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

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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  1. Nami on Adelaide?

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

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    1. re: MeMeMe

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

      1. re: T Long

        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

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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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          1. re: Arcadiaseeker

            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

            1. re: wilsoncanadian

              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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Gary

                  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

                  1. re: wilsoncanadian

                    Yuzu on Adelaide

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

                    1. re: theel

                      Some interior shots I took recently:
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...
                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...

                      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

                    2. re: wilsoncanadian

                      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.

                      1. re: phoenikia

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

                        (I thought the initial complaint rather peculiar too).