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Dec 1, 2008 04:28 AM

Sushi in the PATH

Title says it all. Is there any good sushi in the PATH? I've sadly tried cheap chains and they are incredibly lacking. Anyone know of a nice place for decent sushi in the PATH? Thanks!

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  1. What sort of price range? I think Ki is pretty good, and Take as well, but those are in a completely different ball game than Bento Nouveau, etc.

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    1. re: canadianbeaver

      I think anything around 15 for a variety of stuff, mainly lunch. Been to Ki and Take, a little outside the price range. I heard Scotiaplaza has a new place, dunno if its good or price range though.

      1. re: Wil

        I think you're thinking of Ninki. It is okay, a step up from Bento, but not much more than that. They're mostly sit-down, but they do have a take out counter hidden in the back. They're the same people as the one across the street on Adelaide.

        1. re: Minnow

          Oh, it's Ninki? The Adelaide location used to be great, but they've gone downhill alot. I'll see if I can swing by and grab a take out menu, hopefully prices aren't overinflated.

        2. re: Wil

          Take is the best you're going to do on anything close to a budget. The only cheaper way to eat downtown is cafeteria style from Bento, etc. Much cheaper than serious lunch places like Canoe, Ki, Hy's, etc.

          Nami, just a bit east of Yonge on Adelaide, is another good option. Not in the PATH and somewhat more expensive thank Take.

          You're running into a serious problem in your budget and area - Take is about as cheap as you can sell sushi in a sit down environment in the Financial District. Japango is only a little bit outside of the PATH (through either City Hall or Eaton Centre) but again would be outside your seeming price range.

          I've never understood people looking for cheap sushi. Trying to get a bargain on fish you're going to eat raw is like going in for reused syringes or medical tubing. Pretty much the definition of false economy.

          1. re: preppycuisine

            Also not in the PATH, but close enough (i.e.a short walk away, especially in nice weather) is the sushi place in St. Lawrence Market (Quik Sushi). What great value - the sushi is great and you get a ton for a really great price ($10 and less). I used to walk there from The Exchange Tower, it was about 10 minutes.

            1. re: canadianbeaver

              I looked for this place before, but can't seem to find it. Is it downstairs?

              1. re: Wil

                Yes - in the basement, near the bread place. You can find it on a map if you go to the St. Lawrence Market website. It's really good, and I'm a huge sushi fan. I usually get their maki mix. It's four pieces of yam tempura maki, four pieces of California rolls, four pieces of avocado/cucumber maki, two pieces each of radish, carrot, cucumber and mushroom maki - $7.95.

                1. re: canadianbeaver

                  Thanks, I'll give it a try...might have to wait for warmer weather, don't think I want to sludge through this weather over there :)

            2. re: preppycuisine

              I don't think people are looking for 'cheap' sushi exactly, because sushi obviously has a price floor.. but for the average price (which is a little less than what ta-ke charges for their dinner set) people are looking for more exotic fish..

              having said that, and having eaten at a few sushi places near the PATH, ta-ke did throw in a few interesting pieces in their set dinner such as large scallop, salt water eel and bonito... which made it more of a value IMO.

              1. re: preppycuisine

                Not really trying to find cheap sushi. But 15 bucks for an assorted combo is about what you'd pay at the moderate priced places around the city. There is a Sapporo on Wellington that I go to for that so something like that is fine. It's really a matter of getting a sushi fix in instead of eating the reg stuff in the food courts.

                1. re: Wil

                  what about the place at the First Canadian Place: Acko Lounge (sp?). Decent fish and presentation, price is reasonable plus some great Korean fare as well.........

                  1. re: kayia1

                    Is this the place that has a little take out place attached to it as well? Never had their sushi before, it is better to order from the restaurant takeout rather than the little stall next to it?

                    1. re: Wil

                      yes, I think it was formerly called Ho-Shim or something to that effect, and yes, I would order from inside the restaurant

                        1. re: Mila

                          It's Acko lounge for sit down in FCP. I find it a bit pricey for the quality. I head east on King and go to Bikkuri (King just west of Church). Their sushi is good and it's a nice atmosphere. They give you a discount for takeout, too. There is also Sei Sushi at King and Simcoe which is OK...again, I think a bit pricey for the quality.

                          1. re: Mintycake

                            Oh, I've walked by there before many times, might have to drop in and get a menu. I've been to Sei and wasn't impressed, not really worth the money or time :) Will check out Bikkuri though.

                            1. re: Wil

                              Bikkuri's food seems to be OK, portions are big and tasty, but the place is rather run down. You'll notice the tired carpet as soon as you go in. The seats in the booths are ripped. And tiles are missing from the bathroom floor and walls!

                      1. re: kayia1

                        For a recent opinion, Acko lounge is fantastic! Fresh, spectacular fish and not as pricey as Ki. A wonderful chirashi lunch for $15 is a great price, especially for the quality.

              2. For quick and affordable take out, I usually choose SushiQ in Commerce Court. Much better than the chain with locations sprinkled all over the path. They make it on site, and I think you could order fresh made rather than take the readymade.

                There is another place in First Canadian Place - across from the Pizza joint - and I've had some very good take out from them as well, but definitely more expensive than SushiQ.

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                1. re: dinin and dishin

                  SushiQ is a chain as well. It's pretty much on par with Benteau Neauveau imo.

                  I think the FCP one you are talking about is the same as mentioned above, used to be Ho-Shim.

                  1. re: Wil

                    It might be a chain, but it is much better than the Benteaus on every corner. (IMHO) The Benteau folks can be seen pushing carts from one location to another all over the path, so I have no idea where they actually make it. If it is a chain, I think SQ is the only one in the path and they make it all on site. So it is always fresh.

                    I'll take your word on Ho Shim. I only went for take out a few times. I bought a roll that was very good, but not worth the price ( something like $9). Eek...desparate for sushi that day.

                    1. re: dinin and dishin

                      I agree, the sushi at SQ is WAY better than Bento Nouveau! I only get my sushi from there. The salmon at Bento doesn't even taste like salmon but at SQ, delicious! You'll notice a HUGE difference.

                      Dinin, I've seen Bento employees cart around their sushi too but every morning when I walk through Brookfield Place, I see them making sushi in that food court and at lunchtime at their location in ScotiaPlaza.

                      1. re: sasgirl

                        I for one have enjoyed the korean fare at Ho-shi, tikimondo, bibimbap etc. Not from the take out area but inside the restaurant, I have not been since they renovated as the office has relocated but understand that it is pretty nice inside......