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Best Japanese AYCE for Friday, July 29 in downtown/Yonge-Dundas area?

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mtx Jul 27, 2011 07:50 AM

Recommendations please! The only close ones I know of are Sushi on Bloor / New Generation and I think they are both pretty bad. There's also a Ninki (the one inside Scotiabank, not the crappy one outside) but I've never been there.

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New Generation
493 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y2, CA

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

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  1. iMarilyn RE: mtx Jul 27, 2011 08:10 AM

    Neither SOB or NG are ayce. Masa on Charles is ayce and Woo in the AMC has ayce Chinese sushi as part of the buffet.

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    Masa
    15 Charles E, Toronto, ON M4Y2A1, CA

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      tjr RE: iMarilyn Jul 27, 2011 12:48 PM

      Mariko is right at Yonge & Dundas, and if memory serves me right, it used to be AYCE. You may want to call them and see if it still is. Not that it's any good, but good AYCE sushi is an impossible task to fill.

      There are no AYCE sushi places that are actually good, but Masa does hold a special spot as the worst Japanese food that has ever been recommended to me by a Japanese in Toronto.

      There's a bunch of sushi places up Yonge before Bloor, some of which may be AYCE, all of which I can't recommend, but that people appear to like.

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      Masa
      15 Charles E, Toronto, ON M4Y2A1, CA

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        Teep RE: tjr Jul 27, 2011 02:01 PM

        Mariko AYCE is like $12.95 if not $10.95 - I would not trust the quality of the ingredients!

        Woo Buffet right at Yonge/Dundas is Chinese buffet with some sushi for dinner, but overall food is below average.

        Aji Sai on Yonge 2 blocks north of Bloor is decent AYCE, but seems to be not as good as the Aji Sai on Queen west of Spadina.

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          mtx RE: Teep Jul 27, 2011 02:07 PM

          Woo Buffet is one of the worst buffets ever..I went there in the first 3 months and their sashimi was warm!!! They put all the sushis directly under lights......disgusting

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            tjr RE: Teep Jul 27, 2011 03:28 PM

            I wouldn't trust the quality of the ingredients at any AYCE :P

      2. elvisahmed RE: mtx Jul 27, 2011 12:48 PM

        zapped!

        1. elvisahmed RE: mtx Jul 27, 2011 12:50 PM

          Ninki is decent actually. Their sushi stuff is better than other AYCE places IMO other stuff is just OK. Not a bad option if you don;t want to venture out in the suburbs.

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

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            tjr RE: elvisahmed Jul 27, 2011 12:54 PM

            Are you sure they're AYCE though? I don't think you can qualify their sushi as decent.

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              mtx RE: tjr Jul 27, 2011 01:08 PM

              They have AYCE for Dinner M-F 4-9PM. I've tried their lunch menu and it was good but expensive. I've worked at Yonge/King for 3yrs and have not tried their AYCE Dinner solely because of the price, but I think I'll finally give it a shot on Friday....

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                elvisahmed RE: tjr Jul 27, 2011 01:11 PM

                Yes they are AYCE in the afternoon. By Decent I meant decent for an AYCE (I am using Ten-Ichi as reference which is regarded well for a AYCE)

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              Big Kahuna 1 RE: mtx Jul 27, 2011 01:15 PM

              Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant on the south side of Dundas at Elizabeth Street is not fancy but it is raesonably priced and is certainly acceptable quality AYCE.

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                biggreenmatt RE: Big Kahuna 1 Jul 28, 2011 06:33 AM

                Bleah. If you're at Kyoto House, you might as well just go to Japango. It's not AYCE, but it's fresh fish with excellent cooked dishes. Get more value for money, IMO, even though you order a la carte and is a bit pricier.

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                Japango
                122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

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                  mtx RE: biggreenmatt Jul 28, 2011 07:02 AM

                  I've been there before. I've also been to Sushi Couture. It's good quality, but the quantity we eat is not worth it...

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

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                    tjr RE: biggreenmatt Jul 28, 2011 08:10 AM

                    People who want AYCE sushi don't want good quality sushi, they just want a lot of it. If it's palatable, well, that's even better.

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                      mtx RE: tjr Jul 28, 2011 12:09 PM

                      I do want quality. I don't want warm sashimi and insects in my stomach. I believe a quality AYCE can exist.

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                        tjr RE: mtx Jul 28, 2011 12:26 PM

                        There's no such a thing as quality AYCE. By definition they have to use inferior quality ingredients in order for it to be profitable.

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                          mtx RE: tjr Jul 28, 2011 12:41 PM

                          How about quality that's passable? I'm not looking for AAAAAAAAAAA+ grade.

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                            jennjen18 RE: mtx Jul 28, 2011 04:22 PM

                            I recommend Gallery Sushi at Village by the Grange. It's about $20 for all days (no premiums for certain days), and there's not that much choices either... with that, their quality is actually quite good. Lots of sushi/sashimi/rolls to choose from... I would stay away from their cooked stuff, and gorge on sushi/sashimi/rolls.

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                            Gallery Sushi
                            275 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T3K1, CA

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                              mtx RE: jennjen18 Jul 29, 2011 11:17 PM

                              This was one of the worst AYCEs I've been to. Convenient location yes, but next time I'll think I'll try a more trusted place on my special day. I feel bad for dragging 7 people with me to this atrocious restaurant.

                              -Wakame Salad was VERY sour
                              -Salmon sashimi was in cubes....1/3 of a normal piece of sashimi
                              -White tuna sashimi was in a puddle of water (probably melted ice)
                              -Ice cream had chunks of ice inside

                              I liked the dragon and rainbow rolls but the selection was terrible overall as mentioned already. I would not come back here anytime soon.....

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