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Feb 27, 2008 11:09 AM

Sushi Resto for Date (downtown Toronto)

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. 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.

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    1. re: Googs

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

      1. re: Googs

        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.

        1. re: phoenikia

          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.

          1. re: cacruden

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

        2. re: Googs

          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.

        3. 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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          1. re: gastronom

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

            1. re: Snarf

              Sounds more like Sushi Inn. Bleh.

              1. re: cowhound

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

            2. re: gastronom

              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.

              1. re: Late Blooming Onion

                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.

              2. re: gastronom

                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.

                1. re: chocabot

                  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.

                1. 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. 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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                    1. re: skylineR33

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

                      1. re: cowhound

                        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.

                        1. re: skylineR33

                          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...