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Nov 1, 2007 11:41 AM

Good Take-out Sushi Downtown?

Hubby & I have enjoyed getting take-out sushi from Domenic's at the St Lawrence Market. It was a reasonable alternative to Omi on those nights we just wanted to stay in and snuggle up with some raw fish. For $45 we get almost more than we can eat. Almost. Now, with the question mark hanging over when John Lee will open Omi anew, though, this habit is getting a little old. Is there anywhere Cabbagetown / Corktown way where one can get take-out or delivery sushi that has a little excitement to it?

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  1. Ichiriki at Bloor and Church isn't too far is it?

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    1. re: Teep

      Teep, is the sushi at Ichiriki always so wasabi laden? I could tell that the fish was fresh as it had a lovely texture and most pieces melted in my mouth. I couldn't determine the quality of it since the wasabi overpowered the flavour.

      1. re: Googs

        Googs, I love wasabi and I didn't feel it was too much, but had more sashimi or chirashi there so maybe just don't remember the sushi.

    2. Hi Googs,

      A great little place located at Alexander and Yonge is Kokyo Japanese Restaurant . . . Their fish is always fresh and their special rolls are very tasty . . . A bonus is that their prices are pretty good as well and the staff are very friendly,,,


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      1. re: snackboy

        I will second Kokyo. This is my favorite place for sushi. Very fresh and they are usually very generous with the portions of fish. Actually going here for lunch today (they have some great lunch specials).

        1. re: camp1980

          I'll third it. I live in the neighbourhood, and it's the best place nearby for fresh sushi that's also reasonably priced.

          1. re: xtal

            Do you all prefer Kokyo to Sushi Sky?
            I've only been to Kokyo twice and both times I found the fish not-quite-right enough not to eat it but both times were in the dead heat of summer.

            1. re: orangewasabi

              I've tried both Kokyo and Sky and prefer Kokyo. Sushi Sky was better a couple of years ago, but I haven't been pleased with them recently. Not really much to do with the freshness, but rather the preparation.

              1. re: orangewasabi

                I didn't think that Sushi Sky came anywhere close to comparing with Kokyo. The amount of fish you receive from Kokyo is amazing, wsih more places were that generous. The couple of times I tried Sky (at other peoples request) I found that the rolls were tiny and have very little fish in them.
                I have never had a problem with freshness at Kokyo even on the hottest days of the year.

              2. re: xtal

                Great suggestion (Koyko), I've been there four times and I love it! Their handrolls are to die for - their unagi temaki is the best!

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  I had a bad experience at Kokyo. I got the sashimi special with toro for an extra charge and the toro was incredibly tough. Far tougher than any regular maguro I've had. I mentioned this to the sushi chef and he just shrugged and suggested that my standards were too high.

            2. re: snackboy

              Kokyo sounds interesting and convenient. I should mention that price is no object in this hunt. That said, there seems to be no correlation between price and quality when it comes to sushi in this city.

            3. I'm trying my luck again today at getting take-out sushi downtown where price is no object, just quality. If anyone knows a place in the Parliament-Bay, Bloor-Front area I'd by happy to hear about it.

              As for the earlier suggestions:

              Last week I was rebuffed by Ichiriki. They said they were too busy to accommodate a take-out order. While I respect them for not overbooking, it still left me going to my usual and somewhat less than exciting standby place.

              I took a look at the Kokyo menu and find myself a little wary. There seems to be too much 'pop' sushi and not enough hardcore fan offerings. I don't know if I would describe myself as a purist since I don't have that level of knowledge, but certainly it's a goal.

              1. Hmmm... this edit function is awkward... sorry for the weird post.... John Lee is the owner of Sushi Marche too... It's a Queen and Carlaw and is delicious! (I think I may have seriously fouled up this post by editing it so many times... suffice it to say that Sushi Marche is amazing!!)

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                1. re: cchrish

                  Oh good grief I can't believe I forgot about Marche. I've been meaning to try it. Now to figure out how to get a platter on the Queen streetcar without toppling it. Thanks cchrish!

                  While he is A John Lee he isn't THE John Lee of Omi fame. That said, this city can afford to have as many John Lee's who know how to make great sushi as exist.

                  The one thing about all these articles about Marche is this Morimoto reference. I can't seem to substantiate that claim through ChefDB. Anybody know if that's for real?

                  1. re: cchrish

                    Here we go again. In the endless search to fill the sushi void left by Omi's absence I tried Sushi Marche. I gave free reign, save a budget, to them and happily waited for my order while sipping Pinot Grigio at Fare Bistro. When I returned I found much maki and very little sushi. No real complaints since as a first-timer I should have given them a better idea of what we like. I assume for now he was catering to pop tastes. I plan on trying Sushi Marche again tonight.

                    So the question this week is, if you want nothing but sushi and sashimi and no maki whatsoever how much money should I state I'm paying that would stuff two very sushi mad people?

                    1. re: Googs

                      Finally tried Sushi Marche yesterday afternoon, but I ordered completely a la carte in order to get exactly what I wanted. For $60 I received (sushi only) 4 pieces of red tuna and mackerel, and 2 pieces of unagi, snow crab, uni (double layer!), Japanese sea bream, atlantic salmon, giant clam (mirugai), burdock root salad, and complimentary seaweed salad, fruit salad, and 2 piping hot miso soups. All very fresh and quite tasty though still doesn't hold a candle to Kumai in Mississauga. I was happy with the tiny portion of rice under each piece of fish - about a third of the size of the fish! Too bad Sushi Marche is strictly take-out. For $12, one can order a sushi lunch special but it only includes 4 pieces of sushi plus cali rolls. For $18, one can have 12-15 pieces of chef's choice sushi (it doesn't include uni) but I didn't want to get certain fish so that's why I opted for the a la carte method.

                      In the past, I have found Blowfish to be overly expensive ($90 for one person) and Takesushi on Front to be expensive but good quality.

                  2. I'm a fan of Sushi Sky, on yonge north of College.