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Sushi Island

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 28, 2008 / review policy

Sushi Island
Sushi Island in Little Italy is popular for their all you can eat sushi deals. If you can get past all the complicated rules (such as everyone at the table needs to order the same thing; or the deal cost extra $$$ on weekends) you'll probably be rewarded with some tasty maki or sushi pizza.

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23 Comments

Randy / February 29, 2008 at 12:38 pm
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I really like the grub here.
Although i dont like the fact that they use chopped yellow onions on the sushi pizza ....I prefer chives..
You get so much foood by the time you leave you will go home...take a nice dump....and pass out.
Sara / March 8, 2008 at 05:15 pm
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Sushi Island is a pretty good spot for all-you-can-eat! Sushi Haru down the street has better quality and presentation, but no AYCE. The AYCE at Island is good because for 17bucks, tip included, you get to select from a good breadth of sushi options. Seriously, it's a good spot.
HollyGolightly / July 15, 2008 at 02:02 pm
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I'd only venture here for AYCE. It makes an affordable and delicious option for sampling. Some of their rolls are fantastic like Fire & Ice, the Tempura yam/sweet potato rolls, and their Firecracker roll, as well as their brown rice options. If you want to order off the menu you'll get better quality at Sushi D or Sushi Haru.
I find the staff, especially the manager/host quite rude (he's the biggest turn off about the place). It's hard to get attentive service sometimes and they always make you feel rushed as they try to push you out so they can get more AYCE diners in.
JayLeno / November 10, 2008 at 06:56 pm
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The quality has gone downhill the last year or so.
masahiko noguchi / February 17, 2009 at 01:30 pm
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Hellow,
It is intersting to see a sushi-bar front from out side of US.
Even the sushi looks different too. Also totally different than Japan too !! Here, in Los Angeles we teach sushi too. Try visit our saite if you could: www.sushitrainer.com.
Thank you.
sylvie / September 7, 2009 at 10:45 am
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Yes, there are better quality places in town, but where else can you eat all the sashimi, sushi, rolls, and anything else off the menu, as many times as you can, for $25? If you skip the sashimi, you can have all you can eat for $17.
It's still a great deal for the quality and quantity you get.

As far as the comment above that everyone at the table has to order the same thing, that's a little misleading. If you go with 3 friends, and 2 order 'all you can eat', then the others all have to order 'all you can eat'. Not the same items, not the same thing, but the same 'price option', as they don't like people to order 'all you can eat', and then feed it to their friends who may only be ordering/paying for a single roll. I can't blame them.
All things considered, it's a great deal, if you love sushi/sashimi but don't love paying the $80-$100 per person prices, if you are hungry and love sashimi.
Melissa / September 21, 2009 at 11:29 am
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I got food poisoning from eating the salmon sashimi here in March this year, and I found out later that a few friends had also gotten food poisoning here the week before. I will not be going back anytime soon!
Meagan / September 21, 2009 at 10:21 pm
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In my party of 4, 2 people got serious food poisoning here in March 2009 as well! On March 16th to be exact. It was absolutely horrible and like Melissa, once we started chatting with others - we realized we knew about 3-4 other individuals who got also become extremely ill during this time period. It was the last time I ate there and unfortunately, am no longer able to eat Sushi anymore. Period!
Meagan / September 21, 2009 at 11:02 pm
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And if anyone cares, here is the DineSafe report from March 19th showing that they were given a conditional pass - with crucial and significant concerns from the inspector!
http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=9042511
Jillian / October 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm
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Got food poisoning from this place.

Here is the DineSafe report from March 19th showing that they were given a conditional pass - with crucial and significant concerns from the inspector!

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=9042511
squidworth replying to a comment from Randy / November 2, 2009 at 04:12 pm
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LMAO the dump part is so true..

BUT I FUCKING LOVE SUSHI ISLAND. DELICIOUSSSSSSS
OH MY GOD...
THE OHITASHI, THE GRILLED SQUID... THE SPIDER ROLL! YUM YUM YUM YUM
IM GOING THERE NOW ACTUALLY
Jen* / November 6, 2009 at 06:10 pm
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I go to sushi island with my boyfriend almost every week. Some of the servers can be a bit cold at times, and yes they have a tendency to rush you out when it is busy, but for 18 bucks, you can't go wrong.

The beef sashimi is the best in city, I have tried at 14 different places and no one gets it even close to this good. The crunchy rolls are to die for and the edamame is never too cooked, like most places. Every restaurant has it's pros and cons, but really for an all you can eat bargain this place is it! In the past two years we been here at least 40 times and we have never gotten sick.
mako / January 2, 2010 at 05:02 pm
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Service is so bad. Too much rules. We complained about one thing, and they started speaking Chinese with anger in front of us. My friends and I never go back this place again.
Steve / March 20, 2010 at 05:08 am
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I went here tonight for the first time and ordered the 3rd level of all you can eat. Rolls were all..... bland, nothing really stood out - ordered a monster, orange, bc, firehouse, firecracker and fire and ice - all were bland. Best thing there probably was the salmon sashimi and the beef sashimi (yum). Dish out the extra 5 dollars and go to Sushi D further down the street or anywhere else to be honest. Servers at Sushi Island were just plain, i guess to say unenthusiastic about being there. Definitely will not be going again.
DD / April 27, 2010 at 03:23 pm
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I've been here a few times and never really had any complaints. Bad service seems to be part of AYCE sushi... especially in Toronto.
However, after my last visit, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. Asides from a rude waitress, finding 5 long hairs in 3 different dishes was what did it for me. I expect sushi to be immaculately clean. I don't like surprises.. especially when they are mixed in to my tuna maki.. bleh..
Best part, she wanted to charge me for the left over pieces.
Alina / July 27, 2010 at 02:33 am
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I cant even believe this place is in the top 3. This has got to be the worst sushi restaurant i have ever been to in my life. Not to mention the service, with them coming up to you telling you your time limit..( i believe an hr or an hr and a half) is over.The place itself looks dirty and not looked after. I heard from a source that they have seen cockroaches there. Sushi tastes horrible...I have been to many sushi restaurants in Toronto,..AYCE and etc., but this has got to be the worst one. Nothing tasted fresh, rice was hard and obviously not fresh either, after sampling just a few pieces from the first 3 rolls i ordered, asked for my bill. The taste was just too unpleasant for me to stay there , and i lost all interest in ordering more, even though i have chosen the 3rd AYCE menu.
DISGUSTING.
Becca / August 21, 2010 at 06:01 pm
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It would sound like the Sushi Island in TO is not the bext. A new one just opened in North Bay, and I love it. There was no time limit, VERY clean, and the employees were well groomed, served well, and the Kitchen area is CLEAN...very clean. I worked in a restauant before and this was great. Maybe please should visit North Bay's Sushi Island and try it again. might make a difference.
kktam / December 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
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Worst restaurant SO SO BAD ........

I make a reservation on Xmas eve at 7:30pm
(I call twice to make sure they are open and close at 10pm)
and would like to enjoy the dinner with my family
When we were there they told us they are closing at 8pm
because most of the other customers are almost finish their meal
and ask us to book any day

That how they do there business
and will never go to there restaurant
rick / January 14, 2011 at 06:01 pm
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wasa about to go here but after reading the above, i am running away. thanks for all the truthful 'bad' info.
Nina / May 28, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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I am surprised by the comments below. I have had very good experience with Sushi Island. I absolutely love their vegetarian selection, the most diverse and creative veggie sushi choices I have had anywhere. I think the price is reasonable for the variety you get. I have ever had any bad experiences with the service either, never been told there is a time limit and never been rushed. They also do 20% off if you come pick it up yourself. I would recommend the place to anyone who is looking for a good quality sushi place in the area.
Eric replying to a comment from Randy / October 22, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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Classy
Julie / February 14, 2013 at 07:15 pm
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The service is horrible.
Sean / August 27, 2013 at 02:20 pm
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Inspected on: August 19, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 3 (Minor: 1, Significant: 2)
Crucial infractions include: N/A

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