Birthday Dinner - Seeking the city's best Sashimi
I would like to take a friend of mine, who happens to be a chef, for a great birthday dinner. His favorite happens to be sashimi and sushi. Ideally I'd like to stay in the downtown area, but it is worth the drive, we'll make the hike.
IMO Sushi Kaji is worth the drive and the best in the extended GTA. I've yet to eat anywhere comparable, even Hashimoto - which was very good, but different. There is usually a selection of 3 Omakase meals $80/100/120. Unless both of you have very large appetites, I'd recommend only one of you ordering the largest. You can share the extra plates and still be extremely stuffed.
Edit - btw do a search and you'll find several threads discussing the merits of several of the top Japanese restaurants in the city.
I am sorry, but I do not agree here if the focus is to be sushi/sashimi.
Kaji bills itself as "fine Japanese dining." It is indeed good, if that is what you want. Plus, I may be just guessing, but it is probably more than you want to spend on a birthday dinner. However, Kaji may be appreciated by a chef because they do many dishes extremely well and the flavours are new and exciting.
If you want sushi and sashimi, I say Aoyama or Zen, but both are far out of the way, or if you must stay downtown, Takesushi or many people will probably reccomend Hiro, etc.