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Sushi in Hamilton?

El Puerco Feb 8, 2007 01:24 PM

I am not a sushi fan, but a non-Chowhound friend of mine is. Is there any good sushi in Hamilton?

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  1. xtal RE: El Puerco Feb 8, 2007 01:31 PM

    I've heard Sushi Star on King (downtown) is pretty good. There's a place in Dundas that I've heard terrible things about.

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      Mike from Hamilton RE: xtal Feb 13, 2007 03:58 AM

      Sushi Star is your typical AYCE sushi place. If you order a la carte, the sushi is made fresh, but good luck on catching the waitress' eye as they can usually be found sitting at a table talking amongst themselves...Nothing to write home about, I found the sashimi horribly cut and not very fresh tasting...their bento boxes at lunch are serviceable, but I would rather go to Akita or Hoya (my first choice for Korean or Japanese in downtown Hamilton).

      Matsu Sushi in Dundas was a fairly decent Sushi place - perhaps the best in Hamilton...followed by the (now closed) Mori Mori on Queenston...

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        Redshifted RE: Mike from Hamilton Feb 13, 2007 08:47 AM

        Actually, Mike, Akita has closed and has been replaced by another AYCE called Sapporo Japanese Restaurant. I haven't tried it yet.

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          Mike from Hamilton RE: Redshifted Feb 13, 2007 08:58 AM

          Oops, forgot about that, it's similar in quality to what Akita was like...Hoya is still the best bet downtown Hamilton, IMHO...

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          Nab RE: Mike from Hamilton Feb 13, 2007 08:57 AM

          I have had astonishgly good sushi at Matsu. This was a couple of years ago though, so I don't how it's doing these days. And come to think of it, I went there about a year ago and, while good, it wasn't as good as I had remembered on the previous visits.

          I was actually quite surprised that this little place in Dundas of all places was serving up the sushi that it was. I think you should give it a shot.

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        yellowjello RE: El Puerco Feb 12, 2007 11:22 AM

        I would recommend Hoya Sushi 161 King St. E. in downtown.. it is one of the best if not the best sushi in Hamilton... very fresh last time i went with great service.

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          stelenko RE: El Puerco Jul 14, 2007 08:29 PM

          I've consistantly had great sushi from Matsu in Dundas and have been going there for years. Unless they've changed owners recently, the chef is the real deal and carefully selects fresh fish. It's comparible to what I've had in Vancouver.

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            sevenblades RE: El Puerco Jul 17, 2007 12:04 PM

            Hoya, downtown, is probably the best I've found in Hamilton. It's not amazing, but it's good, and reasonably priced. It's nice for privacy too!

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              voraciousbookworm RE: El Puerco Jul 17, 2007 10:22 PM

              In my opinion, Matsu Sushi is the best sushi I've had in Hamilton. The sushi is fresh and delicious, plus the chef and staff are warm and friendly. I love the atmosphere as well - it is serene and relaxing - very Zen-like. I strongly recommend that if you want to have the best sushi in Hamilton, Matsu Sushi is definitely the place to go. No question about it.

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                andyru RE: voraciousbookworm Sep 1, 2008 09:50 AM

                I have to agree with this comment. Matsu is the best sushi I've had by far, especially at this price range. I've been to many in Toronto and except for maybe the really expensive ones that I haven't been to, Matsu beats everything else. The fish is really fresh, and the rolls actually have large pieces of fish in them!

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                  tjr RE: andyru Sep 2, 2008 12:32 PM

                  Matsu in Dundas is indeed the best sushi in Hamilton, with Hoya being the best downtown. Sushi Star, when it opened, was good to get copious quantities of cheap, cooked dishes (like tempura, teriyaki, etc.), but they quickly raised the prices, added a time limit, and got the waitresses to avoid all customers and forget all of your orders.

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                    raki RE: tjr Sep 29, 2008 08:57 AM

                    I'll have to try Matsu in Dundas after reading all these accolades.  I like Joya Sushi in West Hamilton on Main West. It's a small bar in what used to be a fast food joint. Service is friendly, efficient and informative. I like to go at lunch and take advantage of their specials. Tuesday is sushi special. The well-formed sushi are composed of fresh fish and shellfish with excellently prepared sushi rice. If someone in your party isn't a sushi fan, there is a large selection of well-prepared Korean dishes.

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                      msprnt RE: raki Sep 29, 2008 10:03 AM

                      what is the address for matsu?

                      and is there a website for any of these places? (matsu, hoya, sakai)?.... might be going someplace tonight!

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                        d00n RE: msprnt Sep 29, 2008 03:38 PM

                        Matsu is at 29 King Street West in Dundas.


                        Matsu used to have a website, I recall, via the Gold Book but I can't seem to find it anymore. Hoya, I definitely remember knowing there isn't a website when I was looking for it.

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                          msprnt RE: d00n Sep 30, 2008 09:13 AM

                          so after trying to contact some of these places (with no luck) ... we tried to go to hoya just to see if it was open or not.....and it wasn't so we went to sushi star (on king east) to find it was ayce (with a normal dinner menu as well)..... nothing special compared to ayce places in markham/richmond hill .... but at least they didn't overload their rolls with rice ... white tuna sashimi could have been fresher

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                foodiemommy RE: El Puerco Sep 3, 2008 05:58 AM

                Another vote for Hoya, especially if, like us, you like to support downtown Hamilton businesses.

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                  jcanncuk RE: foodiemommy Sep 5, 2008 08:20 PM

                  OY -I have to chime in here and say drive to Burlington and go to Sakai on Fairview bet Appelby and Walker's line. Ate at Matsu twice and was pretty grossed out by the soggy fish. I need my fish really fresh or I'd rather eat something else......IMHO sushi is either really good or it's bad.

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                  d00n RE: El Puerco Sep 30, 2008 01:03 PM

                  I haven't seen a word about Kampai which is downtown and I'm pretty pleased with when I go there.

                  They even have a website (as opposed to many of the other restos mentioned): http://www.kampai.ca/

                  I believe the chef/owner used to be from Joya? I could be wrong but I think my friend told me that when he went to Kampai and chatted with the staff.

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                    Tapyram RE: d00n Feb 4, 2009 08:23 AM

                    The chef owner of Kampai, Tom, used to own DADO on Hamilton Mountain (in the plaza across fromt he LCBO near Limeridge Mall.

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                    Jjaden RE: El Puerco Sep 30, 2010 08:54 PM

                    Matsu Sushi in Dundas on King St, is easily the best Sushi outside of Toronto.
                    Excellent quality sushi/sashimi and top grade rice.

                    The owner/chef Simon is a very soft-spoken but gracious man.
                    I am very fortunate to have found this 'hidden gem'.

                    I was a regular at Sakai for years and find it to be top notch, but after eating Matsu the quality of the rice and fish no longer compares..

                    Matsu is far superior.

                    Matsu Sushi
                    107 Hunter St E, Peterborough, ON K9H1G7, CA

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                      ilovefoodlongtime RE: Jjaden Nov 2, 2010 11:59 AM

                      Sakai (burlington) IMHO is the best sushi I have found near hamilton. There is a fantastic sushi place in the Chinese City Centre in Mississauga in the food court. It is WORTH the DRIVE

                    2. shekamoo RE: El Puerco Nov 3, 2010 01:34 PM

                      anyone here ever tried Mye Japanese restaurant in Oakville?

                      Mye Japanese Restaurant
                      143 Church St, Oakville, ON L6J1N1, CA

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                        ilovefoodlongtime RE: shekamoo Nov 4, 2010 10:51 AM

                        no and I haven't heard amazing things about it either, apparently too expensive, not that great. I have eaten at Ami Sushi and Kenki Sushi in oakville

                        Ami-overrated and expensive, i felt sick after eating there too
                        Kenki-good, the couple that run it are totally sweet and the Tony Roll (the chef's creation) is awesome

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                          burlingtonmom RE: ilovefoodlongtime Feb 3, 2011 01:13 PM

                          For AYCE what about August 8th in Hamilton? They have just opened a new one in Burlington as well. I will concur with the Sakai Restaurant on Fairview, by far the best I've had in this area.

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                            ilovefoodlongtime RE: burlingtonmom Jul 29, 2011 08:36 AM

                            meh, typical AYCE.

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