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What's the best sushi place close to downtown?

grandgourmand Oct 20, 2012 04:42 PM

Other than Yuzu and Sushi Couture (based on reviews not personal experience) what is there?

I like Japango, but we'll be a group that is too large for them.

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  1. NoFixedAddress RE: grandgourmand Oct 20, 2012 04:57 PM

    Oyshi Sushi (Harbourfront)
    12 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON M5J 2V3
    (416) 216-0709

    (It's kinda hidden and across from the Westin Harbour Hotel. In-between a courtyard. LOOK for "the Kitchen Table" corner store. it's right beside that )

    I love this place (see photo attached)
    I normally call-ahead for pick-up as it is very busy in there!
    I have dined-in also. YUMMY!

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      gwanderc RE: NoFixedAddress Oct 20, 2012 05:32 PM

      Nami on Adelaide beside Terroni is very good in my mind. Have had very consistent meals there.

      We are pretty critical of sushi and have found this to be a gem for us.

      1. re: gwanderc
        T Long RE: gwanderc Oct 20, 2012 05:35 PM

        +1 for Nami. Haven't been yet, but Nami's sister restaurant, TakeSushi on Front is rated at least equal to Nami by many. Yuzu is my favorite place downtown.

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          Googs RE: T Long Oct 21, 2012 08:50 AM

          You know, it's funny. It's as though the two restaurants aren't related at all. Though I haven't been for a while, I would recommend TakeSushi. Not the most creative, but of good quality. I wouldn't inflict Nami on anyone. It's a cool-guy place with little concern about food.

          Notorious, the website says Ja is still looking for a sushi chef. Whaddaya know? And by that I mean, what do you know about the chef?

          Ichi Riki's been getting some love lately. I used to quite like it. Hard to know if it's the right size. GG, how many people? Oh and...

          Does it have to be downtown? How close is "close"?

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            Notorious P.I.G. RE: Googs Oct 21, 2012 11:51 AM

            Yeah, I don't know why it says that but maybe it's old? Their head chef Koji is the sushi chef, maybe he needs a second guy to help him out behind the bar.

            He's a really great sushi chef. I can tell you that he trained in Ginza under a much lauded, often mentioned on the Japan board, Yoda like Itamae that's not Jiro.

            He used to mess around serving me sushi at the Bloor St Guu and I have to say that the pieces of sushi and sashimi he served me where some of the best bites I have had in North America. He cubed what I think was maybe Hamachi belly into miniature rectangular pieces to bring out the texture one time and it was incredible.

            Their FB is here:


            1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
              Googs RE: Notorious P.I.G. Oct 21, 2012 12:58 PM

              I'm curious t know where and under whom he trained. There's a shot of his work here from his time at Miku in Vancouver. Seems your guy likes frilly things. I look forward to trying his handiwork in person. Thanks or the tip.

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                Notorious P.I.G. RE: Googs Oct 21, 2012 01:21 PM

                Not sure that that's his sushi specifically in that link.

                Here's a good pic from their FB page of what his stuff looks like:

                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                  Googs RE: Notorious P.I.G. Oct 21, 2012 01:31 PM

                  Not sure either, but that centre shot looked so similar style wise, I thought it possible that it's the work of one person. Either way, it looks like the first opening in a while worthy of straying from Zen in my backyard to it.

            2. re: Googs
              justsayn RE: Googs Oct 21, 2012 03:29 PM

              "I wouldn't inflict Nami on anyone." Harsh words in my opinion, etc. When were you there that is was so horrific? I can't imagine that.

              We have had some really great meals there over the years, but mostly out of the kitchen and grill.

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                CocoaChanel RE: justsayn Oct 21, 2012 04:00 PM

                I also like the grilled/kitchen items at Nami, particularly the black cod - tender and flavourful. The sushi is ok/standard.

                The last two times I have been to Takesushi, the sushi was dried out/stale and tasteless. Not bothering again.

                1. re: CocoaChanel
                  justsayn RE: CocoaChanel Oct 21, 2012 04:07 PM

                  Yes the black cod is a standout along with the yellowtail collar/neck and the tempura is normally excellent. This is the only place I've been where the sushi pizza is actually very good. Hot Pot was once always good, but it has been a few years since I've ordered that.

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                    CocoaChanel RE: justsayn Oct 21, 2012 04:14 PM

                    The Hot Pot, as of 6 monts ago, is still good!

        2. re: NoFixedAddress
          Teep RE: NoFixedAddress Oct 20, 2012 08:25 PM

          Oyshi is Korean run; my personal preference for sushi is from Japanese chefs, like Ichi Riki on Bloor (although I haven't been in a while).

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            obstructionist RE: Teep Oct 21, 2012 07:36 AM

            Ichi Riki is very good, but it's small so may not be able to accomodate a large group.

        3. Notorious P.I.G. RE: grandgourmand Oct 21, 2012 01:03 AM

          If JaBistro is open in time for your meal I would go there above all else. The sushi chef there is insane. Right up there with Kaji and Sei San at Zen if not better.

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          1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
            grandgourmand RE: Notorious P.I.G. Oct 21, 2012 06:16 AM

            Might have to do that one a different time. Doesn't look like it's open.

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              Notorious P.I.G. RE: grandgourmand Oct 21, 2012 11:41 AM

              Gotcha! Yeah, I'd for sure try it another time.

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                Notorious P.I.G. RE: grandgourmand Oct 21, 2012 11:55 AM

                I'd second or third Ichiriki as well although they can be a little heavy on the wasabi sometimes.

                1. re: Notorious P.I.G.
                  Googs RE: Notorious P.I.G. Oct 21, 2012 12:14 PM

                  REALLY heavy on he wasabi to the point I thought the chef might be a bit of a sadist or a joker or maybe a sadistic joker.

                  I meant Rikishi on Bloor W, not Ichiriki on Bloor E. It's the place I recall liking, Ichiriki got 3 shots and overpowered me with wasabi each and every time. Rikishi has been a low key pleaser for years. Here's the love I referred to earlier.

            2. grandgourmand RE: grandgourmand Oct 21, 2012 12:13 PM

              Thanks everyone for the tips. I'm afraid dinner (which was for tonight) was cancelled.

              But, hey, I learned about this Ja Bistro place, which looks quite promising. And Ichi Riki.

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              1. re: grandgourmand
                Googs RE: grandgourmand Oct 21, 2012 12:57 PM

                Never sushi on a Sunday.

                1. re: Googs
                  Charles Yu RE: Googs Oct 21, 2012 02:59 PM

                  ...and Monday!!!

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                Arcadiaseeker RE: grandgourmand Oct 24, 2012 06:57 AM

                Take Sushi on Front near Bay is one of the better places in the downtown core.

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