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The Best Sushi Takeout in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / December 17, 2012

Sushi Takeout TorontoThe best sushi takeout in Toronto is always ready to please you and your ravenous friends who are impatiently waiting at home for your return. While the places depicted here have physical locations almost as tiny as a TTC streetcar during rush hours, they more than make up for it with the quality (or price) of their food. Perfect for those birthday surprises or impromptu Wii gaming nights, nothing says "Let's eat!" like a white styrofoam box of maki with a little dollop of wasabi on the side and an always too-few amount of soy sauce packets.

Here are best options for sushi takeout in Toronto.

See also:

The best cheap sushi in Toronto
The best splurge sushi in Toronto
The best AYCE sushi in Toronto

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

Sushi Marche

Sushi Marche

With locations in Leslieville and Leaside, Sushi Marche and its chef John Lee have built a solid base among east side raw fish fans by offering quality that rivals the city's top sushi restaurants, both in terms of creativity and freshness. While the takeout here isn't cheap (what's that old saying you get what you pay for?), it's evident that Lee knows what he's doing (his pedigree includes a stint with Iron Chef Morimoto). Take all that, plus the fact they offer sushi classes on weekends and a small staple of Japanese grocery items and you certainly have a takeout sushi place that sets itself apart from the rest. More »

Sushi Bong

Sushi Bong

Despite a name that conjures up activities of questionable legality, Sushi Bong in North York is full of G-rated fun for the whole family. While the restaurant is small (tiny, really), it does a brisk takeout business, most of which comes from the seemingly 9 billion condos that cluster around this area. A local favourite is the huge Dynamite Roll, which at under $10, is an awesome deal given its size. The overall quality and creativity of their sushi offerings may not be as high as some others on this list, but for sheer value, it's hard to top the Bong. More »

930 Sushi

930 Sushi

This sushi place offers a variety of popular maki and packs them in with care along with a small strip of shiso leaf, which acts as a much-needed digestive aid after making your third sushi platter disappear like David Copperfield. I've found the quaility of the sashimi here to be among the freshest I've had with a smooth almost butter-like quality. Plus, you gotta love the charmingly simple and straight to the point three-sentence line on their website. "Welcome to the website for Sushi 930. We are located just east of Strachan Avenue on King Street West. Call ahead to place an order for pick-up!" 'Nuff said. More »

Taro's Fish

Taro's Fish

If authenticity is the name of the game then this is the place. Found way uptown in the Bayview and Sheppard area (near the Ikea), Taro's Fish is a local favourite for those who crave Japanese-made sushi. The prices are head and shoulders above what you would expect a takeout place to be but each sushi is made with such evident care that it's completely worth it. The overall quality and variety of sushi here are so good that this place should really be part of the answer given the next time you hear someone ask "So who gets off at Bessarion Station anyway?" More »

Nigiri-Ya

Nigiri-Ya

On sleepy Millwood Avenue in Leaside, Nigiri-Ya is a small family-owned place helmed by an ex-Nobu sushi chef. The small and cozy restaurant's sole focus is offering raw fish (none of that ramen or teriyaki nonsense) which practically guarantees they're experts in what they do. Try the Garlic Butterfish Roll (it's as smooth as it sounds) and is also offered at a 10% discount on weekdays. More »

LAN Sushi

LAN Sushi

A small and slightly cramped place on Dundas just west of Keele, LAN Sushi has been a big hit with local Junctionites (is that what they're called?) ever since it cured them of the complete absence of a local sushi option. The fish here is fresh, the service is friendly and if you're lucky you might just score some complimentary hand rolls. Of particular note, LAN offers delicious (and possibly one of the largest) Dynamite Rolls, along with a lomg list of sashimi and sushi combo options. The place isn't fancy, but the food certainly is. And no, they don't do LAN parties. More »

Pearl Sushi

Pearl Sushi

If you ever get a sushi craving around Mimico then visit Pearl Sushi. Their maki and sashimi are a big hit with locals and though they may not provide too many unique or fancy options, they do serve up consistently good quality along with a handful of the by-now standard Korean offerings. Their BBQ kalbi is sweet and flavourful, and is worth adding on to any takeout sushi order. More »

Nari Sushi

Nari Sushi

Nari Sushi, servicing the King East Design District, is a new gem spot that's already a hit among George Brown students and local office workers. Not only can you get freshly-made sushi here (try the chirashi), but you can also stretch your budget like Mr. Fantastic by picking up a selection of their always available pre-made sushi and maki sets (discounted by 25% at the end of the business day). Service is quick and friendly and prices are a bargain considering the quality and quantity of their offerings. Please note, though, that they close early so if a take-out sushi dinner is on the agenda you better get there by 8pm. More »

CJ Lunch Box

CJ Lunch Box

If you've ever wondered how a live production line would look like in a factory (if that factory produces nothing but rows of sushi and other Japanese food while being watched by hungry people), then this is the place for you. Amid the cloud of activity here, you can just about see an array of staff preparing rolls and frying dumplings, all at a speed that would probably impress Usain Bolt. Besides being quick, the Richmond and Spadina lunch spot also offers sushi that is consistent and of good quality. There's nothing too fancy here but with offerings at around $4 a box, all I can say is if CJ Lunch Box is in MY lunch box I'll be a happy camper. And my wallet will be too. More »

Ninja Sushi

Ninja Sushi

Winner of possibly the laziest and most stereotypical combination of Japanese terms in a business name award, Ninja Sushi is a small mom-and-pop located in the rather obscure Bamburgh Gardens strip plaza in Scarborough. While the restaurant is very small, it somehow doesn't feel cramped meaning you'll have plenty of room as you wait for your delicious sushi and tempura combo. The quality of the fish here is excellent for such a nondescript place, and it's definitely a big hit with the condo residents around the area. The service is also always pleasant, and they are only too happy to have you dine in there (provided the one main dining table isn't already occupied). More »

Kokoro Sushi

Kokoro Sushi

Kokoro Sushi is one of the most utilitarian places you'll see, with simple decor and piles of styrofoam containers perched precariously on its premises. But it delivers big-time in the value department. They usually have a blackboard which lists their house combo specials, and these are without a doubt where you can get the most bang for your buck, with Kokoro Combo 3 (6 assorted sushi and 10 salmon tempura) being my personal favourite at just under $12. Kokoro means heart in Japanese, so it's pretty safe to say that I "heart" this place (har har). More »

Discussion

56 Comments

Shushi / December 17, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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That's some radioactive sushi you got there. I've never had blue rice before.
M / December 17, 2012 at 01:19 pm
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I got takeout from New Gen with a friend recently and it was pretty decent. And they gave us 10+ soy sauce packets so we have extra for next time haha.
JLL / December 17, 2012 at 01:29 pm
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Love Nari Sushi- I live in the area, and it's always fresh and the couple who runs it is always really nice and accommodating if there are certain things you don't want in your roll (me- tobiko, my child- avocado). And sushi is ALL they do- that's it.
Wintry Mix / December 17, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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Honest to goodness. Do these pieces ever get edited?

I mean, is there no one employed at all to do even a quick skim before a piece is published?

I appreciate the content of BlogTo, but the quality of writing is atrocious.
jjames / December 17, 2012 at 02:04 pm
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went to simon sushi on spadina last night. sushi was pretty good but the warm cup of tea + bowl of edamame + one roll for free while i ordered/waited was a very nice touch. will go back for sure.

Corina / December 17, 2012 at 02:18 pm
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I LOVE CJ's !!! Great value, awesome service!
Chris replying to a comment from Wintry Mix / December 17, 2012 at 02:21 pm
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example?
NC / December 17, 2012 at 02:36 pm
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Great to see the Bong getting well-loved.
Tiffany / December 17, 2012 at 03:01 pm
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Loblaw's. For real.
JW / December 17, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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Sushi 67 doesn't have a single table any more. Just take away and delivery. Also, they should be #1 on this list, but I digress...
Wintry Mix / December 17, 2012 at 03:59 pm
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This doesn't make sense:

"While the places depicted here have physical locations almost as tiny as a TTC streetcar during rush hours"

It is impossible to understand what is meant by that. Are we meant to understand that these restaurants are as big/small as a streetcar? Or that these restaurants are as big/small as the tiny amount of unoccupied space on a streetcar at rush hour (which is obviously non-sensical)? Or that the restaurants somehow have locations that are not physical (and maybe are bigger?) If analogies are not the writer's strong suit, a simple declarative sentence that the restaurants are very small would be a better approach.

Within that quoted sentence, "rush hours" shouldn't be pluralized. The term refers to both morning and evening blocks, which I presume was the intent, and also refers to multiple hours within each block.

Grammar:

"an always too-few amount of soy sauce packets."

("soy sauce packets" are countable nouns)


Obviously the introduction is not the essential part of the article, but it is needlessly sloppy.
Eye roller replying to a comment from Wintry Mix / December 17, 2012 at 04:13 pm
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Bet you're a blast at parties...
Nic replying to a comment from Eye roller / December 17, 2012 at 05:11 pm
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Ha! Bravo, bravo!
Not Oyshi / December 17, 2012 at 05:24 pm
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What the hell is the criteria here? Cheap? Edible? Fast?

CJ Lunchbox? Are you kidding? That joint makes pretty bland sustenance.

Here's an idea: call a GOOD sushi joint, place an order, go get it.

Toshi. Japango. etc etc.







Mikey / December 17, 2012 at 05:46 pm
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CAVEAT: Have not eaten there myself. But I intend to soon.

BUT, when I was in Tokyo I ate at a triple Michelin-starred Keiseki place called Ginza Koju (or Kojyu) and afterwards the staff gave my friend and I a tour of the kitchen.

One of the line chefs said his friend owned a place in Toronto called "Nigir-ya..." So there you go. There's that connection.

Also, have eaten at Taro and I stand by it. Very good, especially if you want to buy fresh fish and make it yourself. The staff are mega-helpful.
george replying to a comment from Wintry Mix / December 17, 2012 at 06:34 pm
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Well said. I couldn't agree more.
AV replying to a comment from Mikey / December 17, 2012 at 06:57 pm
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http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/nigiri-ya-toronto
McKegs / December 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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I love CJ's. There is usually a decent selection and the spicy chicken is amazing. If they are out of something you want they will whip it up in a minute.
Paul replying to a comment from Wintry Mix / December 18, 2012 at 12:57 am
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The rod up your ass must have a rod up its ass. When I see posts like that, I can't help but think that the person who is so confined to a literal interpretation that they lose any ability to understand an idea based on context is really just announcing how inept (and fun to be with) they are.
He's saying the places are small and hard to find, just like how streetcars are impossible to find during rush hour (albeit not that small...).
Wintry Mix replying to a comment from Paul / December 18, 2012 at 10:38 am
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Why is it a bad thing to ask for better writing from a writer?
Ron / December 18, 2012 at 10:39 am
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Good article but spoiled by the picture. The food looks rancid wherever it is. With all due respect to the photographer, stay away from food gigs.
brian / December 18, 2012 at 11:12 am
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Holy Grammer Nazi's
who gives a shit???
fucking nerdsssss
chicken replying to a comment from Wintry Mix / December 18, 2012 at 04:58 pm
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Have to agree. The size of a streetcar is much different and impossible to compare to the size of a shop. Is it a double streetcar? Is it super narrow? Does it have wheels? What the heck.
Stanley / December 19, 2012 at 01:42 am
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1 roll, 2 pieces of Unagi, 1 seaweed salad at Sushi Marche $40

hmmmm think I'll go to Loblaws
PennyPinchin Hipster / December 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm
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How about the 18pc sushi boat at metro supermarkets for $7??
PennyPinchin Hipster / December 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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Forgot to mention its only that price on Fridays from 4-9pm
Zeb / December 22, 2012 at 01:09 pm
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Another generic shitty list. It's nice that you guys want to make lists about everything, but please do some research in the future. At least this list isn't as bad as the "Best Animal Hospital" list on this site (what a crock of shit that one was).

Someone commented on how the pictures make all the food look disgusting, and I'd have to agree. Especially the opening picture.

Anyway, either the writer only made a post about the places he has specifically visited, or he did some Google searches and chose the places that had positive reviews online that he could reword. Whatever it was, he put some really generic places, some extremely overpriced places and missed out on actual gems.

On that note, I'll comment on some places:
New Generation - great place when I started visiting but the food quality started going downhill. The staff and service has always been great. I'd imagine it was the type of situtation where the owner realized he could be making a lot more money and still keep up the high amount of traffic he was getting (and probably still is). I guess I'd recommend it if you must eat downtown.
Japango on Queen St E - beautiful little place. The staff has always been very good. Service is great. The food is excellent! Of course, the prices are a bit higher ($1-2) but I think it's worth it if you're in the area.
Double Sushi at 2795 Danforth Ave - this place is excellent. Great prices. Very friendly staff. Cute store. The food itself is top notch, though they don't really have any special dishes that stand out from other stores. I prefer to eat in.

Enjoy.
james / December 30, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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Well another list of the best "TAKE-OUT" sushi in toronto! Is take-out suppose to taste different from dine in? This is just my opinion, but i think sushi is a japanese delicacy, so it only makes sense that you seek out japanese owned and operated establishments! No offense to all the chinese and korean owned and operated places, but i wonder, where did they get their expertise? When your talking about putting raw fish inside you, don't you want to know if the guy making it for you knows what he's doing? Not all fish is the same! Not all sushi rice is the same as well, some ding dongs use sticky rice ( mochi gome ) and don't know the basics of seasoning the rice! Hey i should buy a sushi cook book too and open up a place to cash in on this fad! Talapia? Really? Taro's is the best by far, that guy has many years of experience in seafood, he wholesales to most of the japanese resto's and his reputation for best quality product is second to none, so where do u want to get take out? This site listed a new sushi place where everyone was raving about, so i checked it out, 3 pimply teenaged china students were behind the sushi bar, i was pulling raw fish ligaments from my teeth the first roll. Who the hell chooses these places?
Zilla replying to a comment from james / January 2, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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Your co-relation of "putting raw fish inside" and being a chef born to a Japanese heritage is somewhat offensive. A Canadian instructor might have invented basketball, but that doesn't make us the best at it.
Niko / January 2, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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Sushi 67 and Mari Sushi :) glad to see them on this list.
Niko replying to a comment from Niko / January 2, 2013 at 03:46 pm
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Nari*
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J / April 27, 2013 at 07:43 pm
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Taro fish and aoyama sushi are by far the best sushi places in town. Sushi bong should NOT be on any sushi list, terrible service, terrible food. Taro and aoyama are where the Japanese community go to get sushi in the city.
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