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Sushi Couture for Nice Dinner Out?

Hi everyone - I want sushi for my birthday dinner with my SO and I want to pick somewhere with great food and a nice, funky ambience. Sushi Couture looks like it's the best sushi - how is the atmosphere? Ideally I'd like to sit, have drinks and eat at a leisurely pace. Will Sushi Couture fit the bill or can you suggest somewhere better?

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Sushi Couture
456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

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  1. No. Sushi Couture is a neighborhood sushi restaurant that's better food-wise than the other places on Bloor, but is nothing atmosphere wise. There is no bar, the decor (which I don't believe they really changed from the "dim-sum" place that used to be in the space), is cheap looking, IMO.

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    Sushi Couture
    456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

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    1. re: sake

      Not strictly a sushi restaurant and I know some people are going to say it is not a foodie kind of place, but maybe you should check out Blowfish or Ki. Both of these places are kind of bordering on more sizzle then steak, but fit your funky ambience request. They are not budget choices to be sure, but the food is good (for the most part) and not your typical sushi.

    2. All you need to know about Sushi Couture is herehttp://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735907?tag=main_body;topic-735907
      Apparent;y it has gone down-hill fast!!

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      Sushi Couture
      456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        Oh really?? Thanks Charles - we are parents of two kids under 3 and get out rarely so I am glad to avoid this on my one night out!!! Any other suggestions? How is Nami these days?

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

        1. re: Charles Yu

          charles, how many times have you been to sushi couture?

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            After the first Omakase experience, which was great, I was planning to go back. However, after reading all the recent negative postings, I am having second thoughts!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              i suspect your omakase experience was an anomaly. the meal that you got was more classic and restrained whereas many others before and since had more fusion involved.

              i've been prior and after your experience and it remains the same... better than average but still not great rice and ok fish. really disappointed they served me mexican uni, it was awful.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                I was served Mexican uni at Zen too. You have to know this is Toronto.

                1. re: skylineR33

                  i do know it's toronto, but with charles' report he mentioned how inferior they knew it to be. i think it says a lot about what they want to be, which is something just somewhat better than everything else along the strip.

        2. a sushi restaurant with a "funky" ambience? I don' t know if this exists

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          1. re: Bobby Wham

            Ame has a really funky ambiance and offers more than just sushi.

          2. OMI sounds like more of what you're looking for, and the fish is great there too!

            I'm very happy to have rushed to Sushi Couture with my SO for the $40 tasting, when they first opened. Until I hear better things, I'll only be back for sashimi don.

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            Sushi Couture
            456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

            1. i'm on the fence about the quality of yuzu, but they do a great job of presentation, have a reasonably nice space (modern but done kind of cheaply) and offer a decent cocktail list often involving sake and then of course a good sake selection as well. i think it's a good place to relax in but is not lounge-y, which i believe ki and blowfish are more likely to offer.

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              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                Yuzu on Liberty Village???

                Silly presentation, average fish and middling technique.

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

                1. re: themiguel

                  Pretty sure all references here are to Yuzu at 236 Adelaide St. W, at Duncan.

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

                  1. re: Yum2MyTum

                    Yes, the Adelaide one is the one I'm referring to!