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Oct 17, 2006 06:11 PM

Sushi Marché

I know this place has been written up before, but, it deserves to be written up again.

Anyways, I have fallen in love with this little take-away sushi spot in Leslieville on Queen, just east of Carlaw, and on the south side on the street.

Now, before anyone jumps to conclusions, the sushi is cut to order and beautifully (incredibly beautifully) arranged in take-out trays. It is further garnished with groud-cherries and edible orchids. This is some great sushi too -- excellently fresh, superbly cut and well made. The rice is a nice texture and well formed under the ngiri -- not too densely formed, as most. This is the best sushi and sashimi I've had in Toronto with the (possible) exception of Kaji. The sashimi really shines since it is so fresh and well cut.

There are other things to like about the place too. The friendly service being one and the pre-packaged arame being another (I've been aching for Hijiki ever since Health Canada banned it and this is a reasonable appoximation).

My only complaints are that I'd like the rice slightly more vinegared, I'm not a fan of the gari being mixed into the rice for Inari (although I'll settle for the fact that at least he doesn't serve the pink-dyed gari!), I'd like fresh wasabi, and although he makes his own Unagi and it is tasty, it is too firm for my taste (Yes, I've been spoiled by the Unagi at Kon-Nichi-Wa).

The $26 sushi lunch will fill anyone and could be split for two without much heart-ache. Whenever I've ordered it, it has come with more pieces than the menu suggests too.

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  1. Thanks for the report - I have a menu for this place and have been wondering about it.

    1. Unfortunately my SO is allergic to seafood. From reading other posts and reviews, Sushi Marche sounds like a pretty exclusive place for sushi/sashimi. Is this right? Do they have any rice/noodle dishes with meat?

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      1. re: alleycat81

        It is really all about the sushi/sashimi. He does have some cooked lunches once and a while (mixed bento with terriyaki or tempura shrimp and rice and oshinko or tsukemono -- pickles -- as well as agedashi -- fried tofu in dashi), and miso soup.

        Each of lunch boxes contained something with seafood in it. For example, dashi stock is usually made with bonito (smoked, dried, bonito-tuna). If your SO is severely allergic I wouldn't chance it. The miso soup might be OK if he used a konbu-dashi (kelp) rather than bonito. The soup is light enough tasting that might be the case -- but, I doubt it. He did have Gyoza (dumplings) which wouldn't have any seafood -- but that would make a meagre lunch.

        It looks like you'll have to try the place on your own.