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ND Sushi & Grill

Posted by Guest Contributor / Reviewed on May 23, 2012 / review policy

ND Sushi TorontoND Sushi & Grill is so nondescript that you could easily miss if just passing by the restaurant-rich section of Baldwin Street upon which it's located. But great sushi is worth seeking out, and ND Sushi & Grill did not disappoint me in my quest for a terrific meal.

ND SushiThe space is small but not cramped, and the spartan decorations keep with the minimalist cuisine. I made an unnecessary reservation as only a few other patrons trickled in while we ate. The hostess acted as our server, presenting each dish and offering commentary on the menu. Despite the lack of guests, service was slow that night. We had to call the server over to take our orders and she seemed nervous about our food choices which made us hesitant as well. She seemed concerned that we didn't know what we were in for.

ND Sushi & GrillShe dissuaded me from ordering the Maguro Tataki ($8), and instead recommended the Albacore Tuna Salad ($12). I took her suggestion, while a friend went with the Tataki. That dish was lovely and understated while mine offered an artful presentation. Both featured thick slices of raw albacore, flash-seared and lightly seasoned. The Tataki was served in a simple sesame and soy dressing, while the salad was piled high with greens and crispy noodles that were a light touch but packed a lot of flavour and texture. Both dishes were wonderful, though I must claim a preference for mine.

ND Sushi & GrillFor my main, I ordered an assortment of sushi ($19) and was amazed when it was brought out. The maki rolls were sliced into massive pieces that fell apart on the first bite. I had the Dynamite roll and I couldn't decide between using chopsticks or my hands because neither could get a piece to my mouth intact. The nigiri were topped with some of the freshest sashimi I've had in Ontario.

ND Sushi & GrillOne guest ordered the full Dragon Roll ($12), and for the price, she got her money's worth. The roll was the length of my forearm. That, coupled with the width, made it a challenge to finish.

ND Sushi & GrillDespite being stuffed after all that sushi I could not resist the dessert menu. I was very disappointed that they were out of the green tea panna cotta, but I rallied and ordered the Banana Red Bean Spring Roll ($6.50). Banana came wrapped in crisp pastry and surrounded by adzuki beans and warm chocolate sauce. Served with some vanilla bean ice cream, it was a heavenly finish to an intensely satisfying meal.

ND Sushi & GrillWriting and photos by Angelina Purpura

Discussion

28 Comments

hot chile / May 23, 2012 at 09:25 am
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Wasn't this place on Laird before? It was good but went deadpool faster than you can say "our mayor's gut"
sprite / May 23, 2012 at 10:46 am
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Good review.
Brenda Bendover / May 23, 2012 at 11:02 am
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"The nigiri were topped with some of the freshest sashimi I've had in Ontario."


LOL. The author clearly doesn't know what the hell she's talking about.

First off, nigiri sushi isn't topped with sashimi. Yes, sashimi is sliced fish, but its presentation and culinary ideas are distinct from sushi.

Second, if you think this place has the "freshest sashimi [...] in Ontario," then you really haven't been to many Japanese restaurants, have you? Considering the price point, I bet you most of their fish comes frozen.
J / May 23, 2012 at 11:30 am
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Actually this is a Japanese Fusion restaurant...ND Sushi closed the Laird location took some time off and later opened on Baldwin. This review is really bad
Ron replying to a comment from Brenda Bendover / May 23, 2012 at 11:42 am
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Looks like sashimi to me.
Rahdoo replying to a comment from Brenda Bendover / May 23, 2012 at 11:53 am
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Girl, it is clear you do not know your nigiri. May we point you to the fourth photo. The nigiri is to the right of the maki. There is salmon nigiri and what could be toro nigiri. You better smarten up before you rant like that. Better yet, go to ND and have a good meal.
Chris! / May 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm
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Sooo... serving massive sushi that falls apart when you try to pick it up and is cut too large to fit in your mouth is a GOOD thing? Both seem like signs of a bush league sushi chef to me. Which is something that neighbourhood already has in spades.

Thanks for getting my hopes up, though!
yoche / May 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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good review! Looks yummy!
downtowner / May 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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I very rarely see anyone in this restaurant when I go by it. This gives me concern about the freshness of the food there. Glad to hear that someone has enjoyed their experience there.
Skippy / May 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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What does the sushi actually taste like? Did it taste good?
Marilyn Lastman / May 23, 2012 at 01:08 pm
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I love Guest Contributor's reviews!
Eaton's Employee replying to a comment from Marilyn Lastman / May 23, 2012 at 02:14 pm
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YOU THIEF.
Mr. Ting / May 23, 2012 at 03:54 pm
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This is best Japanese food in Canada! I hope you enjoy it as I do. We come everyday with family. Even mama-san and papa-san love so fresh fish and sushi.

Try them. I know you love it. So good and so tender sushi. Melt in your mouth as flavours come out like big surprise.

Go there right now. I go now with family. See you soon.
Jess / May 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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If anyone is looking for good sushi, go to Sushi Inn on Cumberland St. Cheaper and probably better than this place.
Stupid / May 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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cutting fish for sashimi and nigiri are two different things.. stupid
John / May 24, 2012 at 08:42 am
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It interests me that those who sound the least interested in actually checking this restaurant out, are the most interested in impressing us with their encyclopedic knowledge. The internet is great, because if you went around correcting everyone like this in real life, and calling them stupid for making simple mistakes that do not really matter, then you would get punched in the face a lot. The food was good, the reviewer was impressed, and they wrote about it. Isn't that the point of this sort of thing?
AP / May 24, 2012 at 02:14 pm
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I live in the neighbourhood, and I enjoy this place frequently. It's overrun with other restaurants on Baldwin, and is very unassuming on the outside.

The food is excellent, service accommodating. Often do takeout, as do a number of local residents. Worth a trip.
Paul / May 25, 2012 at 02:26 pm
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I work at one of the hospitals nearby and have had lunch here a couple of times. I think it's a cut above the usual cheap sushi place -- the sashimi was really nice, and they take a lot of care in the presentation. I'll definitely go back.
Mr. Ting's Son / May 26, 2012 at 04:46 pm
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Dad! Stop embarrassing me!
mahcus replying to a comment from Jess / May 28, 2012 at 01:50 pm
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yes please go to sushi inn on cumberland, leave nd sushi to me. TIA.
Jamie Sitterman / June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am
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Some of the best sushi I've ever had! Yes, it's not very busy but the food there is very fresh and the place is extremely clean; it's just that not enough people know about it yet. You should go somewhere before you judge it, see for yourself what you've been missing.
Spacer / June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am
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That Toro nigiri does not look too fresh to me - might be the photo though.

I never really understand how qualified you have to be to review here. "Nigiri topped with sashimi" ...jeez.

Me , I prefer pizza topped with salad -yum.
ALF replying to a comment from hot chile / June 13, 2012 at 03:08 pm
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Yes, it was the place on Laird which the husband & wife team - who are also the chef and hostess - closed to move to a better location with more foot traffic. I've been there on several occasions and the fish is still extremely fresh and the chef is still preparing some original takes on the usual standards (the Spicy Rainbow Roll is not to be missed). While I don't see the full breadth of the creativity he displayed through his menu before on Laird, I have to chalk that up to the fact that the foot traffic has not materialized yet. I haven't tried the Omakase yet but have seen others order it and it does look unique and delicious :).

ND is definitely a couple of steps up from your average sushi place. With reasonable prices, fresh fish and original plates. Look at what's on offer on Fresh Daily Chalkboard and you really can't go wrong! More than that, you will be amazed at the quality. I highly recommend ND Sushi to anyone who wants sushi but also something a little bit different.
Jessica / July 10, 2012 at 03:49 pm
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Absolutely the best sushi I've had in the city. It's amazingly fresh.

The place is never crowded, the prices are reasonable, and whatever dressing they use on their salad, it's incredible.
Jean / July 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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I have been to many great sushi restaurants in Toronto and Vancouver, and this is a gem. While you can't compare this with Sushi Kaji that charged $120 per person just for food, this is a good honest place that serves great sushi and cooked food. The age dashi tofu is delicate and not the usual heavily breaded stuff. The sushi is fresh and fairly priced. Chicken teriyaki was a surprise too, the flavor was
focused and didn't come with the usual unapealing sweet sauce. It is certainly a pleasant surprise. I will go back another 5 times and confirm my reviews after.

To those who haven't tried, just go and you won't regret it, with the condition that you are not expecting all you can eat sushi type of servings and price.
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Sean / July 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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Inspected on: July 11, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

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