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May 14, 2009 07:28 AM

Best sushi for special occasion dinner (west side or downtown)?

I'm a New Yorker and have been in Toronto for about a year and a half and have not had great sushi here yet (haven't been out much, new baby, etc.) I am going out Sunday night for my birthday and want to eat GREAT sushi. I want something fairly authentic - don't need crazy huge rolls or wild cocktails, just great fish. I have been to Japan several times, so I know what the real thing tastes like. Kaji is on our list, but I'm not sure if I want to shell out that much money and really just want sushi/sashimi anyway. Looking through other posts people recommend Japango, Hiro, Nami, Blowfish. Don't want to go to Scarborough or North York. Opinions?

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  1. Hiro is not open on Sunday. That would be my first choice. Kaji is open on Sunday and the experience can be great. I didn't have a great experience at Omi, but many other people recommend it.

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    1. re: dubchild

      I love Omi (a lot), but don't go there if you're looking for a traditional experience. He's not crazy-fusion, but traditional isn't what I'd call his fish.

    2. many, if not nearly all of the great sushi places are not open sundays. i've written off sushi on sundays for a while now. i imagine all on your list will be closed.

      1. Thanks - so maybe I should pick another night (not Sunday). What would you recommend then?

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        1. re: susclaire

          Kaji in Etobicoke, but if you aren't looking to shell out the money, the next best option is Zen, which is too far. I wouldn't bother with Japango, Nami or Blowfish, and Hiro seems to have gone downhill, though the fish will still probably be decent.

        2. Just splurge and do Kaji, you really won't be disappointed. I had the best piece of O Toro there last night, that I have ever had outside of Japan. For reference, his sushi is sort of like Sushi of Gari in NY with some traditional sushi thrown in between.

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          1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

            Thanks. I think we will just splurge. One more question - which omakase to chose? Should we just go for the most expensive? or one of each? or is the lowest price one enough of a treat?

            1. re: susclaire

              There is another thread somewhere about which menu to order depending on how much you eat. It depends on how big your appetites are.

              1. re: susclaire

                I would just go with the gut on that one. When you get there, check the menu out and see what looks best to you. They're all different and all have awesome dishes, the only difference being quantity. I'm about 6 feet 2 inches and weigh about 240 pounds and I usually go with the Takumi which is the biggest and most expensive at $120. I always leave stuffed. I drink a lot of Sake with it as well which may contribute to my being stuffed but it's a lot of food nonetheless.

                Also, when you reserve, tell them it's your birthday. ;)

            2. Hope you went to Kaji.... it's the one and the only. Inventive. fresh. authentic.