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Sushi Marche

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on May 23, 2007 / review policy

Sushi MarcheSushi Marche is leaving some serious money on the table. A restaurant that serves raw fish this fresh, and this good could easily fill a large room seven nights a week; and run up tabs with bottles of Asahi and unfiltered sake. But that's not what head sushi chef and founder John Lee has decided to do. Instead, Sushi Marche is almost strictly a take-out operation.

Ok, technically there's a small table near the window, just out of reach of the shelves stocked with a select few Japanese groceries. But on most nights it's not spoken for. Instead, throngs of raw fish fans take their maki and sashimi to go, knowingly calling ahead to place their order which usually takes about 20 minutes to prepare.

Last weekend that's what my dinner date and I decide to do. I order the sushi dinner ($18 - pictured above) which comes with five pieces of sushi, a choice of a kamikaze OR California roll and a miso soup. It's not cheap (especially for take out) but it's quality that's the name of the game here so I know what I'm getting into.

Speaking of quality, the sushi is, as expected, fresh and delicious but the real star is the accompanying kamikaze roll. Layered with buttery salmon, cucumber, tempura flakes and fish roe, the roll is a nice meld of textures and flavours with the tempura flakes giving it a bit of a crunch and some spicy sauce lending a bit of a kick to what otherwise might be bland ingredients.

Sushi Marche Maki

Knowing how good the maki is, I'm now salivating over my date's maki moriawase dinner (also $18) across the table, hoping she's not going to have the appetite to finish the whole thing. No such luck. She's game for the four rolls (pictured above) which include the aforementioned kamikaze as well as a California roll, tuna roll and salmon roll.

With no maki swapping hands there, I turn my attention to the miso soup. It's standard but good. Nothing ground breaking but a larger than average portion compared to what I've had at other sushi takeout places.

Sushi Marche Miso Soup

We didn't order the gyoza but the nice lady who packed everything up for us threw it in on the house. I think we should have warmed it up. Served room temperature, this gyoza (normally $4) isn't going to win too many friends but for take-out I tend to eat the food how it's served so that's how we ate it.

Gyoza

And for dessert there was the traditional sliced fruit - a standard assortment of oranges and melon.

For a look at more photos and to check out the menu see below:

Sushi Marche Fruit

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Discussion

16 Comments

Elle / March 7, 2008 at 06:05 pm
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Marche on over to this Leslieville gem.

Excellent sushi prepared by a delightful husband and wife duo.

Who doesn't love food garnished by an orchid bloom?
frank / October 22, 2008 at 11:40 am
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One of my neighbourhood favourites. Sure it's a bit more expensive than run-of-the-mill sushi take-out but damn that's some fine fish. Definitely call ahead though.
Jerrold / October 22, 2008 at 01:29 pm
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<i>"There's a reason there's only one sushi restaurant in Leslieville..."</i>

I always thought it was because Leslieville is so far from the ocean ;)
chenyip / October 22, 2008 at 01:43 pm
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John Lee trained under Masaharu Morimoto. I think he knows a thing or two about sushi.
vanessa / October 22, 2008 at 03:18 pm
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he seemed to skip the lesson where putting a slice of citrus on everything but be beautiful and all but it cooks the fish and saturates it with the citrus taste rendering the fish flavour virtually indiscernable.

i've had a lot of bland watery fish from sushi marche that doesn't speak much of the quality of their seafood. definitely not a place you go out of the way for though i could see why it would be a local haunt.
Jason / October 23, 2008 at 09:27 am
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I agree great sushi. Now, eating sushi that is flown and trucked in from all over the world is not exactly low-impact activity, but does Sushi March? need to be so completely environmentally hostile? Miso in Polystyrene? Goyoza on polystyrene meat trays? Everything in plastic containers? (Sure, some of the plastic is recyclable, oh, unless you live in a condo.) Couldn't they make even a token effort to include some biodegradable corn-based packaging?
Shyama / December 6, 2008 at 06:59 am
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This is my fave sushi in the city, I only wish they would open up an eat in spot. Luckily I live in the same block so can just haul it upstairs. Which is precisely what I did when I moved in this Spring, I think I ate here 4 nights in a row. I had no groceries and was quickly addicted. Salmon Kamikazee rolls for life!!!

And I love that they always give you something free, typically yummy mixed fresh fruit.
Bill / December 10, 2008 at 02:23 pm
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Slowest service in the city. They'll always make you wait at least 45 minutes.
And give the lemon slices a rest. totally bush league.
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sneg / June 10, 2009 at 01:17 pm
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Nice review, but you should really check their Dine Safe record:

http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10215214
angrycustomer / July 16, 2010 at 10:44 am
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there is no way this guy is trained under an iron chef, probably he worked for him before but not trained under him, coz the sushi at this place is really bad, you will only appreciate it if you never have real good sushi before, i will not recommend this place at all, the wait is long and the food is not worth the price and the wait, totally garbage!!
Lune / July 22, 2010 at 11:42 am
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I think I know the difference of good sushi and bad sushi,and this is a good one. I wouldn't call it cheap, but it's great, always fresh.
Rico replying to a comment from vanessa / August 10, 2010 at 03:04 am
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Vanessa, I agree. People rave about this place, but I like my fish to have flavour. Nice presentation, best of service, but the food is lacking something.
Sumit replying to a comment from sneg / February 11, 2011 at 02:06 pm
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Hey thanks for pointing that out....totally forgot about it.
Jake / March 25, 2011 at 10:43 am
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...and for those who have moved out of the area (me) and into don mills, sushi marche opens a second location at 82 laird!

...i'm surprised people have said there is no taste, i've tried numerous places and find this to be up there with freshness and taste. anyways to each their own palette.
Tom / April 30, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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I agree that this sushi has great presentation and is very fresh! I think people with names like angrycustomer are actually angry competitors trying to smear their name...

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