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Help! - Best Sushi Ambiance - Romantic, Quiet, Not Crowded, Intimate (Downtown Toronto)

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wilsoncanadian May 20, 2010 05:39 AM

Hi,

I am looking for suggestions on a very nice Sushi restaurant downtown Toronto. The quality of the sushi is NOT the most important thing; the Ambiance is.

Looking for something that is romantic, intimate, quiet and not crowded -- likely for a Wednesday evening.

Ideally in he core of downtown; or at least within Toronto - south of Bloor.

This is for an important first meeting so it has to be a fantastic place. Price is not a problem; as long as the service, ambiance, and intimacy is there.

It doesn't need to be sushi, but that is the preference.

Any suggestions? I would appreciate your help.

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    MeMeMe May 20, 2010 07:54 AM

    Nami on Adelaide?

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    Nami
    55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

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      T Long May 20, 2010 08:09 AM

      Second Nami....request a booth (with curtain)

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        torontofoodiegirl May 20, 2010 09:37 AM

        Nami was the first place that came to mind for me as well.

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        Nami
        55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

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      ylsf May 20, 2010 08:57 AM

      District Sushi on Queen East has a pretty nice decor, and I had good service when I was there. It was mid week and it wasn't too crowded. Sure there are other better options if price isn't an issue though.

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        getinmybelly May 20, 2010 11:10 AM

        Not to give away my favourite place in the city, but Konichiwa on Baldwin is wonderful. It's very small and quiet and the bonus is the food is outstanding as well.

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          Arcadiaseeker May 20, 2010 12:26 PM

          I don't find Nami romantic - maybe I've just done too many businesses lunches there. What about Blowfish at King and Bathurst? At least there are candles on the table and the lighting is soft. It can be a bit of a scene, but on a Wednesday night you should be okay. They also have great cocktails.

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          Nami
          55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

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            wilsoncanadian May 20, 2010 10:08 PM

            Thank you all for your suggestions. I have been to Nami and agree that it's rather nice but not necessarily romantic. Someone suggested Ki, but maybe the same. Are there no more romantic sushi places around?

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            Nami
            55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

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              Rabbit May 21, 2010 04:45 AM

              Ki and Blowfish are both scene-y restaurants so neither fits your request for a "romantic, intimate, quiet, and not crowded" venue. You suggested earlier that you weren't stuck on sushi... Starfish does seafood in a romantic, bistro-y setting. I think it's quite understated so I don't know whether it would count as "fantastic," but it's charming with great food.

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              wilsoncanadian May 20, 2010 10:10 PM

              Blowfish's pictures look quite great

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                wilsoncanadian May 20, 2010 10:17 PM

                Isn't this a crowded and noisy place?

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                  JennaBean May 21, 2010 06:36 AM

                  Yes it is often crowded and loud!

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                Gary May 21, 2010 06:14 AM

                Kaiseki Sakura might be a nice option. It's high quality Japanese food served by an experienced chef, though it is not sushi centric (depending on the season, you may receive a sashimi or sushi dish as part of the omakase, but you might not). The room is small and upscale without being pretentious. The corner banquet seats around the outside can be cozy for two. I would ignore all the debates on here about whether this place is "authentic Kaiseki cuisine", as this is intended to be the chef Izutsu's modern, unique take on the traditional. In my experience the food and service are always excellent, as are the sake and unique sake cocktails. http://kaisekisakura.com

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                  wilsoncanadian May 21, 2010 03:02 PM

                  Thanks so much for the suggestion, I have lots of ideas now... it's strange if you think about it that no japanese restaurant is really targeted to the romantic audience

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                    theel May 21, 2010 04:06 PM

                    Yuzu on Adelaide

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                    Yuzu
                    236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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                      jlunar May 21, 2010 05:20 PM

                      Some interior shots I took recently:
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4564590602/
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4563958981/

                      I don't know if I'd say it's that romantic. Quiet though. Fish is fresh though!

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                      http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

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                      Yuzu
                      236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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                      phoenikia May 22, 2010 10:55 PM

                      You bring up a good point re: the lack of Japanese restaurants targeting a Romantic audience.

                      Can any CHs recommend any Japanese restaurants targeted to a Modernist, a PoMo, or maybe even a PostPoMo audience?

                      I would also be interested in hearing about any shawarma restaurants targeting Romantics.

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                        Rabbit May 23, 2010 02:21 AM

                        The mere mention of schwarma is an aphrodisiac for Mr. Rabbit!

                        (I thought the initial complaint rather peculiar too).

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                    Arcadiaseeker May 21, 2010 07:49 PM

                    Just came back from Foxley which is candlelit and quite cozy -- they have a few rolls on the menu and an Asian bent to the food. Could be an option for you I think.

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                    Foxley
                    207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

                    1. Platoputas May 26, 2010 02:00 PM

                      Definitely Yuzu on Adelaide at Duncan. Fantastic and fresh sushi, reasonable prices for the quality of fish you're getting (especially when compared to Nami, Ame or Blowfish, in my opinion) and you can get their Yuzu Dinner which is 50 bucks for seven courses. I personally like sharing their Sushi Dinner Deluxe (12 pieces of gorgeous nigiri and a 6-piece maki which I switch into a Spicy Scallop Maki), then do a second round of other items or more nigiri based on the chef's recommendation or pieces I liked from the deluxe platter. Their Gindara (miso-glaze black cod) is also outstanding.

                      www.platoputas.com

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                      Nami
                      55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

                      Yuzu
                      236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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