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The Best Omakase in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 23, 2013

Omakase TorontoThe best omakase in Toronto leaves the destiny of your dinner to the kitchen and entrusts your appetite to the whims and sensibilities of the chef. Omakase is like the antithesis of impersonal, AYCE sushi dinners and the goal here isn't to gorge senselessly but rather to relax and let the dishes roll out at a pace and progression that the chef sees fit. It's like the Japanese equivalent to a tasting menu or chef's table, and it's a chance to be surprised, entertained and fed all at once.

Here is the list of the best omakase in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Japanese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Splurge Sushi in Toronto
The Best Tasting Menus in Toronto

Top photo by Jen Chan in the blogTO Flickr pool

Sushi Kaji

Sushi Kaji

Kaji on the Queensway doesn't even offer an a la carte menu so here it's all about the $150 Takumi (artisan) tasting menu that includes everything from apps, sashimi, sushi, soup or noodle and dessert. Expect approximately eight to ten courses showcasing the best of the daily catch and the highest quality of seasonal ingredients. More »

JaBistro

JaBistro

With 24 hours notice, this modern Japanese bistro can do a $55 tasting menu featuring a progression of plates starting with chef's choice of sashimi, gindara (panko and bacon crusted cod), tempura'd fish, a selection of blowtorched sushi and dessert. Book a table for six on the last Sunday of each month and dine on the fisherman feast for $400. More »

Katsura

Katsura

Choose from two different six-course omakase kaiseki dinners at this North York restaurant. Order the Kocho for $95 featuring an assortment of sushi, sashimi and hot plates, or, opt for the Kiritsubo dinner for $113 and indulge in luxe courses including lobster tail and wagyu steak. More »

Ematei

Ematei

Hidden away on St. Patrick Street, this Japanese restaurant does six or seven-course omakase menus for $52 per person. Expect to be treated to the chef's selection of apps, sashimi, steamed and deep fried dishes, plus, assorted grilled items, sushi and buckwheat noodles. More »

Solo Sushi Bekkan

Solo Sushi Bekkan

Ask for omakase at this Japanese restaurant and the chef will send out a parade of courses including appetizers, seafood soup, main dishes, sushi and dessert. Walk-ins are okay but reservations are recommended. The dinner is billed at market price, but expect that to run you around $58. More »

Sushi Couture

Sushi Couture

This Annex sushi spot offers 6-course or 8-course tasting dinners for $49 and $75 respectively. The offerings change frequently per chef's choice, but expect at least two or three sushi bar courses plus an assortment of seasonally inspired plates from the kitchen. A minimum of one day's notice is required. More »

ND Sushi & Grill

ND Sushi & Grill

This Japanese restaurant in Baldwin Village combines Japanese flavours with classic French technique to offer seasonal, multi course menus for $50 per person (minimum two persons required). Reservations are essential. More »

Yuzu No Hana

Yuzu No Hana

Situated in the Club District, this sushi and sake bar offers several tasting menu options including a 7-course Yuzu dinner ($55), a two-layered bento box ($30), or, the true omakase experience featuring chef-designed, multi-course meal ($80, requires one day advance notice). More »

Discussion

13 Comments

bryan / September 23, 2013 at 11:42 am
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no zen?
D! / September 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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Really weird not seeing Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto here

I guess not enough people have gone to it to vote for it.
Tim replying to a comment from bryan / September 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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We originally had Zen on the list but when we called to fact check they informed us they no longer offer omakase.
QC / September 23, 2013 at 01:29 pm
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I'm so glad you left my favourite omakase off the list. It doesn't need more california roll customers.
EW / September 23, 2013 at 01:37 pm
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Sushi Couture is terrible!
SUShLUVR / September 23, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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Where is Hiro? Way better than most of these places on the list... sushi couture is actually one of the worst sushi restaurants I have been to!
Whaaaaa / September 23, 2013 at 03:18 pm
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No Japango?
WTF / September 23, 2013 at 05:59 pm
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No Sushi on Bloor?
CW / September 23, 2013 at 09:07 pm
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Went to Sushi Kaji and we both got the tasting. For the money spent I expected to be blown away, but wasn't. When we arrived I had to do a double take. Strip plaza? Yup. The food was good, but only above average. The only way we can justify it without shame is because it was our anniversary.
sushi / September 27, 2013 at 09:49 am
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Yuzu (#9) is Japango, same chef. Both are great. I'm surprised Hiro is not on this list.
gourmetpastor replying to a comment from Tim / October 12, 2013 at 09:08 am
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I had omakase at Zen last week! $52.50 at lunch time included 12 nigiri plus a hand roll (about $4 per piece for top quality amazing tasty fish and seafood - a great deal!) Zen is still at the top of the game.
culinaryassassin / March 29, 2014 at 09:17 am
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All these lists are pretty lame! Who is doing these... no Hashimoto #NeedToGetOutMore
Nan replying to a comment from Tim / May 21, 2014 at 04:39 pm
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Went to zen end of last year, they still offer omakase

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