Top 10 Sushi Restaurants In Toronto
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If you’re craving a delectable plate of sushi, there’s no need to embark on a Tokyo escape to enjoy the tempting Japanese delicacy. Toronto is filled with sushi restaurants for both the ambitious gourmet and the foodie on a tight budget. Here’s Real Style’s guide to our top ten places in Toronto to enjoy your next starter plate of edamame or platter of California rolls.
1) Sushi Kaji, 860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z 1N7
(416) 252-2166: This upscale destination in the city’s west end features authentic sushi by chef Mitsuhiri Kaji, the restaurant’s namesake and owner. Kaji started making sushi at 13 and studied under Japanese master chefs before settling in Toronto. At Kaji, fish is freshly imported regularly from Tokyo Bay. For a formal night out, try the authentic Takumi tasting menu with appetizers, sashimi, a sushi selection and dessert.
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2) Nami Japanese Restaurant, 55 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
(416) 362-7373: This fine downtown spot has been in business for over 30 years. Luckily for sushi lovers counting their pennies, Nami is participating in Toronto’s upcoming Winterlicious (from Jan. 30 to Feb. 12), which features discounted menus at several of the city’s top restaurants. If you’re an indecisive foodie, the restaurant offers a special Omakase tasting menu with chef’s specialities like sashimi and nigiri sushi. Drop by from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week for the Sushi Special Lunch Combo, with five pieces of sushi, salad and miso soup.
3) To Ne Sushi, 414 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2A7
(416) 866-8200: Head to this Queen West spot with a group of friends for the boat tray, which includes assorted sushi options in 42 piece, 64 piece or 84 piece servings. If you’re looking for a smaller meal, dig into unique choices like the sweet shrimp, sea urchin or sea bass sushi.
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4) Ichiban Sushi House, 1375 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
(416) 922-7500: While Ichiban may be a chain of restaurants, the sushi at this particular Yonge Street location has made it a popular pick. Whether you’re tempted by the Sakura Matsuri (Sushi & Sashimi Combination) for a party tray or you crave asparagus maki rolls for a vegetarian-friendly fix, the menu offers something for everyone. Wrap up your meal with the Ichiban Special Dessert, a banana tempura dish with ice cream.
5) Sushi Kai, 168 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto, ON M4P 2K5
(416) 481-8181: This midtown restaurant features brown rice sushi, a winning choice for anyone who is still aiming for a healthy diet as their New Year’s Resolution. With classic tuna and salmon balanced with edgy options like BBQ eel and surf clam, the takeout menu is a mix of both adventurous and traditional sushi. With an 18 piece Maki Set sushi combo for $12, it’s also wallet-friendly.
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6) Japango, 122 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1P5
(416) 599-5557: With a Chopsticks Club where the traditional utensils of frequent diners are proudly placed on the restaurant’s wall, Japango describes itself as aiming for a “heartwarming and soul-satisfying experience” for customers. Tuck into bluefin tuna belly sushi ($16) or try a lobster tail roll ($14) as you work toward joining this sushi clique!
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7) Yunaghi, 538 Manning Avenue, Toronto, ON M6G 2V9
(416) 588-7862: This fledgling joint may be ironically located in Little Italy, but it’s been described by blogTo as one of the city’s “top new sushi restaurants”. If you’re craving fusion dishes with an artsy Japanese-French spin, Yunaghi offers house-aged marinated duck, salmon confit and a tasting menu.
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8) Ki Modern Japanese + Bar, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
(416) 308-5888: The trendy restaurant and bar in the Financial District aims for an updated twist on traditional Japanese dining. The Izakaya (or pub) menu features sake-cured salmon tartare ($15), edamame or seasoned soy beans ($7) and Takoyaki octopus fritters ($12). Meanwhile, the lunch and dinner menus offer sushi options like sweet shrimp, Japanese horse mackerel, sockeye salmon, albacore tuna and California rolls with Alaskan king crab.
9) Shogun Japanese Restaurant, Yorkville, 154 Cumberland St Toronto, ON M5R
(416) 964-8665: As a hidden gem in Yorkville, Shogun may be an ideal quick stop after a fast-paced shopping spree. Tuck into a Green Dragon Roll, try a Lobster Roll, or treat yourself to a spicy tuna sashimi bowl. The restaurant also serves homemade green tea ice cream for a classic dessert. Look out for servers wearing kimonos for a traditional touch.
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10) Sushi on Bloor, 515 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y4
(416) 516-3456: Located in the city’s Annex area, this spot boasts budget friendly deals like lunches beginning at a thrify $4.99. Despite the low prices, it’s been described by BlogTo as a top contender for “the best cheap sushi in Toronto”. The Supreme Bento Box includes grilled salmon, beef or salmon teriyaki with tempura, salmon rolls and cucumber rolls ($10.50).
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