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Best Sushi in Richmond hill / Thornhill? (close to dufferin/hwy 7)

Can someone rec great sushi in the area?
Ive had Mi-Ne but it's a little out of the way. Also, I love dragon rolls and I'm not a huge fan of theirs.
Been going to Tomo but the tuna was a little "eh" last time I was there.
I am NOT interested in AYCE.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you are willing to drive a bit east, I would highly recommend Inatei at Hwy 7 & Lesile. Fantastic quality and beautiful ambiance. They also offer a omakase menu which is probably one of the best value and quality omakase in GTA.

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      1. re: Demeter

        I believe the OP was enquiring about 'Best Sushi' and not Japanese in general?! As such, here are my 2 cents worth!

        Yes, Inatei's omakase is 'interesting', the cooked food in particular is pretty good. However, their sushi, IMO, sucks big time! All because their 'shari' is simply not up to standard. Sure, the fish is fresh and depending on the days of the week, selection can be quite varied and interesting. However, if you really want to give it a try, I would bypass ordering sushi and go for sashimi instead!

        Another decent choice IMHO is 'Miyabi' on West Beaver Creek. Sushi there is better. And, unlike Inatei, which is Chinese own and run, Miyabi is Japanese owned! (If one cares about this sort of thing?!)

        280 West Beaver Creek, Thornhill, ON L4B3Z1, CA

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Hi Charles, I was at Miyabi one time and they do not even use Japanese rice for their Gyudon.

          1. re: skylineR33

            Interesting?! Any idea when was that?

            1. re: Charles Yu

              That was around a year or so ago, have not been back since then ... maybe the guy there thought I want to eat Chinese rice when they hear us speaking Chinese ?!

              1. re: skylineR33

                If Indian go there, they'll get bismati rice?! Ha!!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  In fact the guy inside the kitchen who cooks all your food in Miyabi is a South Asian. The only good sashimi in Maysbi is if you order a whole lobster sashimi. The rest sucks. Uni always has strange taste. I had to returned the uni sushi a few times in the past. Of course, the waitress simply just canceled the order without telling the boss who is the sushi chef. You normally wait for hours for your sushi or sashimi in the weekend. But the waitresses are very very nice. 'The best dish in Mayabi is the tempura shrimp. It is the best in Toronto! Foods are extremely pricey. I stopped going there after Inatei opened last year.

        1. re: JJLOVESFOOD

          Did anyone tried the new place at the Tim Horton/Ten Ren strip mall? The thai restaurant is now a Japanese/Korean place called Sushi Tei, which opened from Mississauga. I thought it is quite good, but Mi-Ne is still in my book the best in the area.

          I was a fan of Inatei when I first found it, but the last time, their fish did not seem to be very fresh and we never went back since.

          1. re: KevH

            It is also the same group of people at Kaori Sushi (Yonge and 7, the old OutBack location). Their Japanese food, mediocre at best.

            1. re: skylineR33

              Since Kaori is within walking distance, I was excited to try it. I totally agree with skylineR33. By the look of dishes the wait staff was delivering, I think the cooked dishes are likely OK . But I'm a sashimi lover and you can't 'hide' when serving naked fish (lol). The sashimi I had was defintely frozen, it sucked and wouldn't go back.
              I was going to My Sushi about a year ago and liked it a lot, despite it's somewhat dinginess. Then I went once when the owner wasn't there and service and food turned me off that I didn't go back.
              I now always go to Sapporo on Chalmers and even though I think they're a bit cheap on the amount of fish ingredients in their rolls, I love that when ever I go there, it is ALWAYS packed and super busy - I know their stuff is really fresh! Sapporo's prices are very reasonable. I don't like their miso soup, it's like weak dishwater, but I would reccommend this place!

              My Sushi
              5440 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5R8, CA

            2. re: KevH

              I went to Sushi Tei 2 weeks ago. I ordered a sashimi lunch set and an order of uni sushi.
              The sashimi was OK but a typical lunch set i.e. a way to get rid of the leftover the days before, and the uni was really bad. After one bite, I just left the uni sushi alone. Service was slow too.

              Sushi Tei
              4040 Creditview Rd, Mississauga, ON L5C4E3, CA

              1. re: gingerpepper

                Hmmm, I guess I am lucky then, since I have not had good experiences with Inatei. (Obviously, they are not compariable to Zen, but, for me, it seems to be edible for me.)

                I would expand, but I am not sure if I am following the etiquettes of Chowhound.

          2. Kaori (High Tech Road, at Yonge just north of Hwy 7) has GREAT sushi, using only the ultra-premium sushi rice that most places don't, plus outstanding buttery salmon sashimi, and AS A BONUS, perhaps the best dolsot bi bim bap I've found in the Yonge Street strip from Sheppard up to HWY 7! (yes, I've tried Traditional Korean Restaurant and it was very good, too, but I prefer Kaori).

            Like all places, Kaori have dishes they excel at and some they don't - I love the maki, sushi, sashimi and korean specialties, they have great tempura, even the tempura dipping sauce and the miso soup both stand out, but I'm not wild about the teriyaki or noodle dishes they serve and the unagi is weak.

            We're not talking one of the 2 or 3 ultra-premium (and ultra-pricy) sushi places, I agree, but NOTHING else in the mid-price-range I've found is even close, and I've tried 'em all in the Yonge-Sheppard-Steeles zone.


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            1. re: TorontoTips

              totally agree with james. kaori is the best in the area. their sushi and sashimi have yet to disappoint, and i go there at least once a month. and yes, their noodle dishes are not very good, i would avoid all of their noodles. i've tried their udon (blah) and their zarusoba (blah). i love their hwae-dup bap, dolsut and their mae-un tang.

            2. There's a place called Sushi Bento on Yonge St. just north of Major Mackenzie on the west side. Apparently they have been in business only for about six months. We had a sushi boat. It came with five different fish sushi with same array of fish as sashimi along with some shrimp. Octopus and squid.

              Fish was fresh but the pieces were rather small. Usually, when we order a sushi boat of this size, two of us walk away feeling full. Not this place though. The miso soup was extra.

              It appears that the manager/owner was a Chinese man. He was boating about how he imports key ingredients from Japan to make tasty sushi yet he recommended the Kung-Pao chicken more...I thought it was a sushi restaurant.

              1. Now, please don't laugh : I like Hockey Sushi on Centre Street. I admit I am not Japanese and not an sushi expert but I find that the food is fresh and well cooked. Their all-you-can-eat is a good deal.

                Hockey Sushi
                1102 Centre St, Thornhill, ON L4J3M8, CA

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                1. re: lamaranthe

                  I laughed. But then I cried, so it cancelled each other out.

                2. My go-to place for decent takeout--Gal's Sushi--recently changed owners, and sadly, dropped in quality. The pink ginger was a little mould-y and sashimi was partly 'frozen'. They also upped their prizes on their Lunch menu...

                  I'm looking for a good-value, satisfying Sushi take-out/dine-in. Preferably close to Richmond Hill/ Thornhill area?

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                  1. re: gutsontoast

                    I've been going to Gal for years and have found their quality acceptable for the most part relative to the price. For $6.99 a bento box (take out) you end up with a good amount of food for lunch.

                    I've recently visited Kaori after a fair bit of hesitation due to those Neon signs. I was surprised to find how busy it was on a Friday night. The interior was very comfortable and did showcased a fair bit of Japanese flair and decor.

                    There were 2 of us and we ordered salmon tataki, Treasure Island Roll and a Seafood Bibimbap.

                    The salmon tataki had about 14 thinly sliced salmon sashimi with some green onion/scallion and some micro fish eggs. This was a very light appetizers and its seasoned by the soy sauce that accompanied the dish. Not a really standout dish but a nice little starter.

                    The mains were much better! The Treasure Island roll was essentially a dynamite roll with lobster instead of the typical tempura shrimp. There were 8 large pieces of the roll, to large for one mouth IMO. The presentation was pretty nice. It had a large mount of crabmeat/abalone/fish roe mixed with a spicy mayo based sauce. The crabmeat went really well with the rolls and it was overall pretty delicious.

                    Last but not least, the seafood bibimbap was in my opinion the best dish. There was a mixture of salmon, shrimps, unagi, squid, octopus, scallops and avocado. It came with some spicy soy sauce and once you mix the sauce with the rice, seafood and avocado, it became a bowl of deliciousness!

                    Overall, it was a great first experience and would return to try a couple other things. The bill came to around $55 and we were fully stuffed.

                    With that said, we will still go to Gal for some fast cheap bento boxes when I get the craving for Japanese.

                  2. My standard go to for sushi in that area is Sapporo Sushi, 23 Chalmers Road, just East of Bayview off Hwy 7. Small little family run place, Korean owned. Great people. Sushi and Sashimi is pretty good... reliable is the word I use but the pieces are on the dainty side. Good value on their many specials but the stand outs are the hand rolls. Best spicy salmon hand roll in the 905 (maybe even in the GTA) .. I know, spicy salmon ... laugh if you must but I really enjoy it ... so there. In the years that I have been going there, I have only had 2 less than great hand rolls, and 1 was take-out so my fault for leaving so long before eating. Feel free to laugh this place off because it is already getting too crowded most days and I share only because I care. Once again, NOT ZEN, or SOLO!! Just my standard go to once a month, reliable, cozy, know what you are going to get everytime kinda place .. with super hand rolls .. tempura is pretty good too most times.

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                    1. re: theel

                      Is Sapporo in the same plaza as Gal? There's a sushi place besides the HSBC...I'm wondering if that was the restaurant being referred to.

                      Gal's $6.99 has been bumped up to $7.99! (I know...huge difference) But they changed some stuff since the new management...

                      I agree with the notion of cheap/good. Not every place will be super expensive when you go out!

                      However, another place that's good/pricey is Tomo Sushi on Yonge near Lazer Quest. It caters to a 'Westerners' crowd as opposed to Asian crowds, and has more $$$ to reflect this. But the sushi quality is surprisingly decent...a tad fresher than your standard Korean/Japanese sushi place.

                      1. re: gutsontoast

                        Sapporo is not next to Gal which is at 7 and Warden(ish). Sapporo is on Chalmers Road between Leslie and Bayview (just west of West Beaver Creek). It is next to a HSBC though.

                    2. My family has always enjoyed Shi-Ki (Yonge St, two blocks south of Elgin Mills). We mostly go for lunch on weekends. We don't bother with AYCE, as the lunch sets are quite filling.

                      I wouldn't for a moment pretend it's Hiro or other high end spots, but almost everything is competently done, served quickly, and the decor is clean and bright. I usually get the sashimi lunch, which is 10-12 pieces of fish, miso soup, salad (a weak point - iceberg lettuce, a tomato slice, and dressing), california rolls, a dumpling or two, and rice. For the four of us, we normally order one or two extra orders of whatever special roll we'd like to try, and end up taking food home. Most lunch sets are in the $9-12 range, which I think is quite reasonable.