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Jul 22, 2008 09:38 AM

Review - Sushi Marche

Went on the weekend with a buddy to check it out.

Very clean inside and well-arranged. They also offer some Japanese staples for sale, which is good, because getting to T&T is a real pain for me and the Japanese grocery store off the Danforth near Pape sadly closed some time ago.

We decided to go for the set specials, he got sashimi, I got the "Sushi Marche" sushi lunch.

No eating allowed inside, so we headed over to the park at Jones to eat al fresco and catch up with what we have been doing lately.

First of all, the presentation (especially for take-out) was beautiful. Little extras like an edible flower and an orange berry with dark brown-green leaves attached which if I was more of a foodie I would know the name of since I've seen it before. Attention to detail in the included utensils was also good, we discovered a little tray to pour soy sauce in after we had finished eating. Not practical for a park, but a nice touch.

The sushi I had was very fresh and very good. It was some standard pieces and a spicy type roll, but the roll was less creamy than other rolls with some cream base. For me, that's actually a good thing, as I find places that jazz their rolls up with all kinds of toppings and mayonnaise-based gunk usually do it to mask the lack of freshness of the fish. Here it was an accent to the fish, which is as it should be.

The sashimi looked like the real winner for the lunch and I was sorry I didn't order it. There were even two tiny oysters included. (They had these up as a special on the board that day.)

Pricewise, yes, a bit more than you pay elsewhere. Still, as I remarked, if I had gotten a meal of that quality in a sit down space, I would have been satisfied.

Not a place I will go every day for a sushi fix, but when I feel like treating myself at home, I will definitely return.

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  1. Those are gooseberries...

    You should expect to pay at least this much for sushi imo. Sushi isn't meant to be cheap, but thanks to the plethora of AYCE in the city, cheap sushi has been driven into the mindset of consumers.

    I would seriously question the quality of the fish if it was any cheaper than this.

    IMO, marche offers the best rice in this price range, while 930 offers the best fish. If only we can combine the two....

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    1. re: aser

      Hey, aser, I think what Pincus had on the plate was physalis, or groundcherries.

      There have always been one or two on the platters I've picked up from Sushi Marche.

      1. re: Full tummy

        You say ground cherry, I say Cape gooseberry...whatever you call it, that's what was in the meal. :)

        Yeah, I've been hitting the cheaper sushi places, but the quality at Marche made my tastebuds realign themselves.

    2. I LOVE Sushi Marche....I don't have the financial resources yet to drop a wad on a really good omakase at any of the sit-down places around town, so this is my budget's version of really treating myself to some good sushi. I like to just order the Sushi Marche dinner, which gives you a little bit of everything...nigiri, a roll, sashimi (and yes, the sashimi is fantastic). I love the tiny accents like a little bit of citrus zest or herb hidden in the rolls or on the top of nigiri, and the fact that they usually slip a little something extra into my order, just because it's particularly good that day. If nothing else, it has pretty much ruined me for any kind of dirt-cheap sushi at this point. :)

      1. Also love Sushi Marche. It's only a few blocks from my house, and we've never been disappointed.

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        1. re: SusanB

          I tried it for the first time last weekend as well. I would say I was very happy and would return. The fish selection in the sushi dinner was different from your typical salmon/tuna/hamachi combo (though it also included those fish). In addition, though, it had Japanese Sea Bream - which was a fun change. In particular, I really enjoyed the Dynamite roll - an excellent roll. Great textures and tastes (loved the hit of heat).

          Here's a photo of the takeout I enjoyed:

          I also received a fruit tray on the house. I really hope they keep this addition! It was the perfect way to end the meal, and not at a huge cost to the restaurant owners. It makes a good impression on the customers.

          1. re: BokChoi

            I think you will be pleased to know that, at least with the Omakase platters, they always include the fruit tray. Last time we got both that and salads.

            Have to admit, I have been a big fan of Sushi Marche for a while now. I find that some of their flavor combinations are really lovely with quite a few surprises in their mixes. For example, the salmon sushi with the lime IMHO is really interesting for me only in that it is the really typical sushi thing but it gives it a lovely fresh flavour!

            1. re: Otonabee

              They have "Omakase platters"?

              How does that work?

              That is, do just ask for an Omakase Platter and give them a price range to work with?

              1. re: DishyDiva

                pretty much exactly like that. if i'm recalling correctly, the menu does list an omakase and a suggestion of $50 minimum or something similar to that for two people. it will always be a platter if you're going for just sushi (ie. no cooked items) just because of the nature of take-out.

                1. re: DishyDiva

                  Pinstripeprincess is right, that is exactly how it works. Just tell them how many pieces you want and how much you are willing to spend.

                  I have had some really interesting bits of fish that way. They do let you tell them if there is anything you don't like. I find the best part is that if there is anything new and fresh in the house they usually slip it in somewhere. Beautiful platters!

          2. What are the prices like? One man's cheap is another man's expensive...

            For example, what should I would expect to pay for a california roll or a sushi special for dinner?

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            1. re: eatereater123

              I paid $30 for 3 rolls. It's good quality sushi but IMO overpriced for takeout sushi. For $30 I can have a nice sitdown meal that has more variety and is a bit more filling.

              1. re: eatereater123

                LOL I totally agree with you. That's what we always have to keep in mind when making these posts - it's all about perspective. The sushi dinner was $35. Lunch sat at $25. Rolls were in the $8-$13 price range if I remember correctly. 'Value' is a very subjective term. It really depends on where you place your priorities.

                1. re: BokChoi

                  What is in the $35 sushi dinner ? At Aoyama, sushi + sashimi omakase = $43, with 10 nigiri and ~25 sashimi with good variety, and it is not take-out.

                  1. re: skylineR33

                    Sorry, never had the big Sushi dinner. I only sampled the basic sushi dinner at $18. It was enough for me and left me satisfied - though may leave others with a larger appetite pining for more. The basic sushi is the one I posted pictures for. Believe you me, I'm not a fan of the take-out concept either.

                  2. re: BokChoi

                    Sushi Marche dinner special ($35) includes 6 pcs sushi, 10 pcs sashimi, california or kamikaze roll. Sashimi dinner ($35) includes 15 to 20 pcs chef choice assorted sashimi. Sushi dinner ($18) includes 5 pcs sushi, california or kamikaze roll. Maki Moriawase ($18) includes 5 pcs kamikaze roll, 3 pcs california roll, 3 pcs tuna roll and 3 pcs salmon roll.

                    Sushi Marche lunch special ($25) incl. 4 pcs sushi, 7 pcs sashimi, kamikaze roll. Sashimi lunch ($20) incl. 12-15 pcs chef choice assorted sashimi. Sushi lunch ($15) incl. 4 pcs sushi and cali roll. The other three choices of maki lunches are $12. and include up to 17 pcs of maki.

                    All of these sashimi dinners include rice, soup and usually some other freebies.