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Best AYCE Sushi and more

Group wants to have some super fresh AYCE sushi, but with not only that for the ones who want to eat more mainstream, but will have crab, beef or lobster.
One GF wants to go to (name???) Sushi D on College, but I thought I would elicit your help and advice. One of our people was ill last time she ate sushi years ago and is very nervous.

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Sushi D
671 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B9, CA

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  1. There are numerous threads on this topic; try searching first.

    That said, your request isn't exactly possible: no AYCE place will have real crab or lobster sushi. Furthermore, attempting to reassure someone who was previously ill eating sushi by taking them to AYCE is a pretty silly idea; AYCE sushi is the lowest possible quality sushi available. Maybe your best bet is something like the Mandarin?

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    1. re: tjr

      Apparently this girfriend (one of them in the group) thinks that Sushi D is very high quality. I have never been to an AYCE sushi place, just ordered in or off the menu. I am open, not expecting the real lobster or crab, just the fake stuff. I can't make myself eat at the Mandarin; too mass produced.

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      Sushi D
      671 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B9, CA

      1. re: itryalot

        Mandarin has sushi, roast beef, sometimes crab, maybe lobster (though I've never been so I'm not sure). It's AYCE, and I doubt many people get sick eating there. I think the general consensus on this board is that the Mandarin, for a group of picky eaters who want a variety AYCE buffet, isn't actually even that bad.

        I've never found an AYCE sushi place that I considered to be even remotely "high quality." Maybe you should check out one of those other threads?

        1. re: tjr

          FYI - Mandarin buffet does not serve any raw fish as sushi that I have ever seen.

          1. re: justsayn

            Like I said, I've never been. Apparently they do have raw fish sushi, eg. salmon. If you want a thread discussing the "best" AYCE sushi in Toronto, maybe use the board search function where this topic has been discussed ad nauseum.

            And they even have some sort of crab festival going on right now, according to their website. Better than surimi at an AYCE!

            1. re: tjr

              I do know that the salmon sushi at Mandarin is made with smoked salmon, not raw.

              1. re: justsayn

                Then go for the real crab/beef?

      1. re: TexSquared

        Thanks Tex. We don't want a buffet AYCE; that's why the friend suggested that Sushi D. I just was hoping for some other options. Something also that has california rolls, wraps, etc.

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        Sushi D
        671 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B9, CA

        1. re: itryalot

          Masa at Yonge & Charles is way better than Sushi D-minus. Not really sushi, of course, but at least they make everything to order. Nice room on the first floor of a hotel.

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          Masa
          15 Charles E, Toronto, ON M4Y2A1, CA

          1. re: iMarilyn

            But Masa's menu is way smaller than Sushi D, not much variety at all, no fancy rolls IIRC.

            My pick is Aji Sai on Queen, west of Spadina, and go early as they get very busy.

            1. re: Teep

              I like Aji Sai on Queen as well. My non-sushi friends do too!

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              Aji Sai
              783 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

          2. re: itryalot

            They're not all buffets. Three that I know for sure aren't are Ten-Ichi (Scarborough), Makimono (Pickering/Ajax), and Sushi Mountain (Ajax). The latter two, the menu is given to you on a checklist and you mark off which items you want, while Ten-Ichi you call your orders to the server.

            This is the Ten-Ichi dinner menu so you can see what you can choose from:
            http://www.ten-ichi.com/downloads/din...

        2. You may already know this but all AYCE Japanese places serve more then just sushi. They often have teriyaki chicken or beef, noodles or rice, grilled fish or meat. No lobster or real crab that's for sure.
          I dine out with my co workers from time to time. None of them adventurous eaters, they like the AYCE for the "cucumber sushi", the edamame, and fried gyoza (meat dumplings).

          1. Based on feedback, may do one of thos Japanese or other places. Otherwise, forget the AYCE and just have a nice dinner. I have to sell them on it.
            Thanks all!

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            1. re: itryalot

              Yeah, what disqualified all the AYCE places for you was their lobster/crab requirement, few places will have those on the AYCE menu (some buffet places will have the crab legs out on weekends, but you wanted sushi). Makimono does have both options (a la carte or AYCE) so I guess you could go there and get AYCE and then order the premium items separately.

              So either sell them on "forget AYCE, food is better a-la-carte anyway" or "we can go AYCE but you'll have to do without lobster, sorry"...

              Please let us know where you went and how everybody enjoyed/didn't enjoy it!