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The Best Splurge Sushi in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / May 20, 2013

sushi torontoThe best splurge sushi in Toronto lends itself to an entire realm of epic sensations. Forget what everyone in Vancouver says - sushi in Toronto isn't that bad and there's certainly plenty of worthy spots to drop serious coin on raw fish.

And coin is key. As is often the case, the best comes at a premium. Don't go to these places looking for spicy tuna rolls or sushi pizza. There's a whole whack of decent cheap options that satisfy those cravings. For a sushi splurge, prepare yourself, as any one of the following places has the potential to completely ruin you from what is currently your favourite sushi place...you've been warned.

Here are the best splurge sushi restaurants in Toronto.

See also:

The best cheap sushi restaurants in Toronto
The best AYCE sushi in Toronto
The best take-out sushi restaurants in Toronto
The best Japanese restaurants in Toronto
10 great Toronto sushi restaurants north of the 401

Writing by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the twitter and his own mansion. Lead photo by Tom Cochrane

Sushi Kaji

Sushi Kaji

While its Queensway location may raise a few eyebrows, Sushi Kaji takes its raw fish seriously. Omakase is the only option here. A complete dinner consisting of finely crafted appetizers, sashimi, and other delicate goodies du jour will easily set you back around $100. Definitely one for the purists and those who prefer offerings beyond the ubiquitous spicy tuna rolls. Open for dinner only. More »

Ja Bistro

Ja Bistro

A modern upscale joint from the owners of Guu, Ja Bistro in the Club District is the place to go for a refined but cool dining experience. Since the 7-piece sushi platter will cost you almost $30, you may as well go all-out for the $55 prix fixe tasting menu instead. The blowtorched sushi that comes with it is as close to raw fish heaven as you're going to get. This restaurant still hasn't found much of a lunch crowd so best to head here after work or in the evening. More »

Zen Restaurant

Zen Restaurant

Located between a bowling alley and convenience store in Scarborough, Zen provides amazingly fresh sushi at prices that are among the most reasonable on this list. Proudly Japanese-owned and operated, Zen's many set menus, such as the lunch chirashi set (resplendent with fresh pieces of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail) for under $15, are an idealt way to get reacquainted with how classical Japanese sushi is meant to be served and eaten. More »

Yuzu No Hana

Yuzu No Hana

Another Club District spot, Yuzu will set you back $55 for a dinner set that showcases the best the restaurant offers. At seven full courses including a chef's selection of fresh sashimi and deliciously sweet broiled cod with miso glazing, it really is a must try. Don't forget to close off your meal with a satisfyingly sweet and smooth green tea creme brulee. Game, set, and match. More »

Japango

Japango

For a high-quality sushi experience in the most casual of spots go to Japango in the heart of the original Toronto Chinatown. A favourite among the City Hall crowd, Japango wins fans for their lunch bento boxes, oyster shooters and their signature Japango Roll ($13) which can best be described as a decked-out California Roll with seared fish on top. They also offer omakase for around $80. Limited seating, though, so get in early before the lunch rush. More »

Le Cafe Michi

Le Cafe Michi

Le Cafe Michi is located in one of the most abysmal-looking Scarborough strip plazas on Pharmacy Avenue but don't let that fool you. This restaurant offers excellent quality sushi along with a generous selection of home-baked Japanese cakes and desserts. Some of the highlights include pretty much anything to do with eel (all their unagi sushi and unatama dishes have the perfect blend of seared bbq taste and sweetness) as well as their chicken katsu curry. Finish the meal off with green tea or red bean cake. Seating is limited. More »

Nami

Nami

Featuring a rather sleek but cavernous-looking entrance just steps from the Financial District, Nami is a go-to recommendation for many of the concierges around town. Featuring what IMO is the heartiest Spider Roll in Toronto, the sushi bar knows its way around raw fish and serves up a very reliable sushi boat tray (if that's your thing). Also, be sure to try their spicy scallop roll (butter-like in its smoothness) and their nasu dengaku (fried eggplant with sweet miso sauce). More »

Discussion

14 Comments

Bill / May 20, 2013 at 08:08 pm
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I can't believe Solo Sushi Bekkan at Yonge & Grosvener is not on this list. It beats at least half of these on the list (the other half I haven't gone to :-)).
Raymi / May 21, 2013 at 07:11 am
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You had me at "Forget what everyone in Vancouver says" - no problem.
Tikiliberationfront / May 21, 2013 at 09:43 am
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Stephen, the omission is weird but they *did* specify sushi, not Japanese in general. I have to agree with the Vancouver comment though, it and Sushi Kaji beat anything the left coast have to offer.
GA / May 21, 2013 at 10:28 am
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Sushi Kaji was the best "expensive" dining experience I've ever had in Toronto and I've tried many pricey restaurants over the years. Often at pricey places, it's all show and it's all fancy. And the food is sometimes good but not always.

At Kaji, it was fantastic. The staff were great. The chefs were great. And the food was amazing! So fresh! So artistic. Such amazing combinations of flavours. If you're looking for a splurge meal, this is the one for you. With a location on the Queensway, it's unassuming. And when you eat there, you know it's about the food.

By contrast a few weeks later we went to Bent on Dundas west and the sashimi platter we got there was pretty much half the size of Kaji's and the fish wasn't as good (and unique) as Kaji's. And if you look at the prices... Bent's is way overpriced.

Although Kaji is an expensive evening option. It's well worth it. It's especially good for a new mom who hasn't eaten any sushi/sashimi for 9 months while pregnant and is looking to have some great food (raw fish) after having their kid.

Enjoy!
Mikey / May 21, 2013 at 11:36 am
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Yeah I have yet to have the Sushi Kaji experience (but I will!!) but I have been to JA Bistro (and Japan!) and the whole time we were there, we compared everything we put in our mouth to Taro's Fish by Sheppard and Leslie in North York.

Though Taro's cannot stand to JA in terms of preparation, the quality of their fish cannot be beat.

And I know Taro's is not technically a "Splurge Sushi" place but unless we get a good "Best Fish Mongers" list going, Taro's will not get the time in the sun it deserves!
Vanessa / May 22, 2013 at 09:38 pm
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Akasaka in Richmond Hill is AMAZING! A bit further north, on Hwy 7. Run by an amazing chef, David Chung. The sushi is amazing and he is super creative with his cooking/menu. It's one of my favourites.
Cream replying to a comment from Vanessa / November 13, 2013 at 12:53 am
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Kumai in Mississauga has been the BEST sushi place I have been in Ontario, and comparable to some hot spots in Toyko. No joke!
Migz Monteza / December 12, 2013 at 06:13 am
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Kanji Sushi Restaurant and Sake Bar have the uniqueness in their menu and the excellent service bring them up to the finest restaurants in Toronto. If you want to know more, you can visit http://kanjitoronto.com/#!/splash_page
Jane / January 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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Has anyone here tried Aoyama at Vic Park and Van Horne? That's a place I love to go to. I always just get the chef's special and be done with the night. But man, the price tag on some of these are quite hefty.
Stu / January 8, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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No Ki?
KH / February 20, 2014 at 07:21 pm
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Shinobu is really great, surprised it didn't make the list!
MT / February 20, 2014 at 11:19 pm
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Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto for an authentic kaiseki ryori experience at $300/person.
bearsaysmeow / February 22, 2014 at 08:12 am
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My go-to place is Take Sushi near Front and Yonge. It's kind of a 'sister' restaurant to Nami, but the sushi is FAR superior. I go there when I want to be reminded of the AWESOME sushi I lived off of in Japan for two years...though I tend to bend my bank account at around 70bucks each time, solo. Generally, I despise most trendy Japanese places and have privately chastised a few establishments in discrete Japanese for fooling their customers (sorry, I am THAT guy) for incorrect fish, freshness, size, etc... I go to a restaurant hoping to feel compelled to give my loyalty to them. In Toronto, there is only one. But thanks to everyone here, I think I have a few more to gamble on.
Hide / March 26, 2014 at 11:00 am
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how could Korean businesses like Nami, Ja and take be the best Japanese Toronto has to offer?
What a superficial article
best in Toronto: Kaji and Aoyama

and if a place calls itself bistro then pllllease

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