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MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 11:09 AM

While I have looked at the other threads regarding sushi restaurants in downtown TO, I was specifically wondering which sushi place would be good for a date. I was thinking Japango, but was not sure if that is the right atomsphere. In terms of price range, I was hoping for something mid-level (more expensive than like New Generation, but less then the really high-end places). Any help would be great. Thanks.

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  1. Googs RE: MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 11:28 AM

    Takesushi is the first place in a long while where I was impressed by the quality of offerings in their fixed dinner. I had the "Deluxe Sushi" for dinner and every morsel was good. Sweet, delicate amaebi and the most tender hotategai I've experienced since Omi closed. We had great service as well. Atmosphere could use a little work, but still a reasonable environment for a date. If you can afford Japango, you can afford Takesushi. We're going back for the omakase soon.
    http://www.takesushi.ca/

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      pinstripeprincess RE: Googs Feb 27, 2008 11:47 AM

      very promising to hear... though still wondering what your thoughts on kumai were besides how long the drive out was ;)

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        phoenikia RE: Googs Feb 27, 2008 11:55 AM

        Nami would be another option. IIRC Nami was owned by the same people as Takesushi- I'm not sure if that is still the case. I like the atmosphere at Nami a little more than the atmosphere at Takesushi. Nami also has a grill bar, something you don't find in a lot of sushi restos.

        The tables are spaced further apart at Nami and Takesushi, which I would like better than the crowded set-up at Japango, if I was on a date.

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          cacruden RE: phoenikia Feb 27, 2008 08:32 PM

          Yes, Nami bought out Takesushi - Takesushi was very good - but then went down a little - at which point Nami bought out Takesushi. Personally I think Nami has a better atmosphere for a date.

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            foodie_wannabe RE: cacruden Mar 17, 2008 05:41 AM

            My vote is for Nami - ask for a private booth when making reservations.

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          abscissa RE: Googs Feb 27, 2008 04:22 PM

          I second Takesushi, looks like many other people here do too. Very much a date place, I think, plus there is tons of stuff in the area to do afterwards if that's what you want.

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          gastronom RE: MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 11:54 AM

          There is a place in Yorkville (yes the only decent place in that hood), it's really really good. Dinner for two will set you at $50 with out drinks including gratuity. But it is wonderful food. it's down the street from Sassafraz, it steps down, so it's not street level, makes it nice and cozy. kind of. the sushi is really good.

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            Snarf RE: gastronom Feb 27, 2008 12:27 PM

            Yamato? On Bellair? Decent food. They also do the BeniHana schtick in one of the rooms.

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              cowhound RE: Snarf Feb 27, 2008 02:35 PM

              Sounds more like Sushi Inn. Bleh.

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                Snarf RE: cowhound Feb 27, 2008 02:48 PM

                Much nicer room, and you don't have to be part of the show scene.

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              Late Blooming Onion RE: gastronom Feb 27, 2008 04:00 PM

              I'll guess that you're referring to ASUKA. Their sushi and fish quality is decent. What I do like, is the maki that they make using coloured rice paper. The place looks like a tourist trap, with all of the celebrity pictures and autographs on the wall, but is a reliable option when looking for a sushi fix in that area.

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                Carruthers RE: Late Blooming Onion Feb 28, 2008 05:51 AM

                I think that gastronom is definitely referring to Asuka.

                I don't really think of it is a tourist trap--it's too small and the food is too good for that. If you happen to be the best sushi restaurant within walking distance of the Four Season you, I would guess, tend to get stars coming in and if Charlie Sheen is in your establishment you might as well take a picture and put it on the wall.

                Anyway, I quite like the sashimi boats that Sato and his crew prepare. They stand out for freshness and portion size (though not necessarily for including unusual options). I have been on several dates to Asuka and never had any complaints.

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                chocabot RE: gastronom Feb 28, 2008 08:21 AM

                Maybe Sushi Bada? It is 81 Yorkville at Bellair, so it's almost directly behind sassafraz and below ground level.
                They have some Korean dishes in addition to the Japanese ones (Bf loves Albab which is hard to find) and the sushi is very fresh and well presented. I like that their wasabi is light and fluffy out of a piping bag...
                The prices are very reasonable and it's cozy. Bf says he likes that they play jazz.

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                  pescatarian RE: chocabot Feb 28, 2008 09:18 AM

                  I have no comment about the quality of the food at Sushi Bada because I've never been there and it sounds nice with the jazz in the backround, but "I like that their wasabi is light and fluffy out of a piping bag". I'm currently eating a cheap fix of sushi from Sushi-Q in the food court and the wasabi has been piped as you describe.

              3. pescatarian RE: MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 03:17 PM

                Takesushi or Blowfish

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                  Smalph RE: MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 04:40 PM

                  My go-to is Fune, at Adelaide & Simcoe. I've never had anything less than excellent. It's got the same owners as Yamato, but doesn't have any of the theatrics.

                  Refering to other suggestions you've had, Nami is very popular, but I was served a bad oyster there, and as far as I'm concerned, that should *never* happen. The odor was palpable. I haven't been to Takesushi in a very long time, and the reason for that was that they upped their prices a shocking amount. I'm not sure how they compare price-wise these days. The food was always good, though.

                  There's also a place right next door to Japango. They are clearly hoping to get Japango's overflow, as their presentation is really quite lovely and the three times I've been, the food was delicious. However, their musical selections are peculiar (Avril Lavigne? Seriously?) and they sometimes suffer from a peculiar odor emanating from somewhere in the building. It's not them - and it's certainly not a "food gone bad" odor - but one time I went, it was rather disturbing at first.

                  1. skylineR33 RE: MJobeson Feb 27, 2008 08:07 PM

                    I don't think Japango is the right atmosphere because you can hear what the other table is talking, it is just too close. Takesushi is not bad, sushi quality at par with Japango. If you like fusion sushi and rolls, Blowfish is a nice place for you.

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                      cowhound RE: skylineR33 Feb 28, 2008 08:38 AM

                      Isn't dinner for two at Blowfish $200 and up? I'd rather go to Kaji for that money.

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                        pescatarian RE: cowhound Feb 28, 2008 09:17 AM

                        Last time I was at Blowfish a group of 4 of us ate very well - an app each, shared about 6 dishes and had a drink each and it was $50 per person.
                        It gets expensive if you do the tasting menu, but you can eat well under $200 a la carte.

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                          Googs RE: cowhound Feb 28, 2008 10:30 AM

                          The OP wants a place downtown.

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                          artificialard RE: skylineR33 Feb 28, 2008 10:15 PM

                          Depends on the style of the date, I've had one there and it was fun. Because everyone's so close people almost seem to tune out the table(s) next to them. It's quite charming a place too...

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                          Hazlesnut RE: MJobeson Feb 28, 2008 06:41 AM

                          Oyshi Sushi at 10 queens quay west downtown has small private booths with a curtain/door if you are looking for that one on one meal intimacy. Excellent service and the quality of sushi and sashimi is always strong. Prices were great as well.

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                            MJobeson RE: MJobeson Feb 28, 2008 11:43 AM

                            Thank you everyone. As was suggested by many of you, I have decided to go to Takesushi. All the advice was greatly appreciated.

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                              kasey j miller RE: MJobeson Feb 28, 2008 12:26 PM

                              You could try Ki, in Brookfield Place (formerly known as BCE Place). It's kind of weird becuase its in the financial district, but the place is beautiful and the food is great. Not cheap, but not too too overpriced either.

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                                Googs RE: kasey j miller Feb 28, 2008 01:38 PM

                                Whoa there! Did you just say Ki wasn't overpriced? Absolutely THE most expensive sushi night I have ever had was at Ki... And I've had many, many big bill sushi nights. Perhaps when the OP asks about where to go for sushi on an expense account that suggestion should go to the head of the line. And yes, the room and the service are absolutely beautiful. I think our server was Naomi Campbell.

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                                  skylineR33 RE: kasey j miller Feb 28, 2008 02:24 PM

                                  Hi kasey, I have not been to KI for a long while, did their food get improved since you say the food is great ? It will be nice if they do.

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                                    Webdude RE: skylineR33 Feb 29, 2008 06:01 PM

                                    What's the price point at Takesushi? How much would you say for a decent meal for two, say with a glass of wine apiece?

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                                      T Long RE: Webdude Feb 29, 2008 07:17 PM

                                      Links to takesushi and its sister restaurant, Nami. You will find menus with prices.

                                      \http://www.namirestaurant.ca/

                                      http://www.takesushi.ca/

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                                        Googs RE: Webdude Mar 1, 2008 06:00 AM

                                        It really depends on your appetite. Toronto Life categorizes it as "inexpensive". Toronto.com lists dinner for two at $50-$75. By my reckoning, dinner for two consisting of two mains, two apps, and a half litre of wine should come in around $100. plus tax & tip.

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                                        kasey j miller RE: skylineR33 Mar 17, 2008 05:34 AM

                                        Hi Skyline. If you are looking for great sushi, I wouldnt go to Ki, but since the poster is looking specifically for a nice date place, I suggested it. It's good a good atmoshpere for a date I think, and though the quality of the food is not as good as many other places in downtown Toronto (Toshi, for example), the room is much more attractive and the "scene" is more fun for a night out on the town. So I wouldnt rush over to Ki anytime soon if you are looking for a great dinner, but if you are looking for more than just great food, I'd still reccomend it.

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                                        T Long RE: kasey j miller Feb 29, 2008 07:27 PM

                                        http://www.kijapanese.com/menu.html

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