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Jun 20, 2010 08:20 AM

best sushi near metropolitan hotel?

hi fellow hounds, i'm coming from new york and staying near the metropolitan hotel (chestnut x dundas). would anyone be able to recommend what's the best sushi place or izakaya within walking distance?

and i suppose that for high-end cantonese, lai wah heen is my best bet?

any other recommendations for something very special in the area? (i'm into authentic / upscale asian food in particular)

many thanks!

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  1. Well you can walk to Guu Izakaya (Church/Mcgill) its about a 15 minute walk from your spot. It is considered the best Izakaya in Toronto (not that there are that many Izakayas here)
    Authentic sushi might be harder find in that area.

    398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

    1. Agree with Guu for the izakaya recommendation but be aware there are no reservations and the space is very tight.

      Japango is probably your best bet for sushi nearby?

      122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

      1. Lai Wah Heen for dim sum at lunch. Dinner there is more banquet-y and quadruple the cost. Nearby Japango and Kenzo Ramen are slammed at lunch but manageable at dinner.

        Baldwin Village is a walkable four blocks west, two blocks north. About 20 spots of varying quality (do not be tempted by John's Italian's lovely patio, the food sux) and ethnicities. You might like Matahari for modern-ish Malaysian.

        Chinatown and Kensington Market another five minutes west.

        39 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1, CA

        Lai Wah Heen
        108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

        122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

        138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

        1. Lai Wah Heen is your best bet for high end cantonese and Dim Sum. I wouldn't waste a meal at Japango or Kenzo Ramen. They are both subpar compared to even a lower level Sushi/Ramen shop in NY.

          Would definitely hit Guu, but get there early. 5pm on a weekend at least. Atmosphere is like a nicer version of Village Yoko Cho or Kenka but with way better food.

          That area is kind of a deadzone for asian food and food in general. If I was coming from NYC and was confined to that area I would probably eat at Lai Wah Heen for every meal.