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Jul 25, 2007 08:06 AM

Sushi Downtown - recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced sushi restaurant near Yonge & Dundas? Less pricey than Ki, but higher end that Sushi Q in the mall...

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  1. dun dun dun! this area will pretty much get solid recs for japango on elizabeth street just at abouts bay/dundas area.

    the sushi deluxe is fantastic and will fill you up very well. although i do find their rice packing a bit loose, it's the perfect sweet/vinegar mix and i love it so. ask about their fresh fish in that day for some pleasant experiences.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Yup, Japango, thread over! Let us know what you think...

      FYI princess that "loose" rice packing is actually the common way - don't want to say the "right" way - of sushi in Japan. One is meant to eat sushi with one's hands...the tightly packed rolls is more of a North American deal, allows us to use chopsticks and slather on the wasabi and soy sauce. Which is something else that is a no-no in Japan! But I really prefer sushi here in North America, much more inventive and less bound by tradition.

      Anyway, the dudes from Japango are from Osaka, and I enjoy having omakase at the sushi bar, really reminds me of a place I went to often in that city.

      1. re: childofthestorm

        looser, i agree with.. but i have picked up a couple pieces that promptly fell apart once leaving the plate. the dense rice is pretty awful at other places... it just seems starchier and definitely not cooked properly.

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          yeah, falling apart is just carelessness on the part of the chef. i've sent stuff back before, same way i would an overcooked steak.

    2. I find the fish really fresh and tasty at Ichiriki, on Bloor just west of Church.

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      1. re: Teep

        Yes, Ichiriki is quite nice, had the daily fresh Toro and Geoduck there recently, appetizer is also great. It is not cheap but quality is good. Recommended if you are in that area. Order their daily fresh on the blackboard if going there !

      2. I've heard good things about Masa on Charles Street but I think the ultimate picky sushi eaters might not like the variety there. I've heard good things about the place though, and at 15.99 for all you can eat, I'd say that wasn't bad.

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        1. re: sexyaznboy

          The all-u-can-eat at Masa only has a small selection of the most common sushi, plus hot items, so would not be ideal if the OP is looking for just good sushi.

        2. If you are looking for all you can eat, Sushi Island is a good one near College and Bathurst For a la carte, Shogun at Yorkville is one of the best ones in the area.

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          1. re: huiel

            I vote for Sushi Island too, their rice is a bit soggy (I think to get the bite out of the brown rice) but I really enjoy the funky rolls. I have to say that Masa is the worst AYCE I've been to, the quality was only okay, the salmon teriyaki was fishy and the menu was VERY limited. But, having worked in Dundas and Yonge, my vote goes to Japango too. Just go early to get a seat and be prepared to feel cramped. Or order take if your work desk is comfy or you don't mind eating sushi in Nathan Phillips Square.

          2. Omi, Omi - OMI!

            On west side of Church, a block and a half south of Wellesley