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Toronto’s best spots for sushi

Ask any sushi lover what their favourite kind is and they’ll tell you in an instant. While it’s always fun to see how many spicy tuna rolls you can indulge in at an all-you-can-eat sushi joint, sushi is traditionally meant to be enjoyed à la carte. Whether you enjoy a mix of sushi and sashimi, are loyal to the specialty maki rolls, or love sampling different nigiri, here are five of Toronto’s best sushi restaurants to check out when the craving hits.

 

Aburi Hana

 

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The newest venture by the owners of Miku Toronto and TORA, Aburi Hana offers a full-blown sensory experience to diners who enter this upscale Yorkville sushi spot. Aburi Hana specializes in modern Kyō-Kaiseki techniques, which means that the sushi gets its flavour from the freshness of the ingredients used, and doesn’t rely on heavy seasonings, like soy sauce or other additives and mayonnaise-based sauces. Aburi Hana’s takeout menu, Aburi at Home, features a selection of Oju platters, which feed between two and four people and feature bespoke tiers with seasonal sashimi or protein offerings, as well as the popular Aburi Hana Temaki Set, which spotlights East Coast uni (sea urchins) ika (squid), hotate (scallops), negitoro and Ō-toro (minced fatty tuna), aka ebi (shrimp) tartare, and Wagyu (beef) tartare.

 

Miku

 

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Flame-seared sushi is the star of the menu at Miku, where elements of French and Italian cuisine also complement Japanese cuisine. Using the same Aburi At Home app as Aburi Hana, Miku has an extensive menu to choose from. Bespoke tiers piled with hot appetizers, sushi, sashimi, or maki rolls range from $50 to $85, while sushi platters, which include anywhere from 14 to 52 pieces range in price from $26 to $77. Additionally, Miku offers its signature bento boxes and bowls which are both served with miso soup, as well as two popular sushi plates, which include the Salmon Lover ($22 for 15 pieces of assorted salmon sashimi, maki, nigiri, and oshi) and the Signature Sushi Selection ($32 for 10 pieces of specialty nigiri rolls and oshi sushi). An extensive selection of sushi, specialty rolls, nigiri, and apps like spicy sesame edamame and aburi chicken wings are all available.

 

Skippa

 

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Before COVID-19 put a temporary freeze on indoor dining, Skippa was the spot for sharing small plates that rotate daily. Skippa is still open for takeout, and its menu changes every two days. From May 7 to May 9, the restaurant is promoting its Trust Skippa ($135) which includes a full meal which starts with nori pan (sourdough bread with seaweed from Japan and whipped butter) and ends with peanut ice cream with banana miso fudge. The Sakana Box is also included in the meal bundle, and features seven pieces of nigiri sushi, a variety of wild fish from Kyushu, Japan, one tuna maki roll, and fresh wasabi, tamago, and ginger. The Sakana Box can also be ordered à la carte for $85, and paired with additional à la carte menu items. Always double check Skippa’s Instagram for the latest menu offerings!

 

Yasu Toronto

 

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Yasu’s claim to fame is that it is Canada’s very first omakase sushi bar. Omakase is a Japanese phrase which, quite literally, means “I’ll leave it up to you.” At Yasu, only one menu exists, where head chef and founder of Yasu, Yasuhisa Ouchi, trusts his instincts and creates a new daily menu which incorporates only the freshest seafood and ingredients from all over the world. Yasu’s online takeout menu has included options like the Omakase Sushi Box, which includes 13 pieces of sushi and toro/ikura chirasi (assorted sashimi with red caviar) for $86, and the sashimi box, which features a daily selection of six different seafood arranged in 14 pieces for $65.

 

Shoushin 

 

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The word shoushin means “craftsman’s heart” and both the food and the design at Shoushin reflect this. The establishment is home to an imported 200-year-old hinoki wood counter that releases natural aromas, where chef Jackie Lin gets to work crafting intricate pieces of sushi made with wild-caught seafood imported from Japan. Shoushin specializes in making edomae-style sushi, which means the fish is marinated for several days, instead of served fresh. Eating at Shoushin is a special experience — the omakase menu, which is a menu that the chef creates for the customer, is set at a prix-fixe of $250. Shoushin also offers a chef’s specialty called the Obsession Perfection Omakase which starts at $400.

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