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Aug 25, 2007 05:19 PM

Tokyo Sushi - an all-raw omakase

Tokyo Sushi on St. Joseph at Bay is one of my favourites for its fresh fish and quiet, tucked-away ambience. My boyfriend took me there the other day to try their omakase for the first time, which is $40 a person and composed of sushi and sashimi only, no cooked foods. Of course it's more interesting with both raw and cooked, but I was curious to see what it would be like.

The waitress was a great sport; she asked us what we felt like having and if there was anything we wanted more of, or conversely less of, and she asked us after each round if we wanted more. We opted not to sit at the bar, but I have a feeling we would have eaten even more if we had...

We started with salad; I chose the spinach with sesame sauce and my boyfriend chose the wakame salad.

Then came the sashimi appetizer, 9 pieces for each of us, consisting of 2 pieces each of salmon, tuna, butterfish, toro, and 1 surf clam.

A large sushi platter was the main course, and we each had at least 13 pieces of nigiri plus 6 pieces of maki. (I say at least because I'm sure there is something I've forgotten...) We had: 2 pieces each of salmon, tuna, toro, butterfish, and unagi; 1 piece each of uni, quail egg with tobiko, and a mysterious pale fish that was scored and seared - possibly butterfish again, oily and rich. The 2 maki were a dynamite roll and a spicy tuna roll (yum).

A second round of sushi offered us each 1 salmon roe nigiri and 1 handroll with real crab meat and scallop (so far as I could determine).

And since we were stuffed by then, we had the requisite green tea ice cream and were on our way.

We were extremely pleased as always by the freshness and good variety of fish. It wasn't an omakase like Kaji, Omi, Hashimoto, or even Japango, but neither does it bill itself as such. It is simply well-made and fresh, and certainly hit the spot. Highly recommended.

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  1. They don't cooked the rice in the maki?

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    1. re: Edith S

      LOL. No, that much, at least, was cooked.

    2. Thanks for the review and recommendation. I'll definitely have to give this place a try sometime soon, I live so close to it!

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      1. re: xtal

        Do indeed - it's more, and better, than just a TIFF hangout, although you will see signed photos of Patrick Stewart and Sharon Stone on the walls :)

      2. Good butterfish? I'm sold it's so often watery and a bit spongy, I gues certainly frozen, the best I've had and the only place I will bother is at Toshi, always firm and succulent *drool*...(of course I've yet to try it at Japango, Omi or Kaji)

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        1. re: Recyclor

          Too true. Butterfish is often gross for just those reasons you mention.

          I absolutely must try Toshi one of these days...