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Sushi downtown Toronto. Suggestions?

Chocaholic Jun 3, 2010 07:31 PM

I am thinking of going to Ninki @ scotia plaza.

Any other suggestions.

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Ninki
40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

  1. Googs Jun 5, 2010 07:57 AM

    Try Omi. Fabulous omakase dinners and an ever-evolving and improving wine list. I note, though, that I recently went with the set sushi dinner. I asked chef if he would make it a bit more interesting than the norm and for a few dollars more hubby and I were suitably wowed.

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    Omi
    243 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    1. Bobby Wham Jun 4, 2010 11:46 AM

      I always go to Chop Stick Rolls in the Path by university and adelaide, they have the best ninja rolls in the city, and their, jalapeno/mozzarella cheese maki is to die for. There's another place right beside called Fish City but I don't go there.

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      1. re: Bobby Wham
        Chocaholic Jun 4, 2010 09:34 PM

        Is Japango on Elizabeth & Dundas?

        I went to Nami a few months ago, it was just okay.

        I tried going to Ninki tonight, it was closed. I guess I should have called and see if they were open on Friday night. on their website it saids its open. We ended up going to Fune, we didn't want to go too far. Fune was pricey.

        Sounds like I have to try Chop Stick Rolls in the Path.

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        Japango
        122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

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

        Fune
        100 Simcoe St, Toronto, ON M5H3G2, CA

        Ninki
        40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

        1. re: Chocaholic
          pinstripeprincess Jun 5, 2010 04:56 AM

          that's a shame, yuzu isn't all that far from fune. just a touch more west on the north side.

          yes, japango is at elizabeth & dundas.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess
            Chocaholic Jun 5, 2010 07:56 AM

            OH I see, I thought I rmmbr the Yuzu when I googled it. It's down the street. Yeah I've never tried Yuzu, next time.

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

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        Cat123 Jun 4, 2010 08:39 AM

        Takesushi on Front or Nami on Adelaide East are both better than Ninki, IMHO.

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        Takesushi
        22 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1C4, CA

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

        Ninki
        40 King St W, Toronto, ON M5H3Y2, CA

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        1. re: Cat123
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          Yum2MyTum Jun 4, 2010 09:10 AM

          I'd agree with Japango, Yuzu and Takesushi as very serviceable sushi places.

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          Takesushi
          22 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1C4, CA

          Japango
          122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

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

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          Danada Jun 4, 2010 06:07 AM

          Japango is very good.

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          Japango
          122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

          1. jlunar Jun 3, 2010 08:03 PM

            Yuzu is solid. Really beautifully presented fresh fish, but it's not going to blow your mind. Avoid rice dishes (I found the rice mushy), but the fish is good. I had the omakase there and that was very nice. I really like their chawanmushi so far - had two different preparations: classic and a cold asparagus one.

            It's a good spot for downtown, but not top-sushi.

            Pictures of the meal and menu:
            http://www.foodpr0n.com/2010/05/14/om...

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

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            1. re: jlunar
              pinstripeprincess Jun 4, 2010 06:27 AM

              i went again and i'm still not getting it.... the rice wasn't mushy per se but still not up to the old standards of japango. they put a VERY stale fried shrimp head on my plate, quite disgusting. the tuna was of pretty poor quality and mushy. the anago i ordered on the side wasn't given any extra roasting time and as a totally personal taste thing... the combination of the eel and the sauce they used tasted like overripe bananas. the rest of the fish was fair but nothing stood out as particularly good. the presentation was not as nice as what you received nor was the selection of fish particularly interesting - what put it above a regular plate might have been the inclusion of sea bream and scallop.

              i want to like this place, it would be so convenient... but it's just not doing it for me. i'd rather make the trek out to mikado. the thing that really superficially puts me off is that they were putting 3 deluxe sushi plates together and for efficiency reasons they were laying out as many fingers of rice as they needed on the cutting board and then laying slices of fish over top, no pressing and no wasabi on the rice. so by the time they picked off pieces to go onto individual plates, the fingers of rice had been sitting there drying out and cooling off. i can't say it had any bearing on the food as it might have been just as bad if they individually made the plates, but it was off putting to watch.

              service was excellent for a sushi restaurant. attentive without hovering too much and they did ask what i thought of the food, but i just couldn't bear to tell them.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess
                skylineR33 Jun 4, 2010 06:57 AM

                Yeah, this is just as good as what you can get at downtown Toronto, actually I found Japango's chirashi don a better deal at ~$12.50 in comparison. There is really no good one out there. The anago is from frozen pre-package stuff, which is very common in Japanese restaurant in Toronto, so don't expect too much.

                1. re: skylineR33
                  pinstripeprincess Jun 4, 2010 07:17 AM

                  i know it's all frozen... vs watching people fresh roast their own eel in japan, but how they managed to make it taste like banana... also other places do go through a second roast to at least extract a little extra flavour out of the basting sauce.

                  that is the lunch deal though right? i'll have to try to make it over that way for it sometime soon. i keep hoping yuzu will live up to old japango under bruce's watch but it never does.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess
                    skylineR33 Jun 4, 2010 09:00 AM

                    I saw how they prepared the anago sushi when I order it from their special menu, basically they just take a pre-cut piece of anago out from the package and put it on top of a rice cube and then put some garnish or avocado or something like that on top of it.

                    The ~$12.50 chirashi is the lunch deal.

                2. re: pinstripeprincess
                  jlunar Jun 4, 2010 11:52 AM

                  Yeah, I can't say this would be a place I'd go to for Sushi if I was *craving*, but it's a convenient ok-sushi place (that's close to me). Though presentation-wise, I've had two really lovely meals, so not sure why you're losing out on that...

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                  childofthestorm Jun 4, 2010 07:46 AM

                  Ichiriki is solid, especially if you focus on the blackboard offerings. Mikado is also quite good but Laird is not exactly downtown I guess. And Solo Sushi Bekkan, I haven't been yet, but a friend had a good meal there recently.

                  1. re: childofthestorm
                    pinstripeprincess Jun 4, 2010 07:52 AM

                    hrm.. also need to get to ichikiri...

                    solo sushi bekkan i had oversized mushy rice and not very good offerings of fish. it was surprising that it was that poor quality. the prices for the quantity though were quite good. sorry this is all coming out so negative but i really had high hopes for solo.

                    1. re: pinstripeprincess
                      skylineR33 Jun 4, 2010 09:44 AM

                      Don't expect too much from Ichikiri giving your comment on Yuzu. It is ok to good but it is really not something standout. Most of the reviews on Solo says it's rice is very inconsistent and pretty bad most of the time, so it is in-line with what you are getting in terms of rice.

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                        childofthestorm Jun 4, 2010 11:00 AM

                        Ichiriki's shari is definitely not in the same league as Zen for example. Last time I went I ate hot appetizers - which they do quite well - followed by sashimi from the daily specials. Zen has spoiled me for good rice.

                        1. re: skylineR33
                          Notorious P.I.G. Jun 4, 2010 11:41 AM

                          I had some nigiri at Ichiriki two weeks ago and it was actually the best its been for me. The rice was whatever, but the fish was very fresh, surprisingly. Good Toro. The main thing I find with Ichiriki aside from the rice is that they put too much wasabi on the nigiri. They could do with half the amount at most.

                          I always order a la carte at Yuzu as well and find the fish to be ok. Of the three times I've ordered at Yuzu 2 times the fish was good and 1 time it wasn't fresh at all. Dried out and tough, Inedible uni, etc...

                          And so it goes.

                        2. re: pinstripeprincess
                          Googs Jun 5, 2010 07:54 AM

                          psp, you sooooo don't need to get to Ichi Riki. As Notorious points out, the wasabi content is beyond ridiculous and bordering on cruel. If you must try it, go sashimi to avoid shari and spice and everything not nice.

                          1. re: Googs
                            pinstripeprincess Jun 5, 2010 11:49 AM

                            then maybe i'll avoid it all together. i'm finding the cuts of sashimi too toothsome and the cuts for nigiri much more to my liking these days.

                            ah well!

                            1. re: pinstripeprincess
                              Notorious P.I.G. Jun 5, 2010 12:11 PM

                              You could always just ask for less wasabi. I think with less wasabi they have the best sushi downtown. Definitely the most consistent.

                      2. re: jlunar
                        genie81 Jun 10, 2010 08:02 AM

                        I just went to Yuzu yesterday and we had Sushi Regular and Sashimi Deluxe from their regular menu. I was disappointed because I went in expecting the fish to be fresh but it was NOT at all...neither was the wasabi.

                        But the service was great as was the presentation. It's just too bad the fish wasn't fresh.

                        We also had the Green Tea Tiramisu (not on their regular menu) for dessert. I couldn't taste the green tea at all.

                        So all in all I'm probably never going back there again unless it improves.

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

                        1. re: genie81
                          jlunar Jun 10, 2010 09:31 AM

                          hmn. Maybe I've been having the exception-to-the-rule meals... they really didn't have bad fish (or wasabi) when I went!

                          sadface. I don't like giving bad recs...!

                          1. re: jlunar
                            Notorious P.I.G. Jun 10, 2010 09:44 AM

                            I mentioned before that I've been once when the sushi hasn't been fresh but for the most part it's been good for me. However, if my first experience with it was when the fish had been subpar I wouldn't go back either, it was that bad. I also always order from the fresh fish of that week so that could help.

                            Don't worry Jlunar, it's not a bad rec. It's a good rec that happened to perform badly that day.

                            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                              pinstripeprincess Jun 10, 2010 01:50 PM

                              i've been 4 times, one of them a lunch. the lunch was the first visit and very reasonably priced but not terribly high quality. it was decent enough though that i could consider it a cheap option. since then they've discontinued lunch on weekends.

                              the rest of the meals have been rather disappointing. how can my hit rate be so low?

                              1. re: pinstripeprincess
                                Notorious P.I.G. Jun 10, 2010 07:58 PM

                                I dunno. Again, I usually order off the fresh fish of the day menu which is usually Otoro, Kinmedai, Shima Aji, etc. All of the items listed on the card on the table. Only item I order off of the menu is the oyster nigiri. Usually spend $70 on Nigiri. I'm not saying it's the best sushi or the absolute freshest but it's far from a bad rec, or somewhere I would never return to.

                                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                                  pinstripeprincess Jun 10, 2010 08:24 PM

                                  hrm.... i've never seen this fresh fish day of the list. only ever see specials list that's usually prepared or hot food. perhaps therein lies the key.

                                  1. re: pinstripeprincess
                                    skylineR33 Jun 11, 2010 07:02 AM

                                    I usually ask them what kind of fish is good for the day when I order sushi/sashimi from any Japanese restaurant in Toronto. Yuzu and Japango do not always have the daily fresh menu available on every table, so it is best to ask what is good.

                          2. re: genie81
                            skylineR33 Jun 10, 2010 02:14 PM

                            You mean you are expecting fresh wasabi for your "Sushi Regular" and "Sashimi Deluxe" lunch deal ?

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