The Best AYCE Sushi in Toronto
The 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.
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 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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »