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Sep 29, 2009 09:17 AM

Sushi Help

It is my anniversary tradition to go for Sushi. I think this started organically when our kids were small. It could be picked up and eaten after they went to bed.

Looking for suggestions for Friday night sushi, reasonably intimate :) Downtown or west end locale. Let's focus on sushi or japanese-related only, so we dont drift.

Hiro - a bit too fussy
Kaji - been there - too hard to get in, too challenging, too expensive

My quick answer would be to go to OMI - its generally pretty good for us but looking for alternatives...thx

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  1. Hmm - working the search feature - maybe i should drive out Zen. Its less about 'authentic' its more about tasty and interesting - hence OMI. Good to know OMI has moved too :-)

    5 Replies
    1. re: marcharry

      How do you know Omi is more tasty than Zen without even try out Zen first ? For me, Zen is superior in taste and quality than Omi, and I have tried both.

      1. re: skylineR33

        My choice would also be for omakase at Zen. Ask for anago tempura which is not on the menu, if they happen to have anago in the kitchen.

        1. re: Crispier Crouton

          my problem with the anago tempura is that it doesn't really display the best characteristics of anago so much as drown it in oil batter flavour. if they have it available, i would ask if they have some suitable for sushi and then the beauty of it in comparison to unagi becomes wildly apparent.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            I totally agree with what you're saying, but from my understanding, if a Toronto restaurant has anago, it's most likely from frozen, so I don't know how it would fare for sushi.

            1. re: Crispier Crouton

              i asked and they served it... so i'm going to assume they felt it was ok. it wasn't amazing, but i'm pretty sure all the unagi isn't coming from fresh either....

    2. I'm also looking for good sushi. And when I say sushi, I mean sashimi and to a lesser extent nigiri. Maki isn't even on my radar and isn't worth talking about.