I stand to be corrected. We opted for the basic menu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I must say, I have had high end Japanese food (for Toronto standards) and while my appreciation for Japanese food has grown, I was not disappointed. The food was good for the pricepoint.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So you check off on the menu the item(s) you want and how many portions and it is soon brought to your table.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I want to comment though that the beef (both terriyaki and beef rice) was very tender and flavourful. California rolls were average. Yam tempura was nice as was the tempura chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We had to ask for the menu a second time (it is AYCE after-all) Service was attentive however they were not busy at 730PM on a Monday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would go back if I needed a quick fix.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    smfan RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 17, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kenkou Sushi is quite decent for AYCE Lunch. Steeles E/Laureleaf. But don't order the cooked tuna.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vinnie Vidimangi RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 18, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't know that this thread existed and I opened a separate thread existed. I opened a separate thread for Tatami, Eglinton and Warden (Lebovic Dr, in the shopping centre), across from Imperial Buffet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Best in class so far. Good at its price point, went at lunch. Go for the icecream if nothing else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And exception to my vow of not to go to non- Japanese owned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Japanese style restaurants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        diehardlasallejai RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Oct 18, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How much for lunch at Tatami??? I did not even know they were there as I go to Imperial Buffet a few times a year. What do they offer for lunch menu???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: diehardlasallejai Oct 18, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For your dining pleasure:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tatami Sushi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10 Lebovic Dr is the shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          416- 752-4036
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lunch $13, senior$11; Supper $21, senior etc $18. A dollar or two more on weekends, call.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cheap for lunch and maybe even good. Certainly better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charles, we need Yu. Please visit and opine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was late with lunch and hunger spurred an urge for gluttony. I went to Imperial Buffet, looked around and kept going. I had broken the vow, and I felt good about regaining my resolve. I was about to go to Lawrence of Arabia but I saw Tatami. I was again entranced by the magic letters, AYCE. I went in and looked at what others had on their plates, confirmed that they had ordered from the AYCE list and stayed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The usual stuff, but a much better protein to rice ratio than anyone else. A pot of barley tea on the table. Green salad with a real dressing and not goop. The fish even tasted fresh(er)! and was in good sized pieces. Less oil.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The icecream for dessert is far better than the overpriced Coldstone stuff at Tim Hortons.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Only criticism at its price point is that they could have handled the rice better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Best of its type so far. I had recommended Kenkou on Steeles earlier this summer. (It had subsequently deteriorated with a change of sushi-ist. I don't know what it is like now.) Tatami is a class above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It ain't no Hashimoto, but I left Hashimoto hungry, much poorer and would have been angry had I not been laughing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A nice big room.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What else can I say. Its up to you Charles to tell us.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. luxeat RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 7, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        all you can eat Japanese ? I hate to break it to you but thats not Japanese food your eating.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: luxeat Dec 7, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read my prior post more closely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My vow is no more non-Japanese owned "Japanese " restaurants. They are not Japanese restaurants nor good at all.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are either Chinese or Korean owned. I know that what they offer is not Japanese cooking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But I am susceptible to the acronym "AYCE".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I offered Tatami Sushi only as best of its class to my knowledge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charles Yu is Chinese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            luxeat RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Dec 7, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe I need to elaborate on my point now that you have identified Korean and Chinese owners pretending, for a lack of a better word, to capitalize on the term "Japanese' in their flimsy attempt at this cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My point was that the term " all you can eat" and Japanese cuisine is simply not something that is going to go down well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              diehardlasallejai RE: luxeat Dec 7, 2013 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have to disagree, because I have had Japanese all you can eat in Tokyo, Japan, as well and I was extremely satisfied for our meal there. Obviously it was not as cheap as the AYCE Japanese in Toronto, but nonetheless it was all you can eat. There were five grades of Toro for us to choose from, sushi and sashimi made from swimming fish in the live tanks inside the restaurant, etc. The quality of the food offered was not discounted at all by the AYCE nature. I do understand almost all the Japanese AYCE's in Toronto are run by Chinese and Koreans, but that does not necessarily make the food they serve un-authentic right away. I know many well known chefs in Toronto are Chinese too cooking western dishes at main stream restaurants and the patrons do not mind a bit so what race the chefs and cooks are should not be a problem at all. I do understand we may be getting 27% selection and 57% quality for the food we get at the AYCE Japanese places here in town, but for the recession like low prices I do believe it is worth it. I am sure if we are willing to pay $200 per person for AYCE Japanese the selection and quality will elevate as well. Just my two cents.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                luxeat RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 10, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "AYCE " seems to me an American evolution the European form of "smorgasbord", or a type of "buffet", where guests decide what to eat and how much to eat. The current format seems to place emphasis on cost and what many term 'value'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                To me its a gimmick to fill your tables. There is probably very little actual 'value' there and thats not Japanese at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How much can anyone really eat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anyway it seems most of the posts here understand this, its just a place to fill your needs and move on, if thats an excuse for chow, great.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  prima RE: luxeat Dec 10, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why rain on someone else's AYCE parade? No one is forcing you to eat AYCE Japanese-style food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't see why any Chowhounds should care or post about how others choose to order/buy/eat/market/sell their food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Toronto ain't Tokyo or Paris, and restaurants are going to use business approaches that work in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  luxeat RE: diehardlasallejai Dec 10, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes there is also pizza and hotdogs in Tokyo.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  scarberian RE: luxeat Dec 8, 2013 12:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The majority of us here know that we're not getting authentic Japanese cuisine from the AYCE places and the quality of the dishes rank below those from the established Japanese restaurants in Toronto. However the AYCE have their place in our city and are decent places to go to to get your Japanese fix quickly. They satiate one's cravings for Japanese food (usually sushi) without breaking one's bank. It's like how some people refer to Mandarin as a Chinese restaurant. They're definitely no Maple Yip nor Royal and the other plethora of authentic Cantonese or Szechuan restaurants. The weird part about Mandarin and other AYCE Chinese restaurants is that they are owned and operated by Chinese.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nevy RE: scarberian Dec 8, 2013 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agree to "The majority of us here know that we're not getting authentic Japanese cuisine..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd like to believe no CH'er believes AYCE is authentic to it's cultural roots. In my experience, I find most people who are not CH'ers and eat at these places see food as fuel and not so much as an way to have entertainment or great foodie experience. It's a variation on Japanese food ... it may not be to everyone's taste buds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just cause a food has been adapted in a new culture doesn't mean it should be discounted. A few items like this would be tempura (original source is Portugal and not Japan) and Macau Custard Tarts (again.. Portugal!).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      smfan RE: Nevy Dec 8, 2013 05:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agree. I think of AYCE as Japanese style Chinese food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vinnie Vidimangi RE: scarberian Dec 9, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't leave satiated , but having lost my appetite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                diehardlasallejai RE: diehardlasallejai Mar 25, 2014 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have been to Sushi Kiku at Commerce Valley Drive East a few times in the last 5 months and their food quality is consistent. Ease of ordering with the iPad and food comes out from kitchen promptly. The place gets crowded all the time and it is not easy to find parking when the place is packed. I would still go to this location than their York Mills and Leslie one though, because I went to the other one once after they had re-opened and food was not as good as before. I shall try Sushi Legend this coming Saturday and will report here soon. Good eats!

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