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Sushi Moto Sake and Wine Bar

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Apprentice Jun 22, 2010 06:15 PM

Has anyone dined here? Located on the east side of Yonge, just north of Sheppard. The interior is nicely decorated; very modern. I grabbed a copy of the take out menu. There seems to be a large variety of offerings, almost too large, which makes me hesitant to attend unless I read some positive reviews.

www.sushimoto.ca

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Sushi Moto
4901 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N, CA

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    trane Jun 23, 2010 08:24 AM

    I went the for lunch a few weeks ago. The food was pretty good. My only comment is that there were 3 owners, 2 managers and 5 waitresses for a half filled restaurant. Kind of annoying to have everyone watching you while you eat. The service was great though :)

    I had the Hwe Dup Bap which is a slim dish to review a restaurant by, but my dining partner had the Chirashi and considered it good too.

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      iEatErgoiBlog Jun 25, 2010 07:40 AM

      I've been twice now (but just for a quick bite - not for what I'd call dining) and while I agree they have A LOT of staff on, they kind of have to in case they get busy.

      The inside is really very nice - you can tell they dumped a bunch of money into it to create exactly the atmosphere they were looking for. The hot kitchen is in the back and the rest of the sushi comes from the front. I suppose that's due to taking over an existing space where the grill and stuff were already located at the back. It's weird to watch food come from two different places.

      The food was fresh and good - the agetofu is quite possibly the best I've had in Toronto, and they have a soup called Moto Crunch Noodle Soup that I think I might love - it's got tempura bits and soba noodles in their own special broth. By the time you get it, the tempura isn't crunchy but something about the texture of the noodles and non-crunch and broth all combined makes it a winner for me.

      We had a couple of rolls - Green Dragon and Black Dragon - standard, nicely presented with not too much fuss on giant plates. Also had a salmon sushi pizza which surprised me when it came because the salmon was not just laid on top with mayo underneath but was cut into smaller pieces and mixed with the mayo and roe. It didn't look like I thought it would but it was easier to eat than what I'm used to and it didn't fall apart when I bit it.

      The gyoza was exactly what you expect it to be - nothing earth shattering.

      Other than that, the menu is huge - hard to trudge through and still remember the name & number of the food you want to order. I actually wrote the numbers down on a piece of paper as I was working my way through, then just handed that to the waitress when she came over. They should so that - they should have an order sheet where you check off what you want and hand that over.

      Prices are not low but they're not high either - I'd say they're a teeny-tiny bit above average. For two of us, our last bill was $55 with taxes in and before grat - (for a quick dinner that did not feature massive menu exploration.)

      Service was very good. They're out to please you so you come back. And the little slab of watermelon at the end is cute.

      I haven't been in this area for long but I've hit 3 of the surrounding sushi restaurants and have not been as happy with the food as I was at Sushi Moto. I think it'll probably end up being my go-to neighbourhood spot for sushi.

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      Sushi Moto
      4901 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N, CA

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      1. re: iEatErgoiBlog
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        geekwithspatula May 5, 2011 01:32 PM

        The Moto Crunch Noodle soup reminds me of another place across the road from CenterPoint mall where they would serve that as a starter before a meal. I really miss that dish so this sounds like a good reason to try it there. I was looking at the website and noticed that there are no listing for any libations on the website. What gives here for a Sake and Wine Bar?

        Wasn't this place a pub before being Sushi Moto? I was looking for walnut cake shop around the corner when I stopped and felt something was out of place. There were people eating sushi in the window and I looked up at the sign.

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        Sushi Moto
        4901 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N, CA

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          trane May 12, 2011 10:59 AM

          Across from Centrepoint? That would be Momo-yama. It might still be there, it might not be. Tomo Sushi @ Yonge & 16th served it too.

          Yes, it used to be the Black Sheep pub. They did a reno and turned it into a much better place. The sushi is of decent quality. They have a decent selection of Sake (e.g. more than 10 options). I like the tables that have an ice bucket in the middle of the table. Very convenient for keeping your beers / sake cold. Possibly keeps your sashimi cooler thus fresher too.

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            geekwithspatula May 13, 2011 06:53 AM

            That's the place! Thanks for reminding me, trane. I miss going there or the Korean place besides Momo-yama. The parking there was a pain but was pleasantly surprised to find a Xe Lua Pho in the same mall as well. A friend swears that chinese restaurant there has really good dim sum but I thought it was just ok.

            Is the bucket on top of the table like a corona bucket for wings? For a second I thought it was inset like Korean bbq burner. That would be something to see! I haven't heard of another place that does that. Kudos for them!

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            Xe Lua Restaurant
            625 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y2, CA

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              tygrr_lily May 13, 2011 08:53 AM

              it is inset in the middle of these long tables... so not really a bucket but more like a part of the table that is filled with ice! it's great for keeping drinks cold! the atmosphere here is a lot nicer than other asian restos in the area, but the prices are a bit higher as well

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                trane May 18, 2011 10:22 AM

                The chinese place? Furama House. Well, it used to be called Furama House. If your friend thinks that they serve good dim sum or chinese food, avoid any further recommendations from said person. Then again, I'm basing my opinion on a handful of visits over 10 years ago. Maybe things have changed. But probably not.

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          TexSquared Aug 25, 2010 11:54 PM

          This place just got ripped in the Toronto Star:

          http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/...

          Nigiri without wasabi? You expect that kind of laziness at an AYCE place....

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          1. re: TexSquared
            skylineR33 Aug 26, 2010 08:18 AM

            I don't see any problem with Nigiri without faked wasabi. In fact, they should not put any wasabi in it if the wasabi is not real. The restaurant do it right, they put the 'faked' wasabi on the side for the patron to apply it to the level they want.

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              canadianbeaver Aug 26, 2010 08:59 AM

              I agree, I don't know any lower-end (price wise) places that put the wasabi in the nigiri. You really only expect that a higher end places (in Toronto).

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                skylineR33 Aug 26, 2010 09:41 AM

                I think you misunderstand what I am trying to say. Any sushi restaurant, either expensive or cheap, should not put faked wasabi into the Nigiri. Especially higher end sushi restaurant, if they are not using true wasabi with the price they charge (such as Hiro, who charge $5 for a single piece of nigiri), please don't put faked wasab in it to destroy the delicate taste of the expensive piece of fish ! They should learn from Sushi Moto regarding this.

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                  canadianbeaver Aug 26, 2010 09:45 AM

                  I understood - I meant places that use fake wasabi (generally the lower end places) don't put it in the nigiri. I didn't realize higher end places, however, used fake wasabi...that makes me sad.

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                    skylineR33 Aug 26, 2010 09:46 AM

                    Kaji use faked wasabi too, same with Zen from time to time. Yes, it is sad.

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            iEatErgoiBlog Sep 21, 2010 10:43 AM

            Oh, jee. I went back here a couple months ago and we were a party of six. Instead of bringing stuff out as it was ready (we had an 8 and 6 year old with us), they decided to put everything in a boat (which is stupid for a party of 6 because one end of the table can't reach what they ordered because it's in the other end of the stupid giant boat). It took FOREVER for the food to come and when it finally did come, the hot parts (all the tempura, the gyoza, the agetofu, the edamame, and the chicken teriyaki) were so cold we had to send it back. The rice wasn't properly cooked, a little hard, and didn't hold together at all. And the avocado wasn't ripe and the fish was cut too big. Yuck.

            Needless to say, I haven't been back since so I'm back on the hunt for good sushi at Yonge & Sheppard.

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            1. re: iEatErgoiBlog
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              Sadistick Sep 21, 2010 01:47 PM

              Well, the term 'good' is relative of course.

              With that being said, there is no good sushi to be found in this area.

              The best sushi I have found within closest proximity to this area is Mikado on Laird - great sushi.

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