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The Best AYCE Sushi in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / January 24, 2013

ayce sushi torontoThe best AYCE (all you can eat) sushi restaurants in Toronto are all about walking that fine line between quantity and quality. Let's be honest: nobody goes to AYCE sushi places to slowly savour the delicate balance of flavours that the sushi chef carefully prepares. Rather, it's really more about stuffing our collective gullets with as much California Rolls as is legally (and physically) possible.

While this has led many AYCE sushi restaurants to offer food that is relatively mediocre in quality (or worse), the places listed below generally stand head and shoulders above many of their counterparts by also providing items of good quality and taste.

Here is the list of the best all you can eat sushi restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best cheap sushi in Toronto
The best splurge sushi in Toronto
The best sushi takeout in Toronto
The best Japanese restaurants in Toronto
10 great Toronto sushi restaurants north of the 401

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the twitter and his own mansion.

Yang's Kitchen

Yang's Kitchen

Yang's Kitchen provides a large assortment of menu items, such as salmon head and eel pancake, that set them apart from the countless AYCE places around town. Their shrimp tempura features very good batter, while the sushi selections are consistently fresh. The downside, apart from the awkward experience of having too much Chinese TV playing in the background, is that the service can be hit or miss, especially when the place gets busy. Expect lineups on weekends. More »

Ten-Ichi Japanese

Ten-Ichi Japanese

Ten-Ichi is to Scarborough as Yang's Kitchen is to Markham. This long-standing Japanese restaurant is so popular among locals that it's frequently recommended by Scarborough residents to out-of-town visitors. There's nothing that particularly stands out here, but the spacious setting and consistently fresh sushi draws plenty of regulars into the area. Try their salmon rose. More »

Aji Sai

Aji Sai

Aji Sai at Queen and Spadina provides good and consistent sushi for the downtown crowd, and does so at a reasonable price (under $13 for lunch). So much so, in fact, that many are willing to overlook the rather mediocre service. Their firehouse maki (subtly flavoured with banana) is among their highlights, and is almost good enough to make you forget the chaos around your table. More »

Hockey Sushi

Hockey Sushi

While it shares its name with a Canadian national sport, it's good to know that these guys aren't going to lock you out. This small but relatively cozy restaurant is actually part of a five-location chain, and the Thornhill location offers the usual assortment of AYCE favourites, with the flavourful chicken teriyaki being one of my favourite dishes. The servers could use a few English lessons, which is a little ironic given the uber-Canadian name. Be sure to visit their website to get your 10% off coupon. More »

Echo Sushi

Echo Sushi

This sushi spot is sandwiched by the Eglinton and Davisville subway stations, making it very convenient for you go scarf down some of their delicious spicy salmon maki. Breaking the trend of mediocre service, Echo Sushi also provides surprisingly friendly and quick service, which is an unexpected bonus to what is already an excellent sushi joint. For a few extra dollars, you can also select their "B" menu which offers fresh sashimi. They even offer brown rice maki. More »

Tekka Sushi

Tekka Sushi

Located in a nondescript plaza across from Fairview Mall's southern entrance, this sushi place combines excellent service and fabulous food with a relaxed and un-chaotic feel. With a "Gold" menu which includes sashimi, and a "Silver" one which is cheaper, there's a little something for everyone. Make sure you try their Sun Roll, a wonderful flavour-texture combination of sweet and crunchy on a small roll. Pictures of the smiling owner with various local celebrities and politicians in the front entrance provides you with a cheesy, but nice, vote of confidence. More »

Kyoto House

Kyoto House

If you're looking for an AYCE restaurant in downtown Toronto that gives you a lot of mileage for what you pay for, but don't mind a side serving of confusion, then Kyoto House is right up your alley. Just steps from City Hall near Dundas and Bay, this place is always packed, which would explain its often indifferent and sometimes inaccurate service, but is also a testament to the quality of its food and cheap price (you can still get their dinner menu for under $20, which is very inexpensive considering their location). The spicy crab rolls are my personal favourite, along with the tasty beef short ribs. More »

California Roll (Bayview)

California Roll (Bayview)

This small and relatively new establishment provides your customary AYCE items within a minimalistic, modern, and clean environment. The menu items seem a bit more limited compared to most of its counterparts, but California Roll makes up for it with consistently high quality sashimi cuts, which are fresh and almost buttery in your mouth. Some of their highlights include the crisp tempura, which is never overly greasy, and the sweet teriyaki chicken. More »

Yonge Sushi

Yonge Sushi

While it will never win awards for creativity in naming, this restaurant certainly should win plaudits for its ability to combine excellent sushi with low prices (around $12 for lunch, which is practically highway robbery), and friendly service. The sushi roll varieties are also none too wild and fanciful, but all your standard favourites are here, containing very fresh fish and high quality ingredients. Try the salmon teriyaki for a nice intermezzo between your mouthful of rolls. More »

Bikkuri (Beaches)

Bikkuri (Beaches)

Part of a restaurant family of 3 locations, Bikkuri is pretty much the best option if you get a craving for bucketfuls of raw fish in the Beaches. With simple and homey decorations, this place certainly ranks as one of the best places for AYCE sushi in town. A particular highlight is the spicy salmon rolls, with a hint of sweetness that blends very well with the spicy kick. The service can be hit-or-miss, which is pretty much par for the course for most of these establishments. More »

Sashimi Island

Sashimi Island

While the restaurant's name conjures up an image of a lonely outpost (possibly the only location sushi lovers would want to get stranded in), this charming Little Italy spot does a brisk trade in its area of specialty. One of their unique rolls is the Fire Scorpion, an excellent combination of crunchy tempura shrimp with red snapper and spicy sauce. To top it off, the service is always attentive and polite. More »

Matsuda Japanese Cuisine

Matsuda Japanese Cuisine

This place is quickly becoming a new favourite for Scarborough residents who live around the rather remote Steeles and Middlefield area. It provides welcoming modern decor, an extremely spacious interior, and attentive service. I'm a big fan of unique rolls such as their Sunshine Roll, an interesting combination of deep fried fish roll with fresh salmon on top, the flavours of which are tied together nicely with a spicy mayonnaise sauce. The prices are at a slight premium, though, running as high as $16 for weekend lunches and up to $24 for weekend dinners. More »

Discussion

47 Comments

Jessy / January 24, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Yang's (Markham) is just about the worst AYCE sushi place I've been to - both service & food-wise. From personal experience, I can say that both their non-busy weekdays AND their busy weekends have horrible service. It just sucks that I actually liked them a couple of years ago. *Something* must've changed in the past 12 months for them to go downhill. None of my friends & family have had good experiences there in the past year.

Ten-Ichi, on the other hand, is a restaurant I always rave about. Ever since their renovations, waits haven't been so long on evenings/weekends. Their staff are incredible and the manager (Alex) is always so accommodating. My friends & family enjoy Ten-Ichi for their food and atmosphere and none of us has had any negative experience from the years we've been there.
something fishy / January 24, 2013 at 11:13 am
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Bikkuri? Really!? It seems like they were only included on this list in order to satisfy readers in the east end! The service is appalling, the rolls have far too much rice, not enough flavour and most of the hot dishes came out luke warm. BlogTO, please take the time to review what you're calling "The Best".
food poisoning warning / January 24, 2013 at 11:23 am
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Don't eat at Hockey Sushi unless you want food poisoning and terrible service.

This place has had a revolving door of owners, it's terrible.
Devon / January 24, 2013 at 11:25 am
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Surprised you didn't include Spring Sushi at Yonge/Dundas. Yes, it's pretty mainstream, but they have a MASSIVE selection of sushi, and it's always been very fresh when I've been.
Mat / January 24, 2013 at 11:32 am
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Good and consistent, that's exactly the way i'd describe Aji Sai. That's our go-to place for AYCE. Recommended for sure.
Welshgrrl / January 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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I would also recommend Masa at Yonge/Charles - good food and service from what I've experienced
Dylan / January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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Surprised at the popularity of Aji Sai. Visited there for the first time after seeing BlogTO post about AYCE sushi in the past and didn't find it too great. Quality of the sushi was poor, prep was poor, service was drawn out and a little rude. I understand that AYCE establishments are usually quite busy but that's no excuse for a lack of concern towards the customer. I found Sushi D on College significantly better on all accounts; would be an appropriate add-on to this list as opposed to Aji Sai.
Sadie / January 24, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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California Roll on Bayview is delicious!! Glad to see it made this list. Their fish is all incredibly fresh and the servers are so sweet and helpful.

Highly recommend this place!
MrsPotato / January 24, 2013 at 02:22 pm
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Hockey sushi is terrible.
i'd rather pay per plate than do the AYCE there again.
Kduggz / January 24, 2013 at 04:38 pm
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I agree with something fishy, Bikkuri does not belong on this list. Living in the beach I'd much rather drive 20 min north to Matsu Japanese and Thai AYCE. Couldn't be happier with the selection, venue, and of course free parking!
WW / January 24, 2013 at 04:51 pm
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guys, people voted for this! so if you're gonna think something's fishy, maybe a lot of people just have collectively bad tastebuds? i personally like bikkuri just fine, but am not big fan of tenichi. so different taste for different people, yes?
BH / January 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm
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With any "best of" list you can bet some less deserving choices got up-voted onto the list. But you can also bet quite a few negative comments are by people who have an angle on slagging a place, whether because they are connected with another place or they just like to stir the pot.

It's common sense to be suspicious online and get at least one review of a place from someone you know before you go (or decide not to go).
Raus Bife / January 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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What?! Aji-sai 3rd spot? That's atrocious. Shocked that Sushi D didn't make the cut..
Jake / January 25, 2013 at 11:09 am
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Are you serious?! How the heck did SushiD not make it on this list? that place is ridiculously good!
Ben / January 25, 2013 at 03:09 pm
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I totally concurr with your choice of #1. I couldn't agree more. I'd probably put Maison Du Japon at #2 or #3 though.... (ha ha Mark & Michelle)
JYFresh replying to a comment from Jake / January 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm
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Agreed, Sushi D is legit
Alex replying to a comment from Devon / January 27, 2013 at 04:57 pm
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agreed. Spring sushi at eaton centre is unbeatable.
Lipsy / January 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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I've been to Yang's for years. Now it's not as busy as it used to be because many Japanese restos now offer AYCE services, but nothing compares to Yang's in Markham! It's so out of the way so I've tried others near me in downtown but it's worth the drive there because places like Aji Sai is pathetic compared to Yang's.
parkis555 / January 31, 2013 at 10:58 am
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I've been to almost all of these places and none of them can compare to Sushi One on Yonge and Sheppard. Sushi One has by far the freshest sushi in town. Every time we order a hot dish, everything comes out hot to the point we have to wait till it cools down a bit. Prices are reasonably cheap as well, $12.99 for lunch. Trust me, Sushi One should be number one on this list!
jimmy / January 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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Sushi D is awful.

Terrible, terrible service. Went there the other night and the server made a mistake on the bill. I didn't notice and paid my full tab. I was outside, already paid, and i get a call from my friend. They had held him hostage until I returned to pay the $7.00. I told them they made a mistake and yet continued to hold my friend and TEN others hostage inside the restaurant. They physically held my friend inside (who had paid his bill in FULL as well) until I had to pay...in the middle of the cold street.

This was a mistake on THEIR part and yet I found myself and my friends all had to be inconvenienced and embarrassed. They didn't even apologize. They just took their money. It was totally unacceptable. AVOID at any cost.
jy replying to a comment from jimmy / February 1, 2013 at 02:25 am
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u are so fukking mad right now
yt replying to a comment from jimmy / February 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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$7 between 11 people's bill? and your friend didn't spot you? sounds like you guys a) aren't great friends, b)very good tippers
TK / February 9, 2013 at 06:32 pm
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Kyoto Sushi sucks. DO NOT GO THERE unless you are down for disgusting sashimi and occassional food poisoning. Any place that serves lukewarm raw fish is asking for trouble. This post must have been written by a white person.
Calla / February 23, 2013 at 10:47 am
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Tenichi def should have been the first. They are consistently good with all their food everytime and not to mention the great selection they have. They have all the staples you would expect but they also have some of their own original creations. If you haven't tried their Roses Roll and their Avocado Seafood Salad you are missing out. Love their desserts as well! Never left unsatisfied.
Upscale / February 24, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Who ever voted kyoto on here has to be a young broke ass student who dosent know any better!
Real Ayce Sushi / March 3, 2013 at 11:55 am
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Sushi168! It's at dufferin and steeles so it's border line toronto. The best quality you'll ever find for a AYCE restaurant and even better service!
jo / March 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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This should be labelled "Best AYCE for the white folks that don't touch raw fish and have no tastebuds". California roll, chicken terriyaki?! I WANNA KNOW ABOUT THE SASHIMI AND REAL SUSHI!
Zard / March 7, 2013 at 04:12 pm
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Jo / If you want decent quality sushi / sashimi,
I think u are in a wrong section. ^^
Ayce is Ayce..... A lacarte is a lacarte.......
I think we need to sort them into 2 totally different
classes.
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Nate / December 31, 2013 at 05:52 pm
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ari replying to a comment from Real Ayce Sushi / March 17, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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my votes with 168 too!
n / March 24, 2014 at 09:48 pm
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Wakame at Bathurst and Sheppard plaza is so good!!!! Needs to be included on this list. Also Sakura at Bloor and Spadina is v good as well.
Adam / April 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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I have to say Echo sushi was the worst sushi I have had in Toronto. I think it is a travesty that it is on this list.
DN / June 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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I cant believe Kyoto house is on the list =.=

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