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Nov 12, 2011 02:57 PM

Well cut Sushi Toronto

I have been looking for some sushi places that cut the fish thinner. I don't like that most sushi places i've gone to in Toronto leave the fish very thick. I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I miss being able ot find medium priced sushi that is well prepared. Does anyone have suggestions on where to go for middle price range or take-out sushi that is cut properly?

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  1. 1) In terms of $ value, what is your definition of ' medium priced '
    2) I presume you are talking about fish thickness used as neta/tane for nigiri sushi. There are no strict rule for 'ideal' thickness! The range is from 1/8 to 1/4 inch and it also depends on the type of fish!
    3) Most chowhounders agree Zen's version is the best and most authentic in the GTA. Hiro, Cafe Michi and Japango is also acceptable. Personally, I care about the length as much as the thickness!

    122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Medium priced would be around 30-40 dollars per person and yes you are correct i do mean thickness but agree length is also important. Thanks for the suggestions, I will give them a try!

      1. re: Charles Yu

        @ Charles Yu:

        "Personally, I care about the length as much as the thickness!"


        1. re: Charles Yu

          What about Sushi Couture?

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

        2. Wow Sushi at Yonge/Charles is new, but does a good job with their nigiri. The shari is also decent. Not the very best in the city, but very acceptable. It's less traditional, since their chefs trained at Japango, so expect a bit of fusion (and garlic oil) with your sushi.

          122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

          1. Try Mikado Sushi on Laird. He trained with Kaji. His sushi is pretty traditional. The fish is fresh and handled properly.

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            1. re: sloweater

              If Masauda san of Mikado trained with Kaji then the shari of his nigiri sushi must be only so-so?! Since Kaji's shari is not that great when compared with other really good Japanese sushi chefs! Neta/Tane on the other hand is really fresh and well chosen.

              1. re: Charles Yu

                I've never had an issue with the shari at Mikado. The quality of the fish and preparation are spot on. The price is very reasonable, especially compared with other places of similar calibre in Toronto. Is Mikado the best? Probably not, but it is in my top 5 in Toronto.

                1. re: sloweater

                  Good to hear! May be the student has 'evolved'?! Time to do a comparison between Mikado and Zen?! BTW, the shari at Cafe Michi yesterday was very good!! Well seasoned and nicely textured! The Mexican awabi and Portuguese toro was very nice!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    I live closer to Mikado but still choose to travel all the way to Zen for my nigiri. Shari is much better at Zen and I've never had a single piece of sushi that was off. I remember I had an off piece of uni in Mikado once. Not horrible, but not good either.

                    Given that the pricing is comparable for Zen and Mikado, I'd say Zen hands down :)

                    1. re: ctl98

                      I would agree with that. Mikado can be a little inconsistent sometimes.

                    2. re: Charles Yu

                      I don't know if he was ever a student per say but they did work together.

                      I think as far as shari goes in Toronto, you're going to hit a ceiling as far as availability of ingredients. You can't get great rice here, or aged vinegars, a proper stove with good japanese charcoal, you're not washing and soaking the rice in the purest mountain spring water and blah, blah, blah.

                      I like Michi's Shari. It's stronger than a lot of places with a good acidity level. If anything I feel like they give you a bit too much in their nigiri sushi and that they maybe pack it a bit too tightly for me.

                      1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

                        According to this paper article, Mikado's chef did 'learn' the art of sushi from Kaji san

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          There's a bit more to it than that, but I hate to digress.

                2. re: sloweater

                  I've never been a fan of Mikado. It's definitelly better quality than the McSushi places on Bayview but just wasn't memorable to me. In the area I like Sushi Marche II best, followed by Nigiri-Ya (which I find pricey).

                3. I would recommend Taro Fish. Just buy the fish you like and have it cut the way you want.

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                  1. re: elvisahmed

                    Their nigiri sushi is actually decent as well. Their original sushi chef left however, to go to Raa and has since left Raa to pursue other avenues. He was originally from Mye in Oakville so maybe he went back there? Not sure...

                  2. I like Ginza, they are good. I love sushi and I think they are in my top 3 fav places.

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                    1. re: Rain077

                      Kumai sushi near the airport on Brunel if you have a car. Note, I'm not sure, but they may not be licensed.....but the sushi is very well prepared (the hot dishes are also usually top notch).